One of the must-see destinations in the mystical province of Siquijor is the San Isidro Labrador Church in the town of Lazi. The parish church is located just off the Siquijor Circumferential Road. The Lazi parish was established by the Augustinian Recollects in 1857. Father Toribio Sanchez, O.A.R., administered the construction of the church and the convent. It was made of coral stones and hard wood. Filipino artisans completed the church in 1884 and the belfry the year after. Pursuant to the provisions of Presidential Decree No. 260 issued by President Ferdinand E. Marcos on August 1, 1973, as amended by Presidential Decree No. 375Read More →

The Province of Lanao del Sur is the slightly bigger southern half of the former Province of Lanao. During the American occupation of the Philippine Islands, the Philippine Commission implemented a national government and political reorganization. Pursuant to the provisions of Act No. 83 or otherwise known as The Provincial Government Act of 1901, Act No. 787 was approved on June 1, 1903 and made effective on July 15, 1903. Thus the Moro Province was created. The Municipality of Zamboanga was made as its capital (section 1). On July 23, 1914, Act No. 2408 renamed Moro Province as the Department of Mindanao and Sulu. ItRead More →

Misamis Occidental is a province that protrudes in the northeastern side of the Zamboanga Peninsula Region. It is the western half of the former Spanish Province of Misamis which by the power of the Philippine Commission was re-created by virtue of Act No. 128 approved on May 15, 1901. The full provisions of Act No. 83 or The Provincial Act of 1901 was extended to effect such recreation. The Province of Misamis also included the island of Camiguin and small adjacent islands. Act No. 128 designated the town of Cagayan as the provincial capital. It should be noted that the former undivided provinces of SurigaoRead More →

“Don’t you realize that that is a useless life which is not consecrated to a great idea? It is a stone wasted in the fields without becoming a part of any edifice.” – The Reign of Greed by Charles Derbyshire (Complete English Version of ‘El Filibusterismo‘ of José P. Rizal) There was a period of interruption in the life of the Philippines’ greatest hero that seemingly skewed his journeys and activities. José P. Rizal had become renowned in the arts, social and political circles in Manila, Europe, East Asia, and the United States. But as his reputation grew larger than life, Rizal became a loomingRead More →

The Province of Guimaras is the fifth smallest among the 80 provinces in the Philippines with an area of 604.57 square kilometers; the Philippines has a land area of 300,000 square kilometers. Pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No. 4667 signed by President Ferdinand E. Marcos on June 18, 1966, “the Island of Guimaras and all the municipalities comprised therein are constituted into a subprovince of the Province of Iloilo, to be known as the Subprovince of Guimaras, with the seat of government in the Municipality of Jordan.” A lieutenant-governor headed the Subprovince of Guimaras. At the time of enactment of RA 4667, Jordan,Read More →

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