Like some of the places and cities found in the Philippines (and in Southeast Asia), Zamboanga del Sur was, for the most part, built slowly upon the foundations of various migrants and settlers; it wasn’t a settlement built by one tribe which later expanded. The name Zamboanga itself came from the Malayan word “Jambangan”, meaning a place of flowers. The very first settlers of the area which would ultimately be known as Zamboanga del Sur were known as the Subanons or Subanens, whose name literally means “river folks”. They settled on the riverbanks and almost all were farmers who practiced the Continue reading
What can be constructed of Davao history in the 1600s and 1700s is based on the incidental mention of davao in Spanish and Dutch documents. It was only after the conquest of Davao by the Basque Spaniard Jose Oyanguren in 1848 that Davao would have a history of its own.
Spanish rule in Davao was very unstable as the native inhabitants, both Lumads and the Moros, resisted Spanish efforts to resettle them and make them pay tributes. After fifty years of occupation, the Spaniards abandoned Davao in 1899, and the Americans took over. Continue reading
Originally known as the “Village of Kamaya”, it was founded as a pueblo by a Franciscan Friar in 1578 and was made part of the Corregimiento of Mariveles which includes the towns of Bagac and Morong, the Island of Corregidor, and the town of Maragondon in Cavite.
When Bataan was declared as another province separate from Pampanga pursuant to Superior Decree on July 1754, Mariveles became a part of the new province. It served as the checking point for ships entering or leaving Manila Bay. Continue reading
Doña Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio was named as the “godmother of the revolutionary forces” by General Emilio Aguinaldo during the proclamation of the Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898. Her passion in supporting the revolution against the Spaniards, and later the Americans, was inflamed by the death of her husband, Don Eulalio Villavicencio in February 1898. He was incarcerated by the Spaniards along with Pablo Ocampo and Dr. Ariston Bautista for supporting the Katipunan and the revolutionary movement. Of the material aid she extended to the insurrectos the most notable was the SS Bulusan, a ship which made trips from Manila to Batangas and back. It also transported Filipino soldiers, armaments and ammunitions and food supplies for the maintenance of the revolutionary forces. It was the first warship made available to the revolutionaries. Continue reading
The story of man in the Philippine islands that took place before writing was used to record events is about 1500 times longer than the historic period. History of the Philippines thus far can only be pushed back to the hard edge of the past to the 10th century when places in the islands were first recognized in a copper plate inscription accidentally found in Siniloan, Laguna.Two centuries later, the islands were among those mentioned in the Song Dynasty chronicles in China. It was not until about 700 years later that the Spanish explorers started the recording of events that took place in the islands, slowly at first, then more frequently as time went on. Continue reading