Capiz Historical Institute: Initial step to put history in its proper perspective

History is no doubt very important in the life of a nation.  In our case, Capiceños,  history must be boosted  at the local level in order for us to move forward, to progress as a province and as a people.  It is said that those who do not try to look back into their past cannot reach their destination or have a clearer grasp of the future. In some cases though, when we try to take even a “peek”  at our glorious past , what we get are distorted facts.  Even the most competent historians can sometimes fall victims to manipulations within their midst.

Members of the the Capiz Historical Institute

Members of the the Capiz Historical Institute (L-R: Sarreal Soqueño, Ramon Atinon, Romeo Arceño, Jorgen Gregorio, Gerry Pagharion, Jubert Lago and Alger Inocencio



one functions of the group, … would be to conduct an inventory all historical landmarks in the province 

Just look at our museums. They do not necessarily  reflect the “real history” of every province or town. I’m referring to some people  who have the habit of changing the history and  culture of their respective places to suit their own biases.


           That’s why the formation of the so-called Capiz Historical Institute is a welcome development.  It’s about time a group of people with less  prejudices bonded themselves together to study and promote Capiz history and culture, although I understand that this is not the main consideration behind the formation of the group.  This one, I feel,   can serve  as an “alternative group” of sorts to various local  organizations that  have differing views about Capiz history


           I’ve learned that the idea  arose from a casual conversation of  Gil Clavel, a history and culture buff in Capiz,  and Sarreal Soquiño, a history teacher at the Filamer Christian College.  The two, along with Jorgen  Gregorio, head of the FCC Alumni office, then lost no time in convening the group.



Capiz historian Romeo Arceño with Sarreal Soquiño, a history teacher at the Filamer Christian College

Capiz historian Romeo Arceño with Sarreal Soquiño, a history teacher at the Filamer Christian College and Alger Inocencio

I wasn’t able to attend the group’s first meeting.   But on its second meeting last September 10 held at the FCC Graduate School Conference Room,  I was able to make it together with  Jubert Lago, a former broadcaster who’s now connected with the municipality of Tapaz.   Our colleagues at The Capiz Times, Ramon Atinon, who’s also with the Provincial Press Bureau and Romeo Arceño, who’s  very much involved on issues concerning the disabled and the senior citizens, were also there. FCC faculty members Danny Pamplona and Xielwin Obsiana were also around .   There were eight of us and  our initial exchange of ideas was quite productive, enlightening and inspiring.


          We have agreed that the FCC people would act as the group’s secretariat and would be in charge in having the group registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission to give it a legal personality.


         Gregorio said the registration of the group with the SEC is important for it to be recognized/accredited by the National Historical Institute. Once the group has acquired a legal personality, it can now  go full-swing in attending to its main task of promoting Capiz history and culture.


         One of the functions of the group, he said, would be to conduct an inventory all historical landmarks in the province.  It was learned from Gregorio  that lawyer Antonio B. Ortiz of the San Antonio Village had opened up to him on the need to look into this matter.   Perhaps for tourism purposes, Attorney Ortiz would like to have a complete list of historical landmarks in Capiz.


         The group listed its objectives as the following, more or less:

  • Promotion of local history and culture;
  • Conduct historical research (putting historical facts in their proper perspective);
  • Organize all available materials and deposit the same to school libraries or museums;
  • Coordinate with the different local government units and media institutions in Capiz on matters concerning history and culture;
  • Conduct an inventory of all historical personalities, sites and landmarks;
  • Identify the primary sources of Capiz history; and
  • Publish a yearly Capiz historical journal.

by: Gerry T. Pagharion, The Capiz Times (The Voice of the Capiceño)

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7 responses to “Capiz Historical Institute: Initial step to put history in its proper perspective

  1. I never thought that this ever existed over there in Capiz. Such a great historical call. BTW, there is an ongoing SEO contest ” captivating Capiz”. This will promote Capiz as an exo-tourism destination in the Philippines, hopefully with a lot of great features about your place.

  2. Thanks, more information about tourism and capiz history will be posted in this blog. This will truly help promote our Province especially in tourism industry. This blog is not participating in the Captivating Capiz Contest by Bleuken, but this would really help to be the source of information of other bloggers about Captivating Capiz.

  3. Here are some precious historical photos from Capiz and discussions on the subject.

    Here’s a Thomasite teacher’s description of Capiz at the turn of the Century


    • Mike… Thanks for visiting my blog… you really have a nice blog that talks about our beloved province… I do hope that we can share with it and have an exchange links. You’ve got nice photos also.

  4. The style of writing is very familiar . Have you written guest posts for other bloggers?

  5. Pingback: Capiz Historical Institute: Its Inception « Captivating Capiz – Roxas City Seafood Capital of the Philippines

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