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.
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.
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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