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Mutiny at Calaganan : The Forgotten Katipunan Revolt of Mindanao

June 11, 2018

Map of Misamis tracing the path of the Calaganan Mutiny (courtesy of Elson Elizaga)   Many people have tried to win recognition for what local historians claim was the only Katipunan-led revolt in Mindanao at the time of the Cry of Balintawak in 1896, but to this day, the cloak of censorship thrown by Spanish authorities over the so-called Calaganan Mutiny has effectively stifled efforts to put it in its rightful place of honor in the annals of the Philippine Revolution against Spain. Although it remains a little known fact to this day, Misamis was the only region which actively joined the Katipunan revolt against Spain in 1896. It may have occurred over 100 years ago but re-opening the archives on this forgotten chapter of the country's history could change the way the present Philippine flag looks like. Local historians believe government should fund further research into determining if there is a need to makeover the sun in the Philippine flag with nine instead of eight rays. Every grade school student in the country is taught how the eight rays of the sun in the Philippine tricolor represent the eight provinces in Luzon which first rose in revolt against the Spaniards in 1896. But Cagayan de Oro historian Antonio J. Montalvan II says existing historical sources indicate there was one other Katipunan-led revolt in the islands which occurred during that same period in 1896 which has not been recognized by Filipino historians.   Close up of same map.   The Calaganan Mutiny is detailed in the letters of Vicente Elio y Sanchez of Camiguin to the Manila-based Spanish newspaper "La Oceania Española" and two other historical sources but has never been linked to the First Cry of Balintawak led by Andres Bonifacio. Mr. Montalvan believes Mr. Elio's letters never got past Spanish censors anxious to douse support for the revolution which had broken out in Luzon. The mutiny exploded in September 29, 1896 among the so-called "Disciplinarios" or conscripts consisting mostly of convicts from Luzon, who were pressed into battle against the Moros in Lanao. In late August of 1896, the Katipunan revolution against Spain broke out in Luzon. Exactly a month after, or September 29, 1896, a group of Filipinos from Luzon who were deported to the Spanish fort Fuerza Real de la Nueva Victoria in Calaganan (present day Balo-i, Lanao del Norte) for training in military discipline to fight against the Moros of Lanao, mutinied against their Spanish superiors upon receiving instructions from the Katipunan in Manila. They raided the Spanish armory and proceeded to Cagayan de Misamis to attack the town, being joined by some Moros. On the way, they ransacked convents and homes of Spanish peninsulars. However, a joint force of Spanish soldiers and Filipino volunteers led by local hero Apolinar Velez repulsed them in Sta. Ana, Tagoloan. From Cagayan, they proceeded to Sumilao, Bukidnon where they were joined by a band of 50 Higa-onons. They next attacked the Tercio Civil outpost in Balingasag, and raided the outpost of Gingoog on January 1897.   Pio Valenzuela was the trusted aide dispatched by Andres Bonifacio to foment a Katipunan-led rebellion in Mindanao.     Women and children took shelter in the St. Augustine Cathedral while the menfolk joined the Spanish soldiers as Voluntarios to stop the incoming force of Disciplinarios from Calaganan.   By that time, news of Rizal's execution had reached Cagayan and Misamis, and this further stoked the anger of the local Katipuneros. It took the Spanish gunboat Mariveles, recalled from the Tercio Distrito de Surigao, to finally subdue the resistance in Gingoog. This was the only known Katipunan revolt in the entire Mindanao. What is especially unique about this particular mutiny is that besides happening at about the same time as the Katipunan revolt in Luzon, there appears to be a direct link between it and the Katipunan revolt in the person of Pio Valenzuela, a cousin of the amazon warrior Arcadia Valenzuela of Lapasan, Cagayan de Misamis (as Cagayan de Oro was then known) who visited Mindanao during this period (ostensibly on instructions from Andres Bonifacio himself!) to instigate a similar revolt in Mindanao . Mr. Montalvan maintains how Augustinian Recollect chronicles confirm that this revolt was in fact instigated by a communication from Katipuneros in Luzon, making Mindanao the ninth province to join the Katipunan revolt, albeit not included in the eight rays of the sun in the Philippine flag which represent the eight provinces which first rose against Spanish tyranny. "We have yet to establish beyond a reasonable doubt the direct link between the Katipunan revolt in Luzon and the Calaganan Mutiny, but there are extant sources which appear to indicate that such a link did exist, and that Pio Valenzuela did indeed come to Mindanao on the instructions of Andres Bonifacio to foment a revolt against the Spaniards," Mr. Montalvan said.   Formation of Voluntarios who were made up of Cagay-anon volunteers led by local hero Apolinar Velez who routed the Disciplarios in Sta. Ana, Tagoloan with the help of Spanish soldiers.   Another unique aspect of the revolt was that it was participated in by Mindanao's tri-people: the Christian immigrants, the indigenous natives in the person of Higaonons from Bukidnon, and a group of Moros from Lanao, making it not only a Katipunan revolt, but one in which all three of Mindanao's tri-people was represented. "Should a direct link be established between Bonifacio's Katipunan revolt in Luzon and the Calaganan Mutiny, then the people of Mindanao can rightfully petition the national government to add a ninth ray to the sun in the Philippine flag," Mr. Montalvan said. What needs to be done at this point is to verify primary sources such as the Consular Letters of the French Embassy in Manila to Paris where the Calaganan Mutiny is described in detail, Montalvan added. The letters are now in the archives of the National Museum in Manila, as are other extant documents like the historical account of the Jesuit historian Pablo Pastells in which the Calaganan Mutiny is also described in detail. (originally published in The Philippines Graphic Magazine)   The fortress Fuerza Real de la Nueva Victoria in Calaganan (present day Balo-i, Lanao del Norte) was ransacked by the Disciplinarios on Sept. 29, 1896 to start the only Katipunan-led revolt in Mindanao

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Seda Hotels Relaunches Guest Loyalty Program

May 7, 2018

SEDA Edge banner.   Seda Hotels has relaunched its Guest Loyalty Program with expanded benefits and privileges following the enthusiastic response to its first iteration. Rebranded as SEDA EDGE, the new program was officially launched by Seda Centrio at its Sinamay Function Room Friday, 04 April 2018 with invited guests from corporate and individual clients. According to Jeric Fuentes, Seda Centrio Front Office Manager, Seda’s Guest Loyalty Program was launched November 2015 and has grown to almost 23,000 members from here and abroad. “The increase in occupancy rates throughout the group, which exceeded industry standards and norms, prompted the need to give back to our guests who have shown their appreciation for our high quality of service by staying with us whenever they can during their travels,” said Armand Angeles, Seda Centrio Hotel Manager. “Big things are happening for our members and from now on, we’re saying thanks whenever we can. Tonight, it gives me great pleasure to relaunch and introduce to your our guest loyalty program.”   Seda EDGE Guest Loyalty Program invite     Ms Cagayan de Oro 2017 1st Runner Up Meg Cui Bacareza hosted the event.   “We’ve made a few changes and improved our engagement with our most valued guests. We’ve made it even easier to earn points and enhanced our membership benefits,” he added. “Besides the rewards, it’s the seamless stays from one Seda Hotel to another that’s attracted guests to enroll in the program. Members have shared with us how convenient it is to deal with only one hotel and have the rest of the Seda hotels know their preference and history.” Mr. Fuentes explained. “Guests can redeem their rewards points by choosing from Club Lounge access, upgrades, overnight stays, and dining vouchers. Moreover, they also get exclusive offers like special promotional rates,” he added. “Enrollment in the program is free and members only need to stay in a Seda hotel at least once a year to keep their status active.” The guests were entertained by an opening hip-hop dance number from the Click Point Dance Group with Ms. Cagayan de Oro 2017 1st Runner Up Meg Cui Bacareza hosting the evening launch. The F&B Staff under Manager Randy Dreisbeck prepared a delicious buffet of canapés and finger food that were a delight to both eye and palate including Tomato Gazpascho, Cajun Shrimp Tostadas, Beef Wellington Bites, Chicken Mexicana, Stuffed Mushroom Wrapped in Bacon, Melon Balls Wrapped in Parma Ham, and Coated Cheese Balls washed down with assorted rum-based cocktails, mocktails and a fine selection of Italian wines.   Seda Centrio Hotel Manager Armand Angeles officially relaunches the Seda EDGE Guest Loyalty Program.     Seda Centrio Hotel Manager Armand Angeles officially relaunches the Seda EDGE Guest Loyalty Program.   The Sales and Marketing Team entertained the guests under the able direction of Sales Director Carol V.Valdez, who also presented the latest brand developments of the Seda Hotels and current promotions for Seda Centrio. “With seven properties scattered across the Philippines and three more targeted to open this year, we have made it easier for our members and guests to seamlessly travel with ease and make Seda Hotel their home away from home,” Ms. Valdez said. “Moreover, our location within an Ayala Land mixed-use complex means easy access for our guests to restaurants, retail, high-impact events, as well as premier office locators.” For more information on how to enroll in the Seda Edge Guest Loyalty Program, visit https://sedaedge.erewards.net. For more details on bookings, pricing and current promos, visit https://www.facebook.com/sedacentriohotel/.   The Seda Centrio Marketing, Sales & HR officers and staff in a groufie for the Seda EDGE Relaunch.     The Misto Boys with F&B Manager Randy Dreisbach.     Seda Centrio Sinamay Function Room all dolled up for the Big Reveal

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President Manuel Roxas’ 70th Death Anniversary Marked Today

April 3, 2018

He finished law in 1913 from the University of the Philippines College of Law, and passed the bar the same year. His entire political career spans 31 years beginning with his appointment as member of his hometown’s municipal council in 1917, and highlighted by his holding the highest office of the land from May 28, 1946 to April 15, 1948. Roxas is distinctly known in Philippine history for his exemplary leadership and dedication to public service. Inheriting a country in ruins when he took over the reins of government at the end of World War II, this “nation builder” spurred our country’s return to normalcy and growth with his master economic plan, the very first known in developing Asia. The great leader Claro M. Recto claimed that with “the extreme brevity of time fate was to allot to him”, which was barely 23 months into office, no other ruler with such talent and industry could have achieved as much as President Roxas did. In one year of office, President Roxas has provided a leadership which restored national vitality and safely bridged the critical transition period from Commonwealth status to Republic. The late President’s legal mentor and first dean of the UP College of Law George Malcolm believed that few of Roxas’ generation approached him in brilliancy of mind, in breadth of information, and in gift of charm. The late President’s talent was notably evident in pioneer planning in the financial and economic fields. Malcolm wrote “Withal, Roxas was passionately devoted to his country. So honest was he in administering the important positions entrusted to him that, on occasions, he was in financial distress. Roxas died a poor man.” The most profound tribute ever paid Roxas would come from the late President Manuel L. Quezon when he wrote to General MacArthur: “The news that Roxas has fallen in the hands of the enemy has almost broken me completely for I suspect that after his insistent refusal to be the President of the Philippines the Japanese have murdered him. But oh, how proud I am of him! I almost envy him for he had occasion to do what I wanted to do for myself — to tell the Japanese that we want nothing from them. If Roxas has been murdered he is the greatest loss that the Filipino people have suffered on this war. He can’t be replaced. And I don’t know how long this race will produce another Manuel Roxas.” President Manuel A. Roxas succumbed to a heart attack on April 15, 1948 at Clark Field, Pampanga.

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Palm Grass Hotel to Release Community-created Videos on the Battle of Tres de Abril

March 19, 2018

The workshops on March 3 and 4, 2018 at Palm Grass Hotel produced two videos on the Tres de Abril Uprising. A product of a half-day workshop, the first video, “Padayon, Sizts! (#KilatLove4Cebu)”, is written, directed, and acted by UP and USC students, and is a modern retelling of what happened in the uprising 120 years ago. Shot in interesting places in Cebu City, the second video, “Suroy-Saysay (A Tres de Abril heritage walk)”, is a light but probing conversation with Leon Kilat book author Emil Justimbaste regarding the heroes and events of the 1898 Cebu Revolution. Palm Grass facilitates the remembrance of the historic Tres de Abril Uprising by hosting and leading the community, especially the youth, in creative ways to relive this nearly forgotten period in Cebu history. The participating students immersed in activities like location shooting at areas where the battle happened and at streets named after Cebu Katipunan leaders such as Leon Kilat, C. Padilla and Luis Flores Streets. “We are trying to bring and relate bits of history to things that are very Cebuano like street walks, tartanilya rides, puso-making, and arnis,” Laput explained. UP Mass Communications student Decelle Marie Suarez thanks Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel “for the opportunity to be a part of the Tres De Abril shoot celebrating the historic battle of the Cebuano Katipuneros under General Leon Kilat! With the recent issues and the headlines, it's essential to look back on our Cebuano heritage now more than ever.” On the other hand, USC Fine Arts student, Francis Duane Branzuela said, “We have lots of things to learn from this activity. From being an actor for yesterday's film shooting at Palm Grass Hotel, to being a production crew member for today's documentary video shooting at Tres de Abril St. to Colon Bridge, it's just an awesome opportunity for me.” The videos will be released on April 3, 2018, during Palm Grass Hotel’s Grand Opening Anniversary “SAYAW, SINGGIT, SAULOG SA UNANG TUIG SA PALM GRASS”, which is also the 120th year of the Battle of Tres de Abril. Palm Grass Hotel named its floors, suite rooms, signature dishes and drinks to honor the sacrifices of the 1898 Cebu freedom-fighters and to inspire today’s generation of their legacy.

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Biggest audience turnout makes Binibining Pilipinas history

March 6, 2018

 The excitement surrounding this batch of candidates was at its highest, and this led to the biggest number of ticket sales for the coronation night to date. With a bigger stage comprised of multiple stairs and landings, and dressed with LED monitors and lighted acrylic trimmings, it was one of the most striking presentations of the prestigious pageant, befitting the most beautiful women in the country. The Big Dome was filled with hordes of fans with lighted signs and letters spelling out their chosen candidates’ names; some even came with whistles and other paraphernalia to cheer their favorites on. It was a night of frontrunner triumphs and interesting revelations when the judges finally announced the new Queens. The appreciative audience cheered for 2nd Runner-up Samantha Bernardo and 1st Runner-up Vickie Rushton; they made a lot of noise when the new queens were called: Karen Gallman was named this year’s Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental; Michele Gumabao, Binibining Pilipinas Globe; Eva Patalinjug, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International; Jehza Mae Huelar, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational; and Ahtisa Manalo, Binibining Pilipinas International. But the loudest cheers erupted when favorite Catriona Gray was named this year’s Miss Philippines Universe. The Fil-Australian beauty who represents Albay had described joining this year’s competition as nerve-wracking. Her vocal and very passionate fans, collectively known as Catrionians, feel she is ripe to bring home a fourth Miss Universe title after Pia Wurtzbach. “The Binibini fans are wonderful,” say Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta, Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. chair. “They give so much love to the ladies; their support really boosts the candidates’ confidence, and sees them thru the trying periods in this competition. We will not be able to keep doing this without them.” The new Queens are now busy doing media interviews and other Binibini-related appearances. Catch more of them on the official Binibining Pilipinas Facebook page (@realbbpilipinas) and the official website. For pageant fanatics, the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 souvenir magazine is also being sold at the Snaxx counter of Gateway Cineplex, 4th level, Gateway Mall.

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DEFINE YOUR SPACE AT SAVOY HOTEL MANILA… OPENING SOON THIS 2018!

February 23, 2018

al space… our property is conducive to building relationships and encourages collaboration. We create spaces for creativity and recreation, areas to be on your own and enjoy that much-needed personal “space” to be you.Savoy Hotel Manila, prides itself in giving guests unique and share-worthy experiences. Lounge around at the Squares, these are co-working spaces located on several guest floors for anytime access. Whether it’s a space for sharing or relaxation, a space to express, or a space to co-exist and collaborate, these shared areas are perfect for casual group hangouts, intimate chats as well as for individuals to simply relax. Designed for themed leisure – art enthusiasts, bookworms, music lovers, or even tech-savvy individuals can definitely find their own space here to unleash their passion and indulge in their preferred lifestyle experience. Guests can also experience a taste of sumptuous Asian and Western fusion – at our Savoy Café, or chill and enjoy the moment at The Poolside bar, finally, cap the night with a drink or two at our Harvey’s Bar.Experience the space for remarkable encounters at our Club Lounge, exclusively for guests to unwind and connect. Amenities and facilities within the hotel – a pristine pool, fully-equipped fitness center, function rooms – highlight different moments and stories for guests to create and share. Savoy Hotel Manila boasts of 684 rooms, all of which are fully equipped with necessities that will enable guests to have a convenient and comfortable stay. The rooms are adequately sized from 21 to 50 square meters. From the most basic standard rooms, Essentials, to our comfortable executive suites, The Runway, The Deck, and The Space, all rooms are welcoming for travelers looking for a much-deserved respite in the middle of the bustling city. Livening views of the airport runway and metropolitan skyline can likewise be seen, adding a sense of warmth to every guest’s stay. From the businessman set for a meeting, the couple waiting for tomorrow’s flight to their dream vacation, the writer looking for a break – anyone can enjoy a different hotel experience soon this 2018! ### Savoy Hotel Manila is located at Andrews Avenue, Newport City, in Pasay. For inquiries, connect with us via www.thesavoyhotels.com/savoymanila, facebook.com/savoyhotelmanila, or @savoyhotelmanila via Instagram, or email samantha.manuel@thesavoyhotels.com.

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