One Cordillera – RDC Private Sector Representative for Apayao Tina Moyaen (Top) and Apayao State College Professor Nobleza Sadao (Bottom) provide their insights on potential sites for historical markers throughout the province. The consultation on historical sites is part of a region-wide project to increase awareness among Cordillerans on the region’s history and thus, identity.

Conner, Apayao –  The National Economic and Development Agency Cordillera (NEDA-CAR) and Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) conducted another provincial consultation on the mapping and marking of historical sites in the Cordillera at the Apayao State College (ASC) in Conner, Apayao last October 10. The consultation provided additions to the ongoing list of historical sites in the Cordillera.

Notable sites

Initial potential sites for historical marking are the famous Mataguisi Church Ruins in Pudtol as symbol of early Spanish occupation in Apayao, and the Talipugu primary school in Kabugao the site of the first school in Apayao. Also being considered is the Marag valley which was an infamous training ground for NPA combatants during the martial law era.

Others being considered are the municipality of Luna which is rich in historical sites and the Ripang Church in Conner which served as a refuge for key personalities who fought for the Cordillera’s self-determination.

Agreements

The MPSPC agreed to set up interviews with local experts to validate the proposed sites. This will be finalized in a regional consultation workshop sometime in November.

The RDC-funded project aims to map and mark sites in the Cordillera that have significant relation to the struggle for self-determination. NEDA and MPSPC have partnered to make this project possible and provide the region with an enhanced sense of regional identity. (by Marlo T. Lubguban, NEDA- SPCAR)