A Chronology: The Ilonggo Nation. (Last of a series)
(By DinggolAranetaDivinagracia – IlonggoNationMovement)
The Birth of the Ilonggo Nation Movement (INM)
On December 25, 2005, the Ilonggo Nation Movement (INM) was formed with the main objective to pursue aggressively the revival of our great Ilonggo national heritage. With the advent of cyberspace technology, we have come to realize that distorted historical facts pertinent to the The Visayan nation was ingrained in our minds as school children and continuously being cited by present-day historians and writers unaware of the facts of history from the Visayan point-of-view.
A great Chinese leader once said, “the people and the people alone can make their own history” but the paid lackeys of the former colonial and imperial masters will distort that and write history from the point-of-view of their masters.
Incidentally, some data and information, as contained in above-article, were secured personally directly from documents and/or testimonies of immediate family members of the following persons who had played important roles during these glorious chapters in our history, to wit:
Gen. Raymundo A. Melliza, Gen. Pablo S. Araneta, Colonels Emilio, and Eduardo Esteban, Gen. Leandro L. Fullon, Gen. Leandro D. Locsin, Dr. Vicente A. Locsin, Gen. Juan T. Araneta, Gen. Aniceto L. Lacson, Gob. Rosendo L. Lacson, Gen. Marciano S. Araneta, Don Gregorio S. Araneta, Iloilo “Alcalde” Jose Ma. Gay and Gen. Quintin D. Salas.
It would also be fair to add, that the author is closely related by consanguinity to all of the aforementioned.
Moreover, during the 95th Anniversary of the “Cry of Sta. Barbara” in Iloilo on November 17, 1993 –I had the opportunity to interact with descendants of other 1898 ‘Revolucionarios’ of Panay and Negros during the reunion of “KAANAK-1898” members. The celebration was chaired by then-ViceGovernor of Iloilo, Hon. Demy Sonza -Chairman: Iloilo Provincial Historical Committee and famed Ilonggo historian.
Since history is for the victors, the conquerors described and ridiculed our brave patriots, especially those who came from the “masa”, as superstitious cultists and crazy ignoramus; labeled them as brigands or bandits. But historians now reinterpreting the same material see beyond the religious fanaticism a valiant form and sincere commitment of resistance to colonial rule and foreign subjugation.
Even today, we have similar characters in our midst who are ridiculed and laughed at when we should actually scratch the surface to see underneath the aspirations of these courageous people; then and now, for genuine freedom, dignity, social justice, and the promise of a good life.
In recent history, many Illustrados, and scholars were housed, hosted and co-opted with the “Victors” –the early Colonizers and the Imperialists who came to fulfill our Manifest Destiny. This created a group of historians– the minions or “tuta” as propagandists with blind loyalty to their former Masters.– at least for now. The Land of the Rising Sun also almost succeeded to implant their own brand of “our” history for future Filipino generations.
Ever since these lackey’s brainwashing materials were adopted in Philippine Educational System, our grade school pupils learned and sang with the negative notion: “I was poorly born on the top of the mountain”; My Nipa Hut is very small and Planting Rice is never fun”. We know more about the history of the American Revolution and heroes; sang the Star Spangled Banner with patriotic fervor and Dream of a White Christmas. Worst, we had to pay fine for speaking our very own language on school campuses. The Good Manners and Right Conduct, a separate subject in Elementary Classes of the yesteryear was stricken-out in the school curriculum.
Ingrained in the minds of students, is a history of a failed Revolution but glamorizing exploits of the Luzon leaders of the Revolution. While the defeat and documented formal surrender of Spain to the victorious Independent Federal Visayan Republic; and the heroic saga of the unconquered Bangsa Moro Nation in Mindanao —are scarce, if ever mentioned in school textbooks and only relegated to the dustbin of history. Thus, only to become a travesty of the past and lost in the hazy twilight of our memories.
These people even have the gall to initiate ahead the construction of the grand Magellan shrine to be revered by Filipinos while naming a grouper fish “Lapu-Lapu” — after our foremost hero whose statue was erected very much later.
Presently, most of us still suffer the hang-over of Magellan discovering the “Islas” and W.H. Scott converts insistence of early Malay Datus from Borneo emigration to Panay in “Maragtas” a hoax. While ancient Chinese Ming Dynasty chronicles recorded otherwise.
Moreover, Pedro Monteclaro’s “Maragtas” was transliterated from Fr. Tomas Santaren’s “Historia de Los Primeros Datos Que, procedentes de Borneo, Poblaron Estas Islas” that was based on the manuscripts of his predecessor Fr. Agustín Rico O.S.A who was assigned as resident priest of Suarangan (San Joaquin) in 1801.
Our own history and the study of archeology and anthropology often were sponsored by Westerners. It is high time we involve ourselves in the study and research of our past.
Thanks! to the advent of cyberspace communication, the format in today’s e-fora via the Internet – be that amateur or professional – in search of our past can be done by all.
And I despise more of the so-called academic elitism where the oral tales handed down from generations by our very own “Katigulangans” or the common folks–their languages and practices had to be routed by most academicians. That is not to say they have no merit but in this case with the search of the real truth about our glorious past and noble heritage — all of the research can only contribute to the good of all –in the meantime, peripheral discoveries will also open up more work and maybe newer disciplines. In the meantime, let us make them fun and enjoyable.
“Today the Ilonggo Nation, tomorrow a Federal Filipino Nation” –dinggol.d~~~