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Tangke Ug Tabigi

T&T

Here’s another enduring story from our ‘old’ folk (hahaha). The author might agree with me that only the body gets old, but not the heart. Sorry MT for the word ‘OLD’… for I know you are still very young at heart. Forty is not that old enough though…hahaha.

Anyway, we’ll share this to our young generations, for them to know how life before was a struggle… yet full of excitement.

Have fun everyone!

Tangke & Tabigi (Years Back)

Before LWUA or the Local Water Works Systems instigated in Borbon, Borbonanons living at the town proper have already enjoyed potable water (limpyo pa man gud to sa una oy) from two important sources: Tangke & Tabigi.

Sa wala pa mauso ang tubig sa gripo ug mga bottled mineral waters, locals who have no direct access to the water system normally fetch water from deep wells and springs. Kung para hugas sa plato, magpundo ug tubig gikan sa poso… pero kong imnunon gani, sa tabigi o tangke magsag-ob.

Life before was simple and unpretentious. At dawn, we woke up looking for empty urn (gallons) or containers and head directly to Tangke. If lucky enough to catch the plunge of the reservoir, we will finish filling our empty containers; take a quick shower with such enormous drops at the reservoir, then leave with a happy heart so we can ready ourselves for school (usahay wala na gani shampohay ug panabon ba).

But if Tangke will run out of water supply, we will continue our plight to Tabigi (the main source itself) and have to walk an extra mile. The tendency is, we will end up lingering at the river, putting behind our stuffs and enjoying our swimming spree in icy cold, crystal clear Ylaya water instead. Usahay maapasan pa gani ug bunal kay dugay manguli; gapaabot diay si Mama ug tubig pangkilis sa bugas. Hahay buhay! Maalaala mo pa kaya ang latos nga sambag… nga pwerting sakita. Ug ang bakos ni papa… nga pwerting ngiloha!

Terms To Remember:

Tangke – Long time back, this is the common name of the local reservoir in Poblacion which supply fresh potable water (for free) at the nearby locality. The word derived from English word tank or water tank.

Tabigi – is the name referred to the main water source in Poblacion; a small spring located in a place called Ylaya. Tabigi water source supplies directly to Tangke (water tank); and runs through the ‘now famous’ Silmugi river.

How about you? Do you also have some customary fixations or stories from way back? Like your regular routines before time immemorial…hahaha.

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Missing My Friend Rizzy!

Rizzy

Here’s another Bislish (Bisaya-English) blog entry from one of our alumni living in the town proper as he narrated his childhood story about the historical landmark in our town—Rizal Park.

Read and Enjoy!

Child Play at Rizal Park

Unlike other town plazas and parks, ours is a miniscule and precarious one. Not because it shares proximity to the highway but the area is too small that it only accommodates the statue of our national hero, the spherical fountain at the middle, with range of foliage embellishing the surroundings and tiny bermuda area as playground for children. Nevertheless it provides good avenues for children to gain access to real recreation and fun sports. The fun sports I mean were climbing the statue of Rizzy (Dr. Jose Rizal) using nothing but bare hands (it’s already an Everest during my time), sliding with a pair of slippers at the hedge of the park and playing hide-and-seek with the rest of the barkadas. Though you need to be extra careful while playing, as a little recklessness will be worth the experience you would surely remember for the rest of your life.

Unsaon man gud nga sa akong pagkabata, dili jud nako ikalimod ang akong kakiat. Saksi si Rizzy, sa akong mga gipanulti. Bahala’g lisod katkaton ang monyumento ni Rizzy pugson gihapon ug saka. Si Rizzy usab ang pwede maka-explain sa mga uwat sa akong kilay, suwang, bukton ug mga tuhod. Maong hangtod karon, bisan unsaon nako’g pahid ug ointment dili na gayod mapapas.

Though my friends and I used to have plenty of sweet childhood memories at Rizal Park. Sa park mi pwede mag dakop-dakop, tago-tago, layat-layat, ambak-ambak and all kinds of fun activities we can think of. Usahay kong dili magkasinabot, apil na gani ang away-away. Ang ending, sumbong-sumbong dayon sa mga ginikanan. Maayo na lang gani kay dili moapil ang mga dagko sa among away kay kabalo man sila nga puro ra jud to binata amoa.

Although the place is not suitable for small children, it somehow provides the best chance for us to play, run, perform plenty of tricks without limits. Siguro tungod kay walay laing outlets ang mga kabataan (sa among lugar) kaniadto maong sa Rizal Park na lang modalikyat ug duwa. Wala pa man gud mauso sa una ang computers, internet, cellphones, tablets, laptops ug uban pa.

Then I realized how lucky we are to have had enjoyed our childhood with genuine leisure activities. It didn’t make us lazy and sedentary at all, but more of making our physical side in constant activity. Children before were not savoir-faire with technology. They even have limited access to television and techno stuffs. Kong naa gani tv ug betamax, sa silingan ra namong arangan… kong motan-aw ka, naa pa jud bayad…hehehe.

The emergence of new technology nowadays brought several challenges to our children. This time, children are more inclined to staying indoor and play with PSP’s or gameboy, browsing the internet, going gaga with facebook and other social networking site, etc. than to venture outdoor like the park or plaza with their peers.

Hahaay! Nakalimtan na gyud intawon si Rizzy sa mga kabataan sa Borbon. Nagpabiling ga-inusara ug barog sa iyang monyumento, nagpaabot nga bisitahon ug balik sa mga batang sip-unon kaniadto nga nalingaw ug duwa diha sa iyang nataran.

Hold on Rizzy for we will meet again soon.

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Nganong Gihigugma Ko Ikaw Borbon?

I love Borbon

Why I love Borbon?

“I love Borbon because more than anything else, it offers distinct warmth of the people that sets it apart from other localities. Borbonanons are perceived for their unique hospitality, friendliness, industriousness, resilience and deep sense of patriotism, Borbonanons are undoubtedly gracious and friendly hosts”. –the moderator’s view

There are plenty of reasons why we should love Borbon. While there are many Borbonanons seeking greener pasture in other places and continue to soar in many fields, more tourists also are drawn to the municipality because of the culture of pakikisama and craftsmanship among its people, the vast natural resources resilient amid trying times, its fair weather, relative peace and of course, its business-friendly atmosphere.

We asked a 15-year old boy from our barangay exactly the same question and his answer was, “Ganahan ko sa Borbon tungod sa maabi-abihon ug Dyosnong mga tawo, masinabtanong silingan ug hapsay nga lugar. Sa Borbon, pwede pa makapamaylo ug asin sa silingan, makapanguha ug pal-ak sa kamunggay daplin sa dalan ug labaw sa tanan makapapanghuwam polo ug necktie sa mga arangan namong silingan kong duna mi okasyon sa eskwelahan”, the boy uttered.

Perhaps depending on every person’s circumstance and experience, the inherent love of Borbonanons to this peaceful little town varies.

If you are to answer the same question “Why you love Borbon?” what would that be. Give your views or comments here.

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Borbon Municipal Hall

Borbon Municipal Hall

As a sequel to our topic Borbon History 101, we will bring you to our next stop, Borbon Municipal Building. But other than our local government unit, who can extend a yarn of clear-cut information about the history of our municipal hall? Our ‘katiguwangans’ we supposed.

In this topic, we want to give a fair share of information gathered from our alumni community. We call it, ‘pinagtagpi-tagping istorya’.

Now there goes our first question, “Is our municipal building a century old edifice?” The answer is NO!

Our existing municipal building is a juvenile structure as it was obviously patterned to a modern architectural design inside and out. Therefore, it’s as contemporary as the pioneering graduates of BNHS, lol.

According to some alumni, the first building in BNHS used to be the old municipal hall. LGU officials spearheaded by former Vice-Mayor Paz de Roda, with the support of Hon. Bernard “Butch” Sepulveda (Mayor) and members of the Sangguniang Bayan, converted the old building to a satellite school for Tabunan National High School in order to provide students in the municipal proper (coastal barangays) an easy access to high school education. It was later turned into a Municipal High School (known as BMHS), until it was officially named as Borbon National High School (BNHS) till present time.

The old municipal building is located at the center of the town behind the heritage center and beside the St. Sebastian Parish Church. Before it was converted into a high school building, there’s also one familiar sight that most of our young generations have been concealed with the privilege to set their eyes on. It was the municipal tennis court. Yeah, right! Some Borbonanons were already fond of tennis long before.

The only problem for most Borbonanons during that time was availability of tennis gears and equipment. But as I remember, there were tennis aficionados offering tennis lessons, bringing tennis stuffs during summer time to indulge the young and restless kids of Borbon into this kind of sport. But tennis (as a sport for Borbonanons) didn’t prosper anyway that is why the LGU decided to utilize the area by converting it to a more beneficial project, demountable buildings for BNHS instead. The best move by our LGU actually as more Borbonanon youth were given concessions to pursue high school closer to their homes.

For the present Municipal Hall, it is quite sturdy and we believe it bodes well to last long. There housed the municipal offices and departments like the Office of the Mayor, Vice Mayor, Local Civil Registrar and Human Resource Management, Municipal Assessor, Administrator, Budget Officer, Sanguniang Bayan, etc.

If you know when (exact date) our present Municipal Hall was erected, please share it here.

It feels good to impart information about our town’s history and historical landmarks especially to the young generations of Borbon. So when our time is over, lol, they can also pass those information to generations after them.

If you have interesting historical account about our peaceful little town, please share it here. You can email us at registered_nurse123@yahoo.com or you can send it directly to us vide facebook message at BNHS Borbon.

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Borbon As The Hiding Place For The Grand Old Man of Cebu

Sergio Osmena

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines highlighted the town of Borbon, Cebu, Philippines in the annals of Philippine History.

It’s when the Grand Old Man of Cebu, President Sergio Osmena went into hiding after the Spaniards identified his involvement in the anti-Spanish uprising in Manila in 1897.

NHCP says, “the outbreak of the Revolution in Manila forced Sergio Osmena to return to Cebu to continue his studies. He worked as a part-time court recorder for the Cebu Audiencia and a personal aide to the Spanish military governor of Cebu. At the same time, he was a contributor of articles to El Boletin de Cebu, the only provincial newspaper at that time; and to the Spanish Manila- based periodical, El Comercio. Sergio’s excellence as a journalist earned him the prestigious Medalla del Merito Civil. Sergio went back to Manila in 1897 to resume his studies. However, new anti-Spanish uprisings forced him to flee to Borbon, Cebu since he was identified with the Spaniards”. You can also follow this link http://www.nhcp.gov.ph/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=709

Many Borbonanons especially young generations doesn’t exactly know this relevant piece of history. What we only learned about the Osmena’s, was that they belong to powerful political clans in Cebu and apparently their influence proliferates to the whole of Cebu and even in neighboring provinces. Evidently in our municipality, we have had a private high school in upland barangay named after Don Emilio Osmena and another elementary school named after Dona Mary Osmena among others, as cenotaphs of their bequest.

Without knowing that no less than the Grand Old Man himself, was for one time, during the Spanish period came to our peaceful little town to take shelter and concealed from the preying eyes of the Spaniards.

We brought up this topic in order to give relevance to one historical account where our town was mentioned by NHCP and for us, Borbonanons to have some sense of personal or rather historical gratifications.

That Borbonanons are proud, warmth and friendly people willing to lend a hand for those who come to our aid.

May it be the most powerful man in the country or the least fortunate in our society.

But who is the Grand Old Man of Cebu?

SERGIO OSMEÑA: REMEMBERING THE GRAND OLD MAN OF CEBU
(1878-1961)

Sergio Osmeña is commonly associated with the Philippine fifty-peso bill since it bears his image. Popularly known as the “Grand Old Man of Cebu”, Osmeña rose from being a newspaper reporter to the Presidency of the Philippine Republic in1944-46.

Juana Suico Osmeña was only fourteen years old when she gave birth to Sergio Osmeña on September 9, 1878. Sergio used Osmeña as family name since Juana was not officially married to anyone. It is no secret in history that he grew up without knowing his father, but it didn’t hinder him from joining the roster of the iconic Filipino leaders.

Sergio obtained his elementary education in a private school administered by Martin Medalle. He later entered the Colegio de Segunda Enseñanza under the supervision of Miguel Logarta. At the age of eleven, he enrolled in the high school of the Seminario Colegio de San Carlos, passing all of his subjects at the end of the year with a grade of sobresaliente. In 1894, Sergio transferred to Manila to study at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, where he first met Manuel Quezon. He earned a degree in Bachelor of Arts, prior to his Law course in the University of Santo Tomas. He continued to support himself as a working student. In UST, Sergio and Emilio Jacinto were classmates.

The outbreak of the Revolution in Manila forced Sergio to return to Cebu to continue his studies. He worked as a part-time court recorder for the Cebu Audiencia and a personal aide to the Spanish military governor of Cebu. At the same time, he was a contributor of articles to El Boletin de Cebu, the only provincial newspaper at that time; and to the Spanish Manila- based periodical, El Comercio. Sergio’s excellence as a journalist earned him the prestigious Medalla del Merito Civil.

Sergio went back to Manila in 1897 to resume his studies. However, new anti-Spanish uprisings forced him to flee to Borbon in Cebu since he was identified with the Spaniards. Returning to Manila after two years, he covered the retreat of Emilio Aguinaldo for a Cebu newspaper. Sergio gave his support to the besieged republic, providing Aguinaldo updates with the developments in Cebu. He became an associate of Juan Climaco, an influential Cebuano illustrado and a republican.

Before travelling to the north, Sergio met Estefania Chiong Veloso, daughter of Nicasio Chiong Veloso, a business tycoon in Cebu. He generously gave Sergio a capital of 30,000 pesos to establish the first daily periodical in the province; and on April 16, 1900, the first issue of El Nuevo Dia was published. Working with Rafael Palma and Jayme de Veyra, Osmeña put out El Nuevo Dia, not for the purpose of making a profit but to spread the concept of preserving liberty among the Filipinos.

Sergio married Estefania on April 10, 1901. In 1903, he took the examination for aspiring lawyers, and placed second in the overall ranking with an average grade of 95.66, and got 100 percent in Penal Code and Civil Procedure.

Resurfacing in Cebu in May 1903, Sergio was recognized as a nationalist after winning a case in favor of a former Filipino revolutionist who was charged with sedition. In December of the same year, with the support of Governor Juan Climaco, Sergio made his initial entry into politics after winning as municipal councillor. He was re-elected in the 1904 elections. Governor Climaco appointed him as acting provincial governor some time in 1904. Backed with his experience, he was victorious in the gubernatorial race of the 1905 elections. Sergio Osmeña won a seat in the Philippine Assembly in 1907, and was easily proclaimed as its first Speaker at twenty nine. At that time, the Speakership was the highest position that a Filipino could aspire for, being second only to the American governor-general.

In 1916, the passage of Jones Law allowed the Filipinos to have a broader participation in the running of the government. It created a bicameral legislative system, composed of a lower house called the House of Representatives and an upper house known as the Senate. Sergio remained as House Speaker, while Quezon was elected as Senate President.

Two years after Estefania died in 1918, Sergio married Esperanza Limjap who came from a wealthy clan.

A Senator from 1922-35, he joined fellow Senator Manuel Roxas in the United States to lobby for Philippines independence at the American Congress. The OSROX Mission played a vital role in the approval of the Hare-Hawes-Cutting Act which was eventually replaced by the Tydings-McDuffie Act. Quezon and Osmeña ran as president and vice-president respectively in the 1935 elections for the Commonwealth government, beating their opponents with a huge margin.

Manuel Quezon and Sergio flew to the United States when World War II broke out. The Commonwealth government was suddenly in exile, with Quezon remaining as President and Osmeña as Vice-President.

On August 1, 1944, Manuel Quezon’s death in Saranac Lake, New York put Sergio Osmeña at the helm of a presidency in exile. He was with General Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers, when he returned to the Philippines, landing at the Red Beach, Palo, Leyte on October 20, 1944. The Commonwealth government, headed by Osmeña was re-established temporarily in Tacloban, Leyte on October 23, 1944.
The Second World War ended in 1945. Sergio inherited a devastated country. Nevertheless, he showed that old age was not an obstacle to serve the country. He devoted his short term as president to the restoration of peace and order, providing health services for the Filipinos, handling issues of collaboration, re-establishment of foreign relations and reconstruction of cities destroyed by war.

In the 1946 national elections, Sergio Osmeña lost to Manuel A. Roxas, but his character as a nationalist and statesman never vanished from the memory of the Filipinos. Until now, his descendants are very visible and active in Philippine politics, a manifestation that the Filipino people have trusted the Osmeñas through the decades.

Truly, it is worthy to pay tribute to a man who fought for the liberty we enjoy today.

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REFERENCES:
Agoncillo, Teodoro. Garotech Publishing. History of the Filipino People. 1970
Pacis, Vicente. President Sergio Osmeña. A Fully Documented Biography: Volume I and II. 1971
President Sergio Osmeña: Peerless Filipino Statesman. President Sergio Osmeña Memorial Foundation, Inc. 1968.
Santos, Gloria M. Philippine Presidents: 100 Years. New Day Publishers. 1999

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Remembering the Past Local Leaders of Borbon

History 101- Local Leaders

According to the record of our municipal government, Borbon was established as a small settlement or a town in the northern part of the province of Cebu in 1692.

During the Spanish Regime, the following locals served as Capitanes of Borbon.

(Capitanes is also known as local leaders during the Spanish regime. Other known names for local leaders are Tenientes and Cabeza de Barangay)

1)Cipriano Destura
2)Placido Dosdos
3)Pablo Montegrande
4)Agustin Mandonedo
5)Crispin Dosdos
6)Eugenio Sepulveda

Under the American Regime, the following locals became El Presidentes or Municipal Presidents of Borbon:

(El Presidente or Municipal President is also known as local leader during the American occupation)

1)Pedro Mangubat
2)Joaquin Herrera
3)Santiago Mangubat
4)Monteno Mangubat
5)Hilario Buhay
6)Lazaro Mandonedo

The first municipal mayor who served the municipal office after the war was Celestino Mondigo.

Reference: Municipality of Borbon Website http://www.borboncebu.net

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Borbon Parish Church

The New Church of BorbonOriginal Church of BorbonBorbon Church

Little did we know about the history of Borbon and its people in times of yore.

There are no specific accounts for Borbonanons’ way of life during the Spanish or American eras, even in the post World War II period.

We don’t even have a hub (municipal archive) where young generations can easily peruse in gathering minutiae or searching niceties and facts about our beloved hometown and our people. It turned out, Borbonanons nowadays rely only on diminutive details from oldies and some of them merely based on partial recollection of thoughts.

As our take, we also want to impart something shared by our ‘katiguwangans’ and post it here so others can take the pleasure of reading or perhaps sharing.

Let’s take a pick and start from our town’s historical landmarks.

First stop, Borbon Parish Church

In colonial times and during the Spanish era, Borbon was established as a parish by the Archdiocese of Cebu on September 15, 1862. The parish was under the Vicariate of San Guillermo de Aquitania and St. Sebastian, the martyr, is its patron saint. The common attribute for our patron saint was that he was tied to a post, pillar or a tree, shot by arrows, clubbed to death.

But what’s really the story of St. Sebastian the Martyr, the patron saint of Borbon.

According to the 18th-century Acta Sanctorum, St. Sebastian (Born C.256 and died C.288) was a captain of the Praetorian Guard, A Roman Soldier, Healer and Martyr. He has converted and healed so many Christians (prisoners, soldiers, common people, etc.) during his times. A Roman general reproached Sebastian for his supposed betrayal, and commanded that Sebastian will be led to a field and there to be bound to a stake to be shot at. “And the archers shot at him till he was as full of arrows as an urchin,” leaving him there for dead. Miraculously, the arrows did not kill him. The widow of Castulus, Irene of Rome, went to retrieve his body to bury it, and found he was still alive. She brought him back to her house and nursed him back to health. The other residents of the house doubted he was a Christian. One of those was a girl who was blind. Sebastian asked her “Do you wish to be with God?”, and made the sign of the Cross on her head. “Yes”, she replied, and immediately regained her sight. Sebastian then stood on a step and harangued Diocletian as he passed by; the emperor had him beaten to death and his body thrown into a privy. But in an apparition Sebastian told a Christian widow where they might find his body undefiled and bury it “at the catacombs by the apostles.”

Due to the miraculous works of St. Sebastian and as fondly introduced by Spanish clerics to our community, Borbonanons utterly embraced the patron saint. Borbonanons in early times were believed to be very devoted and pious Church goers. The original church of Borbon, unfortunately burnt at the epoch of World War II and it was believed to be one of the oldest churches in Cebu. Vestiges stayed as the sole taciturn witness are old stone walls which were now developed by our LGU into a town’s heritage to preserve our unique history and culture. Another heritage left after the burning of our old church was the century-old bell, which we can still find at our church’ bell tower.

Borbon Parish

Next pick will be the Municipal town hall. Bet the municipal building we have was not that old as you think?

Do you have old stories for our beloved hometown? Share your stories here.

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SUBA AS IT WAS ONCE KNOWN

Suba

Long before Silmugi laid claim as the official name of the captivating river pouring out from Ylaya spring and other upland water sources, it was once renowned for its common repute as ‘Suba’. Old folks and children alike speak of this river in common accord. That when local residents wish to have a grab of fresh catch from fisher folks living the river side, people would just refer them as saying, “Adto sa Suba, para makapalit ka ug lab-as nga isda!”

The name ‘Suba’ may get more familiar in times and Silmugi, as it is now officially claimed, eventually elapsed in the passing of time, rooting it way-way back. That is why some generations in Borbon may find it new-fangled when the name Silmugi is being referred to this waterway, rather than the proverbial Suba.

With the extensive research by our local government unit to map out the remnant of times, Silmugi as it was widely recognized by the whole of Borbon during olden times (Spanish era, Japanese occupation and American regime) has reclaim its original name.

It is good to note though that young generation can now refer this enchanting river to its unfeigned name SILMUGI.

We don’t insinuate the name ‘Suba’ to confuse everyone but for us Borbonanon to remember that in the annals of history of our beloved town, Silmugi River was once called by local folks as merely Suba only and not Silmugi. We, the young generation of Borbon, understand the common word based on what was passed on by our forefather wherein the term became a common lingo eventually.

Not knowing that by definition, Suba is just a Spanish copula (meaning river) which has become a part of the young Borbonanon lexicon. We don’t even know the word Silmugi until it was introduced to us by our LGU and of course with the more profound celebration of Silmugi Festival.

Here’s why Suba before is more familiar than Silmugi:

•Asa mo bay? Mamasol mi sa Suba! (Where are you going? We will go fishing in Suba!)
•Ligo ta? Adto lang ta sa Suba para maka-ambak ta sa taytayan! (Let’s go swimming? Okay, let’s try Suba so we can jump over the bridge!)
•Manguha ta ug nipa? Adto sa Suba kay daghan kaayong dahon ang mga nipa didto? (Let’s gather some nipa leaves? We’ll go to Suba as nipa leaves there are more abundant!)
•Ngadto ta sa tabigi, mag baruto lang ta? Segi, adto ta agi sa Suba! (Let’s head to the spring and take a boat ride? Okay, then we’ll take the route from Suba!)
•Tan-aw ngadto’g lab-as nga isda dong? Segi Ma, adto ko sa Suba, basin ug naa nay dunggo karon! (Can you check some fresh seafood? Okay mother, I’ll go to Suba maybe some fishermen are docking already with their fresh catch!)
•Nak, ilunang to atong kabaw? Segi tay, akong dad-on sa Suba kay hapit sad ko ug kaligo! (Child can you take our carabao to the swamp? Okay father, I’ll take the carabao to Suba as I want to go for a dip too!)

Anyway, what’s more prominent than the fact that Borbon has increasingly attracting more visitors & sightseers. The town’s festival was officially formed, environmental landscape has changed & even aesthetic places were eventually developed.

Borbon is even more recognized with historical landmarks, beautiful beaches, remarkable caves and of course, astounding and friendly people.

What more can we ask for?

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Something To Learn & Share About Our Beloved Hometown

Silmugi Borbon

According to wikipedia, Borbon is a fourth class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. As per 2010 classifications of municipalities, Borbon has an average income ranging from 25-35 million a year.

Classification of municipalities is based on the average annual income of certain municipality from the previous four calendar years.

First Class, for municipalities with the average annual income of 55 million pesos or more; Second Class, for municipalities having income ranging from 45-55 million pesos a year; Third Class for municipalities with 35-45 million pesos; Fourth Class where Borbon is being classified into will be between 25-35 million; Fifth Class for municipalities with 15-25 million and Sixth Class for municipalities with less than 15 million pesos annual income.

For the 2010 census, Borbon has a population of 31,598 people (Source: http://www.census.gov.ph).

Borbon is administratively subdivided into 19 barangays below:

1. Bagacay
2. Bili
3. Bingay
4. Bongdo
5. Bongdo Gua
6. Bongoyan
7. Cadaruhan
8. Cajel
9. Campusong
10. Clavera
11. Don Gregorio Antigua (Taytayan)
12. Laaw
13. Lugo
14. Managase
15. Poblacion
16. Sagay
17. San Jose
18. Tabunan
19. Tagnucan

Sources of livelihood for Borbonanons are fishing and farming. However, with the continuous development of beautiful sceneries throughout the municipality by the local government and private sectors alike, maybe tourism industry will prosper and turn as valuable revenue players for our beloved hometown.

Who knows that in the next four year classification process for municipalities around the country, our beloved Borbon will take one step higher or a big leap perhaps to becoming a First Class municipality in the Province of Cebu.

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CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL PARISH CHURCH & THE FAMOUS BUDBUD KABOG

Budbud Kabog Sa Lugo

Have you pass by barangay Lugo and made a brief stop in front of St. Paul Parish in Lugo by the national road? Well if you haven’t been there yet, you are missing one-fourth of your life. Just kidding!

When you see buses and cars taking a quick stop by the road side, old and young ladies carrying basket of goods, the church by the ‘eskinitas’, you, my friend, are in Lugo already.

What is good about this place is the thriving business of our fellow Borbonanons; selling goods like puto cheese, banana chips, boiled egss, barbecue, etc. But one thing that’s always present in their basket of goods is the famous Budbud Kabog.

Barangay Lugo is popular not only because of the Budbud ladies but also because of the importance of its road-side church to road travelers. Right beside St. Paul Church is the road which connects Northeastern Cebu to Northwestern Cebu. In short, the road will take you to Tabuelan, Tuburan and other neighboring towns. Instead of going round the northern tip of Cebu through the national road, you can turn left instead, follow this road, and sure you can cut half of your travel time.

INFO BITS (CBCP ONLINE)
•The two parishes in the Municipality of Borbon, St. Sebastian Parish & Conversion of St. Paul Parish belong to District VII: Near North Cebu of the Archdiocese of Cebu.
•San Sebastian Parish in Poblacion, Borbon, Cebu founded in 1862 while the Conversion of St. Paul Parish in Lugo, Borbon, Cebu was in 1989, the two, under the Vicariate of San Guillermo de Aquitania.
•Msgr. Sindulfo D. Iriarte, PC is the Episcopal Vicar while Rev. Henrietto Visitacion is the Vicar Forance for the Vicariate of San Guillermo de Aquitania
•The assigned Parish Priest of St. Sebastian is Rev. Fr. Maximino Agustin Camilo C. Villamor while Rev. Fr. Joselito E. Gutierrez is the Parish Priest for the Conversion of St. Paul Parish.

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