One of the failures of our local cultural and historical commissions is keeping files, documents, artifacts and other evidences of the past. This could be attributed to the lack of funding from the local government units (LGU) which could be traced further to political polarization and partisanship. A clear fact: Rarely will one find a local government unit website that publishes the names of its past leaders – only the current ones.
The practice is not historical revisionism per se. It is actually trying to erase political memories and name recall especially in areas where the turnover of the local chief executives is high. In simple terms, the more politically contentious an area is, the higher the probability that the current administration will not publish the list of its political leaders particularly post-Marcos era. This is what I found out when I was building my database on local politicians. Cases in point are the Albay and Camarines Sur provincial websites. Since 1986, Albay has been under seven governors so nowhere in its site will you find the names of these governors. Camarines Sur, on the other hand, only has four governors since 1986 so the clan occupying the post – the Villafuertes – were too confident to publish the names of its other governors even pre-EDSA People Power I.
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During the Spanish period, the Chinese are considered as second class citizens. But a number of them rose to prominence shaping Bicol Region’s history and culture. Among those that ring a bell is Jose Ignacio Paua which we featured earlier — a leader of Andres Bonifacio’s Katipunan and later a mayor of Manito, Albay.
Another that literally and figuratively rings a bell is Simon Li Tuanqui, a pure Chinese ‘known for donating the now equally well-known pair of “Li Tuanqui Bells” to the Peñafrancia Shrine in Nueva Caceres in 1863 and 1868‘. He was one of the early Chinese migrants baptized in the Roman Catholic faith in the Bicol Region.
Aside from donating the bells, he also donated a significant amount of his wealth for the construction of the Peñafrancia Shrine and financed the building of the first pagoda for the annual procession in the Naga River.
Simon Li Tuanqui spent the rest of his life in the Bicol Region as businessman. He resided in Polangui, Albay and fathered sons and daughters who shaped local politics and the economy.
Source: The Enduring Legacy of Simon Li Tuanqui
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Marhay na aga sa saindo gabos na kasaro kan pamilyang minatubod sa paglaom na pagyamanon an satuyang kulturang Bikolnon.
Ako tabi si Pading Berto na minagikan pa sa syudad kan Naga pero nasa Daet, Camarines Norte na. Sa ngonyan, ako asin an sakuyang agom na si Fe an nagpapadagos kan simpleng pagmawot na buhayon asin maibalik an pagkamoot kan bagong henerasyon sa satuyang pinagdakulaan. An satuyang nagagadan nang Kulturang Bikolnon sa literatura asin iba pang mga Bikolnon kaiba na at mga tigsik asin rawitdawit.
Sa samuyang dikit na kwarta pero mayaman na pagtubod asin pagtubod, naitugdok mi an sarong gallery (arkilado an lugar) na parte kan samuyang inaarkilahan. Inapod mi ineung KUYAKOY ART CAFE na nasa Borabod, daet, Camarines Norte. An samuyang inisyatibo an nagpuon sa pagtatao kan pagbisto sa mga young artists kan Camarines Norte.
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