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Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

Posted by BCS on March 11, 2010

I first mentioned about this in a post I made way back in April, 2009 on the ruins of Cagayan’s first ever church:

While I was doing the series on Sanchez Mira early this year, scouring the web for any information about the place already available at the time, I came upon a website (http://cagayannorth.com) that mentions of a place called “Pata” (which, as the site describes it, is part of Sanchez Mira). According to the entry, short as it is, it is where the ruins of “Nagtutulagan” or “Nagsisiiman” are situated (however, it doesn’t give any detail regarding the nature of the ruins). In addition, it also mentions that it is where the first seven baptized natives were born.

At the time, we weren’t able to go to the site because most people seem to have already forgotten about the place.

When my family and I went back to Sanchez Mira, Cagayan for our Christmas vacation last December, I once again asked my brother-in-law, Mang Val, if we could try once more to locate the site/ruins of this “Nagsisiiman”/”Nagtutulagan”. To my great joy, he obliged.

And so, we went around town asking people about the place.

Most people, particularly those who were beyond 500 meters from the site, are practically clueless about it. Luckily, we bumped into a couple of elderly people who had been to the place as children back in the 60s or 70s. One of them remembers seeing stone “seats” (pews probably) scattered on the site.

But, to my disappointment, when we told them that we wanted to go there, they told us that it was very doubtful that we’ll be able to see anything there because they’ve heard that the stone seats/pews had already been discarded by either miners or the farmers living near the vicinity.

But still, we carried on.

Our first attempt was a failure… thanks to the vicious dogs roaming around the dirt path going to the site. We were also told that there are snakes along the way and that we’ll need someone to guide us.

When we went back a few days later, we were very fortunate to find a local (Vicente Donalvo Yaquin) who was very much willing to take us to the site (which is situated on top of a hill).

Our guide, Vicente Donalvo Yaquin

Our guide, Vicente Donalvo Yaquin

It was quite a long trek. And since it had been raining earlier, the path was muddy and slippery.

Path to the site of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

Path to the site of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

Path to the site of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

Path to the site of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

Path to the site of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

Path to the site of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

When we reached the top, this was what we saw…

The site of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan on top of the hill

The site of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan on top of the hill

But upon closer inspection, we saw something distinctively manmade lying underneath the thick green carpet…

The ruins of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

The ruins of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

The ruins of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

The ruins of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

The ruins of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

The ruins of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

The ruins of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

The ruins of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

I wasn’t able to make a visual of how the place could have looked like before. What I can say is that the the area covered by the “ruins” is quite wide. And the view is Wonderful!

The view from the site of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

The view from the site of Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan

There’s still something there, and it’s probably almost 500 years old.

Sanchez Mira/Claveria boundary (Namuac Bridge) - Hill on the right is where Nagtutulagan is situated

Sanchez Mira/Claveria boundary (Namuac Bridge) - Hill on the right is where Nagtutulagan is situated

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10 Responses to “Nagsisiiman/Nagtutulagan”

  1. terry m. barasi said

    TO BARANGAY NAMUAC FOLKS AND OFFICERS:
    PLEASE RESERVE AND PRESERVE THE NAGTUTULAGAN AND NAGSIMBAANAN SITE TO BE DEVELOPED AS A NATIONAL PARK AND TOURIST SPOT. THE TAMBULI RIVER AT THE FOOTSIDE OF “NAGTUTULAGAN” PLEASE RESERVE, PRESERVE AND PROTECT ALL SURROUNDINGS TO BE DEVELOPED SOON AS A TOURIST SPOT. WE CAN CREATE JOB ON THESE PROPOSED PROJECT AND COULD MAKE GOOD ADDITIONAL INCOME OF BARANGAY NAMUAC TO BE A BETTER AND PROGRESSIVE TOWN OF NAMUAC. IF THIS DREAMS COMES TRUE I’LL PURSUE TO MAKE A MASTER PLAN THE WHOLE OR ENTIRE AREA OF THE ORIGINAL NAMUAC, WHICH COMPOSES THREE BARANGAYS AND SUBURBS (NAMUAC, SAN ANDRES AND NAGRANTAYAN INCLUDING MINANGA, TOKITOK AND MAGACAN)
    AT NAGTUTULAGAN PROVIDE A 500 TO 1,000 FEET SET BACK FROM THE TOE OF THE MOUNTAIN FOR FUTURE PARKING AREAS AND COMPLEX BUILDING STRUCTURES TO HOUSE MUSEUM, CULTURAL CENTERS, LIBRARIES, TRAINING CENTERS, ADMINISTRATION BUILDINGS, THEATERS, AUDITORIUMS AND AMPHITHEATERS AND OTHER RELATED BUILDINGS. MASTER PLAN AND DESIGN TO BE DISCUSSED TO THE MEMBERS OF COMMITEE AND OPEN PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD TO THE PROPOSED SITE.
    GOOD LUCK!

  2. rodney said

    ANG GALING MO BRYAN. KINILABUTAN AKO… A TREASURE INDEED…. THANKS…

  3. rodney said

    BRY, i suggest, we can put it in facebook or friendster and we can invite all sanchez miranians out there. we can create more awareness if you will connect this to those social network sites…

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  5. LEONEL SACOPASO said

    I would say that the local government would spearhead this project instead of mining the shore of Namuac…I’ll keep an eye for the transformation of Nagtutulagan and hoping that our local elected official would earmark from their budget soon…

  6. elmo said

    it would be nice to preserve these sites. i was reading about guerillas during the last world war and nagsisiiman is also mentioned there, i think it was their lookout for approaching japanese.

  7. Glezel said

    I feel so good that i drop by at this page. Im already 26 years old and i live at sanchez mira since birth but i havent heard about nagsisiiman and nagtutulagan. I will make sure to visit that next time i will go home. If so, i will share some new pics of it too. I hope that somehow the new generation should also have an idea about this cause maybe the new gen dont have any idea of this at all. thank you so much for sharing the info. Keep it up. Godbless

  8. Jose Jr Valdez said

    When I was a kid my father often bring me to Bantay Nagtutulagan on top of it was a place surrounded by bricks with round table &seats all made of stones.To the north you can see Minanga south were ricefields.Pata River was the best way of transport going north or south until early 70s.If you’re at the foot of the mt. you notice the layers of stones as if it was manmade.Actually Nagtutulagan is a property of Valdez clan.

  9. dave said

    wonderfull nature🙂 like mountain climbing |Playgroup Singapore

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