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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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Rizal’s Vertebra

Posted by BCS on November 7, 2008

Vertebra of Jose Rizal which was hit by a bullet from the firing squad (Photo taken on October 4, 2008)

Vertebra of Jose Rizal which was hit by a bullet from the firing squad (Photo taken on October 4, 2008)

When I first went to the Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago, I remember seeing a description on this display saying that this is one of Rizal’s vertebrae, one which was hit by a bullet when he was executed by a firing squad in Bagumbayan on December 30, 1896.

According to a comment posted by “maria” to an entry on Howie Severino’s blog:

“the relic was taken when Rizal’s bones were transferred from Paco cemetery to Luneta 17 years after he was executed.”

Somehow, I can’t find any description anywhere on the relic’s display case when I went there last October 4 (2008). And, sadly, the lack of description on the display is causing people to assume what this item is…

That day, a big group of high school students were having what I’m supposing was an educational field trip. While I was going around this particular relic’s display case looking for a description, I overheard several students remark “Yan siguro yung lamparang pinaglagyan ng Mi Ultimo Adios…” (“That’s probably the lamp that contained the Mi Ultimo Adios”) when the lamp they were referring to, or the alcohol stove for that matter, was sitting just a few feet away from them.

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