Sikatuna might not be the one in your radars when Bohol is mentioned. It remains a sleepy and tranquil town nestled not far from the city.
This town might not ring a bell, but definitely it will flourish into a town pushing its potentials to become the next big thing in the province.
Mayor Jose Ellorimo Jr. laid out the vision for the town for the next few years, enabling to transform the town into a bustling nook near the city.
Sikatuna, a town born from Alburquerque and Balilhan, is one due for something big. The centennial of its foundation is, perhaps, one of the most timely springboard to cast the future for the town and its people.
Last week, the town celebrated the centennial celebrations with an opening salvo lining up several activities of the year-long festivities in line with the 100th year anniversary.
The mayor challenged the people to lend their support to the effort to celebrate the 100th year anniversary. Despite the low budget, Ellorimo mustered the effort and cooperation of the people to launch a meaningful opening salvo celebrating the centennial of the town known as the namesake of a great Boholano leader.
Ellorimo welcomed guests to the newly-minted town hall, which was damaged during the 2013 earthquake.
Now, Sikatuna boasts of one of the most elegant, yet functional town halls in the province. The new town hall was inaugurated in time for the opening salvo of the centennial celebrations.
The town also revived its Camboyod Festival aiming to attract more visitors to the town via its festival and merrymaking. A modest display of the artistry was made via the street dancing and a showdown at the town’s open space.
The village of Abucay Norte won the over-all prize for the Camboyod festival followed by Poblacion 1, at second place, Cambuac Norte in third place, Poblacion 2, grabbing fourth place and Can-agong managing to finish in the winner’s circle at fifth place.
The newly-revived Camboyod festival featured a street dancing competion saw Cambuac Sur winning the plum.
Barangay Can-agong won the best in Choreography. Barangay Abucay Norte won the Best in Production Design as Best in Costume award went to barangay Bahay Bahay. The most disciplined group went to barangay Abucay Norte.
SHORT HISTORY OF SIKATUNA
Sikatuna sits in a prime position to become a huge suburb of the province’s lone component city–Tagbilaran.
The position is sweet and ripe for the town to catch the spill over economic activities and perhaps provide prime residential areas for people who want to live away from the city, but not too far from it.
With just 7,000 inhabitants and located 17 kilometers away from Tagbilaran, Sikatuna is a quaint, small town that has the potential to become a huge suburb in the future.
Some parts of the now town of Sikatuna was once part of the huge town of Baclayon. When Alburquerque parted with Baclayon, some parts of the now Sikatuna went to the new town affectionately called Albur.
Some parts of Sikatuna called barrio Cambojod was part of Baclayon, which later became part of Albur.
Barrio Cambojod’s name was later changed to barrio Cornago. Cornago combined with other barrios in Albur namely Abucay, Libjo, Canagong and Cambuac with barrios located in Balilihan namely Badian and Bahay Bahay to form then newly-created town of Sikatuna.
The town was a creation of an executive order issued by then United States Governor-General of the Philippine Islands Francis Burton Harrison on December 5, 1917.
The barrios petitioned to be separated and to form a new town named after one of Bohol’s key heroic figures.
The change was envisioned by a local leader named Clemente Lacea or Tan Inting with the help of his “mentor” Miguel Oppus known as Tan Igue, according to the website Bohol-Philippines.com
Lacea wanted to have Cornago to separate from Albur, and to do this, he needed to gain control of the politics of Albur.
In 1916, Lacea ran for the municipal presidency of Albur and was able to steer towards the creation of an ordinance suggesting the creation of a new town with Cornago as its seat of government.
The name Sikatuna was obviously taken from the name of the Datu who ruled the part of Bohol and entered into the first Treaty of Friendship with Spaniard Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
However, the blog of Atty. Nilo G. Ahat said there is more history to the town’s name of Sikatuna.
He claims the town was not originally named for the great Boholano chieftain, instead it was just a corruption from the originally intended name for the then new town.
Ahat said the town was originally called SAIKATONA, which is an Visayan term meaning on the third try, attempt or time. The founders of the SAIKATONA wanted to emphasize three things through the name: the fact the town had to try three times to find a name for the town, the fact it had become a town and third, the territory had been defined by law a third time. Parts of the now town Sikatuna came from Baclayon then Albur and now a town on its own.
Since the name SAIKATONA also sounds like SIKATUNA, the town was called by the latter and stayed that way until now.
The town of Sikatuna was known to be a haven for people trying to hide from the Japanese during World War II.
During that time the town had two mayors installed by the Japanese, Galiciano Jasmin who replaced Lucio Maghujop being the vice mayor, but eventually replaced by Ponciano Toledo.
Toledo already was a third-term mayor when he was installed by the Japanese.