To let the next generation realize the legacy of a Boholano hero, a statue of Raja Sikatuna will be erected on the town that bears the hero’s name.
The move was bared Sikatuna Mayor Jose Ellorimo Jr in a radio report on Thursday.
The mayor said the project had been green-lighted by the National Historical Institute of the Philippines. The program of works, though, remains in the balance.
The P300,000 budget comes from an earlier appropriation by the town, said Ellorimo. Additional funding will come from the province. About P500,000 will be coming come from the provincial government, said Ellorimo.
TOWN HALL RECONSTRUCTION
The town’s new hall was turned over last month after being completed.
The hall was damaged as a result of the 2013 earthquake.
The town was able to receive P19.5 million from the Bohol Earthquake Assistance (BEA) fund from the national government.
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 anniversaries.
Ellorimo welcomed guests to the newly-minted town hall, which was damaged during the 2013 earthquake.
Series of events have been lined up for a year about the centennial celebrations. A special event is being lined up on June 13, the town’s fiesta. Despite budgetary constraints, Ellorimo said his government would make sure the events and activities will be reflective of the thanksgiving of the people as the town celebrated its 100th birth anniversary.
The town also revived its Camboyod Festival aiming to attract more visitors to the town via its festival and merrymaking.
HISTORY OF SIKATUNA
Being near Tagbilaran, the position is sweet and ripe for the town to catch the spillover 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 thenewly-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 a 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. (Dave Albarado)