Sunday, April 19, 2009


We were surfing in the net and was amazed how emerging techies uses the cyber tech as a mode to convey their advocacies especially in the political scene, which drives us to do a project and develop a site "THE POLL WATCH: Philippine Politics in Cyber Space", where we linked the sites of the different candidates and political parties. We are not into politics, the cyber space, however, gives us a place where we can look, observe and discern these candidates, their platform and vision, especially for our relatives from abroad to be in touched with the developments in our country. Imagine meeting Trisha in You Tube, she is in the Middle East - Eh . . . Lolo niya pala si Fr. Angel! We hope she'll meet Luel Luga De Jesus in Mid-East.

Sid Lactao Jr., an A.B. English Graduate of La Salette University, Santiago Isabela, former radio announcer and Editor of City Star Santiago City was writing a book entitled:"ISABELA: 75 Unknown Facts", where he featured Great Isabelenos and Gen. Mateo Noriel Luga was one among them. We emailed each other for a time exchanging notes about the history of Gen. Mateo Noriel Luga. If there is one, who we can consider as the greatest among the great Isabelenos, its none other than the late General Mateo Noriel Luga. Imagine an Ibanag tribal warrior sending a fleet of Navy running away from battle in the Island of Cebu after he rescued his wife and family who were held hostage to capture him .

There were some pictures kept by Fr. Angel Luga of the late Gen. Mateo Noriel Luga wearing tribal clothing, which only means that "Gen. Luga" or his family occupies a respectable position among the Ibanags, one of the dominant tribe in Cagayan Valley, among others - the Itawis, Irrayas, Ilonggots and Negritos. We go over the accounts written by friar missionaries in the book of Fr. Pedro V. Salgado (which Fr. Angel Luga gave us during our mission in Isabela last year 2008) entitled : "Cagayan Valley and Eastern Cordillera : 1581 -1898", names of tribal leaders were mentioned, but not of an Ibanag tribal leader. What amuses us are the following facts: the Spanish Missionaries used "Ibanag" as the official language in the entire Cagayan Valley - this only means that "Ibanag dialect or the "Ibanags" are the more dominant tribe. Second: most of tribal leaders accounted are only those killed or neutralized by the Spaniards - during those days the colonizers (of course) does not mention or writes about rebel leaders who they have not captured or neutralized, as this would only mean that they are weak. There were many tribal leaders that rebelled against the Spaniards from the different tribe, but none was mentioned about an Ibanag Tribal leader. Imagine how cunning General Mateo Noriel Luga was - he was not captured or killed by the Spaniards, but in fact, the one who led the rebellion from Cagayan to Manila.

His name have not also been mentioned in the the accounts of the Generals under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, may be because he was a tribal leader. His sending to Cebu raised suspicion that it was actually part of the scheme for the Cavitenos to gain control over the Katipunan because of the rift between the group of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio. In fact, there were accounts mentioned by Eng. Elmer Surriga that he heard from his Grandmother that his Great Grandfather, the late Gen. Mateo Noriel Luga, was against the killing of Andres Bonifacio. Nevertheless, Gen. Mateo Noriel Luga, as a good soldier, continued to fulfill his duty by sending the Americans running away from battle in Cebu during the Fil-Am War. What would have happened if Gen. Mateo Noriel Luga was in Isabela at the time when Gen. Aguinaldo retreated to Isabela? It might have changed the course of history with Luga fighting in his own terrain with his own people - maybe it might have changed the history.

History is what makes us - as a people and a nation. It is history that bonds us - a history of continued struggle . At times we wonder why we are what we are . . . now we fully understand because of history.

In his prologue Fr. Pedro V. Salgado stated:

"Like other Filipinos of good will, the author is worried about the poverty of the Filipino people today, and desires to help bring the people to a life of prosperity and happiness.

"An effective means to achieve this is history. For isn't it said that experience, and therefore history, is the best teacher?

"So important is history that foreign oppressors have always tried to distort history for their imperialistic objectives."

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