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Igorot warriors honored in first “Cordillera World War II Historical Journey”

Mt. Province, Philippines – Unsung Igorot warriors were honored in the first-ever “Cordillera World War II Historical Journey” of the regional tourism department held from December 18 to 21, 2022.

The three-day journey was an exploratory project to validate the potential of rolling out the World War II Historical Journey - a caravan that showcases Cordillera’s history and heritage via a historical highway covering Baguio, Benguet, Ifugao and Mt. Province, explained the Department of Tourism in the region.

The tour, the agency said, started in Baguio City where World War II commenced in 1941 and ended in 1945, covering Baguio Museum, the Mirador Jesuit Villa Retreat House and Eco Park, the Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral, Teachers’ Camp, The Mansion, Wright Park, and Bell House at Camp John Hay where the Welcome Dinner was conducted.

The 23 participants then ventured into Camp Maj. Bado Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet; Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corp. in Mankayan; Bessang Pass Natural Monument in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur; Camp Lt. Geronimo Montes in Bontoc, Mountain Province; Hungduan Heritage Village, and Kiangan National Shrine in Ifugao.

During their visit to Camp Lt. Geronimo F. Montes, PLTCol. Crisante P. Sadino who represented Police Provincial Director PCol. Sibly P. Dawiguey Jr. stressed that the activity brought pride as the valor of Igorot warriors was recognized.

Lt. Geronimo F. Montes was the eldest of five children to parents - Kep-kep-as (father) and Agkopa (mother) from Samoki, Bontoc, Mountain Province. Montes died on June 4, 1945 while leading his men at Wakalan, Bontoc, Mountain Province to oppose the advancing Japanese forces towards Tocucan and Kalinga, narrated the state media in the locality.

Other historic Igorot warriors were unveiled in the exploration.

Tour operators under PHILTOA (Philippine Tour Operators Association); tourism and history faculty members and students of UP, UB, UC, SLU, and BSU; DOT-accredited travel agency Esgala Travel and Tours; and tour guides participated in said event.


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