Gabaldon Building at City Central School

In celebration of the National Filipino Heritage Festival Month in May, the city Government sponsored a tour of Cagayan de Oro’s heritage sites on May 6 for the Science Class of City Central School. Photo above shows the pupils posing in front of the old Gabaldon School building in City Central School where they kicked off their Heritage Sites of Cagayan de Oro Tour.

The pupils, accompanied by a few parents and their science teachers, visited the city’s historical and heritage sites with personnel from the City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office as their tour guides.

The tour started in City Central School itself, where the city’s first elementary public school building, the Gabaldon, still stands. A marker on this century-old building was recently unveiled together with the marker on the 74-year old archway, also in City Central School.

The pupils also visited the Gen. MacArthur Marker in Macabalan, Golden Friendship Park in Divisoria, Gaston Park, San Agustin Cathedral, Macahambus Hill and Cave.

The history behind the names of the city streets were explained as the pupils traversed various parts of the city.

As she welcomed the pupils to the tour, Imma Rae D. Gatuslao, Supervising Tourism Operations Officer explained that the heritage tour is aimed to let the children know the local history and develop in them deep pride of Cagayan de Oro’s heritage.

More photos below.

A Higaonon woman from the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village expertly showcases to the City Central grades IV and V students their traditional weaving at the SM Atrium during the first Heritage Sites of Cagayan de Oro Tour in celebration of the Filipino Heritage Festival month.

The students are in awe as they learned that in the monument of El Pueblo A Sus Heroes interred the remains of the heroes in the Battle of Agusan in May 14, 1900, as explained to them city tourism tour guide Julius Tasarra.

The Grade IV and V students of City Central School listen attentively as they toured the Saint Augustine Cathedral with its history explained to them by tour guides Nilgen Ambe and Julius Tasarra.

Tour guide Julius Tasarra earnestly explains to the grades IV and V students the Battle of Macahambus Hill where the Filipino guerrillas led by Col. Apolinar Velez defeated the American forces.

“The five stars that serve as posts of the cap signify the rank of Gen. Douglas MacArthur as a 5-star general,” explains Julius Tasarra, the tour guide from the City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office.

Julius Tasarra, tour guide from the City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office thoroughly explains to the grades IV and V students of City Central School the purpose of the markers put up in heritage sites like the Macabalan Wharf.

all photos by Julie Nhitz Leonila Q. Lagumen, XU DevCom Intern of Cagayan de Oro City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office

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