The Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental is planning to formally nominate and request the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to declare the Lagbas Ancestral Home located in Poblacion, Sugbongcogon as a National Heritage Site.
According to Geronimo Magua Lagbas, Tourism Officer of Sugbongcogon town, the Lagbas Ancestral Home or locally known as “Dako Balay” was built in 1918 by Don Benedicto Lagbas and his wife Doña Buenaventurada Lagbas.
The ancestral home which is made entirely of hardwood specie, has been used as a refuge/shelter during World War II and as temporary school for children as initiated by Mercedez Peñalosa Lagbas and Salvador Lagbas, the only son of Don Benedicto Lagbas, after the town school was destroyed during the war. The house is a favorite tourist attraction in the locality up to this day.
It can be recalled that the Century-old Immaculate Conception Church in Jasaan is a National Historical Landmark as declared by the NCCA.
Browse over some photos of the Lagbas Ancestral House below.