The heritage town of Jimenez in Misamis Occidental lost an old treasure after the famed Chiongbian ancestral house was destroyed by fire last night, December 25, 2020. Fire officials declared fire out at 1:05am early today, December 26, 2020. Fire investigation is still ongoing.

The house was originally owned by Ignacio Tumarong and local tourism officials believe Dr. Jose Rizal performed surgery on Tumarong’s aging eyes at this residence during his exile in Dapitan City. It has since been acquired by former congressman William Chiongbian with Jimenez Mayor Rosario Balais as the appointed administrator.

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photo by Mark Guba

Photos of the fire by Weeda Wheng Callora.

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