Monday, May 30, 2011

President Carlos Polistico Garcia had sought refuge in Inopacan in 1942

The tomb of Pres. Carlos P. Garcia at the Libingan ng mga Bayani within Fort Bonifacio (formerly known as Fort McKinley) in Taguig City.

The following is an excerpt from the official website of Talibon, Bohol, the birthplace and hometown of former President Carlos Polistico Garcia (CPG):

“It may be recalled that when Japanese occupied Bohol in 1942, one of their first acts was to dispatch a patrol to capture Carlos P. Garcia who was then staying in Talibon with his wife, the former Leonila Dimataga, and only daughter, Linda. A volunteer guard, Cesario Avergonzado, saved Garcia and his family. Asked by the Japanese patrol where Senator Garcia and his family were, Avergonzado replied that they evacuated to barrio San Isidro, about a kilometer from the Poblacion. The Japanese no longer search the Garcia house in Balico, a sitio near the seashore.

“The failure to locate Garcia in San Isidro infuriated the Japanese who consequently subjected Avergonzado to severe torture. The Japanese rushed back to Poblacion and searched the Garcia house but to no avail for the Garcias had fled to the mountains of Talibon and finally to Inopacan, a town in Southern Leyte [sic], on a sailboat. That was indeed a narrow escape for the man who was destined to be the President of the Philippines. In their wrath, the Japanese burned down the Garcia house and with it his law library, his researches, and other precious possessions, on July 4, 1942.”

A visit at the tomb of CPG.

Talibon, Bohol official website - click here

By virtue of Republic Act 8224, the entire Circumferential Road 5, more commonly known as the C-5 Road or C-5 is now called the President Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, honoring the eighth president of the Republic of the Philippines, Carlos Polistico Garcia (CPG). The photo above is taken right after passing the C5 entrance toolgate from SLEX. The bust of CPG is installed atop the concrete pole. 

It spans to about 32.5 kilometers (20.2 miles) connects at least seven cities of Metro Manila (ParaƱaque, Taguig, Makati, Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, and Valenzuela). This is C5 entrance toolgate along the Taguig portion of SLEX, taken after our plane took off  the NAIA runway and passes over the SLEX   
The entrance toolgate of CPGarcia Avenue after exiting SLEX  
The portion of CPGarcia Avenue along Kalayaan (Makati) overpass and elevated U-turn of Buting (Pateros) near The Fort (BGC)

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 All photos by Edgie Polistico


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