General Aguinaldo Trail #1


At the age of 30 years old, General Emilio Aguinaldo was the youngest President of a self-proclaimed Philippine Republic and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces when the Insurgency War broke out with the Americans occupying the country after the Spanish authorities left the country. Although the different Regions of the country have their respective Generals and Officers commanding their respective Filipino Armed Resistance Groups against the Americans, General Aguinaldo was regarded with much respect and loyalty by all the Filipino Officers and Soldiers. His orders and command were strictly followed throughout the land but with the superiority in weaponry, logistics and the number of troops of the Americans, the “rag-tag” Filipino Forces were no match in the field of “face-to-face” battle with the invading/occupying forces.

Instead of surrendering due to some defeats and debacles in battles in the Tagalog area, General Aguinaldo with a group of one thousand two hundred troops to include his wife, children and some relatives, decided to move in a northernly direction towards the Ilocos Region with the hope to link up with Filipino Forces in the North and make a counter-offensive against the Americans. Because of his soldiers’ knowledge of the terrain in the plains of Luzon, they were able to evade the three-pronged offensive of the Americans to catch or trap him while he and his troops were on the move. A fast mobility was the only weapon or strategy left for General Aguinaldo for him to evade the dragnet being made by the troops of General Arthur MacArthur.

As he left the provinces of Pangasinan and La Union, he started to see high mountains ahead of him and immediately decided to take the risk in going to the higher mountains with the thought that he can hide in the area or use the mountains and the forests to prevent the Americans from pursuing him and his troops. The higher mountains that he chose were the mountains that lead to the Cordilleras. Before reaching the town of Candon in Ilocos Sur, General Aguinaldo was about to cross a river whose current was coming from the mountains in the east, instead of crossing it, he made the decision to follow the said river upstream. The said river brought him and his troops to the foot of a mountain range where Mt Tirad is located.

And the rest is history!

My "Bible" In Re-Tracing The Aguinaldo Trail
My “Bible” In Re-Tracing The Aguinaldo Trail

Sometime in 1996, a senior officer of the Philippine Army gave me a paperback edition of this book and I was impressed on how the author was able to describe and narrate at least four (4) different but related stories in one book. Eventually, the said book was lost from my personal library. However, two months ago, after going through my research on the General Funston Trail in the coastal towns of Aurora-Isabela Provinces, I was able to locate where I could buy the said book. Thanks to Amazon.com!

Presently, this book is now my “guide” in re-tracing the General Aguinaldo Trail and General Funston Trail.

So, while I am tracing the trails for the Luzon Ridge Trail, two other historical trail systems in the country, General Aguinaldo Trail & General Funston Trail, are presently being re-traced at the same time with the support of selected ultra running friends.

General Aguinaldo was riding on horseback when he trekked the Cordilleras and it took him 5 months and eighteen days to reach the town of Palanan, Isabela. General Funston hiked from Dinalungan/Casiguran, Aurora to Palanan in almost two weeks. David Haward Bain, the author of the book, took him ten (10) days to hike the General Funston Trail.

We will see how many days and weeks will I spend in trekking, hiking, and jogging these two Historical Trails.

My blog will be used as the main resource for updates in my adventures to re-trace the Historical Trails and the Luzon Ridge Trail.

Wish me luck and pray for my safety and health!

 

 

Result: 4th Fort Magsaysay To Dingalan 65K Ultra Run


4:00 AM August 24, 2014

Start: Division Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City

Finish: Purok Tanguige, Barangay Aplaya, Dingalan, Aurora

Starting Line (Photo Courtesy Of Reese Rogel)
Starting Line (Photo Courtesy Of Reese Rogel)

1. Lao Ogerio (Champion, Overall, Men)—–7:22:55 hours

2. Kristian Mark Ison (1st Runner-Up, Overall, Men)—–7:27:19

3. Jay Pagcu (2nd Runner-Up, Overall, Men)—–7:28:59

4. Elmar Bob Tolete—–7:55:34

5. Alfred Delos Reyes—–8:22:16

6. Gilbert Catacutan—–8:39:19

7. Patricia Serios (Champion, Female)—–8:48:22

8. Cristopher Magdangal—–9:01:07

9. Sheila Rose Elasin (1st Runner-Up, Female)—–9:10:19

10. Daphne Codilla (2nd Runner-Up, Female)—–9:10:22

11. Loradel Hanopol (Female)—–9:10:30

12. Reylynne Dela Paz (Female)—–9:40:50

13. Madison Trinidad Jr—–9:48:21

14. Khris Caleon—–9:55:41

15. George Ged-Ang Jr—–10:01:24

16. Ronnel Go—–10:16:11

17. Kathleen Fresnido (Female)—–10:22:58

18. Randy Miranda—–10:22:59

19. Joel Salvia—–10:34:48

20. Amor Gabriel Jr—–10:39:36

21. Manny Ocampo—–10:40:28

22. Bong Anastacio—–10:40:30

23. Michael Sastrillo—–11:08:40

24. Reese Rogel (Female)—–11:16:22

25. Gerson Yuson—–11:16:35

26. Christian Aisporna—–11:24:14

27. Mark Anthony Belariso—–11:25:10

28. Edwin Cruz—–11:38:46

29. Jeronimo Ventura III—–11:55:20

30. Jinky Yray (Female)—–11:56:27

31. Reinier Tatlonghari—–12:13:23

32. Emma Libunao (Female)—–12:43:13

33. Rolando Ramirez Jr—–12:52:59

34. Cherry Rose Betonio (Female)—–13:35:04

35. Michiko Joaquin (Female)—–13:35:05

Overall Champion Lao Ogerio
Overall Champion Lao Ogerio
Female Champion Patricia Serios
Female Champion Patricia Serios

Congratulations To All The Finishers and Support Crew!

(Note: Pictures will be posted on Facebook) 

 

a “simple reminder”: how to lock your car & why


I copied this information from the e-mail I received from one of my high school classmates living abroad. I hope this “simple reminder” will be able to help those who own and drive their personal vehicle.

How to Lock Your Car and Why

I locked my car — as I walked away I heard my car door unlock. I went back and locked my car again three times. I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. When I looked straight at them, I never heard the unlocking of my car.
 

While traveling, my son stopped at a roadside park. He came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later and found someone had gotten into his car, and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator briefcase… ..you name it..

He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into – the police told him that there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device….

How to lock your car safely –

They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and have a few minutes to steal and run. The police officer said to manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock button inside the car, that way if there is someone sitting in a parking lot watching for their next victim it will not be you.

When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting…it does not send the security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain – it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be stolen.. Something totally new to us….and real.

Be aware of this and please pass this note on…look how many times we all lock our doors with our remote….just to be sure we remembered to lock them….and bingo someone has our code…..and whatever was in the car…can be stolen.

Please share with everyone you know… Good information! !!