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The statue was dismantled from its pedestal in the former Camp Bumpus around 1980, during the construction of the Leyte Park Hotel. In the late 1980s, the Cabucgayan LGU under then Mayor Andres Igano petitioned the authorities to bring the original statue to Dadizon's hometown, but they were refused. Instead, they had a replica made and erected in Brgy. Bunga, Pvt. Dadizon's home village.

STATUE OF WAR HERO IN THE SAND

Prof. Rolando Borrinaga

The statue was dismantled from its pedestal in the former Camp Bumpus around 1980, during the construction of the Leyte Park Hotel. In the late 1980s, the Cabucgayan LGU under then Mayor Andres Igano petitioned the authorities to bring the original statue to Dadizon's hometown, but they were refused. Instead, they had a replica made and erected in Brgy. Bunga, Pvt. Dadizon's home village.

The statue was dismantled from its pedestal in the former Camp Bumpus around 1980, during the construction of the Leyte Park Hotel. In the late 1980s, the Cabucgayan LGU under then Mayor Andres Igano petitioned the authorities to bring the original statue to Dadizon’s hometown, but they were refused. Instead, they had a replica made and erected in Brgy. Bunga, Pvt. Dadizon’s home village.

STATUE OF WAR HERO IN THE SAND. The photo shows the statue of Pvt. Andres P. Dadizon, the World War I hero from Leyte who died fighting for the U.S. Army in the battlefields of France in 1917, or a century ago. It now lies neglected and forgotten on the sand at the water’s edge near Leyte Park Hotel in Tacloban City.

The “hero from Biliran Island, Leyte, Philippines” was said to have carried the U.S. flag over to the German line during a raging battle in France in 1917. Although seriously wounded, Dadizon was able to plant the flag in front of the enemy’s trenches. This display of courage was said to have bolstered the morale of his comrades, who fought fiercely until they had overrun the German position. Dadizon died and was buried in Europe.

The Americans honored Pvt. Dadizon in the 1930s by naming a street after him in Tacloban, the present Dadizon Street, and erecting a statue (the one in the photo) on the compound of the former Camp Bumpus, in the present Leyte Park Hotel.

Around 2004, our Biliran Historical and Cultural Society sent a signed petition to the Department of Tourism, Region VIII, seeking its support for the retrieval of this statue, then standing in a neglected state on elevated ground overlooking the beach of Leyte Park Hotel, which was then still under sequestration. (The storm surges brought in by Supertyphoon Yolanda had apparently dragged the statue down to the water’s edge.) Ms. Norma Morantte, the DOT-8 regional director at the time, told me that she had routed the communication to the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA), but nothing was heard about it until she had retired.

In our petition, we expressed the wish to turn over this statue to Cabucgayan, Biliran Province, the hometown of Pvt. Dadizon.

Community Evacuation Center funded by the European Union and United Nations Development Programme.

Cabucgayan Community Evacuation Center

Cabucgayan Community Evacuation Center (CEC) funded by the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Cabucgayan Community Evacuation Center located in Magbangon (Poblacion), Cabucgayan, Biliran Province.

The evacuation center would provide “life-saving protection” during natural disasters and operate as a post-disaster emergency shelter for families displaced due to damaged infrastructure and housing.

 

 

Engr. Alfredo Bollido, maintenance section chief of DPWH-Biliran, strongly pointed out that roads all over Biliran Province are fully cemented except the approaches of Talibong Bridge in Cabucgayan which the construction is still on-going. Photo by Jalmz

Talibong Cabucgayan

Municipality of Cabucgayan, Biliran Province

Talibong Cabucgayan, Biliran Island, Philippines

It has a population of 810 (2010 Census).

Fiesta:

Patron Saint:

Barangay Officials

Barangay Captain: Macaraeg, Myrah Alimon

Kagawad:

Alimon, Elizabeth Iglesias
Rosales, Jeffrey Regla
Sarsalejo, Alice Alcalde
Malinao, Dailyn Moreno
Rosales, Julita Masalahit
Metran, Abundio Rosales
Estrella,Quirino Ebag

SK Chairman: Rosales, Veronica Navales

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Magbangon Cabucgayan

Municipality of Cabucgayan, Biliran Province

Magbangon (Poblacion) Cabucgayan, Biliran Island, Philippines

It has a population of 1,611 (2015 Census).

Fiesta: October 9 and 10

Patron Saint: San Francisco De Borja

Barangay Officials

Barangay Captain: Ramirez, Romulo Jr. Bohol

Kagawad:

JUNTILLA, RICHARD PADAR
ROSALES, JUANCHO DEMATAWARAN
MISAGAL, EDGAR MENDOZA
MENDOZA, NEIL IGANO
BALEYOS, KONRAD IAN GUTIEREZ
MAALA, PONCIANO LAMOSTE
CORDETA, CLARISSA SANICO

SK Chairman: ROSALES, MICHAEL JOHN CORDETA

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Salawad Cabucgayan

Municipality of Cabucgayan, Biliran Province

Salawad Cabucgayan, Biliran Island, Philippines

It has a population of 542 (2010 Census).

Fiesta:

Patron Saint:

Barangay Officials

Barangay Captain: Elorde, Basilio Malbo

Kagawad:

Elorde, Salvador Tapana
Quiñones, Ramil Masalihit
Mater, Mark Gil Obejas
Orbeso, Cesar Elorde
Sta. Rita, Ponciano Cosco
Ariap, Manuela Corpin
Nicanor, Luisa Posa

SK Chairman: Ibañez, Rex Taboso

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Pawikan Cabucgayan

Municipality of Cabucgayan, Biliran Province

Pawikan Cabucgayan, Biliran Island, Philippines

It has a population of 1,471 (2010 Census).

Fiesta:

Patron Saint:

Barangay Officials

Barangay Captain: Lepasana, Rolando Salto

Kagawad:

Abad, Jonathan Ylanan
Gantala, Rowena Lepasana
Cabulang, Catherine Arisgado
De Paz, Marites Padoga
Peañar, Alberto Agner
Luay, Ruel Ochea
Baleyos, Norma Flores

SK Chairman: Prudenciado, Mark Anthony De Paz

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Libertad Cabucgayan

Municipality of Cabucgayan, Biliran Province

Libertad (Pob.) Cabucgayan, Biliran Island, Philippines

It has a population of 1,332 (2010 Census).

Fiesta:

Patron Saint:

Barangay Officials

Barangay Captain: Lamoste, Jessie Agang

Kagawad:

Amistoso, Erlinda Lamoste
Noquera, Nerlito Agang
Napoles, Richard Agang
Palma, Marife Agang
Samong, Danilo Agang
Dadizon, Gerardo Gantala
Samong, Virginia Grafil

SK Chairman:Ehem, Leonard Casaña

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Langgao Cabucgayan

Municipality of Cabucgayan, Biliran Province

Langgao Cabucgayan, Biliran Island, Philippines

It has a population of 1,164 (2010 Census).

Fiesta:

Patron Saint:

Barangay Officials

Barangay Captain: Ticoy, Reneboy Ochea

Kagawad:

Petalla, Rechie Pedotera
Ticoy, Ruel Amistoso
Cabatingan, Narcisa Jra. Ochea
Padoga, Marimel Ticoy
Ticoy, Royson Ochea
Mendoza, Ariel Ticoy
Ticoy, Francisco Arisgado

SK Chairman: Ticoy, Jhon Andy Portugaliza

Tourist Attractions

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Casiawan Cabucgayan

Municipality of Cabucgayan, Biliran Province

Casiawan Cabucgayan, Biliran Island, Philippines

It has a population of 1,109 (2010 Census).

Fiesta:

Patron Saint:

Barangay Officials

Barangay Captain: Ilagan, Apolinario Agang

Kagawad:

Ilagan, Alicia Potolin
Potolin, Melecio Genoguin
Noquera, Victor Rubal
Solamo, Allan Pilapil
Lagata, Erlinda Samong
Lamoste, Maryann Noquera
Pable, Adelaida Gerolaga

SK Chairman: Samong, Junita Ilagan

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Caanibongan Cabucgayan

Municipality of Cabucgayan, Biliran Province

Caanibongan Cabucgayan, Biliran Island, Philippines

It has a population of 272 (2010 Census).

Fiesta:

Patron Saint:

Barangay Officials

Barangay Captain: Masbang Iniego Noquera

Kagawad:

Ilagan, Mishelle Noquera
Ilagan, Delia Cordeta
Samong, Cleto Genoguin
Genoguin, Manuel Jr. Talacay
Noquera, Analyn A.
Garing, Josephine
Genoguin, Melianto Talacay

SK Chairman: Cordeta, Jean Masbang CORDETA, JEAN MASBANG

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Events

Brgy. Bunga, Cabucgayan Fiesta

Patron Saint: San Vicente de Ferrer

Brgy. Looc, Cabucgayan, Biliran Fiesta

Salawad Cabucgayan Barangay Fiesta