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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012


Inclusion of “pillars of Candon” in local academic curriculum sought

by Freddie G. Lazaro

CANDON CITY, Ilocos Sur, Jan. 3 (PIA) -- Prominent political leaders in this city sought the inclusion of the “pillars of Candon” in the local curriculum of the Department of Education’s (DepEd’s) division here. This is to inculcate to the students on the good deeds of the past leaders, who were instrumental in the development of the city.

Former House Deputy Speaker Eric D. Singson said Tuesday that the integration of the “pillars of Candon” to the local curriculum in Candon City’s DepEd division is very significant as this will reveal the history of Candon since its creation in 1780.

He said that the inclusion of the curriculum on the history of Candon in the local curriculum will not only draw inspirations to the youths but all the deeds of the local leaders will always be remembered.

“In this fast-changing time, it is very important for us to know our history because this is where we start to think the good ideas leading to the development of the city in the future,” he said.

“If we know our history, we know our roots and we know where we can start with,” he added.

He said that he had already made an initial talk with the superintendent of DepEd’s Candon City Division for the realization of the said proposal.

Recently, Singson and other prominent leaders, who were natives from Candon City, unveiled a marker indicating the names of the leaders who were the pillars of Candon at the lobby of the city hall. A total of 111 leaders were listed at the marker from 1780 to 1937.

Among the prominent leaders in Candon City were Deputy Speaker Singson, who served as the youngest mayor of Candon in his time; Atty. Eduardo Ma. Guirnalda, a Constitutional Convention Delegate in 1972 -1973 who also served as mayor; Honorable Artemio Mouye, a Constitution Convention delegate in the commonwealth period in 1934 and many others.

It was recalled that Candon City derived its name from the "Kandong Tree." It was created as a municipality in 1780 upon the first civil government under the Cabeza de Barangay, Don Juan P. Madarang. It became a second component city of Ilocos Sur on March 28, 2001 after the local residents overwhelmingly voted Republic Act 9018, the cityhood charter of Candon.

Candon first etched its name in history through local hero Don Isabelo Abaya who led an uprising popularly known as "Ikkis ti Candon" on March 15, 1898; and on December 20, 1906 during the historic migration of the first 15 Filipinos to Hawaii, U.S.A.

Today, Mayor Allen G. Singson is the incumbent mayor of Candon City. (ANL/FGL-/PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

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