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Occidental Mindoro Local Heroes


 

Source of information:  Records of Occidental Mindoro Historical Society

 

 

LOCAL  HEROES  OF

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO

 

 

 

CIPRIANO LIBORO

(Looc, Occidental Mindoro)

 

          A well known lawyer, lawmaker and orator.  Served as governor of the Province of Mindoro from 1919 to 1925.  Also served as president of the League of Governors of the Philippines.  Elected as one of the delegates of Mindoro to the Constitutional Convention in 1936. One of the advisers and speechwriter of the late President Manuel L. Quezon. 

 

 

 

CAPTAIN VINCENT FORTUNE, SR.

(San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

 

          A high ranking employee of the Philippine Milling Company, Central, San Jose, when World War II broke out, he became the brave leader of a group of Filipino freedom  fighters who fought the Japanese invaders. He led the successful raid and occupation of the Japanese garrison in Caminawit.  He was killed treacherously by a member of a rival guerrilla unit at Sitio Nalwak, Purnaga, Magsaysay on August 15, 1943.    

 

 

 

MAYOR FERMIN BARRETTO

(San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

 

He was the municipal mayor of San Jose when World War II broke out.  He turned down the request of the Japanese Imperial Army for collaboration. Although tortured by the enemies, he refused to reveal the hideouts of his two sons who were top members of other groups of guerrillas.  For his refusal to cooperate with the enemies, the Japanese soldiers beheaded him near the bank of Busuanga River.

 

 

 

CAPTAIN LAWRENCE COOPER

(San Jose, Occidental Mindoro)

 

Another brave leader of the guerrillas during World War II.  Acknowledged as the successor of Captain Fortune. He led the members of the guerrilla unit who assisted the American soldiers in liberating the other towns of Occidental Mindoro from the Japanese Imperial Army.  He was killed when he saved his fellow guerrillas from the explosion of a grenade thrown by a Japanes soldier, while they were liberating the island of Romblon from the enemies, in 1945. 

 

 

 

 

CAPITAN ESPIRIDION JIMENEZ

(Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro)

 

Acknowledged as one of the founders of the town of Calintaan,  He served as the capitan del pueblo of El Pueblo de Magarang, a former progressive community at the site of Brgy. Malawaan, Rizal, Occ. Mindoro, at present.  He led a group of Filipino revolutionaries who helped liberate Mindoro from the Spaniards, in 1898.  The leaders  who served as mayors of Calintaan, since its creation as a municipality, were his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

 

 

CAPITAN MARIANO ABELEDA

(Paluan, Occidental Mindoro)

 

 

            Served as capitan del pueblo of El Pueblo de Paluan, a progressive community created by the Spaniards and is now the center of the town of Paluan, Occidental Mindoro.  He was one of the friends of General Emilio Aguinaldo.  He led a group of Filipino freedom fighters who helped liberate the island of Mindoro from the Spaniards in 1898.  He was the father of Hon. Damaso Abeleda and Hon. Jesus Abeleda who served as the first governor and first congressman of Occidental Mindoro, respectively.

 

 

 

CAPITAN AGUSTIN LIBORO

(Paluan, Occidental Mindoro)

 

 

            He also served as the capitan del pueblo of El Pueblo de Paluan, a prosperous community created by the Spaniards, which at present, is the center of the municipality of Paluan. Occidental Mindoro.  He was also a friend of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.  Being one of the leaders of the Filipino revolutionaries, he was appointed by Gen. Aguinaldo as the governor of the island of Mindoro, in 1898.  He was the father of Hon. Cipriano Liboro.

 

 

 

COL.  DEOGRACIAS LEYCO

(Abra de Ilog)

 

            Although he was a native of Batangas, he led the group of Filipino freedom fighters against the American soldiers who wanted to occupy Abra de Ilog.  They continued fighting as guerrillas, for a year, even during the American occupation of Mindoro.  Eventually, he surrendered and was imprisoned.  When the Americans set him free, he served as justice of the peace in Abra de Ilog.

 

 

 

 

ESTEBAN QUIJANO

(Lubang, Occidental Mindoro)

 

 

            Formed a group of Filipino revolutionaries in Lubang when he saw the abuses committed by the Spanish soldiers.  In 1898, together with the group of freedom fighters led by Eniliano Cajayon, they captured all Spaniards in Lubang, soldiers & friars alike and imprisoned them at Tilic. He and Emiliano Cajayon were appointed as administrators of Lubang when the island was freed from the Spanish colonizers.

 

 

 

EMILIANO CAJAYON

(Looc, Occidental Mindoro)

 

 

            Formed a group of freedom fighters in Balikyas, Looc when the Filipinos revolted against the Spaniards.   In 1898, he joined forces with Esteban Quijano, they captured the Spanish soldiers & priests in Lubang, imprisoned them in Tilic and later on brought to Taysan, Batangas.  He and Esteban Quijano were appointed as administrators of Lubang when the island was freed from the Spanish colonizers. 

 

 

Source of information:  Records of Occidental Mindoro Historical Society