Francisco Dagohoy is a familiar name from Philippine history books for one thing and one thing only: he’s known for having the longest insurrection in local history (the Dagohoy rebellion), an 85-year struggle against the Spanish rule within the island of Bohol. This is all I know about him, and I admit, I kind of forgot what he did for Bohol.
“Kaninong istatwa po iyan? (Whose statue is that?)” I asked our driver.
“Kay Daguhuy! (Dagohoy’s!)” he screamed so I could hear him reply despite the strong winds blowing in our faces. We were riding a motorbike to E.A.T. Danao and this historical marker in Magtangtang, Danao stood out on the way.
And who was Dagohoy again? When I finally remembered, I screamed back at him, “Ah, si Dagohoy! (Oh, Dagohoy!)” At that point, I realized that this guy must have spent his entire life resisting foreign rule, and I find that tragic. Nobody deserves to be ruled by anyone but himself, and being at the beck and call of someone else – let alone someone from a different land – sucks on a hundred levels.
That said, the Dagohoy Marker in Danao is composed of a circular memorial statue surrounded by wooden benches that’s seldom occupied by people, a number of lamp posts, and an awesome view of Bohol’s range of hills and mountains give travelers at least with a very nice place to chill out.
We didn’t stay for long. We were too tired from the day’s activities and we decided to leave after just a few minutes, but we’re glad to have paid our respects to this dude who etched his name in history for being such a nationalistic pest to the Spanish government. Eighty five years!
Nobody deserves to be ruled by anyone but himself, and being at the beck and call of someone else – let alone someone from a different land – sucks on a hundred levels.
Danao, Bohol, Philippines