Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wao, Lanao del Sur

WAO FOUNDATION DAY : January 19, 1954. According to few living pioneer settlers who still lived in WAO today (January 19, 2011) there were sixty (60) families of various ethnicities from South and North Cotabato who first came to resettle in the place now called “WAO” on January 19, 1954. Under the LASEDECO program of the late President Ramon Magsaysay , two among the 1st batch of settlers became the Municipal Mayors of WAO, namely “ Capt. Silverio Eleazar  and Elvino B. Balicao, Sr. They were welcomed by the native Muslim occupants of WAO led by Sultan Mamaco Saripada, the first appointed and elected Mayor of WAO, Datu Tao Pagul and Datu Maki Saripada. This historic events marks the camaraderie between Muslims and Christians who lived in this beautiful place called WAO then they lived harmoniously.
The Park fronting the Municipal building
This is my third turn/rotation in Wao, Lanao del Sur as bank appraiser. I welcomed the year  2011 as well as my new assignment with full of enthusiasm, faith and courage. Wao was also my late father's assignment as medical salesman in early 60's. As saying goes, "like father, like son".
the Municipal Building at focus
The Wao BUS Terminal-soon a proposed new bus terminal will be constructed on the same site
The PIONEER SETTLERS' SHRINE
The shrine was just completed before the foundation day, January 19, 2011.
The Welcome Signage right at the entrance of the Poblacion proper
A glimpse of Some Farm / Agricultural Sections of Wao  :
Barangay Kili-kili of Wao - about 5 kilometers away from Kalilangan, Bukidnon - also a diverse farm production areas- the mountains at the far background is the Mount Kalatungan mountain range of Bukidnon- is also one of the favorites among climbing enthusiasts.

The Balatin Bridge
Newly Renovated Balatin Mosque
Pineapple Plantation in Balatin, Wao, Lanao del Sur
I took these pictures last January 25, 2011, and it was a sunny day but before we left Malaybalay City on that same day at around 7:30 a.m., it was still raining.

Wao, Lanao del Sur is accessible via Maramag, Bukidnon and it is more or less 2 hours and 30 minutes travel time by a private vehicle and about 3 hours by Bus. Since Wao is near from Kalilangan, Bukidnon, I then considered this place as part of  my  log,  Con Tour Blog, to give my readers an idea about the place.
Aircon Bus available for Wao Route from CDO City
I am also glad that there are now 3 Aircon Buses available in route to Wao from Cagayan de Oro City. 

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Wao, Lanao del Sur

6 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. Our maids come from this town. How they could leave this idyllic place for the grime of Manila is beyond me. :))

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  2. @AJ.. Maybe because they are looking for greener pasture in that sense. What barangay do they came from?

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  3. They're from B'gay Seran (spelling?). Btw, thanks for dropping in my blog. Claire is a good writer; I don't consider myself to be as good as her! :)

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  4. @AJ. Barangay Serran. That's midway to Poblacion, Wao. Serran is also a peaceful place. I like the place. :-). By the way I like you site also. Did you make money online?

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  5. kuntawan2@yahoo.comApril 29, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    Whoever wrote the above article about Wao did not make his homework well and apparently based his findings from self-proclaimed historians/sources from the town. The above write-up is fundamentally flawed and historically inaccurate. First, the sixty (60) families to arrive in Wao belonged only to one ethnic tribe: Ilonggo. They were the first batch from 309 settlers gathered at Base Camp, Maramag in December 1953. Because not all could be accommodated by the LASEDECO dump truck, they drew lots (lottery) amongst themselves as to who would make it to that vehicle that transported them to Kalilangan, Bukidnon, and from there, hiked to Wao. Second, ex-Mayor Silverio Eleazar was never part of that first batch of Ilonggo settlers who arrived in Wao in January 19, 1954.

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  6. Thanks Kuntawan with this nice comment. The first paragraph was excerpted from the tarps they've posted above. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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