TAGUM CITY- In celebration of the upcoming 21 st anniversary of the cityhood of Tagum, the City Government of Tagum, in coordination with the City Historical, Cultural and Arts Council, held an ancillary event called the Kagikan Colloquium, on March 5, 2019 at the Robinsons Place Tagum.
The event was headlined by the renowned historian, Michael Charleston “Xiao” Chua, an Assistant Professorial Lecturer at the City of Manila’s De La Salle University, who talked about reaching our country’s dream of a united nation amidst the differences exhibited by its people during his presentation on Hiraya: Imahe/Nasyon nina Jose Rizal at Andres Bonifacio. The colloquium further served as a venue to present the research studies conducted by Tagumenyo students and professionals on various fields, such as the history on farming, homesteading, business establishments, and the establishment of Roman Catholicism in Tagum.
Dr. Albert Jubilo shared the documents-backed story of his grandfather’s homestead application for a 24-hectare property located in present-day Mankilam, while three teams composed of Clarissa Escuadra, Alyssa Lumaday and Ivy Torrejas; Joyce Suaybaguio, Charlotte Suelto and Revrev Tio; and Criste Eamiguel, Princess Esparas and Myrelle Olita, all of the University of Mindanao, presented the history on how agriculture emerged in the olden days of Tagum, the history of the Christ the King Cathedral and the history of the business establishments and its contributions to Tagum economy, respectively.
Members of the Council’s Secretariat on History and Culture also presented the historical facts about the humble beginnings of the communities that lived along the three major river systems bounding the present-day Tagum; the Kagan tribe who lived on the northern coast of the Davao Gulf and by the Tagum River, the Mandaya tribe whose settlements were located in the upriver of what is now referred to as the Liboganon River, and the Mansaka tribe who thrived in settlements along Hijo River.
The origin of how our city came to be known as Tagum was also cited, as was the heroism of the Moros of the Rancheria of Spanish-era Tagum River; also presented was the old territorial boundaries and limits of Tagum from when it was founded as a Municipal District under the supervision of the Governor of the undivided Province of Davao until the time its territory was finally defined during the creation of the Municipality of Mawab which carved out of its territory the barrios of Tuburan, Mawab and Sawangan in 1959.
The second edition of the Colloquium was participated in by the City Officials, Department Heads and other members of the workforce of the local government of Tagum headed by Mayor Allan Rellon, former government officials, barangay functionaries, students and teachers of various educational institutions of the city, the members of the cultural communities, and the families of the migrant settlers of Tagum.
The Kagikan Colloquium is poised to become an annual activity to be conducted as an ancillary event of the Araw ng Tagum, as stated by the CHCAC secretariat.(Richi Gulle/CIO-Tagum)