Erwin D. Bonifacio

Is a graduate of Bachelor in Arts, major in Journalism at West Visayas State University, Iloilo City and Master in Public Governance in the same University.

He is a former anchorman/reporter of Bombo Radyo Philippines, a talent of Radio GMA/DySI Super Radyo Iloilo and currently LGOOIII of Department of Interior and Local Goverment – Capiz.

He is also the author of “Mainabyanon nga Paghusay: Isa ka Talamdan Sa Katarungang Pambarangay ” published in Roxas City 2019.

He is currently the contributor of Tigbatas History in The Capiz Times, Opinion page.

 

 


May 12, 2022

The pioneering doctor specializing in urology was born in Dao, Capiz on November 19, 1884, and was the youngest of the sevenchildren of Valentin Eduque and Lutgarda Alba, both natives of Capiz. He was married to Salvacion Feria. They were blessed with three children namely: Armando, Elvira, and Valentin.In 1904, he first took medicine at […]

Apr 13, 2022

One of the six pioneering Filipino Physicians was born in Capiz, now Roxas City, Capiz to Spanish mestizo Don CamiloLopez de Seneca of Capiz and Doña Francisca del Rivero of Zamboanga. Based on the age of his contemporaries, he was born in the late 1840s.He was married to Doña Rosario Orozco of Manila.They have been […]

Apr 06, 2022

Among the first six Filipino physicians in the Philippines was Felipe Zamora y Quisumbing who was born on August 23, 1854 in Capiz, now Roxas City, Capiz.He was married to Candida Obispo and their son Jose Felipe Zamora was one of the three pioneering students of UP College of Agriculture in Los Baños, and who […]

Mar 24, 2022

One of the unheralded Capisnons for her pioneering works as a social worker and the founder of Young Women ChristianAssociation (YWCA) of Manila, Philippine Islands was born during the height of the Philippine Revolution on August 12, 1898 in Panay, Capiz. Felicisima Balgos-Barza or simply Feling as her family and friends fondly called her was […]

Feb 24, 2022

National Artist for Music Jovita Fuentes is undeniably primus inter pares among Capisnons who excelled in the field of music.But aside from her, other Capisnons are deserving to be known and remembered for bringing honor and prestige to the Province of Capiz.Among these unheralded musicians is Alfonso Jose Fojas Fresnido who was born on March […]

Jan 18, 2022

part 2 of 3 parts HISTORY o implement the Man d a n a s – G a r c i a Ruling, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte issued Executive Order No. 138 onJune 1, 2021, which explicitly defines “full devolution” as the true devolution of functions to deliver the basic services fromthe national government to […]

Jan 14, 2022

The year 2022 ushers in a new era in local governance in the Philippines as it embarks towards full devolution as the result of the landmark 2019 Mandanas-Garcia Ruling.Before 1992, the Philippine government was highly centralized in terms of powers, responsibilities and resources. But the passing ofthe Local Government Code on October 10, 1991, paved […]

Jan 06, 2022

During the succeeding two elections, the Altavas-Roxas feud did not wane but instead got more intense after those elections and it was getting more personal.On December 14, 1937, Governor Gabriel K. Hernandez sought his second term as local chief executive of the Province under Partido Nacionalista Democrata Pro-Independencia (Pro).On the other hand, Senators Jose C. […]

Jan 04, 2022

(part 3 of 3) Based on Section 5 of the Executive Order No. 138 and Section 12 of its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR), allNational Government Agencies (NGAs), departments and instrumentalities under it are mandated to formulate their respective Devolution Transition Plans. Specified in the concerned NGA DTP are the services to be fully devolved […]

Dec 30, 2021

As early as 1930, the split between Senator Jose C. Altavas and his erstwhile political protégé President Manuel A. Roxasbecame apparent.Also, the Nacionalista’s hegemony at the national level was beginning to crack due to political differences on the outcome of the Independence mission particularly the Ox-Rox (Osmeña-Roxas) mission to the United States wherein Senate President […]

Dec 16, 2021

Tags A lthough Partido Nacionalista defeated almost all of the Democrata’s candidates in the 1919 elections, the opposition in1922 made its biggest comeback and avenged their losses in the previous elections.On June 6, 1922, Senator Jose C. Altavas, the leader of the Nacionalista in Capiz, stood for reelection as senator representing the 7th Senatorial District.However, […]

Nov 24, 2021

In 1916, the opposition Partido Nacional Progresista in Capiz transformed into Partido Democrata. It was the election year that Col. Ramon Hontiveros passed on the baton to his nephew, lawyer Jose Miraflores Hontiveros native of Tangalan, Aklan, who was Justice of the Peace of the Municipality of Capiz (now Roxas City) from 1913-1916, as their […]

Nov 11, 2021

The November 5th elections were intense and costly since it was the first elections when both the provincial officials, assemblymen and municipal officials were elected at the same time.During this period, Capiz was already the stronghold of the Partido Nacionalista after it absorbed the Partido Modernista once led by Governor Antonio Habana.On September 20, 1908, […]

Nov 05, 2021

The Partido Modernista further entrenched and consolidated their power after the elections of the three Modernistas Deputies in the First Philippine Assembly elections held in July 1907. Eugenio Picazo, the second husband of Doña Rosario Acuña, defeatedSimeon Dadivas of Partido Nacional Progresista in the First Legislative District, young Lawyer Jose Altavas upset Governor Simplicio Jugo […]

Oct 22, 2021

With an abundantharvest of palay inthe later part of 1905,the Capisnons were content.However, American John C.Barnard, Dumalag SchoolSupervisor, reported that therewas unrest in the populationdue to the upcoming electionsof the Municipal Presidents andthe Provincial Governor. (Letterof John C. Barnard, November25, 1905, Hartford Republican,January 19, 1906, 1)The provincial elections inCapiz was held on February 5,1906, and […]

Oct 13, 2021

Governor Simplicio JugoVidal held his positionsince April 15, 1901 byappointment of the PhilippineCommission, but provisionsof Act No. 83 (ProvincialGovernment Code) providedthat there will be an election forthe position of the governor onthe fi rst Monday in February1902, and every second yearthereafter.Unlike in the United Stateswhere the elections in thePhilippines were patterned, therewere no pompous speeches, […]

Oct 02, 2021

HISTORY On September 13, the Capiz National High School opened its academic year in the new normal. Unknown to many, this year marks the 119th founding anniversary of the school which was established after the war and right before the worst cholera epidemic resurged in the province of Capiz. Then Capiz governor Simplicio Jugo Vidal, […]

Sep 23, 2021

TIGBATAS HISTORY Last August 30, I was invited as a resource person in a webinar held by the Provincial Government of Antique which was initiated by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Errol Santillan.I discussed the heroism, bravery and exploits of Lt. Col. Valentin V. Grasparil, a native of Sibalom, Antique and the former regimental commanding officer of […]

Aug 17, 2021

TIGBATAS HISTORY One of the major causes of low vaccinations in the vulnerable sectors is disinformation about vaccinations. Some anti-vax individuals are spreading the idea that the purpose of vaccinations is to embed a microchip/nanochip to an individual and later on be controlled by Satan. Unfortunately, this type of idea is propagated even by educated […]

Aug 06, 2021

TIGBATAS HISTORY The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced that it is very improbable to extend the nationwide registration period beyond the September 30 deadline, as there are other things to prepare aside from the voters’ list. It will be self-disenfranchising if we fail to register during the deadline set by the electoral body given the […]

Jun 19, 2021

As we celebrated the 123rd year of Philippine Independence, historians are debating whether the appropriate term for Independence Day is Araw ng Kalayaan or Araw ng Kasarinlan. But public historian Michael “Xiao” Chua argued that whether we use kasarinlan or kalayaan, June 12, 1898 is always a reminder that we won the revolution and we […]

Jun 12, 2021

Last May 31, 2021, a former punong barangay and a barangay tanod were killed in a stabbing and hacking incident in Barangay Mangoso, Sigma, Capiz. Police Lt. Rey Jason Gimeno, Sigma Municipal Police Station chief, identified the victims as former punong barangay Isidro Jeroso Sr., 59, and Barangay Tanod Mario Marzan, 44, both of Barangay […]

Jun 05, 2021

Our history books in the public elementary textbooks back then were riddled with tremendous claims about unfounded Filipino inventions. In the book, it says that Agapito Flores invented the fluorescent lamp and the word “fluorescent” was an eponym of his name. Another fake Filipino invention that misled textbook authors and grade school teachers were the […]

Remembering the great Capisnons in our history
Jun 05, 2021

On May 4, 2021, Bombo Radyo Roxas reported that the statue of General Esteban D. Contreras at the Provincial Park was vandalized by unknown preparators. This crime was committed a week before the 157th birth anniversary of Gen. Contreras. Fortunately, the provincial government immediately repaired the damaged statute days before his birthday. But aside from […]

May 24, 2021

Portuguese Explorer Ferdinand Magellan or also known as Fernando de Magallanes became a trending topic as the country marked the 500th year of the historic Battle of Mactan between the Castilians and the pre-colonial Filipinos led by Lapu-Lapu. Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla trended in social media after he honored Magellan as one of the […]

Apr 30, 2021

During the imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine in the National Capital Region and its adjacent provinces, many Filipinos were somehow desperate on how to make ends meet in this tumultuous time. The so-called “isang kahig isang tuka,” the daily and minimum wage workers who are the most vulnerable in terms of the economic and medical effects […]

Apr 25, 2021

During the imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine in the National Capital Region and its adjacent provinces, many Filipinos were somehow desperate on how to make ends meet in this tumultuous time. The so-called “isang kahig isang tuka,” the daily and minimum wage workers who are the most vulnerable in terms of the economic and medical […]

Apr 17, 2021

With the unfolding of events in the province of Capiz, many stories were recounted about how land titles, houses, cars, pensions, salary, farm animals, and other means of livelihood were mortgaged, pawned, and loaned to secure money to participate in various investment schemes in high hope to double or triple their money in 30 or […]

Apr 17, 2021

Last March 2021, the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the Philippines. For many, it was the dawn of salvation against the pandemic but for others it another story. The recent years and sensationalized Denvaxia controversy made the public hesitant to take a jab. As the Dengvaxia controversy stormed and received extensive coverage in […]

Apr 08, 2021

Last March 19, 2020, all radio stations in Roxas City have reported that the controversial and divisive figure Patrocenio Calvez Chiyuto Jr, also known as Doc Don Chiyuto, the alleged chief executive officer of Double Your Money Investment Scheme, was kidnapped at his house in BF Resort Village, Las Piñas City. The reported incident has […]

Apr 06, 2021

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that DITO Telecommunity Corporation, the country’s third major player in the telecommunications industry, heralded its entry into the market during its commercial launch for the Visayas and Mindanao regions held on March 8. The historic yet simple ceremony was participated in by key DITO executives Dennis Uy, chairman and CEO, […]

Mar 30, 2021

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that DITO Telecommunity Corporation, the country’s third major player in the telecommunications industry, heralded its entry into the market during its commercial launch for the Visayas and Mindanao regions held on March 8. The historic yet simple ceremony was participated in by key DITO executives Dennis Uy, chairman and CEO, […]

Mar 25, 2021

TIGBATAS HISTORY For several years, Capisnons have invested their money in several companies promising a hefty return for a short period. Some are lucky enough to be at the top of the food chain leaving thousands of downlines in the agonizing pain of waiting as they brace the reality that they have been recruited into […]

Mar 16, 2021

TIGBATAS HISTORY While the majority of Capiznons are desperate to survive on their needs, some have tried their luck on various schemes in high hopes to exponentially grow their money in a short time. In the book of Mary Helen Fee, the first principal of Capiz High School, “A Woman’s Impressions of the Philippines,”you could […]

Mar 03, 2021

Economic hardships take a toll on the Capisnons. For the past few months, I have always encountered over the Social Media posts concerning a friend, relative, or co-worker who is not paying their debts for months or even for years. It seemed that good relationships which were built over the years have turned sour, and […]

Mar 03, 2021

TIGBATAS HISTORY In previous months the controversial issue was about Miss Universe Capiz Mariam Lara Ashraf, her handers and even the radio stations. In October 25, 2020, Ilongga beauty queen Rabiya Mateo was crowed as Miss Universe 2020 but was attacked by Miss Universe Taguig Sandra Lemonon in her cryptic social media post. Those events […]

Mar 03, 2021

TIGBATAS HISTORY In December 2020, it was reported that the Filipino students trailed behind other countries in the international assessment for mathematics and science for grade 4, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), said. During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Rodrigo Duterte promised to scrap algebra and replaced it with business mathematics. […]

Mar 03, 2021

TIGBATAS HISTORY Much has been said for the past days regarding a certain Sr. Mariano Chiyuto, thus, as a student of our great Capiznon history, I am compelled to write something that would shed light on the matter. I am writing not to promote the business of a single person or to find popularity among […]

Mar 03, 2021

TIGBATAS HISTORY In January 1986, former Speaker Cornelio “Agurang Kune” Villarreal and his son Governor Cornelio “Dodoy” Villareal Jr., the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan governor of Capiz, defected to the opposition and accompanied the Presidential candidate, Corazon Aquino and her running mate Salvador “Doy” Laurel to Mambusao. Unknown to many, Doy Laurel is a Mambusaonon by […]

Mar 03, 2021

TIGBATAS HISTORY One of the busiest streets in Roxas City is Hemingway Street, where cars and motorcycles pass by every time they apply or renew their licenses at the Land Transportation Office-Roxas City. Hemingway Street is said to be named after F.E. Hemingway, the Capiz Schools Division Superintendent who established the Capiz TradeSchool, now the […]

Feb 26, 2021

TIGBATAS HISTORY United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres said that “the COVID-19 pandemic lingers to let loose a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scaremongering against the Chinese.” “It’s China’s fault, it should never have happened,” the former US President Donald Trump said before, referring to the virus as the “China plague.” Despite the friendly […]

Feb 26, 2021

The parish Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting urged the public to register before the September 30, 2021 deadline. “Do get registered as registration activities are continuing since January and until September,” PPCRV Executive Director Maria Isabel Buenaobra said at Radio Veritas, a Catholic-run radio station. Some Filipinos do not have an idea how hard […]

Feb 19, 2021

The parish Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting urged the public to register before the September 30, 2021 deadline. “Do get registered as registration activities are continuing since January and until September,” PPCRV Executive Director Maria Isabel Buenaobra said at Radio Veritas, a Catholic-run radio station. Some Filipinos do not have an idea how hard […]

Feb 15, 2021

United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres said that “the COVID-19 pandemic lingers to let loose a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scaremongering against the Chinese.” “It’s China’s fault, it should never have happened,” the former US President Donald Trump said before, referring to the virus as the “China plague.” Despite the friendly relations of […]

Supremo Domingo Franco: Unsung Capisnon hero
Jan 30, 2021

In January 1986, former Speaker Cornelio “Agurang Kune” Villarreal and his son Governor Cornelio “Dodoy” Villareal Jr., the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan governor of Capiz, defected to the opposition and accompanied the Presidential candidate, Corazon Aquino and her running mate Salvador “Doy” Laurel to Mambusao. Unknown to many, Doy Laurel is a Mambusaonon by affinity. His […]

Sr. Mariano Chiyuto: The truth and the myth
Jan 15, 2021

Much has been said for the past days regarding a certain Sr. Mariano Chiyuto, thus, as a student of our great Capiznon history, I am compelled to write something that would shed light on the matter. I am writing not to promote the business of a single person or to find popularity among his avid […]

Jan 04, 2021

In December 2020, it was reported that the Filipino students trailed behind other countries in the international assessment for mathematics and science for grade 4, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), said. During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Rodrigo Duterte promised to scrap algebra and replaced it with business mathematics. Even Dr. […]

Jan 01, 2021

When Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Alphonsus Tesoro asked me to talk about the liberation of Capiz from the Japanese dominion, I was excited about the said activity. Finally, I could share those guerrilla documents which were mostly written on recycled papers and some were stolen Japanese used papers. But it took me days […]

Dec 12, 2020

In the previous months, the controversial issue was about Miss Universe Capiz Mariam Lara Ashraf, her handlers, and even the radio stations. On October 25, Ilongga beauty queen Rabiya Mateo was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020 but was attacked by Miss Taguig Sandra Lemonon in her cryptic social media post. Those events somehow reminisced my […]

Dec 05, 2020

In three weeks, the Agriculture sector suffered a P10 billion loss from typhoons “Ulysses,” “Rolly” and “Quinta.” The massive flooding across Luzon and Metro Manila left the local government units helpless as their rescue equipment cannot accommodate the volume of stranded individuals on their rooftops pleading to be rescued. How unfortunate that these took place […]

Dec 05, 2020

Economic hardships take a toll on the Capisnons. For the past few months, I have always encountered posts over social media concerning a friend, relative, or co-worker who is not paying their debts for months or even for years. It seemed that good relationships, which were built over the years, have turned sour, and exchanges […]

Nov 21, 2020

For nearly seven months, the operations of all cockpits were temporarily suspended and cockfighting is prohibited. All cockfighting aficionados mourn for the loss of their hobbies and, for some, their source of income. On the other hand, some housewives and children are secretly happy about it. It means quality time for them. Last October, the […]

Nov 21, 2020

The Capiz Provincial Health Office has reported that 12 Capisnons have already succumbed to COVID-19, and more than 200 positive cases have been recorded. But what is disgusting is the proliferation of “fake news” and mudslingings among political supporters in social media. While fidgeting on my smartphone, I came across this academic journal article of […]

Nov 03, 2020

This year’s Pista sang mga Minatay or All Soul’s Day, all cemeteries are closed to the public. This historic measure aims to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus Disease by banning mass gatherings. Mama Pesing, my grandmother and my aunt—all my beloved departed—are buried at the Sigma Roman Catholic Cemetery. One of the musuleos […]

Oct 25, 2020

On September 3, 2020, the nation has commemorated the 75th year anniversary of the end of World War II in the Philippines. But the majority of the Capisnons did even notice this historic event. As my homage to this milestone in our history, let us revisit the Capisnons’ place in WWII in the Philippines. On […]

Unknown Frontliners: Farmers and Fisherfolks
Oct 08, 2020

The prolonged community quarantine has caused a 16.5% dip in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the 2nd quarter of 2020. The good news is the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has announced that our agricultural production grew by 0.5%. According to economists, this shows that agriculture is the most resilient sector. Needless to say, we […]

Sep 30, 2020

Going to our office everyday affords me the chance to see the now-overgrowing trees inside the Capiz Provincial Arboretum. According to the Capiz Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, since 2018, this facility has housed 57 varieties of plants already—from fruit-bearing trees to beach forests to upland species. Few years from now, birds will find […]

Some of Our Barangays Were Named after Plants
Sep 28, 2020

Nowadays, ornamental plants are now becoming one of the most sought-after commodities. These growing enthusiasts even call themselves as plantitos, and plantitas—it’s really trending online. Some even take advantage of this and sell their plants even at unreasonable prices. But did you know that many of the barangays in our province derived their names from […]

Anti-Terror Law and Villareal’s Committee of Un-Filipino Activities
Sep 06, 2020

After the passage of the controversial Anti-Terror Law, several individuals and groups protested to the Supreme Court on its constitutionality. More than anything, the opposition has argued that the said law may be abused by this administration to harass their critics, thereby giving the National Anti-Terror Council a free hand in tagging them as terrorists. […]

Sputnik V and the Smallpox Vaccinations in Capiz
Sep 03, 2020

Recently much talks have been about Sputnik V, the Covid-19 vaccine registered by the Russians. While many people around the world are happy about this, medical experts doubt its efficacy and safety because it has yet to undergo Phase 3 clinical trial. And because Russian President Vladimir Putin has committed to the Philippines as an […]