NHCP honors PH’s ‘first’ socialist mayor

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and city government here unveiled Tuesday the national marker recognizing the martyrdom of Fernandino Vivencio Cuyugan.

Coinciding with his 122nd birth anniversary, the kin and fellow Fernandinos of Cuyugan witnessed the presentation of the marker at the hero’s ancestral house in Barangay Del Pilar here.

NHCP Executive Director Ludovico Badoy disclosed that the process of awarding the marker took almost a year of research and study to prove that Cuyugan’s efforts bear significance to the country’s history.

He added that the state, through the NHCP, is pleased in recognizing the efforts, sacrifices and contributions of national and local heroes in the country.

“We have a lot of brave heroes that hail from San Fernando and the city itself has a huge share in our history and we are always happy to recognize it by installing our Panandang Pangkasaysayan,” he said.

He noted that the “Panandang Pangkasaysayan” will foster the already rich culture and history of this capital city which is the home of dozens of martyrs.

Cuyugan’s offsprings, Vince, Fe, Aurora and Ma. Luisa, meanwhile, expressed their gratitude to the NHCP and city government for continuously honoring their father for his valuable share in history.

During his speech, Vince disclosed the he and his siblings are witnesses of the selflessness of their father in helping laborers and peasants.

During his term as municipal mayor, Vince said that their ancestral house also served as the town hall after the actual one was affected by the World War II.

“We are thankful that the city government, and now the national government, recognizes the sacrifices of our father. We are proud and grateful to know that his martyrdom did not just go to waste and is recognized as valuable for the country’s history,” he said.

Recognized as the first socialist’s mayor in the country, Cuyugan dedicated his life in fighting for the rights of the poor and oppressed workers and farmers.

After returning to Philippines from United States, the San Fernando native hero was appointed municipal vice-mayor in 1927 and became mayor from 1937 to 1942 and in 1945 until he was removed by the Americans for his involvement in the Hukbalahap movement.

Cuyugan and his family were also detained in Camp Crame in 1953 for accusations of being part of the communist party.
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