Saturday, November 5, 2011

Meeting with Col. Mateo Luga and Fr. Angel B. Luga

It was the 20th of May 2008 at around 6:30 p.m. at Col. Mateo Luga's residence in Fairview, Quezon City when Father Angel Luga with brother Tony Luga, (whose Great Grandfather, Domingo, is the brother of General Mateo Noriel Luga), arrived. Father Luga is the Parish Priest in Cauyan, Isabela. He and Tony were the known Lugas left in Tumauini, Isabela. Other siblings of Domingo settled in Tuguegarrao, Ilocos and Cagayan Provinces. It was told that General Mateo Noriel Luga and his brother Domingo was actually from the Province of Ilocos, who migrated to Tumauini, Isabela. When the Filipino Spanish War erupted Mateo Luga with his two cousins, Manalo and Gregorio, joined the forces of Gen. Aguinaldo. They are, however, the original organizers and members of the secretive "Katipunan", in Tumauini. They left Isabela secretly to join the Katipunan. Nobody knew of their whereabouts. They are, in the eyes of the Spaniards - "Insurrectos"! To us, however, they are - HEROES!

After Andres Bonifacio's death, they joined the forces of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, until General Mateo Noriel Luga was appointed by General Aguinaldo as the Philippine Revolutionary's war adviser to the Cebu Revolutionary Government.

The meeting was a reunion of sort between Roy R. Luga, the grandson of Emilio, Sr., Mala Jean, the daughter Col. Mateo Luga, and those from Isabela. The Grand Reunion of the Luga Clan shall be held in Tumauini, the birthplace of Gen. Mateo Noriel Luga. Fr. Angel Luga volunteered to host the event. In the meantime, 5o pieces of the CDs of General Mateo Noriel Luga's documentary, which was produced by Col Mateo Luga were pledged to be reproduced for distribution, a parallel project to produce a documentary in Tumanuini, Isabela, shall be partly sponsored by Father Angel Luga. The advocacy for to commemorate the 75th Death Anniversary of Gen. Mateo Noriel Luga and to advocate for his life and times among the Luga Clan has just begun! The beginning of our saga . . . "THE ROAD TO TUMAUINI".

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