Abra | Historical Markers

Historical Markers of Abra

Society of the Divine Word

Quintin Paredes 

Ignacio Villamor y Borbon

Abra Historical Markers

Abra has three of the more than 1300 Historical Markers installed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) all over the country. The Historical Markers recognise people, places, or events that are of important historical value to the Philippines. They are commemorated by cast-iron plaques issued by the Commission. The plaques themselves are permanent signs installed in publicly visible locations on buildings, monuments, or in special locations.


Criteria and policies for Historical Markers

The fol­low­ing are the poli­cies is­sued by the NHCP on the in­stal­la­tion of Historical Markers:

  1. Markers shall be installed for Filipino heroes, historic events and places involving historical acts and patriotic endeavors to dramatize the need to focus to the national consciousness the history of our country from the Filipino viewpoint and to evoke pride in our national heritage and identity.
  2. Installation of historical markers that honor Filipino heroes shall be undertaken after proper and thorough study.
  3. Historical markers shall only be installed in places with great historical value as determined by the NHI Board.
  4. Historical markers for religious personalities maybe installed in recognition of social or historical value.
  5. Historical marker shall not be installed to honor persons deceased less than fifty years, unless they are considered outstanding figures.
  6. Request for historical markers may be granted during the centenary year of deserving persons, places or structures.
  7. Historical markers shall not be installed in honor of persons who are still living.
  8. Historical markers may be installed in honor of foreigners, only in exceptional cases.
  9. Markers of local significance shall be allowed upon approved application to the NHI provided they are installed and financed by the agency, person or organization making the request and in such cases, the seal of the Republic of the Philippines shall not be allowed to be used.
  10. In consonance with the national policy, all texts of historical markers shall be in the National Language.
  11. The historical marker shall have a uniform design, size and materials. The NHI shall exercise the exclusive right (patent) over its use and production.
  12. The historical markers are government property. Any act to destroy or remove the said markers without the written authority from the NHI Board shall be charged criminally in accordance with existing laws.The NHI shall conceptualize the standard design, size and materials of the pedestals for the historical marker.
  13. To ensure the protection, upkeep and maintenance of the historical markers, the NHI and the client (i.e. local executives, descendant of the hero, etc.) shall both officially agree and sign the Certificate of Transfer. 




Ignacio Villamor  (1863 – 1933)

Ignacio Villamor was born on 1st February 1863, in Bangued,Abra, to Florencio Villamor and Wenceslawa Borbon.
When he was ten, his father died so his mother depended on him to help with family expenses.

With the help of his uncle Escolastico Borbon, his mother was able to send him to the public school.His teacher was Mariano Torrijos. After graduating, he attended another school under the tutorship of Juan Valera. Then he was sent to the seminary of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, to continue his studies.

Continuing his studies in Manila he enrolled in the San Juan de Letran College. He found work as a houseboy of Yeyong, an old bachelor, and Nora Ponsa, his spinster sister, on San Marcelino Street. Later, he lived in the College of San Juan de Letran as capista.

In 1885 he completed his B.A. and then went on to the University of Santo Tomas,graduating in 1893 a with a M.A. in Law in 1894. He married Maria Flores of Manila in 1894.

A co-founder of the Universidad Literaria de Filpinas,he also established the Colegio de San Antoniode Padua  and the Liceo de Manila.

He joined the government in 1901 as prosecuting attorney of Pangasinan. He was appointed Judge of the Sixth Judicial District in 1902; Attorney General in 1907; and Chief of the Executive Bureau, being the first Filipino to occupy this important position.

In 1915 he became the first Filipino President of the University of the Philippines.

In 1918, he became the director of the Bureau of Census. Two years later, (1920), he was named associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, a position which he held until his retirement.

As an author, he wrote Criminality in the Philippine Islands, Commentaries on the Election Law, Election Frauds and Their Remedies, Japan’s Educational Development, Slavery in the Philippines, Industrious Men, Ancient Filipino Writing, and The University of Santo Tomas in Her Third Century.

On the morning of May 21, 1933 he suddenly collapsed and passed away two days later on May 23rd at 6:15 p.m.


Image of Ignacio Villamor from kahimyang.com

Ignacio Villamor y Borbon (1863 – 1933) 

Jurist, Author, and Educator. President of the University of the Philippines in 1915.

Marker Location – Bangued (As of May 2018 location is Unknown)
Marker Language – Filipino
Date Issued – 23rd February 1983

Image of Ignacio Villamor from kahimyang.com

Ignacio Villamor Historical Marker. Not Found. Where is it? 

The Historical Marker was taken down when the LGU renovated the Plaza in 2001 and not returned afterwards.
The Marker was located across Long building / Bangued East Central School.

Does anyone know its whereabouts or happen to have any photographs of it??

Ignacio Villamor marker.Lost. Where is it. Bangued, Abra

Don Quintin Babila Paredes

One of the most prominent men of Abra in the early 20th Century was Don Quintin Paredes.  

Born on 9th September 1884, He was Abra’s Representative to Congress from 1925 to 1937 and became Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1933 to 1935.
During the war he was Secretary of Commerce.  After the war he became a Senator and was elected as President of the Senate for a short term.  

Don Quintin Paredes was married to Doña Victoria Peralta. Victoria Park, at the top of the Casamata hill was named after her.

Quintin Paredes (1884 – 1973) 

Lawyer, Statesman, and former Senate President.

Marker Location – Quintin Paredes Ancestral House, Santiago Street, Bangued, Abra
Marker Language – Filipino
Date Issued – 23rd February 2013

Quintin Paredes Historical Markers Inscription


National Historical Commission, 2013

Quintin Paredes

Isinilang sa Bangued, Abra, 9 Setyembre 1884. Nagtapos ng Abogasya, Escuela de Leyes, Manila 1906 at Pagkadalubhasa sa Abogasya, Escuela de Derecho, 1910. Solisitor Heneral sa Kawanihan ng Katarungan, 1917; Abogado Heneral, 1918. Kalihim ng Katarungan, 1920-1921. Kinatawan ng Abra sa Kongreso 1925-1927; 1928-1930, 1931-1934,at 1934-1935. Ispiker ng Kongreso, 1933-1935. Residenteng Komisyoner ng Pamahalaang Komonwelt sa Estados Unidos, 1936-1938. Nahalal bilang Senador, 1941, 1949 at 1955. Naging Pangulo ng Senado, Marso-Abril 1952. Yumao, 30 Enero 1973.

Useful Paredes Links

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Paredes Ancestral House, Bangued, Abra with Historical Markers outside
Quintin Paredes Historical Markers Bangued Abra

Society of the Divine Word

Fathers Ludwig Beckert and John Sheiermann arrived on horseback in San Isidro, then called Cagutongan, on Aug. 22, 1909, and founded the first SDV mission in Abra

The Historical Marker was erected in 2009 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the S.V. D. (Society of the Divine Word) in the province of Abra. In 1920, the Bishop of Nueva Segovia (Bishop Peter Joseph Hurth) entrusted the whole province to the SVD.

In 1959, the S.V.D. transferred its regional house from Tayum to the Bangued Parish Convent.
Then, in 1964  the regional house was again moved, this time to Ubbog, Bangued.

Society of the Divine Word 

Established its first Philippine mission in Bario Cagutungan (now San Isidro) on August 23, 1909

Marker Location – Our Lady of Pilar Church Compound, San Isidro
Marker Language – Filipino
Date Issued – 23rd August 2009

Society of the Divine Word Historical Markers Inscription


National Historical Institute, 2009

Society of the Divine Word

Itinatag ang Societas Verbi Divini o SVD ni Fr. Arnold Janssen sa Steyl, Holand, 1875. Fr. Ludwig Beckert at Fr.Johann Scheirmann, unang nagtatag ng misyon sa Pilipinas sa Baryo ng Cagutungan (ngayo’y bayan ng San isidro), Pilar, Abra, 30 Agosto, 1909. Ipinatayo ang unang Regional House sa Tayum, 1911, pinamahalaan ang mga parokya sa buong Abra, 1920; Lubang Island, Mindoro, 1922; Zambales, 1926; Cagayan, 1933; Colegio Seminario de la Immaculada Concepcion sa Vigan, 1925; San Carlos College sa Cebu, 1935. Itinatag ang Christ the King Seminary sa New Manila, 1934; Divine Word Seminary sa Tagaytay, 1963. Fr. Raphael Rulloda, unang Pilipinong Paring SVD, 1936. Ang misyon ay naging rehiyon hanggang lumawak sa tatlong probinsya: Philippine Northern, Philippine Central at Philippine Southern, 1962. Ang SVD ay bahagi sa patuloy na pagpapalaganap sa salita ng Diyos.

San Isidro Church SVD Historical Markers
SVD Historical Markers San Isidro

What Historical Markers would you add to the three already in Abra?

What would you like to be preserved or restored?  Which Abrenians would you like to be recognised for their contribution to the Province?

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