Here’s this week trivia about Tuguegarao and Cagayan
1. The National Mental Hospital where the Peoples General Hospital now stood, was the most dreaded sight among Ibanag children. Fronting Luna street, patients who were housed at the building, with its rusty bars and flaking paints would shout , cry and sing the loudest at any time of the day. An old Narra tree which branches partially shade the building contributed the feeling of eeriness among children. It was one of the dirtiest, unkept mental hospitals in the country during its heydays. It could have been the location for a horror movie.
2. Cagayan Valley’s pioneering amateur singing contest, “Addan Ta Kabitunan” aired by DZCV was three years ahead of the “Tawag Ng Tanghalan” of Manila.
3. Supporters of local singers from Bagumbayan and Ugac usually throw stones against each other every time their contestants failed to make it during Grand Finals.
4. The premier advertising medium for Tuguegarao residents in the 1960s was the Kalesa.
5. Gorio Mabatan of Barangay Ugac wrote history as the first-and only- horse-drawn rig driver who drove a President – Ramon Magsaysay- around town during his visit in Tuguegarao.
6. Tuguegarao Oido musician Raymundo “Muning” Singson was unofficially proclaimed by residents as Cagayan Valley’s Pablo Virtuoso.
7. Gacias Fashion School where Elinas Hotel is now, was a pioneering private vocational school in Cagayan, alongside Ladyson Fashion School and offered tailoring, dressmaking and cosmetology courses.
8. Cagayan was the undefeated champion in all the staging of the Northern Luzon Athletic Association Meet in the 1960s through the 1970s sending all delegations to their sports knees including Isabela, Nueva Viscaya. Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Pangasinan, La Union and Abra.
9. Until now, there is no known Cagayan Provincial costume.
10. In the 1960s, LBL does not stand for Lal-lo Bus Line. It was Luzon Bus Line. TNF