Book launching in Paseo Perdices

“Hugkat” seeking to preserve our heritage. The journal of culture and heritage of Dumaguete City aptly named “Hugkat” debuts as the city celebrates its 70th Charter Day Anniversary. In photo are some of the individuals who contributed to the book’s comprehensive and painstaking work (standing left-right): Professor Ian Rosales Casocot, Associate Editor; Dr. Earl Jude Cleope, Editor-in-Chief; Father Ramon Sagun; Councilor Manuel Arbon; City Tourism Officer Jacqueline Antonio and Professor Regan Jomao-as. Hugkat is the journal that seeks to document the heritage, history, arts and culture and tourism in Dumaguete City. Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo reiterated the need to “preserve local heritage in order to secure the identity of Dumaguete City for generations yet unborn.”


Two days ago, it came as a pleasant surprise that the book launching of Hugkat Vol. I. was held in Paseo Perdices.

Hugkat is the Journal of Heritage and Culture of Dumaguete City edited by Dr. Earl Jude Cleope and Prof. Ian Rosales Casokot.

The Journal features historical articles by Fr. Roman C.  Sagun Jr. [on Padre Mariano Bernad in Dumaguete], Prof. Carlos Magtolis Jr. [on the early Protestant endeavors in Negros Oriental], Prof. Caridad Aldecoa-Rodriguez [on Dumaguete during World War II], Dr. Earl Jude Cleope [on the presidentes and mayors of Dumaguete from 1901 to 2001], and Prof. Victor Emmanuel H. Enario [on the political career of Mayor Jose Pro Teves].

Fast backward I. As a student of history, lately have I done some “hugkat”, going over my research notes to answer a question: After whom is Paseo Perdices named: the great grandson, Agustin Miguel Araneta Perdices, the present councilor of the city government?

If not, could the new lifestyle destination be rather named after the grand son, Agustin Ramon Miciano Perdices, city mayor of Dumaguete and later Governor of Negros Oriental?

Should the new gallery at the heart of Rizal Boulevard still be named after the son, Mariano Francisco Bernad Perdices, mayor of Dumaguete also becoming Governor of Negros Oriental?

Or is this new destination for fine dining experience in Dumaguete City better still to be named after the father, Agustin Perdices, a businessman who settled in Dumaguete?

One can easily check the information above in the worldwide web. The information below needs more “hugkat” among primary sources found in Spanish archives.

Fast backward II. Agustin Perdices was married to Maria Bernad. Maria was the eldest daughter of Ramon Bernad, a Spanish businessman who settled in Misamis.

Who was Ramon Bernad? Ramon’s father was Pedro Bernad of Calanda, Teruel province, in Aragon.

When his uncle, the brother of his father, Pedro, Fray Mariano Bernad was assigned parish priest of Misamis in 1867-73, Ramon, the nephew, accompanied the missionary.

Later, Fray Mariano Bernad became parish priest of Dumaguete in 1866-67, 1880-1891 and 1894-97.

I would maintain that Fray Mariano Bernad remains the pioneer in tracing the significant pages of the history of Dumaguete, writing on 1 May 1895  “Reseña historica de Dumaguete”.

Five yeas later, Fray Mariano Bernad as a missionary in Brazil, South America, was summoned to Rome where on 3 June 1901, Pope Leo XIII appointed him superior general of the Augustinian Recollects.

After whom is Paseo Perdices named? The great-great grand son of Pedro Bernad, Agustin Miguel Araneta Perdices, Dumaguete’s current city councilor, is in the best position to give us the answer.