Secondary school renamed
By Homer Jajalla
MAHINOG, Camiguin – The Mahinog Municipal Council has unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the renaming of Mahinog National High School in barangay Hubangon after the late Mayor Sixto A. Abao.
This, after Camiguin Representative Pedro P. Romualdo filed House Bill No. 6915 known as an “Act Changing the name of Mahinog National High School in barangay Hubangon, Municipality of Mahinog, Province of Camiguin to Sixto A. Abao National High School.”
Romualdo said the present Mahinog National High School was established through the efforts of the late mayor, who was known for his deep concern and passion for education.
It is the clamor of the residents of Mahinog that in order to perpetuate the memory of the late Sixto A. Abao, the Mahinog National High School in barangay Hubangon be renamed in his honor, Romualdo said in the bill’s explanatory note.
During the creation of Mahinog as a town in July 1, 1948 by virtue of Executive Order No. 122 of President Manuel L. Roxas, then mayor Sixto A. Abao had shown the importance of education in his own barangay when he chose the Mahinog High School, the first secondary public school in the island of Camiguin, to be established in his native barangay of Hubangon.
Through the effort of then mayor Sixto A. Abao, the family of Cabeza Celedeno Abao, his close relative, agreed to an exchange of property where the said school was established and that the house made of hardwood owned by the latter became the original structure of the school, the resolution added.
“Firstly, we honor the late Sixto A. Abao for his outstanding achievement and exemplary work as the first Mayor of the town of Mahinog,” the resolution stated.
“Secondly, we honor this man for his burning passion for education and commitment to public service that led to the establishment of the first secondary public school in Camiguin now known as Mahinog National High School in barangay Hubangon,” the resolution further said.
Once HB No. 6915 becomes a law, the newly established Mahinog National High School II in barangay Poblacion will be automatically renamed Mahinog National High School. (HRJ, LGU Mahinog, Camiguin/PIA10/asf)