Friday, August 9, 2013

Valencia Negros Oriental - Cata-al World War II Museum

I visited Cata-al World War II Museum in Valencia, Negros Oriental last time. The Museum displays old and vintage collections of World War II artifacts. 
photo by Roel Hoang Manipon of Lakbay Pilipinas

It was the late Porferio Cata-al, Sr. who started collecting these priceless memorabilia. He was a private of the Filipino guerrilla movement when the Japanese took over Valencia, Negros Oriental. It was during his funeral wake last November, 2012 when I discovered that Cata-al WW II Museum existed in Valencia, Negros Oriental. 
photo by Randy Anderson of Pinoy Topics
His son, Felix Constantino Villa Cata-al, helped his father in gathering WWII collections. The museum is part of their modest two-story house. Visitors are free to see the artifacts and relics, but a donation box for maintenance can be considered.
Mr. Felix Cata-al showing us this old phonograph
phonograph during World War II
old typewriter machine during WWII
old water container

The place is easy to find. It's even listed in Dumaguete City Tourism office as one of the attractions in the province. Mr. Cata-al (son) told us that he was offered with considerable money by many antique collectors. 

But he wouldn't agree if collectors only wanted to buy a piece of the artifacts. He intended to sell all of them in one price. He has a point, and for the mean time, all these are still in their family's possession.

I was really amazed Cata-al Family's fashion over these precious antiques. I hope it will stay in Valencia, Negros Oriental for many more years. 
Till here. I'm gonna be busy the entire month. I hope you wouldn't get tired visiting my space. I'll be working in a new city, and I'm starting from the scratch. I don't even have my own place yet, and still staying with a friend. 

Just me, 


  1. sana naman eh di na active yung mga vintage bombs para safe ahaha, yun talaga ang worry ko :D

    1. actually sasabog pa yun rix. careful lang talaga sila ;-) mga napulot yun ng mga farmer tapos dinala ky Porferio Cata-al, Sr.

  2. Hanga ako s amga tao na ang take care ng mga old things. These things have a great value for the next generation. Thanks for this special post Phioxee.
    good luck sa new work and new place. God bless you!

  3. Sarap mamasyal sa mga ganitong lugar! Maraming bagay na naluma na ng panahon... I remember tuloy yung turntable ng father ko (na halos araw-araw nuon ay pinatutugtog at naririnig ko ang makapag damdaming favorite namin nuon - ang Voltes V theme : )

  4. yung mga bomba pwede pa yan gamitin sa spratly island pang laban! tsaka marami sila gamit kung sakaling magkaroon ng zombie invasion! puntahan ko ito pag napadapo ako ng Negros Oriental hehe..

    uyyyy morning shift na sya LOL ! ^_^

    1. Morning shift naman talaga ako lageh :) ayoko lng ng night shift pero oks lang kung night out. Hahaha

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  5. parang sang maling galaw dyan ee katapusan ng buhay na ee,
    haha at saka parang mejo may pag kahunted ung mga items

  6. Gudluck sa bagong work im sure mas marami at mas maraming exciting places k n nm ppunthan sa cebu ...

    Natatakot ako sa museum feling ko may momo

  7. This is the kind of place that I like.

    Natutuwa naman ako sa may-ari ng museum na ito. Libre ang pagbisita tapos ayaw nilang ibenta ang mga koleksyon nila. They are vanguards of Philippine history.

  8. Gusto ko ng phonograph!

    Feeling ko mag-eenjoy ako pagpumunta dito.

  9. The collection must cost a fortune now. Those grenades and bullets, wow! I'm keeping this in mind so if I happen to visit Negros someday I'd put this in this museum in the itinerary.

  10. I hope our government buys it and places it in a better place. Say the National Museum? =)

  11. never been to Negros! this is surely next on my list :) thanks for sharing these photos btw! hope u r having a great week Phioxee :)

  12. Wow! I want to see these collections upclose and personal.

  13. I want those vintage watches:)

    This is a good way to freshen up yourself before you start to a new work and city. I know what it feels, I wore that shoes before:) So be strong, be brave and only trust yourself:) goodluck to your new work:)

  14. Ganda pala ng negros oriental. Sana makarating din ako dyan. Maganda talaga bumisita sa mga museum pag nagttravel. Medyo afraid lang ako dun sa vintage bombs. Hehe.

    I hope you're doing well on your new work! :)

  15. mayka kalagaan nimo oii hahaha

  16. thanks for sharing pictures....dami pa palang bomba ang hindi napasabog..

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