By: Antique PIO/NCD
The La Castellana town of Negros Occidental, through a Technical Working Group sent by Honorable Mayor Alberto Nicor was in Antique to trace back their genealogical roots in various towns in the Province in connection with their Town History Project for the Centennial Celebration come 2018.
It can be remembered that in November of 2015, a historical-first-ever visit was made by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Rhodora “Dodod” Cadiao to the Sugar Plantations in Negros Occidental including La Castellana, to check on Antiqueños Migrant Sugar Workers.
Promising areas of cooperation strengthening bilateral ties of two institutions, a group of men and women was sent to the towns of Sibalom, Culasi and Laua-an by virtue of an executive order to do detailed research on the historical lineage of the people of La Castellana for their upcoming 100 years celebration.
The group was composed of elderly, academe, church leaders and various individuals who came to Antique last 27-29 for a visit and research after their preliminary researches point out to Antique as a considerable source of their ancestral people, tradition and history.
The team, led by Councilor Cristina Vera and ten others were received by the various mayors of the three said town where local dialogues were made with the various sectors notably by the elderly and the migrant sugar workers.
La Castellana, a 1st class sugar producing municipality, is one of the many Negros towns regularly stormed by thousands of Migratory Sugar Workers from Antique during the harvest and planting seasons where according to accounts, many of the workers stayed for good in Negros.