We’ve heard of treasure hunters who were looking for golds and hidden treasures by invaders of our country.
It was already late in the afternoon when we got there. Tired from the day’s activity, I did not succumb to my bed’s calling, thought to myself that I should visit Cata-al museum before the day ends and dragged the beau out of my Lola’s house. Luckily, it was still open even after 5 PM.
Cata-al World War II Museum
Porferio Cata-al Sr. was the first one in the family to collect World War 2 weaponry and ammunition. It all started as a hobby and now, he was able to open a museum. Now, he’s of old age, the museum was continued and is looked after his son, Felix Constantino Villa Cata-al, who also expanded the collection.
These WW2 relics are housed in Valencia, Negros Oriental, just below their house. Visiting the museum is like refreshing our history lessons at school about the Japanese – American War.
At first, I feel uneasy looking at those old artifacts. Seeing a different kind of bombs, biochemical masks, weaponry, ammunitions, and a lot more gives me the creeps. At the same time, you would be amazed by how those soldiers were able to carry everything that weighs more than 30 kilos amidst the running and hiding and shooting.
I was enjoying myself seeing mortars and fix bayonets that I can only see in movies.
Aside from the WW2 weapons, they also collect non-weaponry collections such as old spoons, old wrist watches, old books, typewriters, and a lot more. We enjoyed our visit, especially the beau. As I was busy taking pictures, he was chatting the hours away with Tatay Felix. They talked about history and you can see in Tatay’s face that he is more than enjoying sharing the story to a visitor.
The Cata-al museum has no entrance fee. Their museum hours are also flexible. As long as they are already awake, you can enter the museum and they close at night as far back as 9 PM.
How to get to Cata-al Museum?
From Dumaguete City, you can ride a jeepney to Valencia. The fare would be Php 12.00. You can just ask your jeepney driver to drop you off at Cata-al Museum. It is located on the right side if you are from Dumaguete, just before you reach Valencia proper.
Here is a location map if you want to go to Cata-al Museum.
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