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Some of us may have learned Philippine history through textbooks, photos, and stories we hear while growing up. But wouldn’t it be nice to take a look back at our history and see some actual pieces and artifacts with our own eyes? The WWII Cat-al Museum, located in Valencia, Negros Oriental may stir some interest, especially for history-lovers. It houses a range of artifacts that was taken from World War II, hence where the name is derived. A visit to the museum can be nostalgic and educational, something you shouldn’t miss when visiting the province.
The WWII Cat-al Museum is a property owned by Proforio and Felix Cat-al, the father and son who collected various pieces and relics dated way back from the Japanese and American war in the Philippines. The authentic pieces found in the museum have been preserved as Porforio Cat-al himself is a World War II veteran. The museum is situated along the highway to Valencia proper. There are many jeeps that pass by Valencia proper, where you can also hail a tricycle going to the museum.
There are about 400 items to see in the impressive World War II collection ranging from weapons to medals, badges, uniforms, binoculars, and other war items. That certain area of the Negros region once became a site of the battle between the US Army against the Japanese, hence war equipments and other artifacts have scattered throughout the area as the war ended. This is when Porforio Cat-al began his journey of collecting pieces from the war which was later followed by his son, Felix, who shared his passion for history and war artifacts.
Their impressive personal collection was so grand that they decided to create a museum to display all the vintage items. The museum is a great location for history-lovers, especially the ones centered on wars and battles. It almost has everything that you can see from guns and grenades to uniforms and personal equipments, the museum is so rich of history that you’ll feel as if you took a step back into time.
Take a visit to the WWII Cat-al Museum and be in awe with the amazing collection of war artifacts whether you’re a hardcore history-fan or simple curious traveler, the experience of visiting the museum is surely fulfilling in its own.