The White House and Cult of Moncado

The White House

Situated on a hill inland from the northern part of Barangay Limao, up a very rough road that is often a quagmire, when it doesn’t look like a rocky riverbed. Unlike the island’s two concrete National Highways, the unmade local roads are usually in very poor condition; little more than unmaintained potholed tracks. The General’s house (and cult HQ) command a fantastic view across the Bay of Davao towards the Philippine’s 3rd largest city (population-wise). Most of the people of Brgy Limao are cult members (or descendants of cult members). The cult demanded that they be strict vegans, eating their fruit and vegetables raw. They were also forbidden to gamble or drink alcohol…As admirable as these commandments are, you can probably see why the religion didn’t grow in popularity and why the younger generation lapse when the lights of Davao can be seen across the water. There are adherents though, and in recent months, there seems even to have been something of a resurgence as a new leader has drawn in the local youths with modern activities such as talent contests, sports events and dancing. It appears harmless from a distance and the strictures are old-fashioned enough to be welcome in the modern world of instant gratification.

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A house, but only white in parts

A house, but only white in parts

Our first visit to the locally famous ‘white house’ in Limao, previously home to a religious cult of abstinence from meat and alcohol. The Moncadista cult was started by General Moncado, a leader of the WWII freedom fighters against the Japanese occupation

Held up by bamboo scaffolding

Held up by bamboo scaffolding

The entrance to the house may be Japanese influenced

The entrance to the house may be Japanese influenced

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Statue to the General

Statue to the General

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The history of General Moncado's resistance to the Japanese invasion

The history of General Moncado’s resistance to the Japanese invasion

The cult leader in a patrician-like pose

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Looks a bit like a Hogwarts reunion

Looks a bit like a Hogwarts reunion

Dare one say that there's something just a little masonic about the uniforms?

Dare one say that there’s something just a little masonic about the uniforms?

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Camp 23

The gathering ground for the resurgent cult is known as Camp 23 (because it has 23Ha of land), sitting on the southern edge of Brgy Limao bordering Brgy Catagman. The road from Catagman is worse than the road to the White House; I speak from personal experience of crashing twice on the very rough riverbed that gets worse by the week.

Camp 23

Camp 23

I still haven't found out what Instruction 78 involves, but the kids hanging around the shrine loved mugging up to the camera

I still haven’t found out what Instruction 78 involves, but the kids hanging around the shrine loved mugging up to the camera

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The busts of the three Great Leaders occupy the shrine

The busts of the three Great Leaders occupy the shrine

HCM?

HCM?

The day that I ventured into Camp 23 happened to be the time it was being occupied by the MNLF. Apart from the flag and the notice outside the gate, you wouldn’t have known they were there.

The MNLF satellite office, Brgy Limao

The MNLF satellite office, Brgy Limao

The flag of the MNLF

The flag of the MNLF

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8 thoughts on “The White House and Cult of Moncado

  1. It is just across from where my land is/was. The road you are referring to is one reason that I realized I’d probably never be living there. Life situations have provided other reasons of course 🙂

  2. I definitely remember that day you stumbled into camp 23 (aka the MNLF camp that isn’t) – you were moonlighting as a tour guide!

    And there was that pair of cops offering us a patrol car ride back to the kubo – or the jail!

    Nice to see the new looks of your website, and the ‘local’ resto/bar for the ‘local’ people. 😀

    • Hi Win! Well the MNLF were low profile (apart from the flag) and no problem, so live and let live. Are you sure I was the guide? I thought I was following you! Nice to hear from you – drop in to see us again when you’re in the area.

  3. One year later…..I walked up the hill to the white house,fearful of the undercarriage.Nice little blog you have here.

  4. I can sense disrespectfulness and arrogance in your writings. Kung wala silang inaagrabyadong kapwa, hindi sila nararapat kutyain. Thanks

    • Hi James! I welcome a longer explanation about Moncadista, there is so little information available. Please feel free to contribute.

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