LORENZO CIMAFRANCA a World War II Hero of Dumaguete

 When World War II broke out on December 7,1941,he was a young man then enjoying his studies at Silliman University.Lorenzo learned of the resistance movement being organized in the mountains through the late Major Juan Dominado who invited him to join the guerrillas.Ensong detailed in the Intelligence section under Lt.Dominado and was immediately assigned to the occupied area in Dumaguete City.His task was to gather information regarding Japanese Troop movements to secure medical and office supplies.On one of these occasions,He was assigned to deliver two letters one letter from Dr. Robert Silliman ( sent thru the Atty Rodrigo Tugade) for the late Ambassador Jose M.Romero and another letter from Lt. Dominado for Engineer Eduardo Blanco,complete set of blue prints covering in detail the lay out of the Dumaguete airfield. Their was a time that the Resistance Movement will go to their house to met with the group.One afternoon as he approached Eng. Blanco’s house,He saw Engineer Jovenal Somoza ( Blanco’s assistant) that was the last time he saw Somoza alive ( Cimafranca recalled). One Cloudy and rainy afternoon this plan was placed inside the iron bars of his bicycle rolled map covered with manila paper rolled the map as small as he could tightened as small as possible it with a rubber band which he brought along,and inserted the map into the bar of the bike.Then put back the seat. Blanco was happy before he left,and told him that in three day’s time,if everything went well one time he pass by the Blanco’s house biking without showing the faintest recognition although there was a sort of smile on his lips that was the last time I saw him alive ( Cimafranca recalled). Months later many prominent people in Dumaguete were arrested by the Japanese.One by one those arrested were released,except the four,Blanco,Somoza,Chi, and Portuguese by the name of Silva while Ensong was in Palinpinon in Valencia Town but the Japanese was looking for him in their house near downtown area. September 22,1945 the 503rd U.S. Airborne Division at Guinsoan Zamboanguita,under the coconut trees a military surrender ceremony was solemnly enacted.The surrender took only around thirty minutes.Lt Juan Dominado and Lorenzo were the only Filipino witness and photographer the said historical event and the end of the Occupation. Before and after World War II he worked in their family owned company”The Uymatiao trading”Tnat.Sgt.Lorenzo A. Cimafranca rendered continue us service with the same organization from the time he was indicated into the military service until 26,April 1945.When he was transferred to the CIC,488TH Detachment,United States Army under the command of 2nd Lt.Henry Willy,USA.,he was attached to and returned back to his original unit which was by that time had been re-activated as the 3rd Battalion,53rd Infantry P.A. seventh military district of United States forces in the Philippines. Recognized his service as an Intelligence secret agent and military services during World War II by the Armed forces of the Philippines and a “Service Decorations Awarded given in June 12,1968 in Manila.One of our surviving war hero in Negros Oriental.His experience,Knowledge,Bravery and memorable treasure stories teach us to respect our motherland and fellowmen to love and protect our freedom.


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