A late entry but please, if you send to the PI, wait for the country to take better care of the items or make sure they don't go into the front door and then right out the back!
I was told this by the Antiques Road Show experts when I showed them my Tagalog inscribed sword presented by the family of General Lukban....
This is why I am stuck in between. It would be great to see these artifacts back in the Philippines, but there is no guarantee these items will be taken care of or get "lost" or "destroyed" by some imaginary force. This is also how Juan Lunas painting "Parisian Life" ended up at Christies Auction House. Years ago it was sold by a "relative" of the Nakpil family who was supposed to be taking care of the house that housed the painting.
The sword maybe the acutal sword of my Great Grand father, Gen. Vicente Lukban. It was donated by my family to the Divine Word University in Tacloban for safe keeping and for public viewing since my Great Grand Father had a large impact on the local history of Leyte and Samar. The University closed downd in 1996 down problems with the Labor Union and unbeknownst to us the sword sold. It should have been return to our family so that i can be donated to the National Museum. If the individual who still has sword is still aorund. Our family is willing to buy back the sword so that it can be rightfully return and be given to the Philippine National Museum.. Please email be at email@example.com
Here is what I found about the sword in Jose's possession
I did more researh in my library and here is what I found.
In August 9, 1898, Gen. Lukban went to Batangas to organize his troops to assist in the Bicol Provinces. He was trying to get arms from Gen. Malvar but was denied twice as Malvar insisted that the arms where needed in Laguna.
In August 17, 1898, the spanish garrison surrendered in Tayabas. Gen. Aguinaldo shortly ordered the reluctant Malvar to supply Gen Lukban with 250 rifles and reinforced his troops with Kawit guerrilas and officer.
In September 12, 1898, Gen Lukban ferried his troop to Daet in Bicol and captured the town marking the start of taking the Bicol Provinces.
August 25, 1898, I believe marks the event when Gen. Lukban's forces were finally completed and formed to invade the Bicol Provinces. The officers were presented these swords that you have to lead the forces into battle. This day marks the date that Gen Aguinaldo instructed Gen Lukban to plan the taking of Bicol.
The NEGROS FLAG ended up in my possession. I was born in Negros so this flag will be in good hands until I can decide to whom I will pass on its ownership. Theres a big possibility I will donate it to a museum in Negros in the future.