By Cha Monforte
There is a village in Samal Island in Davao del Norte where Moncadistas or Moncadians reside for free as it is a land they communally own adjacent the land they consider as holy place where the White House of Moncado whom they worship as “reincarnation of Diyos Amahan (God the Father)” stands.
It is village where you cannot see someone slaughtering pig, cow or goat for it is complete taboo to all Moncadistas to eat meat from any animal. They only eat vegetables- salad or cooked. And so, they’re otherwise called vegetarians.
The village the Moncadistas consider as their eden can be found in Barangay Limao, Purok 1B in Samal District and it is overlooking Davao Gulf.
“We have long been asking the city government to declare the place where the Moncado White House is as a cultural heritage, a tourist spot as there are many tourists regularly going up there,” said Limao barangay captain Arsenio Redoble in an interview at the IGACOS City Hall in Penaplata Tuesday.
He said that they, “Moncadistas Moncadians revere the late Hilario Camino Moncado as a reincarnation of Diyos Amahan (God the Father)”. The Moncado White House was first constructed in the 80s.
As to why they don’t eat meat, Redoble, who is a Moncadista since birth, said: “Ang tawo mora rag mananap, sama sila nato (Humans are just like animals, they’re like us”, adding that the only difference is that humans are higher beings.
The Moncado White House stands in the 19-hectare place they consider as holy place, which they have been developing for years to have beautiful scenery for prayer, worship and community gathering purposes, while adjacent to it is the 23-hectare land where each of Moncadista members was given a minimum homelot of 200 square meters where they could live freely. Others were given 500 to 600 square meters depending on the number of the households.
The lands have been tried to be allegedly wrested by late Kumander Lahi and Atty. Ely Pamatong, but they won in the land cases and they are now on the process of “quieting the title”, Redoble said.
He said that there are 30 Moncadista branches in Samal Island and estimated there are not less than 10,000 Moncadistas throughout the island. He added the vast Moncadista members are in Cebu, where the Moncadista religious movement started.
He said their group actually is the Filipino Crusaders World Army (FCWA), which came out from the Filipino Federation of America founded by Hilario Camino Moncado.
“Our being an army is only in the sense of our being at war against all vices, so that you could not see sari-sari stores in our White House’s occupation area selling any liquor, beer, and cigarettes. Disco dancing is also a taboo to us,” Redoble said.
The Samal congregation of Moncadistas are presently led by their “Pope” Jesus Rueles.
On Wikipedia, Hilario Camino (Moncado) Del Prado (1898–1956) was first described as “a Filipino mystic and political activist. He was the founder and leader of the Filipino Crusaders World Army, a religious and patriotic group in the Philippines. “
“His father sponsored his schooling and boarding in India for his mystical studies at the age of six. At the age of nine he graduated with honor from the College of Mystery and Psychics in Calcutta, India. He spoke 11 languages fluently. He could also speak and understand 2 Filipino regional languages; Hiligaynon and Tagalog, and was a delegate to the 1935 Philippine Constitutional Convention election, and was a candidate in the 1941 Philippine presidential election,” according to some Wikipedia entries on Moncado.
Moncado was said to have led guerillas during the Japanese occupation. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)