A small rotunda found just outside of Gateway Hotel in Surigao, the Jose P Laurel Monument is one of the less maintained historical site in the region. Because of Laurel’s achievement in the Philippines and the whole Caraga Region, a small statue was placed in honor of him.
The Jose P Laurel Monument is a small structure erected to commemorate the love of Laurel to the youth. In fact, there is a marking below its statue that states one of his quotes to the young Filipinos: “I would prefer to see the Youth of the land steeped in moral education and self-discipline rather than be mere selfish possessors of the accumulated knowledge of the land.”
José Paciano Laurel y García was born on March 9, 1891 and died on November 6, 1959. He was the third president of the Republic of the Philippines under the Kalibapi party, a Japanese-sponsored administration at some point in World War II. He took office on October 14, 1943 and left the presidency on August 17, 1945.
The Jose P Laurel Monument is about 1.5 kilometers from the Surigao Airport. Take a jeepney (8 pesos) or taxi (50 pesos) going to one of the statue of the third Philippine President.