Manila

Sanctuario de San Pedro Bautista

The Franciscan Garden Just when you thought that Quezon City has nothing to offer but the metro feel, top schools, colossal malls and trendy subdivisions, think again. When you reflect on the old Filipinas what comes to mind is Manila and the well-known  provincia’s (Vigan, Taal etc) but rarely someone would think of Quezon City […]

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Some hate mail

I was reading my blog comments when I found this colorful shout out from a certain “M.T. Inocencio” , he said, “you write poorly”, he continues, “your understanding of history is also suspect, where did you learn this view that Spaniards created the…” well, let me stop it here ( we all know what the […]

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Manila

La Gira, part I

In what could be a first in a series of historical pilgrimages, we were toured around Binondo and Sn. Nicolas Manila by the great Filipino artist-historian, future artista nacional, Señor Gomez Rivera. With his astonishing grasp and familiarity of the locale, he took this two (Pepito y yo) tyro chroniclers into the begrimed esquinitas of […]

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Part of History

Part of History Gemma Cruz Araneta Many people enjoy reading biographies because there is nothing more engaging than learning about the details of a famous person’s life. To me, when a biography is intertwined with the history, it becomes even more edifying for it makes me realize that our lives, like it or not, are […]

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El Madrid de Filipinas

A member from Circulo Hispano Filipino shared this link. Its a popular Metro TV ad from Spain. Some Filipinos felt that the ad was insulting (I’m not sure why), Filipinos can be overly sensitive. I remember an American actress making a comment that Manila was dirty and unsafe, well, she got her ass banned for […]

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Remember Heneral Cailles!

One of the greatest commander in Aguinaldo’s army, Juan Cailles the great field general in Tayabas and Laguna is all but forgotten now. Unpopular to our history text, unfamiliar to most of us, the Nasugbu born, half French half Indian Cailles, got his early education in the Jesuit run Escuela Normal in Manila and became […]

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