Historia

Glimpse at the Origins of Filipino Surnames

Almost all Filipinos have Spanish names, these names came from a decree (1849) that required everyone to have surnames similar to that of a Spaniard or at least derived from a list they provided. Before the implementation of the decree, most Filipinos were patronymic. No clear standard in naming children upon baptism. The practice of […]

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Pan De Manila “Disclaimer”

I have been receiving email’s and comment’s asking information for the Pan De Manila. I sure would love to provide you with contact information and how to get your franchise but I can not, I am in no way connected to this bread company, I wish I was so I could drop by at any […]

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Food Identity

Being away from the homeland makes you think about a lotta things. In a foreign land is where a Filipino becomes more Filipino. You get to compare things about you, you realize that you are, well, Filipino pala talaga. You get to see yourself in a totally different light. Identity as they say is what […]

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Singapura

Novena Singapore

I went to mass in a place popularly known here as Novena, the St. Alphonsus Church, this Iglesia is located in Thomson Rd situated in the central area of Singapore. It’s near where we live so I could just ride a cab for a short trip but the train is far cheaper, the North-South line […]

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Singapura

The Singlish, English in Singapore

There’s much that we could learn from a country like Singapore, particularly with our ‘language situation’. There are two major (or maybe more) factions that presented itself at the turn of the century after the Spaniards packed up and left our shores hurriedly. The first one, the traditionalist those who would like to bring back […]

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Historia

The Undisputed Queen of Bagtican

I finally got the chance to visit my step grandma (salamat sa friendster at nagkita kami ng apo niya), affectionately called ‘mommy’ by the entire Calle Bagtican neighborhood. This great lady has in so many ways showed me what a grandmother’s love is. I never had a living grandparent when I was a child. The Magcale […]

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