Cebu

NHI will soon unveil new historical markers in Carcar

Just got a word from Cebuano heritage blogger Knight Carl that the houses of the following families Noel, Silva and Lucero together with Balay sa Tisa will have historical markers soon. It’s about time! historcial recognition for these magnificent casas has long been overdue. Why can’t we register all “bahay na bato” under NHI? If […]

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Laguna

El Incansable de Nagcarlang

This beautiful town was where “Relacion de Costumbrez” and “Diccionario Tagalog-Hispano” was written. Literatures that are often neglected, barely studied in our history lessons. 1578 is when Nagcarlan was introduced to the great Franciscano Padre Juan de Plasencia. Here he wrote the extraordinary book  “Relacion de las Costumbres” with a dedication that reads, “Relacion de […]

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Manila

Libingan ng mga Bayani

I usually visit old cemeteries before it gets packed with people for “undas”. Last year it was Paco park, which was once a beautiful cemetery. This year its the “Libingan ng mga Bayani”. I enjoyed the peaceful and lush surrounding of the final resting place of our heroes. The silence is occasionally broken by small […]

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Laguna

One quite afternoon in San Pablo

Sampaloc Lake It was an awesome feeling seeing Mt. Cristobal’s reflection in the still waters of Lake Sampaloc. Its water has improved, the air fresh, relaxing and breezy. It wasn’t always like this, in the 80’s, prolonged pollution made its water contaminated, dark , stinky, dead fishes every where – it was dying. Waste and […]

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Manila

Muntinlupa Floods: Relief still needed

There’s still a call for relief assistance in our city. Although flood water has receded in the higher areas, the residents living in the lakeside are still flooded. The situation is bleak as flood water is predicted to recede not until next year. Even government services were not spared, just this month Comelec Muntinlupa relocated […]

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Manila

A recent visit to Guadalupe

My writer friend, Pepe, yesterday wrote a wonderful tribute to a great Filipino church, the Guadalupe shrine in Macati. Yes, there exist an old church in highly-developed, starbucks laden “Makati”. The last time I was here was when a friend got married (and I got invited!) . The church is near an extremely crowded housing […]

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