Manila

In Honor of Nuestra Señora de Guia

A Marian devotee going into the church ofErmita on M.H. del Pilar near Plaza Ferguson [Plaza Nuesta Sra. de Guia] will see on the main altar a small, morena statue of our lady, dressed in the replendent robes of a queen   Thie revered image made of molave and narra was for many years the […]

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Manila

NHI: “New & Improved!”

I got nothing better to do today so I decided to check out NHI’s bookstore in Kalaw. Last time I went there was summer of ‘08, bought some books and wandered around the institution’s vicinity. Construction was all over the place last year, I took it as a good sign. Now, the place is clean […]

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Historia

“Not Just Another Rizaliana”

Today I went to Las Pinas to retrieve a package sent by Sra. Elizabeth Medina from Chile that I was expecting for weeks. Why it ended up in Las Pinas’ post office is something no one can seem to explain. Anyway… I can’t thank Sra. Medina enough, she has always been supportive and kind to […]

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Historia

Aguilas Aztecas

Filipinos today know more about Pacquiao’s Mexican opponents than the galleons and other historical ties with Mexico. Of all the Hispanic countries, Mexico, is closest to us – thanks to the Acapulco-Manila trades and its directorial function during the Spanish era in keeping Filipinas loyal to Madre España. Unknown to many is that there was […]

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Historia

Lunch with Sr. Gomez Rivera

Just had a great chat and lunch with  Sr. Gomez Rivera. This living legend’s historical lectures both disturb and amuse me all at the same time. “Disturb” Because he reveals the ugly lies hidden just beneath the surface of Filipino historiography. His voice speaks the truth of how Filipino history is still being manipulated and […]

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Laguna

“Liliw”

Far enough from Sn Pablo, Sta. Cruz and Nagcarlang to have an identity of its own, Liliw is, surprisingly, one of Laguna’s progressive quite towns. Thanks to its flourishing “tsinelas” industry, it managed to develop its small highland town nestled at the foot of Banahao. Nice roads and good government services (this hushed “Banahao” town […]

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