Cavite

Grandmas never run out of hugs

We left Muntinlupa pass lunch hoping to arrive in San Francisco de Malabon [ok, Gen. Trias today] at around 1pm. We rode like the wind in Daang Hari, gone are the days when we would catch a ride, those groovy mini buses with slow rock themes somewhere in Baclaran, to get  to Trias. Once we […]

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Singapura

Flying budget airlines

Thanks to budget planes, people can now fly to Singapore at never before prices. How these companies managed to get their prices so low is a modern day miracle. I’m already planning trips for 2010, the earlier, the cheaper – I hope that some crazy promo pops out in time for the Chinese New Year. […]

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Singapura

The small iron elephant

When Rizal was in Singapore, he wrote about the palace of the Rajah of Siam where an “iron elephant” can be found. The Rizal scholar Ambeth Ocampo tried to locate this but was unable to do so because he went to the present day Thailand embassy in Orchard Rd. The elephant statue actually was a […]

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Singapura

A Filipino hero in Singapore

In 2008, Singapore in cooperation with Filipino authorities unveiled a bronze relief of Jose Rizal. The monument is located in front of the Asian Civilization Museum[an elegant British colonial building] it’s near the historic Cavenagh Bridge. I think that there is no better place for this simple monument than where it stands now, as this […]

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Laguna

Majayjay’s Tulay Pigue

Crossing Rio Olla from the poblacion to the bukid was difficult and dangerous for the locals during the Spanish years. Torrential rains transforms the small quite river into a raging body of water. The Majayjayenses had to go down to the river  to get to the other side. A project was then spearheaded by the […]

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Historia

A message from Jim

I received an email from Jim Richardson, a British historian who made extensive studies in the history of Filipino revolution and the country’s communist party. I wanted to share his email because it was meant to be a comment on my post about American historian May and his criticism on how Filipino historians invented  Bonifacio. […]

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