Historia

This Book Belongs to Gov. W. Cameron Forbes

I was browsing over the digital copy of “Estado de las Islas Filipinas” (which I downloaded gratis) when I noticed a signature on the fourth page. The owner was no less than William Cameron Forbes, Governor General of the Philippines during the American occupation from 1908 to 1913. Turns out that his research papers (and his […]

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Historia

Philippine Railway: A Revival?

When we moved here in the southern metro way back in the early 90s, we were still sporadically taking trains. One of the considerations of course is its affordability. I remember that the last time I rode one was during my 2nd year in high school. Somewhere near FTI someone threw a plastic garbage bag […]

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Historia

Joey Velasco, Heartist dead at 43

We lost a great artist last Tuesday. Joey Velasco, the man who painted with his “heart” died of complications from his long time ailment. He was only 43. I’m a great fan of his art for long time (after seeing his story on tv) I was fortunate enough to meet Joey last year during his […]

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Iloilo

Guimbal: Unvisited but familiar

A friend reminded me to visit Guimbal while I was going around in Iloilo. In his youth he recalls how orderly and peaceful the environment of Guimbal was. I pass by the town twice on my way to the southern towns I listed on my itinerary but due to time constraints I never had a […]

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Iloilo

Iloilo City Heritage: La Muy Leal y Noble Ciudad (Part I)

The first church I ever visited here in downtown Iloilo is the well-known Iglesia de San José de Placer. Its storied town square, the Plaza Libertad (formerly Plaza Alfonso XII), is perhaps one of our most underrated historical gems – here the Ilonggos witnessed the surrender of Diego de los Ríos, the last Spanish Governor […]

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