Negros Oriental

Filipino Halloween?

Don’t confuse Halloween with our tradition of commemorating the dead. This dishonors our tradition. American Halloween (31 October) can be traced to Celtic paganism. Its association with “Pista ng mga Patay” and “Todos Los Santos” can solely be attributed to its proximity to the Christian holidays. Other than this, it has nothing to do with […]

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Negros Oriental

Bayawan Negros Oriental: Far Away But Not Forgotten

I’ve never met my maternal grandparents. They both died relatively young. I’ve never even seen a picture of them but growing up I’ve learned to imagine their faces and what they were like just by listening to my mother’s stories about them. They were buried in Bayawan’s public cemetery almost five decades ago. They both […]

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Malaysia

The Merdeka Square

This is probably their version of Luneta. And like ours, there’s much to see and learn. In this square can be found the worlds tallest flagpole. In 1957, they hoisted the Malayan flag here signifying their independence from British rule. Inscribed in a polished brown marble stone that commemorates that event: “It was here that […]

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Personal

‘daɪəri: 23.10.10

Just before I went home Saturday morning I witnessed seeing two rainbows, one brighter than the other but both stretched far into the misty sky. I don’t know where else it was seen. Perhaps it is a sign of hope like what most Christians believe it to be. I like what the writer Ralph W. […]

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Batangas

Matabungkay Bay

I’m not a big fan of beach resorts, especially crowded ones but we were lucky that the place was almost deserted when we visited. The accommodation was great but the beach was rock-strewn and was swarming with sealife: starfish, eels, urchins and sea moss. So I never got the urge to swim around (as if […]

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Iloilo

Pavia

The Pavia church is an Italian inspired church that was completed in 1895 by the Augustinian fathers. The construction commenced on the feast of its patron saint, Santa Monica,  on May 4, 1887. Pavia was named after the rich agricultural Italian town where Saint Augustine was buried (Basilica San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro). Most likely […]

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