Opinion

I Wish Filipiniana Books were Cheaper

I picked up a book yesterday for 50 pesos. And it’s a Filipiniana. So that’s surprising. The book is entitled “Taga sa Bato”  by Ted T. Antonio. First published by Ateneo de Manila University Press in 1994. It is a compilation of Tagalog poems from 1973 – 1988. But no, there’s no Filipiniana sale going […]

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Opinion

That's Just Crazy

I’ve seen some pretty bizarre things in my three decade long of existence. Pass 2am this morning, a guy apparently fell off the roof of Vivere in Alabang. That’s a 30 floor drop. That’s an unsurvivable situation. I don’t know if it was an accident or something else. The dead man can be seen right […]

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Aurora

Thoughts on Demolished Municipal Buildings

I’m no longer surprised when I see demolished old government buildings. Next to the classic Filipino house, old Municipal buildings are greatly subjected to neglect and eventual destruction. There are number of reason why local governments elect to destroy existing old buildings. Most consider it impractical to maintain, others feel that it had already served […]

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Historia

Meycauayan Church Bells to Return

I’m excited about this development. A Catholic congregation in the US has indicated their intention of returning the church bells (these are not tower bells but “sanctus” bells) of Meycauayan. The American soldiers are notorious for bringing home church treasures as war souvenirs with them during the Philippine American war. How the Sisters of Mercy […]

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Batangas

The Balay in Balayan

Balayan Church The church with its red brick bell tower is an impressive baroque. The interior is worth a look because it has structurally remained intact (although the modern paintings & murals are a bit out of place). Declared a National Cultural Treasure because its construction was supervised by Filipinos. A rare achievement in the 18th […]

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Batangas

A House in Balayan Batangas

Although it may appear that there;s not much likeness between the two, the concept and architecture of the bahay na bato are largely based on the precolonial house. My visit to the Ramos house (not sure if they call it that) helped me understand how the kubo (literally “cube”) evolved into something permanent. I’m thankful […]

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