Historia

Manila and the Western Fruits of Japan

Portuguese Jesuit, Diogo de Mesquita, is widely credited for planting the first western trees in Japan. In his letters to Padre Juan de Ribera he requested the following trees: fig, pear, peach, quince (main ingredient of the Tagalog spread called membrillo) and olive trees. Padre Ribera (d. 1622, Manila), the Rector of the Jesuit College […]

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Historia

Temporary disruption

I’ll be writing on and off this year because of some personal circumstances that warrants my time and attention. My present situation would temporarily take me away from traveling and research. Since travels and research are the basis of what I write here, updates would not be as frequent like it has been in the […]

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Historia

Mula Aparri Hanggang Jolo

Reading my friend’s recent article about Manuel Bernabe’s “Al Sagrado Corazon de Jesus” made me reflect on our neglected literary tradition in Spanish. The Cory constitution had shut the door on Spanish as a Filipino language. The removal of Spanish as a compulsory subject was the final blow to a language that has been maligned […]

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Historia

Olango Islands

My trip to Candaba brought to mind Olango last week. Another seasonal destination for many migratory birds. How they reach Cebu is entirely innate – an acquired instinct – as if continuing their specie’s tradition. How come these delicate creatures can do something like that and we humans seem to have problems preserving what has […]

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Makati | Manila

CEU and the Sampaguita

Last night while trying to look for old Hispano-Filipino songs in youtube I stumbled upon clips of CEU’s gradution rites. It was amazing seeing graduating students singing “El Collar de Sampaguita”. I wasn’t expecting to witness that. I thought they’ve already translated it in Tagalog and abandoned the original. I’ve read the history of CEU […]

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