Camarines Norte

History Briefs about Daet

I don’t want to add this article to the growing number of blogs about the Daet’s Jose Rizal monument but after seeing what this far off Bicolano town (some 300 kms from Manila) could offer in terms of tangible heritage, I figured there’s not much to write about. A local confirms that the oldest house […]

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Cambodia

Phnom Penh Aerial Snapshots

On our way back to Singapore our plane made a brief stop over in Phnom Penh. While on its path to land, I had a great view of the densely populated capital city. The former French colonial capital is home to some 2 million inhabitants. This includes Filipinos who came here to teach English. From […]

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Historia

Is Rizal’s execution photo a still from 1912 movie?

Pio Andrade, Philippine Daily Inquirer THE PICTURE at left is the only known photograph of Rizal’s execution. The picture has been reproduced so many, many times in books and popular publications that its image is deeply imprinted in Filipino minds. But is the picture authentic? This question, it seems, has never been seriously entertained. I […]

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Historia

Mabini Letters: A Bill for Puto Seco

Last time I wrote something about Mabini was two years ago–I’ve read, and are now re-reading the letters of this phenomenal man. Writing helps my memory. So this is the continuation of that Mabini project. (By the way, thanks for NHI for compiling all the noteworthy letters from our heroes. I hope the succeeding reprints […]

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Personal

Great! but Grossly Over Priced Books!

I found two good books earlier. The first one,”Puentes de España en las Filipinas”, a coffee table bookloaded with picturesque images of stone arched bridges from the Spanish era. The pictures in Manila shows old bridges that amazingly survived countless conflicts and natural disasters. Some of them obscured by plant life, some by the constant […]

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Personal

The Last Bote

A day after the election, I came across eight guys drinking on the sidewalk not far from our home. On top of their makeshift table is a plastic pitcher, a glass, a plate with crushed ice and another plate with some salted peanuts. My father who knows everyone in this village told me that these men […]

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