Historia

Philippine flag, who designed it?

According to Julio Nakpil, Aguinaldo did not came out with the flag design. Another man did. Feliciano Jocson. Who is this guy? Jocson was part of Aguinaldo’s cabinet. He was the secretary of welfare when the young president organized his government after the Battle of Mt. Puray. He was one of the most active revolutionary. […]

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Historia

an email exchange, topic: a hispanized philippines

Below is an email exchange between Elizabeth Medina and a group of expat ‘mestizos’. Medina is a Filipina writer-historian living in Chile. She wrote the classic “Rizal According to Retana: Portrait of a Hero and a Revolution” in 1999. I’ve been been corresponding with tía isabel for some years now. Through this correspondence I learned a […]

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Bulacan

Notes, Baliuag to San Rafael

I love names of old towns and barrios. It tells a lot about a place, and in some cases, what resident were like, their livelihood and expertise back in the day. I was wandering around Baliuag and I encountered some interesting ones: Matangtubig, Tiaong, Tanawan, Pinacpinacan, Maguinao and Ulingao. And these: Pasong Instik, Pasong Callo […]

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Historia

SPANISH INFLUENCE ON FILIPINO CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY

by: Fr. Jose “Long” D. Gutay, OFM Let me begin this article by quoting from the lecture of Archbishop Leonardo Legazpi on Filipino Spirituality. He said: The drafting committee for the CBCP Pastoral on Filipino spirituality avoided getting enmeshed in complex definitions peculiar to the academic scene. We opted to simply view spirituality as arising […]

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Developments in Intramuros

Yesterday I decided to check out what’s going on in Intramuros. I’ve heard of recent developments happening inside the ancient walled city but never really took more of an interest. And oh boy was I in for a pleasant surprise—the ayuntamiento, like a phoenix, rose out of the ashes! The external appearance was faithful with […]

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