Bulacan

Hidden Treasures of San Miguel, Bulacan

When I say hidden, I mean hidden–almost tucked away from plain sight. Most of San Miguel Bulacan’s heritage houses are gated from view, and in a way, from memory. But if there’s one thing that should make heritage advocates happy is that the ancestral houses are still standing. The present owners effort is truly commendable […]

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Singapura

Kampong Glam Cemetery

Walking along the Kampong Gelam area I stumbled upon this old Muslim cemetery with these beautiful weathered unornamented tombs. There are two mosque that I know in the area, the Malabar and the Sultan. Obviously I’m no expert in Islamic history but I’ve always been fascinated with Islamic culture and history, how it shaped South […]

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Singapura

Checking Out the National Library

Another pit stop for me is the National Library of Singapore. I used to hang out here. To read books and well yes, to get some snoozy. The place’s so modern and comfy that if you like books, it draws you like a moth to a light bulb. I started coming to its steps in […]

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Singapura

Food Walk-less Chinatown

Whenever I’m in town one place I always visit is the Chinatown. You would think that a country that have a high percentage ethnic Chinese population would not have the need for a Chinatown but here in Singapore they do have one. Back in the days, groups of people were segregated. No longer the case […]

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Batangas

400 Year Old Balayan Church Complex Spared!

I got this from my inbox awhile ago: A few weeks ago, you signed the petition asking the Archdiocese of Lipa to spare the centuries old Balayan Church school and convent from being leased to a national grocery chain. The Lopez of Balayan Batangas Foundation would like to share some great news: Victory! National historical […]

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Taguig

An American Cemetery in McKinley

“Don’t they have one?,” inquired a colleague after seeing a visitor-less cemetery known as the “Manila American Cemetery and Memorial”. They have Halloween but undas is uniquely Filipino. With Spanish-Mexican cultural elements sprinkled in. It’s hard not to notice this beautifully designed and maintained cemetery. Whenever I look outside my office, it’s there. Surrounded by […]

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