Muntinglupa

An old Random map and more Alabang history

I found this undated map online showing the barangays of Muntinlupa and nearby towns. It appears to be more of a pictorial than scientific reference. There’s not a lot of data other than names. Alabang, Bayanan, Sucat and Cupang is on the map. Interesting is that Tunasan was written without “San Pedro.” The old hacienda […]

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Muntinglupa

Alabang not too long ago

That Elvis song “it’s funny how time slips away,” makes me think about old places that were lost in our fast-changing town. While staying at the Crimson Hotel last December, our room had a great view of the gentrified Alabang area. How things have changed over time. Our family transferred to Muntinlupa in the 90’s. […]

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Muntinglupa

Napoleon Abueva in Alabang

Growing up, we used to walk pass by Makati’s iconic Insular Life Building going to places like Greenbelt, Landmark and SM, not to buy anything really but to window shop and to escape the searing heat during the summertime. We used to save up to watch movies at Quad cinema or play arcade at Glicos. […]

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Muntinglupa

Fitting tribute to Rizal

I finally get to inspect the restored Art Deco Department of Health building (the Biological Production Service constructed in 1924) in Filinvest Alabang this morning. A few years ago, many thought that it too will give way to the rapid urban development in the area. Thanks to the creative and heritage conscious minds behind Filinvest, […]

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Historia | Muntinglupa

the Hiroo Onoda $1 million deal

Known as the last Japanese soldier to surrender, recently uncovered documents reveals that 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda’s repatriation, was a carefully orchestrated deal between President Marcos’ administration and the Japanese government. “Will the Japanese government offer compensation for the human and material damage they caused?” an unnamed Marcos’ negotiator asked. The reparation paid was 1 […]

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Manila | Muntinglupa

To España (via Philippine National Railroad!)

No not madre españa but that frequently flooded area named after the Iberian motherland. The journey felt like an attraction ride. It ran steady at 20 kilometers per hour as it wildly swayed from side to side. Not to disparage efforts our government is taking to modernize our train network but like its current speed—it’s […]

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Historia | Manila | Muntinglupa

Meet up with Dr. Legarda

  I had a senior moment a few days ago. I accidentally deleted the original post “Meeting Dr. Legarda” (December 2017). I tried googling caches of the blog online hoping that there’s a copy out there somewhere to no avail. And so, I’m starting from scratch.   I wanted to ask Dr. Benito Legarda Jr. […]

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Historia | Muntinglupa

#AngLarawan: not a film review

We Filipinos complain about the sad state of our film industry. But when a good local film comes out it doesn’t get the support it deserves. Ang Larawan, adapted from Joaquin’s Portrait of an Artist as a Filipino (1952) is as good as it gets. A friend remarked, “sadyang mababaw daw tayong mga Filipino.” I […]

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Muntinglupa | Singapura

Pinoy style toponymy

A young local politician told me that the origin of Alabang is the word abang (tagalog for “to wait”). Bandits during the Spanish era use to ambush unsuspecting people he said. Legends are more appealing than real history. The small Rio Alban (the one in Festival Mall) gave her name to Alabang. Boring story, I […]

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