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Not a critic review: Goyo, the Boy General

Por fin! the film “Goyo, the Boy General” is now showing on Netflix. Here’s hoping that they add “Dahling Nick” soon. So was the movie good? What about it was bad? In my book, it’s right up there with Raymond Red’s Sakay and Heneral Luna, which by the way is from the same Director, Jerrold […]

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Felipe Buencamino’s US Senate Appearance

The biopic movie “Heneral Luna” introduced many Filipinos for the first time to Felipe Buencamino. Veteran actor Nonie Buencamino, a descendant of his, played his“contra vida” character. Felipe Buencamino is one of Emilio Aguinaldo’s trusted ministers. He started on the other side of the fence, worked for Manila’s Audencia (courts), became a fiscal and later a judge. […]

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Aguinaldo to Me

Last week I attended Dr. Serafin Quiason’s lecture on the life and time of Emilio Aguinaldo at the Yuchengco Museum in Makati. Most of the attendees were colleagues of the astute professor and descendants of President Aguinaldo; I met Wharton alum and one time finance minister, Cesar Virata, a grandnephew and another man who was […]

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Singapura

Aguinaldo and the red house over yonder…

After months of searching.  That “red mansion” where Aguinaldo met with Consul Pratt is elusive as ever. So somebody, please, help! River Valley was said to be the location of that historic meeting between Aguinaldo and Pratt. Trouble is that this street stretches from the foot of Fort Cunning and ends somewhere near the SGH […]

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An Excerpt from Gore Vidal’s “Imperial America”

Not far from where I live is a community library. I’ve been frequenting it ever since I discovered it. It has a descent collection of books and other educational materials. I hope one day, back home, our leaders will realize how important libraries are. We have to make our young people embrace the “reading culture” […]

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Batangas

The Balay in Balayan

Balayan Church The church with its red brick bell tower is an impressive baroque. The interior is worth a look because it has structurally remained intact (although the modern paintings & murals are a bit out of place). Declared a National Cultural Treasure because its construction was supervised by Filipinos. A rare achievement in the 18th […]

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