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

Mabini Letters: Lecturing El Presidente

You’ve got to admire Mabini. This guy got some balls. In 28 February 1899 he wrote Aguinaldo: “I heard Luna is going to resign as director and commander-in-chief of Operations in Manila because the company captains who had disobeyed his instructions in the last attack on Manila went unpunished. We already see the disastrous effects […]

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Batangas

Proud Tanauan

Tanauan’s population is around two hundred thousand. Considering its substantial land, that’s not a lot of people.  Calamba, its next door neighbor to the south, is smaller but have twice the number of people. What’s fascinating about Tanauan is how it remained agricultural. Tanauan retained its rural outlook and agricultural economy as late as the […]

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Batangas

Apolinario Mabini: A Lesson in Honesty

    I was reading  news about Noynoy Aquino’s on going US visit and was looking at the list of the business delegation and saw familiar last names: Cojuanco, Lopez, Montinola, Zobel de Ayala, Villanueva,Aboitiz etc. One thing that is common among these men is their families unbelievable wealth and influence. Most of our leaders, […]

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