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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Batangas

Volcano stories

The recent Taal volcano eruption is a reminder that nature doesn’t always stay silent. Our ancestors knew this and embraced it.  But we really don’t have a choice, do we? It’s Like Pinatubo My parents and I visited our relatives in Olangapo a few months after Mt. Pinatubo erupted. Around that time, transportation to Bataan […]

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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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Iloilo | Manila

Reading little known diaries

Reading little known diaries and memoirs are not only entertaining, they’re a great resource of anecdotal and first-hand historical information. I’m a regular reader of Manuel Quezon III’s The Philippine Diary Project, as its name suggests, it’s a collection of diaries from both less known and key historical figures. I recently stumbled upon this book […]

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Indonesia

Short Bintan holiday

The go-to spot for short holidays for many residents here (Singapore) is the Indonesian island of Bintan. It literally is a worry-free trip, you don’t even have to go to the money changer, they actually prefer Singapore’s currency over theirs. We have visited the island a few times but I particularly enjoyed our last stay. […]

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Singapura

Finally made it to Istana!

My wife and I have been making plans to visit the Istana for many years. Whenever we’re about to go something comes up, and we end up putting it off. So it was with great relief when we finally pulled it off two weeks ago! It’s only open to the public during the country’s official […]

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Paranormal | Personal

Ghostly visitation

It’s that time of the year when people share stories of the paranormal. I have an eloquent and comforting one that I’d like to share. Ever since my father died I’ve been thinking about the old question, “do we survive death?” Where do we go after the lights go out? Are ghostly visitations a hint […]

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Historia | Personal

Magellan’s a hero too?

Growing up, Magallanes’ a place where we took buses going to Alabang. In grade school, I remember a cardboard illustration in a wall depicting Magellan and Lapu-Lapu fighting while in knee-deep seawater. We all know how that ended.     When I started reading local history books, the Portuguese explorer was always depicted as a […]

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Historia | Manila

Lady of Guidance!

I got a notification from a website called slife.org a few days ago. They added my blog (here) about Nuestra Señora de Guia as reference. Wikipedia’s entry on Ermita Church used that same blog. But all I did was type, the content came from a worn booklet, “Libreta y Novena”, handed to me when I visited […]

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Historia | Pampanga

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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Historia | Makati | Personal

The classic Bear Brand ad “Look at my mole” Lolo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ9ISAD_g9g&t=3s Remember the Bear Brand TV ad “look at my mole” that aired in the 80s? It was about an old man reminiscing about his childhood. It opens with people gathering around, performing music (Tertulia), enjoying food and card games. He was in a sailor outfit, dancing with his Lola, dressed in elegant baro’t saya. […]

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