ARNALDO | Youtube

Arnaldo’s Podcast is Back!

Well, yes… but not really. I used to have a Youtube channel that served as my podcast platform. It contained interviews I recorded for 5 years since 2009. Unfortunately, it got terminated due to “violations” last year. I never got my channel back. As if the misfortune wasn’t enough, there’s an even bigger one. I […]

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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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Historia

The Pio Andrade Jr. project

The other day, I was reminded of the late Pio Andrade Jr. when I read an article by the Philippine Information Agency that mentioned both of us. My friendship with Andrade began after I attended a seminar of his many years ago. He asked if I was a student from La Salle. “I think you […]

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Historia

Sampaguitas in the Andes now in Kindle Amazon

I recently released Elizabeth Medina’s “Sampaguitas in the Andes” on Kindle. I requested the author to publish it on Amazon’s platform because I felt it deserves to reach more Filipinos worldwide. The original Spanish version, “Sampaguitas en la cordillera” was released in Chile in 2006. She later translated it into English. So, I had my work cut […]

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Singapura

Aguinaldo’s “The Mansion” in Singapore

The Mansion’s significance One of the most important events in our history is a little-known meeting between Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and Edward Spencer Pratt, who served as US consul general from 1893-99 to Singapore. The American facilitated the meeting with the goal of persuading Aguinaldo to resume his armed struggle against Spain. Pratt pledge that […]

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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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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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