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Bahay-na-Bato: Always the Haunted Houses

  I recently watched a GMA Front Row about the ancestral houses in San Miguel, Bulacan. “Front Row: Ang Misteryosong Lumang Bahay ng San Miguel Bulacan” was uploaded in Youtube October last year. I’m not sure when it aired on TV.   I wasn’t surprised that the stories were, again, about trifling ghost stories. Filipino […]

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Hemingway Comes to Mind

ernest hemingway, oak park illinois, chicago Whenever there’s a discussion about American literature and culture Ernest Hemingway’s name pops out without fail. He’s the most popular American writer not only of his generation but of all time. Whether he’s the best American writer or not is another matter. Critics and writers have different opinions about his contributions […]

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Notes on Immigrant Languages Here in IL

Temperatures has been below freezing for weeks here but there are days the weather allows you to go out and wander around. The other day, I visited the post office to drop off some mails. I then went to the nearest Catholic church built more than 100 years ago by German pioneers. You could still […]

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Spanish here in IL & our Forgotten Spanish

The increasing number of Spanish speakers here in America is not a new phenomenon. It is the second most spoken language in the country with a 200% increase in number of speakers since the early 80’s. Relatives working in medical facilities told me that the older generation of Latino immigrants only spoke Spanish at home which […]

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Stateside Again

I always look forward returning to Illinois. The travel time provides plenty of time for reflection. I recently left my job as a supervisor for a big IT company in Taguig. I was growing tired of all the phony non-sense. I decided to take a long furlough—and, yeah, get fat and travel with the little […]

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Bears and Bulls and Blues…

My Brother: Could you buy me a Lakers jacket? the one made of synthetic leather. Purple body, gold sleeves? Me: That’s like finding a needle in a haystack the size of a coliseum  man! This is Chicago. They have huge sports teams representing them in all major sports. What about the Bulls? My Brother: Sorry, […]

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Flying back…

We’ll be packing our bags and leaving first thing in the morning. This being the last night, we went to Mass to say our thanks. I should plan the next trip better. See more people, more places. Relatives are scattered all over the US and it’s just impossible to see each branch. These guys are […]

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Along the Magnificent Mile

I thought the name of the avenue was “Magnificent Mile”. Well, they call it that, but its not an avenue, it’s a neighborhood that run thru N. Michigan Ave., up to the North Side where Wrigley Field is located. This part of Chicago is comparable to what Ayala is to Makati, or an Alabang with […]

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Manila – Chicago – Baguio

What does these three cities have in common? All hired an American urban planner by the name of Daniel Burnham. In Manila and Baguio, he was appointed by his government after they annexed the country. The Chicago local also worked on urban blueprints for cities like Washington D.C., San Francisco and Cleveland. That area, just […]

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Rizal in Chicago

From Japan, Rizal boarded a ship that took him across the pacific to San Francisco. His boarding ticket was first class. Not that many Asians during his time could afford such accommodation. In fact, in that same ship, Chinese immigrants that boarded in Hong Kong sat in crowded quarters below. In a letter to a […]

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Cold and Short Days…

While preparing coffee this morning I pulled the curtains to the side to see what’s outside. It doesn’t look good. I checked the temp, its -2 and visibility is good for only a few yards. In the news, several flights had been cancelled. Times like this makes me think about our tropical motherland and our […]

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