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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Historia

The Cathedral’s Holy Cross Relic

Two years ago, a friend from Tarlac told me that their province has a piece of the Holy Cross. Curious, I googled it, her story checks out. The relic can be found in the Church of Monasterio de Tarlac. It was donated by a German monastic in 2007. I wanted to see it until I […]

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Historia | Personal | Photographs & Mem'ries

Why not Spanish?

Looks like our local educational system is opening its doors to more languages like Korean. Hardcore K-Pop fans were delighted to hear the news! But why prioritize Korean and Mandarin? Why not Spanish? Our old lingua franca? All my siblings had mandatory Spanish. It was removed from standard curriculum when I started tertiary education. With […]

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Historia | Singapura

Spanish Philippine Armada in Singapore (Part 1)

  According to historian Peter Borschberg (National University of Singapore), “Spanish Governor of the Philippines, Juan de Silva, commissioned the construction of what was arguably the largest European armada seen in Asian waters before 1620. In the course of joint operations scheduled for the years 1615 and 1616, the Spanish and Portuguese sought to evict […]

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Historia | Personal

Dave Chappelle’s take on emasculated Pinoys and Pacquiao

In his recent Netflix special explains the legend that is Manny Pacquiao and the reason why Filipino men worships him. “Emasculated” by unemployment and having their overseas wives send money to support the family, Dave explains that Pacquiao somehow restored their manhood “with his fist”! https://frostsnow.com/uploads/gossip/2017/02/04/stand-up-comedian-dave-chappelle-married-elaine-chappelle-and-living-happily-with-their-children.jpg Dave Chappelle with wife Elaine and daughter Sonal. His […]

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