Cavite | Cebu | Negros Oriental

My Lola & the Fighting Cañetes

Last year when I visited my last surviving lola we spoke a lot about her memories growing up. She’s the youngest of more than a dozen siblings. I was reminded of her and our conversation when a few weeks ago, an Australian man I’m training with told me about his experience and facsination with “arnis”. […]

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Negros Oriental

San Carlos City, Lola's Hometown

San Carlos in Negros for me is home to forgotten family ties. My grandmother, a de los Santos, was a sugarcane farmer in the Ledesma owned Hacienda Fortuna. She came from a big family but believe it or not, I have not met anyone or known personally a relative from this town.  My Nanay gave me […]

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Negros Oriental

Filipino Halloween?

Don’t confuse Halloween with our tradition of commemorating the dead. This dishonors our tradition. American Halloween (31 October) can be traced to Celtic paganism. Its association with “Pista ng mga Patay” and “Todos Los Santos” can solely be attributed to its proximity to the Christian holidays. Other than this, it has nothing to do with […]

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Negros Oriental

Bayawan Negros Oriental: Far Away But Not Forgotten

I’ve never met my maternal grandparents. They both died relatively young. I’ve never even seen a picture of them but growing up I’ve learned to imagine their faces and what they were like just by listening to my mother’s stories about them. They were buried in Bayawan’s public cemetery almost five decades ago. They both […]

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Negros Oriental

Dumaguete – DGTE

An officemate was asking for directions to Dumaguete last Thursday. Not sure when will he go there but I hoped he follows the route I suggested to him which is perfect if you’re just after spending the day in Cebu and plans to go to Dumaguete the following day. I told him to ride the […]

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Negros Oriental

The Cat-al house museum

The greatest collection of WWII memorabilia’s in the Philippines can be found in Valencia, Negros Oriental. Its not a modern fancy museum building with spotlights and tour guides, its actually the humble home of familia Cat-al. The collection was started by the patriarch of the family, Mr. Porforio Cat-al, who joined the resistance against the […]

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Marcos and Bacong

Bacong is just 20 minute ride from  the town of Dumaguete, I reached the sleepy town one afternoon whose claim to fame is being the hometown of revolutionary hero Pantaleon Villegas aka Leon Kilat. A Spanish descendant, born to an affluent Negrense family, he worked in a pharmacy in Cebu owned by a German firm. […]

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Historia | Negros Oriental

Casaroro Falls

This time I was sure that I’m not going to miss a visit to Casaroro, I have plenty of time and saved some money. My second visit to Negros Oriental would not be complete without it. The mercado of Valencia have many habalhabal operators that have brought people where the trail (its torturous ladder steps) […]

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Negros Oriental

Around Dumaguete

When you’re in Dumaguete perhaps the one thing that you’ll notice is its simple and laid back atmosphere – and if I’m right it would remain this way for a very long time, it’s far from Cebu where the economic growth is fast transforming its landscape and its people. There are clubs and restos (and […]

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