Manila

Tilapia in Manila Bay?

The recent fish kill around Manila Bay has been unsurprisingly politicized, used to throw shade against the dumping of sand in Manila Bay. At first, I thought there could be a correlation between the dolomite sand and the fish kill. This may have not been a coincidence, right? Then clearer photos of the fishes started […]

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Historia

Glenn Anthony May historian dead at 75

Glenn Anthony May, American historian, who wrote important Philippine history books: Social Engineering in the Philippines (1980), A Past Recovered: Essays on Philippine History and Historiography (1987), Battle for Batangas: A Philippine Province at War (1991), and Inventing a Hero: The Posthumous Re-Creation of Andres Bonifacio (1996), passed away last September 10 according to local […]

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Laguna

The Ghosts of the Alberto House

I’ve recorded audio of one strange experience I had in Biñan many years ago. This was in the old Alberto house, the ancestral home of Rizal’s mother. When people find out that I’ve inspected bahay-na-batos all over the country they always ask: Are they haunted? Below is my favorite story to tell. They don’t get […]

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New podcast (YouTube) clips

Work hasn’t stopped during Coronavirus. That’s my alibi for not posting anything the past few weeks 😂 But I worked on editing a few videos for the YouTube channel. Which is a time-consuming task. But it’s something that I enjoy. Fr. Jose Arcilla One of my great influences in Philippine history studies. I’ve attended a […]

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Historia

Young Pinoys defends Manila’s history

An FB post showing Mayor Isko’s visit to Manila’s founder, Miguel López de Legazpi, has received some attention from followers of the site’s FB page. Last July 24 was the 449th foundation of the city. Mayor Isko also dropped by the plaza of Raja Sulaiman park in Malate. But that is not news. What triggers […]

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Historia

Agoncillo’s Heavily Distorted Philippine History Textbook (Part 2)

The period from Ninoy’s Assassination to EDSA Revolution was covered by Agoncillo in only four pages; thus, Agoncillo did not mention many important historical happenings, such as 1. American pressure for Marcos to reform; 2. The rise of the mosquito press; 3. The Aquino assassination trial which ended farcically; 4. The convening of the Assembly in which despite the left’s […]

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Spanish Language in Philippines

Spanish speaking youth stepping up

Filipino languages We’re told how important language is in schools. But exclusively for Tagalog (Filipino) and English. Our language-based curriculum gives no place to other local languages. In other words, it’s a “take it or leave it” choice. I don’t remember anyone mention other Filipino languages in school. My parents speak Hiligaynon and Bisaya. So […]

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Starting a mini tradition of sorts

Two years ago, it was my son’s turn to be baptized. I decided to have it in another town. Here 🇸🇬 you ask permission from the local parish first. You need the local priest’s signature. I invited only a handful of friends. Two of them to stand as godparents. You can’t have more than two […]

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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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