Laguna

Historic Pagsanjan

The Historic Pagsanjan Church, originally uploaded by Arnaldos’ shutter. I went to this place under the cover of wanting to take the boat ride to the falls but the history nerd that I am-of course was more interested in finding sites that would be of interest and it was not hard to find one for […]

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Manila

The Japanese Shrine in Muntinlupa

Shrine, originally uploaded by Arnaldos’ shutter. Located at the end part of the local cemetery in Bilibid one can find this peaceful haven. A shrine dedicated to the Japanese soldiers who died in Muntinlupa and the neighbouring towns. The shrine is also a cemetery because the Japanese soldiers who were executed are buried here. Legend […]

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Laguna

The Alberto house in Biñan

Alberto – Alonzo House, originally uploaded by Arnaldos’ shutter. In a recent visit to the Alberto house in Biñan. I was awed by its beauty but at the same time regret its present condition. This classic stone house displays the prominence and style of the family that has occupied it for more than 200 years. […]

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Historia

From Bahay kubo to…

From Bahay Kubo to Bahay na Bato to … by Robert Gardner “Houses have their own ways of dying, falling as variously as the generations of men, some with a tragic roar, some quietly, … while from others … the spirit slips before the body perishes.” (“Howards End”, E. M. Forster, 1910) Wherever I traveled […]

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Laguna

The Sad Ending of Pepe’s First School

Biñan played a brief but pivotal role in Rizal’s schooling as a young boy under the guardianship of Maestro Cruz. although he described the town being ‘ugly and small’ the now crowded municipality help develop Rizal during his critical formative school days. Unfortunately much of what remains in Maestro Cruz’ school is now gone. The […]

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Historia

My History 101

I’ve realized lately that I have become what I as a younger man hated to become, negligent of ones history. When I was child I can recall getting upset when my classmates would make fun of Bonifacio (the Andres atapang di a takbo joke). I don’t know why and where this started but my history […]

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