Batangas

Volcano stories

The recent Taal volcano eruption is a reminder that nature doesn’t always stay silent. Our ancestors knew this and embraced it.  But we really don’t have a choice, do we? It’s Like Pinatubo My parents and I visited our relatives in Olangapo a few months after Mt. Pinatubo erupted. Around that time, transportation to Bataan […]

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Batangas

The Virgin of Caysasay or Casay-casay

Casay-casay (kasay-kasay) in Tagalog is the word for the kingfisher. It’s a relatively small but eye-catching bird—introverted, territorial but possessing bright colors. My favorite bird (esp. the collared and black capped) because I personally consider them as some kind of a spiritual symbol. When I heard that Caysasay came from casay-casay, I was intrigued to […]

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Batangas | Cavite

Taal and Friends

What’s with Taal that draws travelers like a moth to a flame? Well, there’s only a handful of towns like it left. Along with Carcar and Vigan, these townships are the citadels of Filipino heritage conservation. It is not only the number of Antillean houses that had been gratifyingly safeguarded but the attitude of the locals towards their […]

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Batangas

400 Year Old Balayan Church Complex Spared!

I got this from my inbox awhile ago: A few weeks ago, you signed the petition asking the Archdiocese of Lipa to spare the centuries old Balayan Church school and convent from being leased to a national grocery chain. The Lopez of Balayan Batangas Foundation would like to share some great news: Victory! National historical […]

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Batangas

Balayan Bagoong

I was looking forward to attending the feast of San Juan Bautista this year but missed it. I could just imagine the lechon being paraded and devoured after in the streets of Balayan. Since I failed to attend the roasted pig parade and it is only now that I finally got to visit this beautiful […]

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Batangas

Visiting Casa de Segunda in Lipa

Why was it called Casa de Segunda? Ma’am. Lilet, the designated family tour guide said, “well, it is the house she built with her husband (Manuel)”. Why not Casa de Manuel  or Casa de Luz or Katigbak y Luz? Probably thinking I was nuts to be asking such things, she ignored my last question. She […]

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Historia

Mabini Letters: Lecturing El Presidente

You’ve got to admire Mabini. This guy got some balls. In 28 February 1899 he wrote Aguinaldo: “I heard Luna is going to resign as director and commander-in-chief of Operations in Manila because the company captains who had disobeyed his instructions in the last attack on Manila went unpunished. We already see the disastrous effects […]

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Batangas

Taal “Pride in History”

Not far from Manila, Taal is a rarity of a town. It ranks among the most preserved historical towns in the country. A distinction it shares with Vigan, Pila and Silay. Some argue that the preservation is far from satisfactory but I happen to believe otherwise. The manner of which the Taaleños had “reuse” their […]

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