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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Cavite

Gentri Naturally

After visiting the Tres Cruces dam in Tanza, I dropped by General Trias to see my Lola. Our lone surviving grandparent on both sides. The last time I saw her was some two years ago. Because I go out of the country regularly, these trips are becoming few and far between. I have great memories […]

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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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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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Cavite

Maragondon’s Heritage Sites Today

Maragandón is a place that evokes a painful past. Here, the cracks in the Filipino revolution started to open. A swift trial followed by a murky death sentence was carried out by a military trial for the Bonifacio brothers, Andrés and Procopio. It would have been easier to accept, especially for those who admire Bonifacio, […]

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Cavite

Cavite Coastal Classic Ride

More than twenty years ago, back when public transportation going to Cavite were not as extensively established, you have to ride these colorful mini buses somewhere in Coastal, near Baclaran, going to the old towns of Cavite. They made an impression on me, (well, I was an impressionable kid) because these buses were pieces of […]

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