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Gomez’s “quis ut deus” and the aswang

When the prolific Cebuano writer, Antonio Martinez Abad penned “La Vida Secreta de Daniel Espeña” in 1960 I wonder if he knew it would be the last from his generation. When I heard that the most dedicated advocate of the Spanish language in the country, Guillermo Gomez Rivera, completed his Spanish novel (more than half a century […]

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Opinion

Post Office Blues

I’m one of those old souls that finds enjoyment in doing things the old fashion way. Like sending  letters with stamps pasted using my “laway” (saliva). With the letter goes a sample of not only my handwriting but also my DNA! — I remember accompanying my Nanay to Makati Post Office near where the Bombero’s […]

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Iloilo

Save Ker and Co.

A friend blogger posted in his site the apparent threat to the one of the oldest building in the Iloilo, the Ker and Co. in the downtown area. The city government plans to convert it to a parking area. I hope they reconsider this course of action. Iloilo local government have had a good record, […]

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Iloilo

Barotac Nuevo: The Football Town

The recent success of the Philippine football team brought to mind the image of the little quaint town of Barotac Nuevo, a municipality not far from Dumangas. Barotac is called the footbal capital of the country, and rightly so, as there was once a time when our national team was mostly composed of players from […]

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Iloilo

Dumangas: San Agustin and Other Stories

When I told them that I went around San Agustin Church and spent the whole morning there, my relatives exclaimed, “Ah ang simbahan sa cachila” (yes, my aunts pronounced it with the “che” sound!) Then I suddenly recalled that one of the founders of Aglipay here was a grandfather, in fact my mother was baptized […]

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Iloilo

From Dumangas: Food for the Soul and Memory

I consider myself fortunate to have Visayan roots. My father’s mother is a Cebuana from Barili. His father is pure Negrense who spoke Hiligaynón, Bisayà, and Spanish. My mother is an Ilonga, and she prides herself for being one. Her mother was from San Carlos, Negros where she was raised. Her father, a Díaz, was […]

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Iloilo

Iloilo City Heritage: La Muy Leal y Noble Ciudad (Part I)

The first church I ever visited here in downtown Iloilo is the well-known Iglesia de San José de Placer. Its storied town square, the Plaza Libertad (formerly Plaza Alfonso XII), is perhaps one of our most underrated historical gems – here the Ilonggos witnessed the surrender of Diego de los Ríos, the last Spanish Governor […]

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Iloilo

Miagao: Iglesia de Santo Tomás de Villanueva

A wonderful 45 minute drive to the south from Iloilo City leads to Miag-ao’s church of Santo Tomás de Villanueva, declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1993. One of the most impressive church in the country. It sits on a hill (Tacas) transferred by the Augustinian Padres from its original site because of the […]

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Iloilo

Iloilo River

The Iloilo River and its tributaries divide the Iloilo delta into districts: north is Jaro, northeast is La Paz and southwest is Molo; northwest is Mandurriao. Jaro is the gateway leading the interior towns and eventually to Capiz. Mandurriao is another gateway, especially with the completion of a new highway that bypasses Jaro. Molo leads […]

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Iloilo

San Joaquin, Iloilo: Rendición de Tetuan

San Joaquin is a town that sits on the border of Iloilo and Antique. It faces the Sulu sea and is surrounded by hills. The masterpiece of the town’s heritage gems are the Yglesia, an outstanding example of hispano-filipino architecture and the Old Catholic cemetery. The latter is believed to be the finest Camposanto (old […]

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