San Nicolas and Santa Teresita: Historic and Folkloric Notes about some of its Barrios

Exploring forgotten stories about the barrios of San Nicolas and Santa Teresita.

Balandis: the Slanted Houses Along a Road in Cuenca/Alitagtag

Exploring this quaint area in Cuenca and Alitagtag where the houses are slanted away from the road.

Mataasnakahoy: Historical and Folkloric Trivia about some of Its Barrios

Revisiting obscure barrio histories of the barrios of the Municipality of Mataasnakahoy.

An Old Tourist Spot in Taal Called the Pansipit Fishery

A throwback to a by-gone era, when tourists around Luzon visited this resort in Taal and Lemery.

The Hitchhiker who Gets on at the Zigzag in Cuenca Batangas Lipa

A tall tale familiar to all who drive through this curving road in Cuenca. Is it really a tall tale, though?

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30 August 2011

Nestor’s Engkanto


His name is Nestor. That was what the news reporter saw fit to call him in her offbeat item in yesterday’s late afternoon regional news show.

28 August 2011

Three Nanays


My diet last week was not just a tad heavy on the meat side that in my quick sortie this morning to the supermarket, I made it a point to visit the fish counter first. I was hoping to find some fresh galunggong to grill; but those that were on the counter looked like political prisoners who had gone on hunger strike.

27 August 2011

James Soriano and English


If you have not seen the essay “Language, Learning, Identity, Privilege” written by James Soriano in his column iThink and which was published both in print and on the Manila Bulletin web site on the 24th of August 2011, make a brief detour to the bottom of this page where I have cut and pasted the article in its entirety.

24 August 2011

Thar He Blows!



God, I used to hate those early morning matches! I never was a morning person to begin with; and I guess I never will be.

You would think, if just in the way of consideration of us coming all the way from where we did, league officials in Metro Manila would give us, at the very least, mid-morning matches. That was not always the case.

16 August 2011

A Different Level of Bad


Those of you who follow Phil Younghusband on Twitter know that the lad tries ever so hard to blend right in and frequently tweets in Tagalog. Lest we all forget, though, the lad was born and raised UK-side and still carries many of the idiosyncrasies of the Brits.

Dragon Boats and Controversies


Admit it! You and I, we could not tell a dragon boat from a baboon’s hairy arse just a month ago. It was only when Dyan Castillejo started her nightly and almost ritualistic coverage on TV Patrol about the travails and tribulations of paddling through the black-as-sin waters of the Manila Bay in preparation for world championships that few of us even knew existed that we all sat up and took notice.

14 August 2011

10 Ballads to Die For


Having written all about movies, I thought it but appropriate that I do a list of songs. My musical range is wide; but although rock is the genre I listen most to, I cannot deny that I also have a soft spot for ballads. Doesn’t everybody? Here I assemble a list of songs that span five decades. It would be interesting, perhaps, what the young kids will think if they are hearing these songs for the first time. I conveniently include a Youtube video for each song.

12 August 2011

My 10 Favourite Movies


I have loved movies for as long as I can remember. Even as a small kid, I would often join the household help in front of the TV screen watching blurry black and white movies that were played every afternoon by the local stations. I must have seen thousands of movies in my lifetime, and continue to watch the ones that I feel are worth viewing.

11 August 2011

Understanding the Proposed Bangsamoro Sub-state


Just when we all thought that the President of the Republic has become a tad predictable, off he flew to Narita last week for a hush-hush meeting with representatives of the MILF. I have not made up my mind yet about that flying visit to Japan. Did he not say, after all, that we are his boss; and if any of us leaves the workplace without informing our superiors, do we not all get a not-too-friendly note from HR?

09 August 2011

Biological Age; Chronological Age


June 1993. A fairly decent team had just graduated and I was in the process of building a new one. For some strange reason, the sophomores that started arriving to join the team were mostly unusually tall for their age. I would say the average height of the new arrivals was 5’ 5” or 5’ 6”.

The Zubiri Questions


Before I anything else, allow me to say very categorically that I applaud Juan Miguel Zubiri’s decision to leave the Senate. If in case you have not noticed, I very deliberately preferred to use the word “leave” rather than “resign,” which was how the act had been described by most media reports.

08 August 2011

Cardio and the Guava Tree


Back when I was still in college playing varsity football for my university, among the things that I used to abhor was cardio-vascular training – or just cardio, as most people refer to it to this day. In lay terms, this simply means any sort of exercise that uses large muscles such as one’s legs with the desired output being a stronger heart and lungs for the individual. In even simpler terms, it means hard work; nay, very hard work!

06 August 2011

Christopher Lao, Unwilling Celebrity


What Christopher Lao would give to do a Marty McFly and ride Dr. Emmet Brown’s time machine back in time. Not all the way to 1955 as Marty did in the first Back to the Future Movie. In fact, only as far back as Tuesday, the 2nd of August. Or, more specifically, to just before he made the catastrophic mistake of driving his car into that flood somewhere in Quezon City.

04 August 2011

Filipinos If They Say So


It must be the Latin in our culture that makes us want to debate even the most perfunctory of issues. Stripped down to the bare bones, the debate about whether the foreign-born members of the Philippine National Football Team are Filipinos or not becomes exactly that – perfunctory; i.e. superficial, a waste of time, even.

03 August 2011

The National Alis-Pain Team


I smirk every time without fail whenever Cortal’s Alis Sakit, Alis Pain ad is played on the telly. First of all, as good as Neil Etheridge is between the posts, he looked out of his depth delivering his line and could probably take a few tips from his more naturally cheesy team-mate Phil Younghusband.