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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31 July 2013

The Barkers in Lipa

There was an item in the regional news yesterday reporting that six jeepney barkers in the city of Lipa were arrested for violating a local ordinance that prevents them from, well, ‘barking’ outside of authorised pick-up points. For the benefit of those not from these parts, the barker is an individual who barks out a jeepney’s route or destination for the benefit of the riding public. More on the matter later.

The ordinance, as I understood it from the news, was passed to help improve the flow of traffic in the city, particularly uptown. In that case, the ordinance is well-intentioned; and it is good to know that the traffic situation is being recognised and addressed by local government.

However, I struggle to understand the connection between the barkers and traffic. The latter is caused primarily in the case of Lipa – especially uptown in the city proper – by the volume of vehicles and the narrow colonial-era roads. The barkers are incidental to the problem and whether they contribute at all to it is arguable.

29 July 2013

Batangas’ Lee Grane Gets Out of Jail in One-Off with Dan Billano in the Voice

Well, Lee Grane Maranan of Batangas City got out of jail in that one-on-one sing-off with fellow Team Bamboo artist Dan Billano last night, the start of the second phase of competitions in the Voice of the Philippines.

The stage is called ‘the Battles’ and requires each coach, as hostess Toni Gonzaga explained, to pair two acts from his or her own team to perform in a sing-off. The coach then decides who moves onto the next level.

Billano was Bamboo’s thirteenth pick from the blind auditions. Bamboo said during the penultimate audition show that he considers the number 13 lucky. Apparently not so for Billano, who will have reason to feel hard done by after Bamboo chose Lee Grane to move onto the next round.

26 July 2013

Snow in the Philippines Hoax

The other day, somebody shared a YouTube video on my Facebook wall entitled ‘Bizarre Phenomenon: Snowfall Visits Tropical Country Philippines.’ And I was, like, yeah-yeah dream on! Some people just have too much time on their hands.

So in annoyance more than anything, I commented below the link with the first word that came to my mind: “Hoax!”

Seeing my rejoinder, the guy who shared the link asked, “If this is not snow, then what is it?” To which I replied, “My guess is that it’s BS.”

His Royal Highness, Prince George of Cambridge

Although the concept of the monarchy has been alien to Filipinos born in the republican era, there has nonetheless always been interest in the pomp and pageantry of the British royal family in this country. The family’s latest member, as everyone by this time already knows, is George Alexander Louis, who first saw the light of day on 22 July 2013.

The newborn is now also known as Prince George of Cambridge, first-born child of William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; and third in line to the British throne as provided for by the monarchy’s automatic system of succession.

In this system, the first-born male son of the royal couple in what is called the direct line of succession takes precedence over other siblings.

25 July 2013

Batangas District 4 Elected Local Government Officials 2013

Herewith is a listing of elected District 4 local government officials for the Province of Batangas.  All lists are extracted from the results of the 2013 National and Local Elections as are obtained from the official Commission on Elections web site at http://www.comelec.gov.ph/ and consolidated for the convenience of the voting public.

DISCLAIMER:  This list of local government officials as provided in this web site are extracted directly from the COMELEC web site using cut and paste technology. Any typographical errors, therefore, are not native to this web site.

To verify any listings, please visit the COMELEC official lists here.

CITY/MUNICIPALITY MAYOR VICE-MAYOR COUNCILOR
IBAAN TOREJA, JUAN VALENCIA YABYABIN, SIXTO ILAGAN ARELLANO, SOCRATES RICERO
BENITEZ, ANTONIO CABIO
BLANCO, ISRAEL TORRALBA
CHUA, PAUL JOHN GUERRA
DE CASTRO, VENUS MANALO
DE CASTRO, RODEL DE CASTRO
MENDOZA, JUVY MARANAN
PORTUGAL, SALUSTIANO ARPIA
LIPA CITY SABILI, MEYNARDO ASA


AFRICA, ERIC BEN

BRIONES, KATHLEEN CONCEPCION
CATIPON, LEONILO ATIENZA
LEVISTE, PACITA SERMONIA
LINATOC, DONATO OCAMPO
LUANCING, MARK ARIES PORCIUNCULA
MENDOZA, ARIES EMMANUEL DIOSO
MONFERO, NONATO RODELAS
MONTEALTO, RAUL ABRENICA
PUA, JOEL DELLOSA
PADRE GARCIA GUTIERREZ, ABRAHAM ACLAN CANTOS, NOEL CARAOS


BANAAG, ADONNA KALAW
ESTOLE, LEON ANTONIO ANDAL
GENEROSO, RAMIL CORNEJO
LINATOC, LEANDRO CONVENTO
MANALO, MARK LESTER GENER
PADUA, ELEATOR COMIA
TAPALLA, EMILIO MUNLAWIN
VILLAR, FERDINAND GUERRA
ROSARIO ALVAREZ, MANUEL BOLEA VALENCIA, JOSE TOLENTINO





AGUILAR, EDWARD BRIONES
AUSTRIA, ARNOLD TAGLE
CONTI, CHRISTOPHER ALCARAZ
GARCIA, ALDWIN GUINO
GUADEZ, RAQUEL MENDOZA
GULFO, ANGELITO MARANAN
JAREÑO, MELISSA LUNA
ZARA, ATANACIO GUERRA
SAN JOSE BRIONES, ENTIQUIO MIRAL


PATRON, VALENTINO RAZ ALDAY, GERALD GUCE
APRITADO, RONALD ILAO
BATHAN, MARIFE ESPIRITO
CARANDANG, RHYAN CZAR PAEZ
DIMACULANGAN, NICANOR JR. MACALINGA
ILAO, RUEL FLORES
KALALO, RIZALDY HERNANDEZ
MAGNAYE, MERLITA LIWANAG
SAN JUAN MANALO, RODOLFO HERNANDEZ MARASIGAN, OCTAVIO ANTONIO LIZASO


BALTAZAR, EVELYN SALAPARE
LLANA, WENCESLAO III LIMLINGAN
MAALIHAN, MEYNARDO ESCARO
PEREZ, ADELAIDA LIMBO
ROBLES, MEYNARDO DE VILLA
SALUD, ILDEBRANDO DAÑAS
SALUD, JOAQUIN JR. MARCIAL
SAMONTE, ALVIN JOHN ONG
TAYSAN PORTUGAL, VICTOR JR. PEREZ GUTIERREZ, GRANDE PASCUA ALIDO, FERDINAND MALALUAN
ANCHETA, RONALD RIVERO
BOSCH, CLINT MADERAZO
COMIA, MELECIO JR. ILAG
PEREZ, MARIANITO GUTIERREZ
PORTUGAL, JOEL PEREZ
RAMIREZ, AGNES SULIT
VILLENA, BRIGIDO ALCANTARA

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Batangas District 2 Elected Local Government Officials 2013

Herewith is a listing of elected District 2 local government officials for the Province of Batangas.  All lists are extracted from the results of the 2013 National and Local Elections as are obtained from the official Commission on Elections web site at http://www.comelec.gov.ph/ and consolidated for the convenience of the voting public.

DISCLAIMER:  This list of local government officials as provided in this web site are extracted directly from the COMELEC web site using cut and paste technology. Any typographical errors, therefore, are not native to this web site.

To verify any listings, please visit the COMELEC official lists here.

CITY/MUNICIPALITY MAYOR VICE-MAYOR COUNCILOR
BATANGAS CITY DIMACUHA, EDUARDO BERBERABE BERBERABE, EMILIO FRANCISCO JR. ACOSTA ALDOVER, GLENN MONTALBO
ATIENZA, SERGIE REX MONTALES
AMBIDA, MARIA CLAUDETTE USON
BALMES, MARIA KRISTINE JOSEFINA GONDA
CRUZ, ALYSSA RENEE ABAYA
DELA ROCA, GERARDO ARELLANO
LAZARTE, ARMANDO CHAVEZ
BLANCO, HAMILTON GUINHAWA
MONTALBO, AILEEN GRACE ARRIOLA
VILLENA, JULIAN BOBADILLA
BAUAN DOLOR, RYANH MAÑEBO CASAPAO, JULIAN CASAPAO ABRAHAN, WILLIAM CASTILLO
BACAL, PRESNEDY NOCHE
BASILAN, ROMEL BRUAL
CRUZAT, RONALD EVANGELISTA
DALANGIN, YANILLE ACLAN
DOLOR, HERMINIO MAÑEBO
GIMENO, KELVIN REX DALANGIN
TALAG, AVA BEATRICE JACKQUELINE CASTILLO
LOBO MANALO, GAUDIOSO RAMIREZ PEREZ, RENATO MAGOLING ALFILER, GERONIMO CLOSA
AMPARO, REY NELSON BUENVIAJE
ANDAYA, MIKAEL II CELIS
ARAJA, DEAN ALBERT DE TORRES
CAMO, NILO ANDAYA
CUETO, CIRILO VERDADERO
ILAGAN, MARIO DRIZ
UMALI, GODOFREDO CASTILLO
MABINI VILLANUEVA, NILO MAGTIBAY PANOPIO, ELMAR AGDAN


BASIT, ALEXANDER BALITA
ESCALONA, ALFREDO BUENO
GUERRA, GIL GILERA
HERNANDEZ, JOSE NELSON ABEL
HOMOROC, FRANCISCA NANCY MENDOZA
MAÑIBO, NONATO ESCALONA
PANOPIO, RITCHE CAMONGOL
VILLANUEVA, TRINIDAD CALANGI
SAN LUIS DIOKNO, ROBERTO CORNEJO OCAMPO, SAMUEL NOEL BADILLO (Not available yet at the COMELEC web site.)
SAN PASCUAL DIMAYUGA, ANTONIO ARGUELLES

FIDER, DAVIS GREGORY KENRICK


CHAVEZ, MOISES GUIA
CONTRERAS, MARIA LOYOLA AGUILA
DIMATATAC, NORMAN AGUILAR
FERNANDEZ, MARA CASSANDRA DIMAANDAL
MARQUEZ, REYSHANNE JOY BUGHAO
RECIPEDA, LUCIA PANGANIBAN
REYES, EFREN MALAPITAN
TAMAYO, ROLANDO TEODORO
TINGLOY ALVAREZ, LAURO FERRANCULLO DATINGALING, DANILO REYES ABANTE, GAVINO CRUZAT
ATIENZA, JUANITO REYES
CANDAVA, EVELYN GARCIA
DUMAOAL, HERBERT ROMANO
FERRANCULLO, JOSE MENIA
HERNANDEZ, ROLANDO NAVARRO
MACARANDANG, ROMEO BELEN
MANALO, VIRGILIO NAVARRO

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Batangas District 1 Elected Local Government Officials 2013

Herewith is a listing of elected District 1 local government officials for the Province of Batangas.  All lists are extracted from the results of the 2013 National and Local Elections as are obtained from the official Commission on Elections web site at http://www.comelec.gov.ph/ and consolidated for the convenience of the voting public.

DISCLAIMER:  This list of local government officials as provided in this web site are extracted directly from the COMELEC web site using cut and paste technology. Any typographical errors, therefore, are not native to this web site.

To verify any listings, please visit the COMELEC official lists here.

CITY/MUNICIPALITY MAYOR VICE-MAYOR COUNCILOR
BALAYAN FRONDA, EMMANUEL SALVADOR ORFANO ARADA, JOEL TANGLAO ABIAD, RITA DELA CRUZ
ANDAL, JASMIN OÑATE
CASTELO, ROMEL II MANINGAT
ESPERON, CRISTETA CARAIG
FRONDA, EMMANUEL SALVADOR II PAMINTUAN
MACALINDONG, RODEL LACSAMANA
PAMINTUAN, DANILO STA. ANA
RAMOS, FRANCISCO SANTOS
CALACA ONA, SOFRONIO MANUEL CALANOG MACALINDONG, RENANTE LOPEZ ALCAZAR, EMILYN DELOS REYES
KATIGBAK, JERRY RAPHAEL INUMERABLE
NOCHE, ORLANDO ENDRINAL
ONTANGCO, DEOVIC MARCIAL
OPELANIO, DIVINA ASUNCION
PASTORAL, REXNER JOWN VIDAL
SALE, ROBENSON MATALOG
VIDAL, MA. VICENTA LUISTRO
CALATAGAN PALACIO, SOPHIA GRANDEZA AYTONA, GLENN ZAPATA AFABLE, RENATO ARELLANO
BAUTISTA, ELIGIO CONCEPCION
BAUTISTA, REXIO PANGANIBAN
CAISIP, ROLANDO HERNANDEZ
COZ, JOSE JR. ZAMORA
DELAS ALAS, NOEL ALAB
SAYO, GODOFREDO INCIONG
TORRES, HARLAN JENERO DEPUSOY
LEMERY ALILIO, CHARISMA MANALO SOLIS, HONORLITO BALBOA

ALILIO, CHRISTOPHER PADILLA
BENDAÑA, JAYVEE CONCEPCION
BELLO, CHRISTOPHER JONES MARASIGAN
RICALDE, ROGER CATAPANG
ROSALES, MARIA SIMONETTE GAMO
SUAYAN, JUDE VALLE
SUAYAN, ROMAN MAGSINO
VERGARA, VINCENT UMALI
LIAN BOLOMPO, ISAGANI ILAGAN LAGRISOLA, BRAULIO JONSON AUSTRIA, ERWIN MACALINDONG
BONUAN, EXEQUIEL LIMON
CAISIP, CARLITO CABADIN
DELOS REYES, JAIME CUNAMAY
DELOS REYES, TOMAS  MACALINDONG
LAGUS, FLORANTE JR. CASTROJERES
MAGYAYA, ROLAND HERNANDEZ
MARANAN, ELISEO LAGUERTA
NASUGBU APACIBLE, ROSARIO MAYUGA ALBANIO, LARRY DIMAFELIX BARCELON, ANTONIO JOSE ALARMA
BAYLOSIS, RAMONCITO BULAO
BOTOBARA, DIONISIO BALANDRON
CABRAL, RODERICK SAPICO
CHUA, CINDY PANGANIBAN
CHUIDIAN, ARLENE RAMOS
LIMBOC, WILFREDO VILLAFLOR
SANCHEZ, MILDRED BELO
TAAL MONTENEGRO, MICHAEL DIMAILIG MERCADO, FULGENCIO ILAGAN ALVAREZ, EDWARD EBONITE
BALEROS, RANDY VILLOSTAS
CUENTO, RAFAEL TORDECILLA
DAWIS, RONNEL MAGSINO
LEGASPI, FEDERICO BARWEL
MANIMTIM, JUNE CADORNA
REYES, EMERSON BALATBAT
VILLANUEVA, RICKY BALBACAL
TUY CERRADO, JOSE JECERELL CARANDANG RODRIGUEZ, RICHTER ABIAD AFABLE, EDUARDO JR. PEREZ
BAUTISTA, RAFAEL CUESTA DE LA
CALINGASAN, ELSIE LEDESMA
DAYANDAYAN, MATILDE UMANDAP
DE CASTRO, MENANDRO VIBAR
DIMAANO, RUFINA SOCORRO BULACLAC
HERNANDEZ, ARMANDO GOMEZ
RODRIGUEZ, ERNESTO ABIAD

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Batangas District 3 Elected Local Government Officials 2013

Herewith is a listing of elected District 3 local government officials for the Province of Batangas.  All lists are extracted from the results of the 2013 National and Local Elections as are obtained from the official Commission on Elections web site at http://www.comelec.gov.ph/ and consolidated for the convenience of the voting public.

DISCLAIMER:  This list of local government officials as provided in this web site are extracted directly from the COMELEC web site using cut and paste technology. Any typographical errors, therefore, are not native to this web site.

To verify any listings, please visit the COMELEC official lists here.

CITY/MUNICIPALITY MAYOR VICE-MAYOR COUNCILOR
AGONCILLO REYES, DANIEL DE LEOS ENCARNACION, DOMINGO CABELLO BALBA, NOLASCO CANOBAS
CARINGAL, EDGAR CAPUNO
ENRIQUEZ, LEONARDA AQUINO
FAJARDO-ROQUE, ROSEMELYN ROLDAN
HERNANDEZ, CONSTANTINO DE VILLA
MARTINEZ, MAY LACAP
MENDOZA, AARON RAY BATHAN
REYES, ALBERTO DE SAGUN
ALITAGTAG ANDAL, ANTHONY FRANCIS GAINZA MARASIGAN, DONALD PUNZALAN ABRIGO, MANUEL ESGUERRA
ADAJAR, FLORO GARCES
BORROMEO, GERALDINE MAGPANTAY
DIMACULANGAN, ERWIN GIRON
ILAGAN, DIONISIO LAVIÑA
ILAGAN, RUBEN CEFERINO ILAO
MARASIGAN, DONALD PUNZALAN
PONGGOS, EDILBERTO GUTIERREZ
REYES, BERNARDO JR. CASTILLO
BALETE HIDALGO, LEOVINO OJALES MARALIT, WILSON VILLAPANDO DE OCAMPO, JOSE RUEL ROXAS
ENCALLADO, RODANTE MARALIT
GARCIA, GRACIANO KATIGBAK
LAS, LUDINO DIOKNO
MARALIT, LORETO JIMENEZ
MAYA, GILBERTO MAGPANTAY
PAYO, ALVIN TAPIA
ROXAS, ROGER SOLOMON
CUENCA ENDAYA, CELERINO ATIENZA LA ROSA, ROLANDO MAGSOMBOL

ADIA, LAARNI HABULAN
CHAVEZ, APOLONIO HARI
COMIA, GRACE ROSALES
CUEVAS, IREN PRADO
CUEVAS, ROMULO PALMA
LA ROSA, DANILO MAGSOMBOL
MAGPANTAY, ALEXANDER MALABAG
YU, GERALDINE LORIA
LAUREL AMO, RANDY JAMES ESPINAL AUSTRIA, FELIMON PALO ENDAYA, VINCENT DALISAY
LANDICHO, ANDREO MAALA
LANDICHO, REGINA ENDOZO
MACARAIG, ROMULO PALOMENO
MAYUGA, MARIVIC ARRIOLA
OGALINOLA, RACHELLE BALBA
RODRIGUEZ, ANGELITO MENDOZA
VERGARA, MARVIN MENDOZA
MALVAR REYES, CARLITO DELA PEÑA REYES, CRISTETA CUEVAS ARANDA, MATT LOUIE MITRA
CABELLO, ROSANA CARLOS
ENDAYA, APOLLO LAT
LAT, ALBERTO CUSTODIO
MENDOZA, ARACELI UMALI
SALUDO, AILEEN PITOGO
SAMARITA, RACHEL ANN HIDALGO
TAGLE, WILLIE MAGABO
MATAAS-NA-KAHOY LAGAN, JAY MANALO LAQUI, HENRY LIBREA ARIOLA, MARIO EDWIN EVANGELISTA
CALINISAN, JOSEPH DIMAYUGA
DIMAANO, FERDINAND LOLENG
LANDICHO, ROY LUBI
OBTIAL, ALBERTO VALENCIA
OBTIAL, ORLANDO LACORTE
VERGARA, CHESTER VILLAPANDO
VERGARA, PEPITO DE LEON
SAN NICOLAS SANDOVAL, EPIFANIO RODRIGUEZ BISCOCHO, ALFONSO BILOG BANAAG, BARTOLOME MANALO
BANCORO, LYNNE ATIENZA
BARRION, CHRISTOPHER ARRIOLA
LANDICHO, LUCIO DIMAILIG
MALALUAN, MARIVIC MENDOZA
MATIENZO, MANUEL MAYUGA
MORTEL, LEO ARAJA
UMANDAP, GEMETRIO TENORIO
STA. TERESITA SEGUNIAL, MA. AUREA VELASCO BATHAN, CARLOS AGNO AQUINO, REYNALDO JR. GINETE
ARRIOLA, CHARLITO DE SAGUN
ATIENZA, RHODA SUAREZ
CATAQUIZ, DANRICH ARELLANO
MALAPITAN, WHELMA AMORES
MANALO, RODOLFO ADALIN
MARASIGAN, ARTEMIO JR. CABRERA
PALATTAO, DENNIS HOLGADO
STO. TOMAS SANCHEZ, EDNA PADILLA RAMOS, FERDINAND MALOLOS ARCILLAS, RENANTE VILLALOBOS
ASCAÑO, EDWIN CARPIO
BATHAN, PRIMO CASTILLO
GUEVARRA, ALEXANDER JAURIGUE
MABILANGAN, DANILO PALICPIC
RAMOS, CRESENCIANO JR. EVANGELISTA
REYES, PETER THOMAS RAQUIZ
VILLEGAS, LEOVINO MALVATAAN
TALISAY NATANAUAN, GERRY DE CASTRO LAMANO, ALLANO CUNAHAP LUNA, MELODY LAUREL
MALABANAN, LOUISE MAGSINO
MENDOZA, MARVIN CACAO
MIRANDA, RODOLFO PESIGAN
PESIGAN, FLORENCIO ANURAN
SALAZAR, FELIX PESIGAN
SALAZAR, RONALDO MENDOZA
TENORIO, MAXIMINO GARCIA
TANAUAN CITY HALILI, ANTONIO CANDO CORONA, JHOANNA DE CHAVEZ ATIENZA, ANGEL VIRREY
CANOBAS, GILEEN VILLA
CASTILLO, JOSEPH MAGPANTAY
CORONA, BENEDICTO CASTILLO
GOGUANCO, MARCIAL JR. VELASQUEZ
MAGPANTAY, EPIMACO RECILLO
MANGLO, MARCELO ERIC OLFATO
PLATON, SIMEON MARTIN
TABING, MARISSA MARANAN
TRINIDAD, HERMAN GUMAPAC

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24 July 2013

One Day Filipinos Will Rule the World

A former player went on a package tour to Hong Kong recently; and I suppose it was a small price to pay in exchange for a burrito at Army and Navy to have to listen to his travel tales. In fairness, the burrito made the tales bearable.

And so he was talking about this Cantonese tour guide, who asked the bright-eyed first-time Pinoy visitors inside the tour bus, “What do you notice down there on the streets?”

Making a lame effort to deserve my burrito, I cut in and answered, “The mass of people?” I have not been to Hong Kong, but videos of the place that I have seen always seemed to portray this Quiapo-style avenue with a seemingly endless mass of people to-ing and fro-ing.

22 July 2013

Three Teams Completed in The Voice of the Philippines

As was always bound to happen because in her enthusiasm, Lea Salonga always looked like a rich lady shopping for clothes in a newly opened boutique, Team Lea was the first to be completed over the weekend.

RJ dela Fuente, now based in Parañaque but originally a bank teller in California, completed her ‘mythical 12’ last Saturday after his rendition of “Get Here.’ Good voice, good control and good looks; quite the complete package this one. Albeit, I felt he could have done even better with a better song choice.

That’s just me saying that I did not know the song at all; and my song inventory is not exactly what you can call contemporary.

20 July 2013

Green Archers Throw It Away Again Against UE

This De La Salle University Green Archers team for Season 76 of the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines or UAAP can win the seniors basketball championship. That is, if it can develop the necessary mental toughness to close out games.

This afternoon, the team having lost by 83-85 to the University of the East Red Warriors, we all know that the team still hasn’t. It was the second straight game that the Green Archers lost in the endgame following its 79-83 overtime loss to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws last Tuesday.

Most basketball experts agree that many games are won or lost at the crucial third quarter. For this Green Archers team, two games would have been won had there been no fourth quarter.

19 July 2013

Can’t Be All Fun in Show Biz

Now, we have all seen this bank commercial showing the actor Luis Manzano emoting half-naked in a supposed winter wonderland. When the director shouts for a cut, Manzano immediately starts shivering and tells everyone, “Hirap kayâ kumita ng pera!”

That commercial always makes me smile; but its humour apart, the commercial is actually an insightful commentary on life in show business.

Most of us just see the vain and glamorous side – actors looking their best for their adoring fans. But there is the other side that we seldom are privy to – the side that requires grit, professionalism and just plain hard work.

17 July 2013

Our Lady de Bato de Lipa?

Well, that is what I have chosen to refer to an item on the regional news this afternoon about a supposed image of the Blessed Mother etched on a piece of rock in some lady’s front yard in a village somewhere in the city of Lipa. The rock has now started to draw devotees.

Moreover, the lady who found the rock has started to ‘heal’ people. So thus, devotees and those with ailments and wishing for a miracle cure have started to arrive. To be fair, the lady does not charge for her ‘healing.’

But I am reminded of the 1982 Ishmael Bernal classic ‘Himalâ’ starring Nora Aunor as the supposed visionary and healer Elsa; and her cathartic declaration at the end of the movie, “Walang himalâ!”

14 July 2013

Penelope Matanguihan Gives the Voice a Batangueňo Lasallian Flavour

Somebody at ABS-CBN must have read my previous article on Janice Javier, when I hypothesized that the Voice of the Philippines reserves the best singer of the night for last each episode. Because last night, if just to be contrary, arguably the best singer was the penultimate one.

That would be 21-year old Penelope Ann Matanguihan, who despite not using the signature ‘ga’ of the Republic of the Ala Eh, could not have fooled me if I was blindfolded that she was not Batangas born and raised. The punto was refreshing to hear on national television, not least because the tongues of many from the republic morph into cosmopolitan mode once touched by the warm air of the metropolis.

And because I belatedly learned from a former student only after I had written the article on Lee Grane that she studied at St. Bridget’s College in Batangas City just half an hour from where I live, I took a chance on Facebook and asked for trivia about young Penelope.

13 July 2013

Apl.de.Ap Hits Gold with Bangkok-Based Janice Javier

The two female coaches keep accusing Bamboo of having eyes at the back of his head for his knack for turning around for the good-looking ladies. But Bamboo turned around for this one. As did apl.de.ap. And Lea Salonga. And Sarah G.

And the singer in question was by no means the archetypical pretty woman. In fact, she was the first to say that she never joined singing competitions before because of her looks.

Not to say that she was ugly; and, indeed, any self-respecting stylist can transform her with an imaginative make-over. It was just that, in last night’s show, she made no effort to be anything but plain.

12 July 2013

The Sibat Jeepney Phenomenon

Sibat: in the strictest sense, a spear; a long, slim and hand-held projectile made of wood or metal that is hurled through the air in combat as a weapon. It is also something that our forebears used to hunt and slay animals with.

In contemporary Tagalog slang, the word is used as a verb meaning ‘to leave.’ For instance, ‘Sibat na ako’ is ‘I’m leaving.’ Lost over time is the context of the original meaning of the slang, which used to be to leave ‘with alacrity’ or ‘to go quickly.’

For instance, ‘Sibat na at bakâ mahuli ka pa.’ Go quickly or you might get caught.

08 July 2013

Whither Now, Green Archers?

Indeed, where to from here? Fearful, indecisive and error-prone in the first half of its titanic UAAP battle yesterday against the Auld Enemies from across the metropolis, the script for the Green Archers of De La Salle University read like a sequel to its fumbling, error-strewn debut match against the Growling Tigers last week.

It was a B-Movie produced in a studio that in its heydey produced blockbusters that starred now iconic names like Renren Ritualo, Don Allado, Mackmack Cardona and JV Casio. To name a few of the actors in an era when the plot of each story always and inevitably ended in glory and silverware.

Segue to the present and a Green Archers team that has in recent years not been pleasant to watch, not least because of a propensity to implode and the failure of some in the green and white to stand up and be counted when they most needed to be.

07 July 2013

Kundiman Princess Juvie Pelos Gives the Voice a Different Dimension

...and it was a lazy seventh show of the Voice of the Philippines last night, replete with jazzy performances and offbeat OPM selections by the contestants on the night... It was crying for a Lee Grane or a Mitoy Yonting; even the father and son duet of the Cordovaleses who gave me goosebumps last Sunday.

Patience, they do say, is a virtue. Just my luck that I did not channel hop or fall asleep.

For the night’s final performance, in came 21-year old Juvie Pelos from Surigao City who was bold enough in the introduction to declare that the coaches ought to turn around for her because she her voice would be ‘distinct.’

04 July 2013

Vice Ganda Guests in Juan dela Cruz as Santana, the Tikbalang Queen

I can’t wait for Monday, July the 8th, when Vice Ganda’s character is introduced in the top-rating primetime fantasy series Juan de la Cruz. Vice will be playing the role of Santana, ang Reyna ng mga Tikbalang.

I am curious to know what sort of twist the writers have given the series and how Vice will treat the character Santana. Fans of the series know that recent episodes have become more intense and dramatic.

This has not always been the case; and, in fact, the show has always had its light comedic moments. Lately, however, all the comedy seems to have been consigned to the afternoon ‘pre-quel’ series ‘My Little Juan.’

Pilipinas or Filipinas? How the Change of One Letter Sparked Discussion


Earlier this afternoon, the regional edition of TV Patrol ran a feature showing people that the news crew surveyed for their opinions regarding the proposal to change the name of the country from Pilipinas to Filipinas. Perhaps not surprisingly, most of those interviewed were vehemently against the proposal.

For the benefit of readers who have yet to hear of the matter, the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino or the Philippine Language Commission recently passed a resolution whereby it decided to stop using the name Pilipinas in reference to the country and instead use the name Filipinas.

The commission also expressed the hope that the name Filipinas will be how the country will become known internationally.

03 July 2013

No Eavesdropping on the Basketball Coach!

I was watching the endgame of the UAAP basketball match between Ateneo and FEU earlier and was amused at how one of the Tamaraws blocked out the television camera when coach Nash Racela called a timeout late in the game. When the cameraman turned his lens to the left, the player moved left. When he turned right, the player moved right.

Smart boy! I’m sure he was on instructions from the coach himself. Finally, the cameraman gave up and the director called for a different camera angle which showed the huddle but not the coaching going on. There was audio; but this was next to useless without the visuals.

Last Saturday, something similar happened during the opening day encounter between the De La Salle Green Archers and the UST Growling Tigers. This time, the camera had full view of the huddle; except that Juno Sauler, the DLSU coach, asked the cameraman to move away and not to cover what he had to say to his team.

02 July 2013

Batangas Provincial Government and Congressional Representatives 2013

Below is a listing of all elected Provincial Government officials for the Province of Batangas as well as the province’s representatives to the Philippine Congress as per the results of the elections held in 2013.

The contents of the listing below have been culled from the Commission on Elections transparency servers and have been compiled for the convenience of the public. If anyone notices any errors please do not hesitate to mention this using the comments box at the bottom of this page. You will need a Facebook account to post a comment.

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
Governor: Vilma Rosa Recto
Vice-Governor: Mark Leviste
Board Members:
District 1 Boy Rosales
Mon Bausas
District 2 Dexter Buted
Marvey Mariño
Amy Alvarez
District 3 Fred Corona
Divina Balba
District 4 Rowena Africa
Caloy Bolilia
Mabel Virtusio
CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES:
District 1 Eileen Ermita-Buhain
District 2 Raneo Abu
District 3 Nelson Collantes
District 4 Dong Mendoza

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Mayors and Vice-Mayors in the Province of Batangas 2013-2016

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Below is a listing of all Mayors and Vice-Mayors in the Province of Batangas as per the results of the City/Municipality elections held in 2013. Terms expire on May 2016 when new local elections are held to determine new sets of local government officials for cities and municipalities all around the Philippines.

The contents of the listing below have been culled from the Commission on Elections transparency servers and have been compiled for the convenience of the public. If anyone notices any errors please do not hesitate to mention this using the comments box at the bottom of this page. You will need a Facebook account to post a comment.

TERMS END MAY 2013
City/Municipality Mayor Vice-Mayor
Agoncillo Daniel Reyes Domingo Encarnacion
Alitagtag Anthony Andal Manuel Abrigo
Balayan Manny Fronda Joel Arada
Balete Leovino Hidalgo Wilson Maralit
Batangas City Eddie Dimacuha Doc Jun Berberabe
Bauan Ryanh Dolor Julian Casapao
Calaca Sofronio Manuel Ona Rante Macalindong
Calatagan Sophia Palacio Glenn Aytona
Cuenca Lerry Endaya Rolando La Rosa
Ibaan Juan Toreja Sixto Yabyabin
Laurel Randy James Amo Felimon Austria
Lemery Cherry Alilio Norly Solis
Lian Isagani Bolompo Lauro Butiong
Lipa City Meynardo Sabili Eric Africa
Lobo Jurly Manalo Renato Perez
Mabini Nilo Villanueva Elmar Panopio
Malvar Carlito Reyes Cristeta Reyes
Mataas-na-Kahoy Jay Ilagan Henry Laqui
Nasugbu Charito Apacible Larry Albanio
Padre Garcia Abraham Gutierrez Noel Cantos
Rosario Manuel Alvarez Jose Valencia
San Jose Entiquio Briones Valentino Patron
San Juan Rodolfo Manalo Anthony Marasigan
San Luis Roberto Diokno Sammy Ocampo
San Nicolas Peping Sandoval Alex Biscocho
San Pascual Antonio Dimayuga Davis Gregory Fider
Sta. Teresita Ma. Aurea Segunial Carlos Bathan
Sto. Tomas Edna Sanchez Enan Ramos
Taal Michael Montenegro Pong Mercado
Talisay Gerry Natanauan Gigi Rafer
Tanauan City Antonio Halili Jhoanna Corona
Taysan Victor Portugal Jr. Grande Gutierrez
Tingloy Larry Alvarez Danny Datingaling
Tuy Jose Cerrado Teloy Rodriguez

Source: Commission on Elections, Republic of the Philippines Official Web Site.


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