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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27 January 2015

Has Your Body Gotten Used to the Cold Season Yet?

Image credit:  http://www.farmersalmanac.com/.
The past few nights, it has become something of a habit for me to glance at the digital thermometer atop my fridge to see what the temperature would be before I retired to my bed. Because the tail end of a cold front has hovered near the central Philippines for the last few days, the thermometer has consistently read 23°C or 73.4°F just before bedtime.

26 January 2015

The Artist who Painted an ‘Accurate’ Portrait of Jesus Christ

'The Lost Years of Jesus,' painted by Akiane Kramarik at 10 years old.  Prints available for sale at Akiane Gallery.
Those of you who have not seen the 2014 film ‘Heaven is for Real,’ I hope this article does not spoil it for you when you do actually watch it.

There is this by-now 20-year old artist and poet by the name of Akiane Kramarik who, as a four-year old child, was supposed to have been spoken to by God Himself and encouraged to paint her visions.

25 January 2015

The Behind-the-Scenes Weather Miracle During the Pope’s Visit

Pope Francis in the Popemobile with Manila's Cardinal Tagle.
Before anything else, you will probably think if at all you do bother to read this that the premise of this article is something that can be thought up only by someone with too much time on his hands. To this, I say outright, guilty as charged!

But do go ahead and bear with the numbers and you will find things at least fun if not intriguing to ponder.

24 January 2015

Understanding Why People Kiss the Pope’s Ring

Image credit:  http://www.preachthecross.net.

There was a bit of a question before the arrival of Pope Francis in the Philippines if President Noynoy would kiss the Pope’s ring or not. The question was a matter of protocol, the online article said.

If I understood things correctly, as Head of State, the President is not obligated to do so. After all, since the Pope is the head of the Vatican state – which is a political entity – then they are equals in the order of international relations and politics.

23 January 2015

Fixed Pricing and the Art of Haggling

Image credit:  http://www.clubbnb.com

The cardinal rule about haggling, my mother used to say when I was young, was to start at fifty per cent of the price that you were given. So why was it that once in Baclaran when I was a small boy, when the tindera told her that the price of the blouse she had taken a fancy to was 80 pesos, her initial offer was… 35!!!

22 January 2015

Bagito and the Sexuality of the Filipino Youth

Image credit:  Wikipedia.
Question: How do you call a teenage male who has already fathered a son?

Answer: a Younghusband.

That was supposed to be a joke; albeit, the joke failed to specify if the Younghusband is Phil or James. Go squirm. The joke, by the way, was something I heard from one of the young men I play football with every weekend, triggered as it was by a brief discussion – of all things – of the ABS-CBN early evening series called ‘Bagito.’

21 January 2015

De La Salle Lipa Yearbook 1994 (Stallion) P9

Before my yearbook collection becomes completely eaten up by time, I decided to preserve them by digitizing the pages.  These I share with readers who are from De La Salle Lipa.  Please note that the scans are only of yearbooks that are in my own possession; and that I cannot accommodate requests to scan yearbooks that I do not myself possess.

Important:  Click on any picture to bring out the picture viewer.

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For a small donation to cover production costs and defray expenses for the maintenance of this web site, you may avail of the entire yearbook (excluding the advertisement section) in a PDF file that contains the original scans. For anyone interested, please send e-mail to to get the payment details.


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De La Salle Lipa Yearbook 1994 (Stallion) P8

Before my yearbook collection becomes completely eaten up by time, I decided to preserve them by digitizing the pages.  These I share with readers who are from De La Salle Lipa.  Please note that the scans are only of yearbooks that are in my own possession; and that I cannot accommodate requests to scan yearbooks that I do not myself possess.

Important:  Click on any picture to bring out the picture viewer.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

































1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

For a small donation to cover production costs and defray expenses for the maintenance of this web site, you may avail of the entire yearbook (excluding the advertisement section) in a PDF file that contains the original scans. For anyone interested, please send e-mail to to get the payment details.


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