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 May 2015

Time Government Addressed the ‘Badjao’ Problem

Image from Blank Paper Will Always Be Ready.

First of all, I use the word ‘Badjao’ loosely and only because everyone hereabouts refers to them as such. Out of respect to the Sama-Badjao tribes of south-western Mindanao, I don’t really know what indigenous tribes, if at all, these road mendicants of Lipa City belong to.

28 May 2015

Jason Francisco’s Awkward Blooper on Showtime

Image captured from video on Iwantv.

Those of you who watch the ABS-CBN noontime variety show “It’s Showtime” probably enjoy the “Ansabe” segment as much as I do. For the benefit of those who do not get to watch the show, the segment is a game that goes like this.

26 May 2015

Sip-on, But-o: the Fading Batangas Practice of Separating Syllables

Image credit:  http://www.kalusugan.ph.

“Nagkatrangkaso ako eh! Tulô ang sip-on at nanakit ang mga but-o!” (I had the ‘flu! I had runny nose and my bones ached!) When I was a lot younger, I used to hear mostly from the elderly and those from remote agrarian communities what then seemed to me as a quirky way of pronouncing certain words in the Tagalog language.

21 May 2015

The West Valley Fault, In Perspective

Plotted on Google Earth with coordinates from http://www.s1expeditions.com/

Probably because of the two major earthquakes which hit the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal within a mere two weeks of each other recently, the Marikina West Valley Fault System is once again in the news.

17 May 2015

Costs of College Education: Comparing University Tuition Rates


The tuition I first paid to De La Salle University-Manila back in 1975 when I enrolled as a freshman was PHP 1,200. In those days, that was a lot of money that my parents had to scrounge for just to send me to the university.

15 May 2015

Batangueño Mystery: Who is Rudy of Suskupô Rudeh!

Just who the devil is Rudy?

If you are from these parts, then at one time or the other you might have heard of the expression “Suskupô Rudeh!” If you are the sosyalin type, then your version of the expression will be “My God Rudy!” Or, if you wish to take your kaartehan to another level, you may simply say “OMG Rudy!”

Ala Janella Salvador…

14 May 2015

El Gamma Penumbra: the Power in Storytelling

Image captured from Asia's Got Talent video on YouTube.

El Gamma Penumbra, the group from Tanauan City here in Batangas that could not even win the Philippine edition of the Got Talent reality show, last night won the Asia-wide edition of the same show over Mongolia’s Khusugtun.

12 May 2015

PHL Universities Ranking 2015: How DLSL and Other La Salle Schools Fared


The Philippine Universities Ranking 2015 was undertaken by the web site finduniversity.ph based on the last four board examinations. The ranking was based on a weighted board exams ranking arrived at by first determining how each higher education institution fared in each board exams then aggregating all these rankings.

Thoughts on the Impending K-12 Education Program


…and probably due to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV et al. and their attempts to have the Supreme Court prevent the implementation of the K-12 Basic Education Program, said K-12 program trended on Twitter, albeit briefly, last Wednesday night. The online discussion was lively; even if understandably tending to lean against the program’s implementation.

03 May 2015

Travelling to Sparta, Where the Pitch is for People not Horses

After almost 40 years, a bit of closure to a football pitch story.

I think it was 1979 when I visited the then-fairly new Alabang Country Club for the first time with a few of my DLSU football varsity teammates. The father of one of them was a member of the club, which allowed us access to what I reckoned was then a members-only facility.