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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29 November 2015

A Look at DLSU’s Poaching of Letran’s Championship Coach Aldin Ayo

Image credit:  ABS-CBN Sports.

An online news report published by the Manila Bulletin late last week alleged that a Father Clarence Marquez, President and Rector of Colegio San Juan de Letran in Manila, has sent De La Salle University President Brother Raymundo Suplido a letter complaining about the university’s recruitment of the NCAA-winning Knights’ coach Aldin Ayo.

26 November 2015

Filipinos Disapprove China, Approve US; Confidence Rising in Military, Declining in National Government

Image credit:  Photius.com.

Not surprisingly because of recent disputes in the West Philippine Sea between China and the Philippines, two thirds of Filipinos disapprove of China’s leadership according to a Gallup Poll conducted in May 2015, the results of which were released just two days ago.

22 November 2015

Funeral Companies and the Economics of Dying

These days, funeral companies offer much more than the usual services.

There are two types of death scenarios that every family has to deal with; and this is one of those things that nobody ever gets an exemption from. First is sudden death such as from an accident or a violent crime. In this scenario, shock and acceptance are the immediate family’s main challenges, particularly if the deceased is young and otherwise has no reason to move onto the other side.

16 November 2015

Aside from Like, Now You Can Love, Yay, Haha, Wow, Be Sad and Angry at Facebook Posts

Facebook's new interactions.

Users of the social networking site Facebook can now express more feelings towards posts made by people and pages beyond the by-now tiresome ‘Like’ button.

12 November 2015

Despite Azkals Home Blip Against Yemen, WC Campaign Still a Success

Image captured from video on The AFC Cup channel on YouTube.

Ultimately, what last night’s chastening 1-nil loss by the Philippine Azkals at home to bottom-of-the-table Yemen does is to reiterate the very essence of football and of any sport, for that matter. That is, that if you do not take your chances, you do not win.

11 November 2015

2015 Ala Eh Festival in Sto. Tomas, Batangas Schedule


The 7th annual Ala Eh Festival of the Batangas Provincial Government is being hosted by the Municipality of Sto. Tomas for the first time on 1-8 December 2015. The week-long festivities include a wide variety of activities, the schedule of which is provided below as a public service to anyone interested in attending the festivities. The schedule below is condensed from that available at the official web site of the Municipality of Sto. Tomas.

10 November 2015

The Politics of Regional and National Athletic Meets

In the past, selecting players to go to the STRAA and the Palarong Pambansa was a headache for coaches.

In a way, I was fortunate in that for most of the more than two decades that I brought high school football teams to what was then known as the Southern Tagalog Regional Athletic Association (STRAA), I was left pretty much alone in deciding who the players were that I brought along with me.

05 November 2015

Never Google, Says NBA Player of His Surname

Image credit:  Slamonline.com.

And on the lighter side, those of you who are basketball fans and of the NBA in particular will likely have heard of this 6’ 7” French-born shooting guard by the name of Evan Mehdi Fournier.

03 November 2015

The Laglag Bala Scam: the Alternate Story

Image credit:  Rappler.com.

I am just as mortified as everyone else at the level to which some of our fellow citizens will descend to earn a few bucks in what the media has labelled the “laglag-bala” or bullet drop scam. The airport is supposed to be a place for fond farewells, where citizens leaving will already be dreaming of when they will be coming back home and where foreign visitors start to think of what they will say of the Philippines when they arrive in their respective countries.