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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21 December 2015

Pia Wurtzbach is 3rd Filipina Ms. Universe; and Steve Harvey’s Colossal Mix-up


To err is human, yes… But for Steve Harvey to erroneously announce Colombia as the 2015 Ms. Universe is arguably the mother of all fuck-ups. Excuse the French.

18 December 2015

EDSA-ish Traffic Hell Comes to Lipa City

Traffic was so bad that walking seemed like the most sensible thing to do.

I could have stayed after college in Metro Manila for better personal economic gains. That I returned to Lipa for much humbler remunerations than I could have expected in the Big City was partly because I hated two things about the place: the climate and the seemingly perpetual state of gridlocked traffic on the roads.

09 December 2015

Sudden Unintended Acceleration, Computer Bugs and Car Hacking

Image credit:  http://www.autodeal.com.ph.

These past few weeks, the evening news has been bombarding us nightly with incident after incident of Sudden Unintended Acceleration or SUA by the unfortunate Mitsubishi Montero. To neutrals like me, the most annoying aspect of these reports will likely be the doggedness of Mitsubishi spokespersons in insisting that there is nothing wrong with the product even as the sheer number of reported incidents appears to indicate that something is indeed terribly wrong.

07 December 2015

X-Factor Australia Winner Cyrus Villanueva More Than Just A Singer


Although I followed young Marlisa Punzalan’s progress in last season’s X-Factor Australia – by way of YouTube, where else? – I was only vaguely aware that a young Filipino-Aussie singer was doing just as well in this season’s edition of the same show.

03 December 2015

The Pemberton-Laude Case: Understanding Murder and Homicide

From the Facebook accounts of Joseph Scott Pemberton and the late Jennifer Laude.

Earlier this week, in the news, we have all witnessed coverage of the conclusion to the case filed against US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton regarding the killing of the transgender Filipino Jennifer Laude. The family of the deceased, we were told, was jubilant in that Pemberton was found guilty of homicide; but was nonetheless disappointed that he was not found guilty of murder instead.

01 December 2015

My Sister, the Aldub Fan


My sister, the eldest in the family, became eligible for twenty per cent discount across the board just last May. If you get my drift. She is a self-confessed diehard of this GMA-7 television phenomenon called the Aldub.