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 January 2016

The Evolution of DLSL's Frontage, 1962-Present


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The picture above was from the 1963 yearbook called the ‘Sabre,’ which I colourised to give it a bit more life. At the time, DLSL was not even called La Salle but officially the high school department of the Our Lady of Rosary Academy or OLRA.

30 January 2016

The Day John ‘Died” and Why It’s Always Best to Verify News that Someone You Know Has Died


Of all people, it was my sister who lives in Auckland from whom I first heard that one of our contemporaries had passed on. Her message was very brief and indeed, she wanted to know if I knew anything.

25 January 2016

Classic B&W DLSL Pictures Colorised with Graphic Software


There’s nothing to it, really, if you understand colours and pixels. All that is really needed is software and gazillions of patience, as indeed working with graphics is never achieved with the snap of fingers.  It is no different from doing a colouring book; and just as therapeutic.

20 January 2016

More Classic DLSL Pictures Colourised (Foundation Week Edition)

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The Torch Parade! Now this picture, I am very sure, was taken in December of 1969. This was a DLSL activity called the Torch and Lantern Parade which started at the Cathedral of St. Sebastian and ended at the football field. Students joined the parade wearing costumes!

This picture above was actually of my class and those are my classmates you see. We were in Grade 5 then, and for the life of me I do not know where I am in the picture. I know I came dressed as Bernard Bonin's Palos character, complete with beret.  I must have been at the back.

I asked Br. Rafael Donato years later when he was President if we could do the Torch Parade again; but by then it would have been a logistic impossibility. By the way, if memory serves me right, coeds from the Our Lady of the Rosary Academy used to join the parade as well.

As you can see in the colourised version below, I had to do a bit of a repair job to make the picture presentable again.  It was worth the bother!

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The picture above was the most difficult colourising job of this series because there are so many people and other elements to it. That said, finishing it gave me the most satisfaction because the end result was so vivid and really came alive.

I am guessing that this was taken during a class recollection of some sort just behind the basketball court; and probably late seventies judging from the flared pants and long hair.

This empty patch of grass used to be my alternate football field for kick-around small games; but of course in the early nineties the 1000- and 1100 two-story building was built over it to accommodate the surge in enrollment.

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The picture above appears to be of a student organisation, likely taken in the late seventies.  I recognise some in the picture to be from the High School Class of 1980, of which my younger brother Roy was a part.

The picture was taken in front of the old chapel or just beside what used to be the Brothers' House.  This little nook, of course, no longer exists as it was demolished to make space for a modern Grade School building.

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I recognise some of the alumni/ae in the picture because they were schoolmates of my younger brother Roy, who was from the High School Class of 1980. I am guessing that this was a Science student organisation of some sort because of the presence of the late Ms. Sofronia Makalinao, who used to be a Chemistry teacher.

Just a bit of trivia about the late Ms. Makalinao, although she became my colleague when I returned to DLSL to teach in 1982, I never had her for a teacher back when I myself was in high school from 1971-75.

You may notice when you look at the treated version below that I did running repairs to the original.

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The picture above looks very much like it was taken during the commencement exercises at the Br. Henry Virgil Gymnasium.  I see the youngish Mrs. Cora Bagamaspad, Mrs. Editha Raz, Mrs. Millette Sarmiento (nee Cadano) and Ms. Norma Blanco in the picture along with my former grade school teacher Ms. Cleofe Babasa in the picture, so this was likely in the late seventies or early eighties, just before I returned to teach in 1982.

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In the picture above, Ms. Alice Rivera of the Grade School Department with what looks like the officers of her Homeroom.  This picture was likely taken in the late sixties at the staircase leading to the 500 wing.  The first two rooms of both the 400- and 500-wings were at the time where the grade students had their classes.

As you can see, the original black and white above is somewhat damaged so I had to do some quick repair for the colourised version below.  If you look closely, you will find where the patch up job was done.

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I am not sure about this, but the picture above looks like one of a student organisation called the Legion of Mary.  Anyone knows better, please make the correction using Facebook Comments below this page.

The woman in the middle is Mrs. Marella, mother of my classmate Danilo.  I recognise some of the gentlemen in the picture so this was likely taken between 1968 and 1970.

Alumni/ae who graduated up to the late nineties will find this picture nostalgic because of the statue of the Blessed Mother which was still very much part of the school's frontage until moved elsewhere when construction of the St. La Salle Building commenced.

Notice how sparse housing was still at Villa Lourdes Subdivision across the road, in comparison to what it looks in the present.  It is no secret that the subdivision's growth has run parallel with the school's.

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The picture above appears to have been taken during a morning assembly held at what is now known as the Br. Henry Virgil Gymnasium in DLSL's first year of operations in 1962-63.  I do not know this for a fact, however; and this picture from the DLSL Archives was certainly not labeled.  What I am certain of is that this picture was taken before 1967 because the 2-story 400- and 500-wing has not been built yet.

This pictures is so reflective of the sixties when hairstyles were neat and closely cropped.  This was also still the era of tight pants cut straight down to the ankles.  Notice the brown khaki pants.  The black pants did not come until 1970 or 1971, replaced by any dark pants in 1973 and returned for good in the early eighties.

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19 January 2016

Secrets of Hotel California and Its Alleged Satanist Undertones

The cover photo of the Eagles album Hotel California.

I am a massive Eagles fan, and naturally the news that greeted me first thing in the morning today when I opened Facebook announcing that the Eagles’ founder, Glen Frey, has passed on has made me incredibly sad.

17 January 2016

2 DLSL Grads Highly Placed in the Current Philippine Government



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EDUCATION SECRETARY BR. ARMIN LUISTRO FSC

Br. Armin Altamirano Luistro became the second Christian Brother after Andrew Gonzales FSC to be appointed to the post of Secretary of the Department of Education. He was designated to the post by President Benigno Aquino III in 2010.

16 January 2016

Acknowledging the Archbishop and Mrs.

Image credit: www.insidereport.co.ug.

This story has been playing inside my head for a few days now and for reasons I cannot explain, as though it was willing me to write it.

15 January 2016

The Evolution of DLSL's Frontage, 1962-Present


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The picture above is really the face of modern day DLSL. During the Presidency of the late Br. Rafael Donato starting from 1995, a massive physical development program was undertaken that would usher the school into the new millennium.

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The picture above shows the second uplift given to the façade when I was in school, and I think within two or three years of each other. This is pretty much how many alumni and alumnae will remember the school because this façade did not change until the late nineties.

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I moved to La Salle High School from OLRA as a Grade 5 student in school year 1969-70. There were two facelifts given to the school’s façade when I was a student there, and the above picture was the first of these.

14 January 2016

Fil-Am Actor Vincent Rodriguez III, Pinoys Get Hollywood Boost in TV Series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend


Until recently, the American entertainment industry has seemed reluctant to acknowledge the presence of a steadily growing Asian minority in the United States population, or at least in terms of the balance of roles and themes portraying Asians in movies and television.

12 January 2016

Joy and Tragedy: The Story of DLSL High School 1991 Part I


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[Last weekend, I attended one of the activities being held by the DLSL HS Class of 1991 in preparation for their 25th anniversary celebration. I was amazed at how comfortable I immediately was in the company of my former students, even if I had not seen most of them for the longest time. Meeting them provided the motivation to revisit the 1991 yearbook.

10 January 2016

Those Annoying Loanwords News Reporters Love to Use as Filipino

Image captured from video on Iwantv.

Readers who are my contemporaries and who were in high school up to the early eighties will likely have noticed how reporters of the evening news keep using supposed Filipino words which were simply not used at all back in the day.

07 January 2016

Most Remarkable DLSL Football Matches 1982-2011

After winning the Regional Go-for-Goal in 1987.

I hope to make this the first installment and hope to do more as I recall them. The matches are presented in no particular order.

DLSL 2 Colegio San Agustin 3, 1984

06 January 2016

Classic B&W DLSL Pictures Colorised with Graphic Software

A faculty gathering of some sort at the old chapel behind the original Brothers' House, which students of the eighties and onwards probably never even knew existed. This picture was probably taken late in the sixties or early in the seventies because Mr. Hidalgo of the famous "Hidalgo Noontime Show" and the ever-present accordion are in the picture. As you can all imagine, this was particularly difficult to colourise because there were too many people in the original photograph.

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Probably a faculty Christmas party at what used to be the old library behind the gymnasium. This picture was taken in the seventies, obviously from the flared pants; and the latter half of the decade when I was already in college because Mrs. Marcela "Marcia" Guevarra is in the picture. I cannot recognise the one sitting with the guitar because even the original picture was too dark. From left, though, are Ms. Luz Morada, Ms. Gloria Lacay and Ms. Alice Rivera. If I remember correctly, the one next to her was a nun and if anyone knows better, please say so using the comments section below. Completing the picture are Mrs. Marcia Gueverra, who I just remembered was still Ms. Magsino at the time; and Ms. Cleofe Babasa.

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An affair of some sort at the Br. Henry Virgil Memorial Gymnasium, which at the time did not even have the name yet. In the picture are the late Mr. Amado Mia (left) and Br. Crisanto Moreno (right), both of whom passed away just recently. In the middle is the late Fr. Zoilo Umali, who used to live with the Brothers as the school chaplain and passed away in the eighties if memory serves me right.

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This picture of the lot was the easiest to do because there were few parts of it to colorise. In the picture are Ms. Luz Morada wearing the DLSL Grade School female faculty uniform of the late sixties. My guess is that the boys here were officers of her advisory class. I actually recognise some of them as they belong to what would eventually be the high school class of 1973, to which my older brother belonged.

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