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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30 September 2016

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Batangas?


How well do you know the Province of Batangas? Take this 20-question quiz and find out!

The DLSL High School Teacher Quiz


This quiz is targeted at graduates of the De La Salle Lipa High School in the eighties and nineties, but those from the decades before and after these can still probably score well with an intelligent guess here and there. So how well do you know teachers of DLSL? Take the quiz and find out!

The DLSL Trivia Quiz


How well do you know De La Salle Lipa? Test your knowledge by taking this 20-question quiz:



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27 September 2016

When a Cop Was Accidentally Shot during a Gary V Concert at the SENTRUM

Gary Valenciano in concert at the SENTRUM.

Back in the mid-nineties, for DLSL to undertake an ambitious campus development project under then-President Brother Rafael Donato, it had to undertake a hundred million and a half bank loan as funding. It was a long-term loan that the school would be paying until the end of the first decade of the millennium, and well worth taking as everyone in the present day can see.

22 September 2016

1903 Batangas Seen through the Eyes of an American Colonial Officer’s Wife

Nipa huts in a reconcentrado camp.  Image credit:  "The Last Holdouts".

A series of letters written by Edith Moses about the Philippines provides a colorful insight into life in the country at the turn of the previous century. These letters were subsequently published into a book entitled “Unofficial Letters of an Official’s Wife” in New York in 1908.

20 September 2016

The Mysterious Our Lady of Caysasay Story as told in Old Tagalog by the 18th Century Agustinian Friar Francisco Buencuchillo

Juan Maningca fishing the image from the river as depicted by a fresco at the Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine.  Image credit:  By Eric Jam - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30978535 

The story of the Our Lady of Caysasay, or the Nuestra Señora de Caysasay as she used to be known during the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines, may not necessarily fall under the category “stock knowledge” even for many Batangueños, and especially those who do not live anywhere close to the Municipality of Taal, where the village of Caysasay is located. I, for one, heard of the academy named after her first; and for the longest time only had the vaguest notion about her story.

17 September 2016

The Year when the Top and Second of the CPA Board Exams were from DLSL


Monday, the 19th of October in the year 2009, was supposed to be another mundane day at the administrative suite of offices at the second floor of the Diokno Building at De La Salle Lipa. I was then Vice-Chancellor for Administration, and because it was the first day of the week, there typically sat on my desk a pile of documents tall as a man waiting to be perused or signed.

14 September 2016

To Duterte’s Mention of the Bud Dajo and Balangiga Massacres, Add the Batangas Concentration Camps of the Phil-American War

Image credit: Pinoy Culture.  Inside a concentration camp in Batangas.

Now that Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, has dug up from history and brought back into public consciousness the massacres at Bud Dajo in Sulu and Balangiga in Samar, both events having occurred during the Philippine-American War from 1899-1902, perhaps it is but appropriate to revisit as well the concentration camps which the Americans set up in Batangas starting December 19011.

10 September 2016

Thomas Cavendish: the 16th Century English Pirate who Prowled Philippine Waters

Image credit:  Wikimedia Commons; Pauline's Pirates and Privateers.

Many will recall from World History lessons the abortive sixteenth century invasion of England by the so-called Spanish Armada, so ordered by Philip II, King of Spain. The invasion force was sent partly as retribution for the execution of the Catholic English Queen Mary I (Stuart), whom the Spaniards, being a dutiful Catholic nation, felt was the rightful Queen of England. But apart from wanting to restore a Catholic to the throne of England, the Spaniards also intended the destruction of the English navy so that its pesky raids of Spanish ports, including those in the colonies, might come to an end1.

09 September 2016

Provincia de Bombon y Balayan, as 16th Century Batangas was Known

Image credit:  The Inhabitants of the Philippines, Frederic H. Sawyer.

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(Chapter XII of a Batangas Historical Series)

The Royal Audiencia established in Manila was supposed to allow the governance of the Philippines without having to refer major concerns to the Audiencia in Nueva España and also to rein in the powers of the Governor General and prevent the corruption and abuses that used to occur during Gonçalo Ronquillo de Peñalosa’s term as Governor.

06 September 2016

Insights from the Philippine Azkals Friendly Win Away to Kyrgyzstan

Image credit:  The Azkals Facebook Page.

I only saw the second half of the Philippines Azkals’ friendly away to Kyrgyzstan last night in Bishkek, streamed live seemingly by a private individual rather than a television network. There was, therefore, neither commentary nor replays. This and the fact that I missed the entire first half makes it difficult to write a credible match analysis.