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 October 2016

The 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup in the Philippines, a Primer

Image credit:  AFF Suzuki Cup Official Site.

Buy your tickets here.

Whether you are a football aficionado or not, it may be well worth your while to make the trip to the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan to watch Group A matches of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup. First of all, a visit to the ultra-modern Philippine Sports Stadium is an experience in itself. Second, it has been a while since the Philippines hosted an international football tournament of this caliber. Finally, the Philippine national team, a.k.a. the Azkals, is a contender and can naturally benefit from the support of a large and noisy home crowd.

27 October 2016

How Batangas was Liberated by Allied Forces from the Japanese in 1945

Image credit: US Department of Defense, Wikipedia.  Lipa after bombardment in WWII.

By early March in the year 1945, the liberation of the City of Manila by Allied Forces had been completed after a month of the heaviest urban fighting seen in the Pacific Theater during World War II. More than a thousand American military personnel were killed, while the Japanese fatalities totaled 16,665. Meanwhile, anything from 100,000 to 500,000 Filipino civilians were also either killed in the crossfire or massacred by the increasingly desperate Japanese.1

24 October 2016

Why the De La Salle Christian Brothers Came to the Philippines

Image credit:  De la Salle Philippines.

The year was 1904, two years after the end of the Philippine-American War. The Americans, having finally overcome armed resistance from the Filipinos, were quick to consolidate their foothold in these islands. Apart from laying down the foundation for a colonial government based on their own system, the Americans were also eager to enculturate the Filipinos into their own way of life.

22 October 2016

Batangas Bakeries Given Recognition on World Bread Day; Brillante Mendoza Workshop Successful

Panaderia authors Amy Uy and Jenny Orillos stand in front of National Bookstore’s booth during the Bread Fair. 

Five bakeries and bakeshops were given recognition through a one-day exhibit last October 16 at the Events Centre of SM City Lipa in time for the celebration of World Bread Day.

19 October 2016

Gregorio Zara: the Lipa, Batangas Born Inventor of the Videophone

Gregorio Y. Zara using a videophone.  Image credit:  from the Instagram account of the Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).

The next time you use a videophone application on your mobile such as Skype or FaceTime, if you are from Batangas, it may serve you in good stead to know that the principles for modern day videotelephony technology were developed and patented by one of your own.

The DLSL Pictorial Quiz


This pictorial identification quiz is tailor-made for De La Salle Lipa alumni and alumnae who graduated from the school in the sixties up to the seventies. Even if you graduated later, however, the quiz is configured to give the correct answer every time your answer is incorrect. Therefore, the quiz is also a fun alternative way to learn a bit of historical trivia about the alma mater. You can even share your result using the comments section below. And don’t forget to share the quiz to your classmates and friends.



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16 October 2016

Getting Clarified on the Maliputo, the Talakitok and the Muslo

The maliputo.  Image from Joseph Razon.

Last month, a former colleague who was vacationing from Saudi Arabia and I visited this turo-turo (literally, you point at the food at the counter) restaurant in San Jose. At the counter, I quickly took a fancy towards what to me looked like kinamatisang (a soup soured with tomatoes) maliputo and told the lady behind the counter to give us an order.

13 October 2016

PFF Launches Registration and ID System for Players and Stakeholders

All images in this article fro Ake Pastoral of the Philippine Football Federation.

The Philippine Football Federation or PFF today formally launched an online registration system for football players and stakeholders. The system becomes available online on the fifteenth of November.

11 October 2016

Why Once There were no Chinese in Taal, Lemery and Bauan in Batangas


This is more or less common knowledge in Batangas; albeit, from my own personal experience, if you ask people, nobody would be able to give a definitive reason why. Not that this continues to be true in the municipality in the present day. An acquaintance who was born, raised and continues to live in Taal says that one or two enterprises are, indeed, owned by, at the very least, Filipinos of Chinese ancestry.

05 October 2016

Brillante Mendoza Workshop, Other Activities in SM City-Lipa Weekend of Fun and Learning


Award-winning Filipino director Brillante Mendoza (Ma Rosa, Thy Womb, etc.) launches a film appreciation workshop of his own movie “Taklub” at 5 o’clock in the afternoon of 14 October, a Friday, at SM City in Lipa City, Batangas. The workshop is one of several events being dubbed by SM City Lipa as a “Weekend of Fun and Learning.”

04 October 2016

Spanish Governance and Christian Instruction in Batangas in 1591


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(Chapter XIII of a Batangas Historical Series)

A new decade of Spanish rule in the Philippines brought with it changes with which the Spaniards administered the islands. The Royal Audiencia, which in 1583 Felipe II had decreed formed in the country, ultimately turned out not quite the solution to the country’s troubles as was hoped. Hearing first-hand from the Jesuit priest Alonso Sanchez, head of an embassy sent from the Philippines to Spain, of not only the real conditions in the islands but also about the constant bickering among the members of the Audiencia, the king replaced the body with a governor direct from Spain.