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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28 December 2016

What was He Seeing before He Passed on? Chronicling my Brother’s Seeming Deathbed Visions

Image credit:  Sai Rapture.

That my older brother had cancer was discovered around Holy Week this year; and from the time of this unnerving discovery, although none of us was to know it at the time, he only had until the end of November to live. When he passed on, he was just over a month past the age of 60, something that he called a milestone that he was proud to have achieved.

13 December 2016

Snapshot of Life in the Province of Batangas Right after World War II

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

Before the onset of World War II in the Pacific in late 1941, Batangas was one of the most bustling provinces in the country in terms of commerce and industry. World War II and the Japanese occupation changed that. The invading army forced themselves into local households, seizing food and belongings.

11 December 2016

Non-Batangueño Ethnicities Living in Batangas: Bicolanos Highest


Ever wondered how many non-Batangueños actually live in Batangas? This is something that has always intrigued me given that I was born and raised inside Fernando Air Base in Lipa City, where the Batangueño ethnicity, at least at the time when I was growing up, was the decided minority.

08 December 2016

Philippine Football Federation receives 2nd Asian Football Confederation Grassroots Award

Photo Caption: Philippine Football Federation Mariano “Nonong” Araneta receives the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Recognition Award for Grassroots at the recently concluded AFC Awards 2016 from AFC Vice President Winston Lee Bon Aun.  (photo from AFC Awards) 

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) was recently recognized for its achievements in football grassroots development when it received the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Recognition Award for Grassroots (Developing category) at the AFC Awards 2016 held in Abu Dhabi. Present to receive the trophy was PFF President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta. This is the second time that the PFF has received an AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots. The first was in 2014.

02 December 2016

Google Earth Time Lapse Shows Growth of Batangas City, Lipa and Tanauan


This article shows how the three cities of the Province of Batangas, Batangas City, Lipa and Tanauan, have grown from 1984 to the present. Embedded below are sliders from Google Earth Engine, a platform that stores and organizes satellite data collected over the years.