Life So Mundane in Batangas
Showing posts with label Nasugbu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nasugbu. Show all posts

16 May 2017

General Juan Cailles, the Nasugbu-born Soldier of the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War
Left image by Unknown - Downloaded from http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/SEAiT/data/images/lc/large/ph00577l.jpg. Local Identifier: SEAiT.Philippines.ph00577.bib, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2525551.  Right image from Philippine-American War, 1899-1902.

Obscured by the fame of Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Miguel Malvar and other great historical figures is one Nasugbu-born soldier whose military exploits spanned the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War. His name was Juan Cailles, a Batangueño who was not even of Filipino blood. His father was Hippolyte Callais, a Frenchman originally from Lyon; while his mother was María Kauppama from British India.

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Recollections of Nasugbu in the Sixties – the Simple Life in Batangas

Colorized photo of my mother (2nd from left) and aunt (2nd from right) taken in front of our ancestral home in Nasugbu.

While Lipa City, back in the mid- to late-sixties when I was a young boy, was still by and large agrarian in nature, there were still many mundane amenities that we enjoyed and took for granted that those elsewhere in the Province of Batangas simply did not have. This I knew because, ever so often, my family would make the three- to four-hour trip to visit my maternal relatives in the town of Nasugbu in western Batangas.

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24 July 2016

Searching for Nasugbu’s Lost Airfield

The Philippine Air Force L-5.  Image credit:  PAF Official site.

When I was a small boy back in the sixties, I had been hearing from my Mother, who was originally from the town of Nasugbu in western Batangas, and other relations on the maternal side about this place that they referred to as ‘landing.’ I knew, because I grew up in an Air Force base, that the term probably referred to a place where airplanes flew from or landed.

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13 May 2016

The Story Behind the Sinking of the Galleon San Diego Off Nasugbu’s Fortune Island

By Unknown - Illustration from Peregrinationes" from Théodore de Bry, 1603 (copy in Boston Public Library). Wikimedia Commons.

“That, whereas, because of the coming to these islands of two hostile English [sic] ships, the preparation of a fleet to attack them was immediately discussed with the resolution and advice of the Royal Audiencia, and for this effect it was resolved that Antonio de Morga should go to the port of Cabit (Cavite) to attend to the fitting and despatch of the said war-vessels and the defence of that port… he has attended until now, to the defence of the said port, and the fitting and equipping of the said fleet, consisting of the vessel “San Diego,” of Sebu (Cebu), the galleon “San Bartolome,” which he caused to be finished in the shipyard launched, an English patache1 from the city of Malaca, a galliot1 which was fitted up, and other smaller craft…2

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02 April 2016

The Nasugbu Landing in WWII and Its Significance to the Liberation of Batangas

Image credit:  Wayne Violette.  American troops marching into Nasugbu town after the beach landing.

Among the wartime stories that I used to hear from my late mother was the amphibious landing of American troops on the beaches of her hometown of Nasugbu in Western Batangas. I know now from my own personal research that the landing occurred on the 31st of January in 1945.

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22 October 2011

Nasugbu in My Mind


This is a corollary to my earlier story Travelling to Nasugbu: Then, Now. As I wrote, I had not been to the place in 15 or 16 years; and the changes – in many places – have rendered the town almost unrecognizable from what I carry inside my head as memories of the place.

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21 October 2011

Travelling to Nasugbu: Then, Now


I have written before that my Mom was a native of the coastal municipality of Nasugbu on the western side of the province of Batangas. I used to go there ever so often when I was a little kid; but because of career eating up most of whatever free time I used to have, the trips became rarer and rarer until I stopped going there altogether.

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