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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29 December 2011

Sitting with Legends: B-306 of the DLSL High School Class of 1986

I have no fondness for attending reunions. For the average alumnus, the thrill of attending these events is partly to reconnect with former classmates and teachers and partly to physically reconnect with the old school.

27 December 2011

2012 AFC Challenge Cup: A Preview for the Philippines

The year 2012 promises to be another busy year for Philippine football and its national team. A series of friendly internationals and training matches are being arranged by the Philippine Football Federation for the national team, the purpose of which is to prepare the team for the much-awaited AFC Challenge Cup in March.

26 December 2011

Wada’s Pizzeria: A Reason to Visit Mataas-na-Kahoy

Although the municipality of Mataas-na-Kahoy is a mere three or four kilometres from where I live, over the last five decades, the number of times that I actually went there could at best be described as only sporadic. The reasons to go had just been few and far between; and it did not help that the town is out of the way from the perspective of my daily route to and from work.

21 December 2011

Filipinos and Filipinas in a Comparison of the Genders

This is by no means a scholarly article, although all the figures are from documents made public by the National Statistics Office through its web site at This article compares Filipinos to Filipinas in the areas of life expectancy; literacy and education; and employment.

18 December 2011

Batangueño Food Conundrum: Will the Real Tamales Please Stand Up!

The tamales as I knew it from my childhood.
I was just with my elder sister and her two kids when it suddenly occurred to me to ask if they had the time – and the gas – to go to Ibaan. For those not from these parts, Ibaan is a little town about 15 minutes south of Lipa City. I have been craving for some tamales, I said; and finding the right sort is not so easy in Lipa.

Philippines Typhoon Statistics

I was so mesmerized by the forecast track of the recent tropical system Sendong, internationally named Washi, that I undertook a little personal research to try to discover if there had been anything similar over the years. It is not unusual for Western Pacific storms to get as far west as Indo-China; but what I wanted to know was if any of these storms get as far as the Malay Peninsula at all.

There was one, I discovered, that wreaked havoc on the northern portion of the peninsula as recently as 2006. Sendong, unless it dissipates or changes course, was forecast to get farther south of the peninsula; and this is so, so unusual.

At any rate, one thing led to another while I was in the course of doing research about Western Pacific weather that I ended up discovering things I did not previously know. This post will be all about these discoveries.

15 December 2011

Neil Etheridge Makes Football History in the Europa League

Suffice it to say that any Filipino who saw Fulham FC’s regular starting goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer fall awkwardly while attempting to collect a high ball in last weekend’s Premiership match at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium probably felt a skipping of the heartbeat – and only partially in sympathy at the obviously injured Fulham shot-stopper.

13 December 2011

Understanding Impeachment and the Justice Corona Case

Fascinating as the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona is in the House of Representatives in the satire that is, otherwise, known as Philippine politics, how many of us non-lawyers really comprehend what we are hearing about in the media?

10 December 2011

Air Force Wins 2011 UFL Cup in Fairy Tale Final

Perhaps, it is stretching the imagination a bit to even contemplate a comparison between Wembley Stadium and the Rizal Memorial on a cup final day. That said, the latter was every bit as dressed up for the occasion yesterday as Wembley traditionally is for the annual English Football Association end-of-season affair.

09 December 2011

DTI-CARP Product Exhibition at Robinson’s Lipa

If you are anywhere near Lipa until tomorrow, the 11th of December; and if you have the time and the inclination, why not pay a visit to a small product exhibition put together by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). The exhibition is at the rear end of Robinson’s Place close to the main parking lot.

08 December 2011

New Luminous Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

Among the most basic things that any Catholic boy learned when I was young, particularly in a school operated by nuns, was how to pray the Holy Rosary. The nuns were methodical. Students were first asked to memorize individual prayers. Among these, of course, were the Apostles’ Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be.

Some Basic Statistical Facts About Batangas

Batangas is a first class province in the Region IV-A of the Philippines, otherwise known as the CALABARZON (an acronym derived from the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon). It is the third most populous province in the region with 2,245,869, compared to Cavite with 2,856,765 and Laguna with 2,473,530 (all figures as of August 2007).

06 December 2011

David Beckham: It’s Complicated

Oh-em-gee, this can’t be! How in the world can this be happening???!!! I have actually started to like David Beckham!

05 December 2011

The Air Force Football Philosophy Earns a Cup Final

In early 1995, an Air Force football team filled with Philippine internationals underwent a training camp at Fernando Air Base for a couple of weeks. Since we were, for all intents and purposes, the only decent football team in the vicinity, we were invited to scrimmage against the team.

03 December 2011

Azkals and LA Galaxy Fulfill Night of Dreams

What a peculiar feeling watching your own national team being shredded to pieces and not really feeling upset about it. This sums up what, I suppose, everyone else was feeling on the aftermath of a rather humbling 1-6 defeat of the Azkals by the visiting LA Galaxy in what the marketing people dubbed the Dream Cup.

01 December 2011

The Ramgen Revilla Case and the Court of Public Opinion

It was fascinating, the other night, as a television news anchor interviewed Janelle Manahan, erstwhile girlfriend of the slain young starlet Ramgen Revilla, about what really happened inside the room that night when the starlet was murdered. Ramona Revilla, who had flown off to Europe to avoid the controversy, was in the room with her and Ramgen, Janelle tearfully narrated.