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 January 2012

The Midfield Genius of Tuteng Marasigan

Every time that I see another pointless long ball floated over the top for Phil Younghusband to chase in Azkals games, I wonder what Tuteng Marasigan will have done with it were he at least a decade younger and playing in the hole just behind the two attacking players. That will be Eduardo Marasigan, Jr. He is based in Texas these days and ridiculously calls himself ‘Ed’ on Facebook. To anyone from Lipa, though, he will always be ‘Tuteng’ or just ‘Teng.’

29 January 2012

The Failed Experiment of La Salle United FC

It was late March in 1989; a Saturday. Early in the morning, my high school team warmed itself up for what would eventually be an extraordinary day by defeating Palawan, 3-nil, in the semi-final stage of what was then known as the STRAA. That victory earned the team the right to play Romblon just 30 minutes later in the final.

26 January 2012

The Certain Loser of the Corona Impeachment Trial

I do not have a clue why the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona is being conducted in English. Alright; so admittedly, the Queen’s language is purportedly among the country’s ‘official’ languages. But, as the Senator Judges, members of the prosecution and members of the defence all like to periodically cite, the proceedings are being held for the bayan to understand what is going on in government.

24 January 2012

A Severe Case of Leg Cramps

In my football teams, anyone who went down with leg cramp while in the middle of a game or even just scrimmage was always bound to get the treatment. The ‘treatment,’ of course, would be a robust mixture of both scorn and ridicule from me and teammates.

22 January 2012

A Dog We Owned Named Carter

When I was a college freshman, my Mom got a dog from a family friend. The yard was big; and Mom wanted large dogs prowling if just to persuade would-be intruders to think twice about entering the property. We did not even know its breed; if at all. Mom’s major prerequisite for acquiring puppies was that it was sired by a large dog; and she was not interested in breeds at all.

21 January 2012

Azkals Lose Penalty Shootout to Incheon FC

The wonder of it all is that there probably was a larger crowd at the Rizal Memorial to watch an unfashionable third-tier Korean club side; albeit, perhaps the KIA Rio sedans that were being raffled off had something to do with it. Yet, after a pulsating game in which the local Azkals lost their third friendly against club sides on the trot, whatever the motive those in the crowd had, they certainly got their money’s worth.

20 January 2012

The Lipa City Fiesta Parade in Pictures

Here is a pictorial montage of the Lipa City Fiesta parade which was held yesterday. The pictures were taken by a friend who I had lent my digital camera to and for a different purpose altogether. However, since the parade was passing by, anyway, he took some pictures knowing I would gladly share these on Life So Mundane.

17 January 2012

Forever Young with High School Classmates

The young who may stumble upon this article, make no mistake! What you read hereafter will happen to you! It is this natural phenomenon which those who have gotten to my age laughingly refer to as ‘senior moments.’ Not that I am officially enrolled in the society because I am still seven years short of the required age…

15 January 2012

Visiting the Pastor Ancestral Home in Batangas City

Sometimes, the most wondrous of God’s gifts are just hiding in plain sight. I was in Batangas City last weekend; and although my business itinerary did not originally include a guided tour, my host was hell-bent on giving me one. One simply does not say no to God’s graces.

12 January 2012

Credit Cards and the Sinaing na Tulingan

When I visited the United States early in the previous decade, I hoped to be able to take as many pictures as I could. It was, after all, my first – and so far my only – visit State-side. I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of pictures to show friends and family when I got back home.

08 January 2012

More Ghosts in the Call Center

…and on my way to the Sendong Benefit match at the Rizal Memorial last Saturday, a stopover at the Festival Mall in Alabang was a necessary detour to meet with my elder sister, who I had asked to purchase the tickets for the match.

07 January 2012

Azkals and Madrileños in a Sendong Benefit Match

Television was good enough for me last year when Sri Lanka and Kuwait came for two memorable World Cup encounters. However, when it was announced that a little known third tier team from Spain called Internacional de Madrid was playing a joint Azkals-UFL team for the benefit of victims of storm Sendong, I felt it almost obligatory to go.

03 January 2012

Statistics and the Revilla-Manahan Private Video

Early last month, I wrote my thoughts on the Ramgen Revilla murder case in an article that you can read here. The article was difficult to write because of the murder case’s profoundly sensitive nature and the intricate familial and social dynamics involved.

02 January 2012

The Voyeurism of Watching Pinoy Big Brother

Yeah, right. I’m now watching Pinoy Big Brother. Not just the edited and canned version that they show at prime time. Yes, even the live snoop-camera version that is aired over one of the local cable channels.

01 January 2012

Processor Overload at the Alumni Homecoming

If you bumped into me during last Friday’s General Homecoming and I gave you my customary grin but you failed to see any signs of recognition in my eyes, not to worry. You were not the only one.