One of the more contentious issues that left a bitter episode in the Philippine-American relation has been the Balangiga Massacre. On the morning of September 28, 1901, Valeriano Abenador and Eugenio Daza led the attack against the┬áCompany C of the 9th U.S. Infantry Regiment. On August 11, 1901, Company C arrived in Balangiga, a town on the south side of Samar Island. For the first several weeks, the relationship between the American soldiers and the townsfolk of Balangiga was cordial. But a series of events occurred leading to the armed uprising spearheaded by Abenador and Daza. When the smoke was cleared, 36 killed, 22 wounded,Read More →

One of the most beautiful and majestic Catholic churches in Eastern Visayas is the Immaculate Conception Church in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. The Immaculate Conception Church was first built in the 1630s. Then during the 18th century, it was rebuilt using stones. Father Manuel Valverde further renovated the church starting in 1844. A new convent was erected in 1872. After the Second World War, a new rectory was built. The most awesome about the Immaculate Conception Church are the shells and corals that adorned the church, maybe the only one of its kind in the Philippines. On July 31, 2001, the Immaculate Conception Church was oneRead More →

Location: Lawa-an, Eastern Samar Types: Plunge, Slide horsetail, Fan horsetail The sleepy town of Lawa-an, Eastern Samar is teeming with natural wealth. In recent years, it has identified several marine sanctuaries along the vast Leyte Gulf. In its hinterlands, there are several majestic waterfalls. I was blessed to see three of them. Although I have not been feeling well, I still decided to go to Lawa-an. After a ninety-minute ride from Tacloban City in a van, I finally arrived in this coastal town. I immediately went to the Municipal Agriculture Office and met Sir Poldo who assigned me a local guide. Our first stop wasRead More →