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 Company 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 →

The Age of Sail has prompted European powers to expand territories beyond their realms. The Spanish and the Portuguese spearheaded these expansionist expeditions. In the course of his voyage, Ferdinand Magellan made use of the trade winds to sail westward. His expedition tragically ended in Mactan Island, part of the archipelago later named by Ruy López de Villalobos as Las Islas Filipinas. Juan Sebastián Elcano took over the Magellan expedition and completed the first circumnavigation of the world. It hastened the formal establishment the Spanish East Indies colonies comprised of Philippine Islands, Moluccas, Guam, Marianas, Carolinas, and Formosa (Taiwan). Based in Mexico, the administration ofRead More →

Location: Calbayog City, Samar Type: Plunge Far below Bangon Falls is a little plunge waterfall but nevertheless spectacular. I followed a steep path going down to the waterfall that easily reminded me of my trip to Biliran’s Kinaraha Falls. At first sight, Larik Falls was very ordinary. But as I got closer, climbing huge boulder rocks, the impression and opinion dramatically changed. Truly, it was majestic and magical! The roaring waters of Larik Falls create a small yet very deep basin on the bedrock. Then the whirlpool charges forcefully into a hole bored through that huge rock. Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travelRead More →

Location: Calbayog City, Samar Type: Cascade Approximately one kilometer from Bangon Falls is Tarangban Falls. I initially thought that Bangon Falls was already overwhelming enough. I was wrong! Totally and completely wrong. On a slippery, muddy climb going to the falls, I told myself that this Tarangban Falls should be mind-blowing to compensate the efforts and time. As I came near to the falls, then I was speechless and awe-struck! Lo! And behold, it was majestic! Tarangban Falls reduced me to a mere mortal being, like a pebble underneath its raging waters. The visit was perfectly timed as there were more waters cascading down andRead More →

Location: Calbayog City, Samar Types: Fan horsetail, Cascade, Tiered As I continually pursue my plan to visit the 60 cities chartered before my birth year and at the same time chase more majestic falls around the archipelago, the City of Calbayog in Samar easily figured in the list of priority destinations. So on July 4, I finally managed to go to Calbayog City. On two previous occasions however I failed to make the trips to this city. From the city integrated public transport terminal, I took the PUJ bound to Allen, a town in Northern Samar and the gateway to Region 8. After several napsRead More →

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