The inherent blessings of adversity is opportunity. When the Philippine national hero was banished into exile by the Spanish colonial authorities,José Rizal lost no time in transforming sleepy town of Dapitan in the northwest corner of Mindanao Island. In the four years that he spent in Dapitan, Rizal designed a church altar, built dam and aqueduct, taught local children, cured common diseases, studied zoology and botany, and other endeavours that preoccupied him. What piqued my interest about this four-year Dapitan episode in the great life of Rizal was a farm that he bought and developed in what is now the town of Katipunan in ZamboangaRead More →

Born on October 31, 1870 in Dumangas, Iloilo to Nicolas Salas and Nicolasa Dicen, Quintin Salas liberated his hometown from the Spanish authorities three days before his 28th birthday. This spurred a string of successful attacks. On December 16, 1898, he liberated the town of Jaro. Colonel Quintin Salas was with General Martin Delgado during the Cry of Iloilo Revolution on November 17, 1898 and the hoisting of the Philippine flag in Plaza Libertad on December 25, 1898. Against the mighty forces of the Americans, Colonel Salas held his ground in Balantang for nine months from February to September 1899. But eventually, he could notRead More →

The first Molo Church was built using tabique pampango, the most popular construction technique in the Philippines at that time mainly due to lack of rockstones, manpower, and funding. In 1863, Father Jose Maria Sichon temporarily replaced the church using nipa. In 1866, a new church plan was proposed using coral rock this time. Three years later, Most Reverend Mariano Cuartero, O.P., first bishop of Jaro approved the plan and the construction commenced immediately thereafter. When it was completed, the Gothic-Renaissance Molo Church was dedicated to Saint Anne. The Church of Saint Anne is also known as the Women’s Church because of the statues ofRead More →

  I. His life: Born to Everardo Javier and Feliza Bellaflor on October 31, 1942, in Barangay Lanag, Hamtic, Antique Finished a Bachelor of Arts (1963) and Bachelor of Laws (1968) in Ateneo; passed the bar that same year Elected governor of Antique from 1972 to 1980 Ran for assembly in 1981 but lost to a staunch ally of President Ferdinand E. Marcos Earned master’s degree in public administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1982 II. His death: The intensity and anxiety in the counting of ballots for the snap presidential elections was palpable The campaign manager ofRead More →

Ancient settlements were built along the river banks as historic modes of transportation were primarily water-based. Such was the case of Lal-lo, Cagayan. During the Spanish colonial era, Lal-lo was called as Nueva Segovia, a bustling settlement along Cagayan River. At that time, it was the Seat of Roman Catholicism in northern Philippines. In fact, Lal-lo was one of the first four cities (the others being Cebu, Manila, Naga) that the Spanish authorities established. The first bishop of the Diocese of Nueva Segovia was Fr. Miguel de Benavides, O.P., the founder of University of Santo Tomas. Interestingly, Fr. Benavides wrote the Chinese version of theRead More →

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