My six-day Mindanao trip was awesome. And that’s quite an understatement, in fact. As a norm when I ride airplanes, I choose the window seat for sunrise and sunset viewing. And to have my preferred seat, either I check in early or I do web check in. Let me confess: when it was announced that our flight was delayed for at least 20 minutes, maybe, just maybe, I was the only person to be excited about it. I was hoping that I may have a beautiful view of the sunset 33000 feet above or at least when the plane was taxiing. When the plane touchedRead More →

At the crossing of the Pinaglaban and N. Domingo Streets of the present-day San Juan City, the first hostility of the Philippine-Spanish Revolution occurred. At dawn on August 30, 1896, Andres Bonifacio and his 800-strong yet poorly-armed Katipuneros faced off with the well-armed 100-man, well-trained Spanish soldiers. Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto, Sancho Valenzuela and the freedom fighters eventually captured El Polvorin, a powder depot located in San Juan del Monte. But the Spaniards withdrew to the old deposito, the water reservoir in the town. This was after the Spanish commander was shot down by Bonifacio‘s only gun. By noon time, the dreaded 73rd Regiment composed ofRead More →

Back when I was still a gangling college student, I used to see San Sebastian Church every day. I cast interesting glances here and there but never had the urge to see it up close and more. Nearly two decades later, I have finally managed to pay San Sebastian Church a visit upon the urgings of a dear friend. Basilica Minore de San Sebastian is the only all-steel church in Asia. Although Spanish architect Genario Palacios is widely recognized designer of the church, Gustave Eiffel is attributed by historian Dr. Ambeth Ocampo to be involved in the design and construction. Previous church buildings were ruinedRead More →

Deep into the heart of Manila is a house replete with history. It was here where the Lakambini of the Katipunan spent her life after the Philippine-Spanish Revolution. It was also here where a famous family of jewelers lived. This historic house was built in 1914 by Dr. Ariston Bautista for his wife Petrona Nakpil based on the design by famous architect Arcadio Arellano. It was built on the site of a previous Nakpil house. Dr. Bautista was a Propagandist and friend of Dr. José P. Rizal. He was a physician, a philanthropist and the discoverer of a medicine that cured cholera. Julio Nakpil (1877-1960),Read More →