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November 2, 2017

July 20, 2017- Accompanied by Tony and Berna Gerard who came all the way from Bambang in Nueva Vizcaya, Carol and I headed to the Makiling Botanical Gardens to take photos of the denizens of the forest. And we weren't disappointed. 

An Assassin bug sucks up the juices f...

August 16, 2017

Last Sunday, August 13, my students and I climbed the belfry of the San Pedro de Alcantara church in Pakil, Laguna and pointed to them a pleasant piece of history: a bell made from the Fundición de Hilario Sunico. Hilario Sunico is one of two real-life people that beca...

March 27, 2017

This is the Baroque Iglesia de Santiago Apostol, more popularly known as the Paete Church. It was built in 1884, although the first structure dates back to 1646 ; it and subsequent versions were destroyed by earthquakes until this current incarnation proved to be more...

March 23, 2017

Within Paete's town plaza, one can see this monument dedicated to three of our country's national heroes. But what is curious is that Apolinario Mabini is depicted as standing up instead of sitting on his wheelchair, with a loin of cloth atop his degenerated legs. Acco...

March 20, 2017

Above: the last photo I have taken of Buntot-Palos Falls on a solo hike (July 21, 2011).

Some of you may be familiar with Buntot-Palos. It’s a waterfall situated in Panguil, Laguna and is accessed from Barangay Balian; many also call it the ‘Hidden Falls’ as it is quite...

March 11, 2017

Pagsanjan in Laguna is of course well-known for Magdapio Falls, which it also shares with the nearby town of Cavinti, and it is precisely what the town heavily advertises to draw in tourists. However, Pagsanjan is also notable for a number of American colonial-era hous...

March 11, 2017

Osmoxylon is a genus of attractive small trees and shrubs in the family Araliaceae, which also includes the familiar house plant Schefflera. This one is Osmoxylon fenicis, a species that is endemic to Luzon and has only been found in relatively few localities, frequent...

March 11, 2017

The Arco Real, or the Pagsanjan arch, was erected in 1878 to 1880 through the supervision of Franciscan friar Fray Cipriano Bac- a two-year effort by its residents and serves as an expression of gratitude to the town's patroness, the Lady of Guadalupe. The three-arched...

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