Traveling that makes sense

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December 21, 2017

Divisoria of course is famed among shoppers for the low prices offered in its many stalls, although counterfeit goods and those of questionable quality are also openly traded here. When the Spaniards arrived at Rajah Soliman's palisaded Maynila, which constitutes the b...

November 10, 2017

Saint Bartholomew is the patron saint of the city of Malabon and this, the Greco-Roman San Bartolome Church, is erected in his honor, with the first stone structure dating back to 1622. The church did not achieve its current incarnation however until in 1861 when its f...

November 3, 2017

Badoc is a 3rd class municipality that is among the least known of the provinces within Ilocandia, no doubt eclipsed by such places as Vigan, Paoay, Laoag, and Pagudpud- at least to most visitors. However, it has the distinction of being the first town of Ilocos Norte...

October 27, 2017

In January 7, 1942, the combined Filipino and American forces mounted their last stand against the superior Japanese Imperial Army, culminating in the merciless bombing of the Japanese on Mt. Samat from St. Joseph Cathedral in Balanga.  By April 9, Maj. Gen. Edward Kin...

October 27, 2017

On Part 1, I showed some photos taken from the walking tour, but also took the liberty to include a few photos from the Hotel de Oriente. The sequel covers the other sights of interest within Las Casas, with some relevant information added, including my thoughts about...

October 20, 2017

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a sprawling resort in Bagac, Bataan that is roughly 400 hectares in its total land area. Begun in 2003 by Mr. and Mrs. Jose Acuzar, it was developed to showcase mostly Spanish colonial-era houses and illustrate to visitors how the Phili...

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...

August 2, 2017

The Ifugao Museum, also known as the Kiangan Branch Museum and located in Kiangan in Ifugao, is situated on a Philippine Veterans Affairs Office compound which encompasses a war memorial shrine, specifically where Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita surrendered on September 2, 194...

March 23, 2017

We were sure it was supposed to be in this exact spot. After having brunch at the Vigan Public Market, we walked our way to Libertad Boulevard. until we reached Quirino Boulevard. All we had to do was to proceed to Salcedo St, which we did. However, the map we had prin...

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