Here's a trivia before we all learn about the kagila-gilalas (wonderful) history of the Maasin cathedral. Maasin City, where this antique architecture stands, is the birthplace of current Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. I won't elaborate on that. I always thought he was a likas na Davaoeño (a native of Davao City) but, apparently, his mother hailed from this place.
This is the second time that I visited Maasin but the first time that I actually enjoyed it. It was night the first time we passed through there and we only saw the city through the tinted car windows. But today, as my hubby went about with his business transactions, I was left to explore the plaza. The cathedral sits in the middle, on the right side of the Maasin City Hall, and fronting Jollibee.
It was scorching hot when I took the photographs but I quite enjoyed the expedition. I wallowed in history as I read the story of the place. Here's what the historical marker in front of the cathedral said --
This place was founded by the Jesuit missionaries in 1700. It was a temporary church back then, even up till it was destroyed by the Moros in 1754. Maasin became a town the following year. By 1768, the church was managed by the Agustinian priests. The church was once again erected in 1771 but the Moros...
Who would dare to jump from an almost 315-foot high bridge? It was 1981 and I was in grade one. I overheard my grandmother and my aunts planning to see the movie - Hari ng Stunt. It starred Dante Varona and his leading lady, Vivian Velez under the directorial helm of Carlo J. Caparas. The Pinoys were amazed - no one has ever dared to do this stunt in the past! And, I believe, no one has ever done it since. I remember that Mr. Varona almost killed himself in the process.
Before I share the YouTube video of the widely-talked-about-stunt-then, here's the...
It's San Juan Day today! Nope, 'not a Catholic but this tradition managed to become a nationwide thing each year. It originated in the San Juan, a city that's named after John the Baptist from the New Testament. John was the one who baptized Jesus Christ and in commemoration of this, each June 24, a feast is held in his honor.
But it's not just San Juan City anymore that's observing the basaan (water splashes), it is now common to see...
Ika-157 kaarawan na ni Gat Jose Rizal (It's Rizal's 157th birthday). As always, you're reading KOOLturang Pinoy so we won't bore you with historical details, just some fun info about our national hero with some photographs to boost.
On this battlefield man has no better weapon than his intelligence, no other force but his heart.
Do you know why Rizal could be referred to as a polymath (a person of wide-ranging intelligence or learning)? Jose Rizal was all of these...
The Philippines has its fair share of typhoons each year averaging 20 which enter into the Philippine Area of Responsibility. As a young kid, we lived in a flood-prone area somewhere in Muntinlupa. We were also hands-on in supporting our kababayans in Leyte when they were ravaged by typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Thanks to some well-meaning friends from the U.S. and also here, we became instruments of compassion during that time.
Here are some of the photographs that my husband took of the typhoon-ravaged Tacloban in 2013...
We already live in a technologically-advanced world. While most kids are now more enamored with their tablets and smart phones, don't you think it's time to introduce them to the fun and uniqueness of these Pinoy toys?
Sinimulan ng idulot ang pagkain. Naragdagan ang pagpupoyos ng damdamin ni Pari Damaso, ang ihain ang tinola. Paano puro upo, leeg at pakpak ng manok ang napunta sa kanya. Ang kay Ibarra ay puro masasarap na bahagi ng tinola. Hindi alam ng pari, sadyang ipinaluto ng kapitan ang manok para kay Ibarra. -- Ikatlong Kabanata ng Noli Me Tangere
This is my own recreation of the infamous tinolang manok from Noli Me Tangere --
2 tbsp Cooking oil
1 medium red onion
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp turmeric powder
½ kilo Chicken
2 cups chicken broth
Fish sauce (patis) to taste
1/4 kg. kalabasa (cubed)
Dahon ng sili (chili leaves) or dahon ng malunggay (moringa leaves)
1. Saute the garlic, onion, and ginger in hot oil...
Everyone's talking about history today and we are especially focused on who's the hero and the villains prior to the declaration of Philippine Independence. I won't bore you with names and dates and the who's who of history. Let us, instead, learn about some hidden historical facts that maybe not a lot of Filipinos know...
Don't say Guadalupe Ruins, say old church near Loyola Memorial Chapels and they'd know what you're talking about.
Makati is famous for its skyscrapers which is why no one would dare think of old ruins when talking about this place. But there is a spot in that city where you could still enjoy a cultural tour without even spending a lot. Don't say Guadalupe Ruins, though, because the tricycle or jeepney drivers, even the locals would not know what you're talking about. Just say you want to go to that old church near Loyola Memorial Chapels and they'd know what you're talking about.
It was raining cats and dogs when my daughter and I visited the place...
E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.