Leila passes by this one house in town every afternoon when she goes home from school. At 16, she had been intrigued by this abandoned structure for as long as she can remember. The goosebumps are constant reminders that there is more to this place than what one actually sees.
Okay, Maymay Entrata is trending today because of her Dream Baguio Tour. Kudos to her and the other half of the MayWard love team. Their performance according to many, have given them goosebumps. But there is one other place in Baguio where you could get the goosebumps but not in a good way...
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...
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...
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...
One of our favorite things to do as a family is to go on road trips and one of the places that we frequent is Tagaytay. Although what I'm going to share today is not located in that area, this mansion is just a few kilometers away. 'Ika nga, isang tambling na lang andun ka na (it's just a stone's throw away from the city).
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So what's up with the long queue outside of The National Museum of Natural History?
My daughter, younger sister, my nephew, and I decided to visit this former Department of Tourism building to see what the latest craze is all about. I mean, rarely do people visit museums to be hip or in but that's exactly what's going on right now.
The National Museum of Natural History is housing various...
It's so nice to go back and reminisce the awesome things and experiences in our past. Back in the day, way before there was a Glorietta or huge SM malls, there was Syvel's. My mom or aunt used to go and shop there in Escolta 'coz it was the hottest shopping and business district.
Just recently, my daughter and I visited the almost-ghost-town of Escolta. While the expedition brought back pleasant memories of my childhood and while I did remember being bought dresses and other nice stuff here, it was equally saddening - if not shocking - to see the structure's current state. I was told that the architect was a National Artist and so, I it's a small wonder that the building is still amazing to look at despite its dingy and sometimes eerie appearance.
Well, it seems that the place is going to be renovated soon. My hope is just that they will be able to keep the original facade in respect to Syvel's history.
There are also some long-closed department stores near it. Do you also still remember Otis and Plaza Fair?
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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.