Have you ever visited the Ili-Likha Artist Village in Baguio City? I just remembered Baguio today coz the weather was so hot. Plus the National Heroes Day fever hasn't died down yet. The kids and I then recalled that wooden sculpture of the national hero but this one was so different from those that we've ever seen.
Here's what we saw --
Well, none of my plans pushed through because as we were just a minute or so away from the port, the heavy rains started to pour. Boy, they weren't just cats and dogs, it felt like cows and carabaos...
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...
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...
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).
Are you ready to explore it?
Come to think of it, why would Batman choose the cave as his lair (apart from the obvious fact that he's imitating a bat)? Caves could get smelly and they are difficult to navigate. Even expert spelunkers (cave explorers) are advised not to go spelunking on their own.
I did not expect much, to be honest, when we climbed up to the spot where the Hindang Caves are. I just wanted my kids to see the beauty of nature and, perhaps, chance upon some monkeys for their science lesson. But, boy, was I ever wrong!
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.