Monthly Archives: June 2010

Celebrating “Babette’s Feast”

For our first session in European films class, our revered venerable professor, Fr. Nicasio “Nick” Cruz, SJ, opened our semester with the Danish film entitled “Babette’s Feast”. It was his way of introducing us to the “more refined, more realistic … Continue reading

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Mass of the Holy Spirit

I entered the Ateneo in 1995, roughly fifteen years ago. Yes, almost two decades of pure, undisturbed “blue” education. In fact, remembering it makes me myself blue. Yesterday, the Ateneo College celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit, one of … Continue reading

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“Quintin and His Violin” Finally Published

Last May (2009), I joined a nationwide children’s story writing contest. The sponsor of the contest was the Gig and the Amazing Sampaguita Foundation, a foundation put up by Ma’am Marissa Oca-Robles, a muy simpatica lady who dedicated the movement … Continue reading

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Basilica Minore de San Sebastián

When I first saw San Sebastián Church when I was around ten years old, it was in the context of that ancient Lenten practice of Visita Iglesia, a ritual wherein the faithful visit 14 (some cut it to 7) churches … Continue reading

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1974: Iglesia de San Agustín Museum Inauguration

The Museo de San Agustín in Intramuros is probably one of the most visited and memorable museums that Filipinos can relish in. It features some of the most priceless and important ecclesiastical relics and artifacts that the country was able … Continue reading

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Europe’s Finest Gift to the Philippines

This was an essay I wrote more than a year ago, around May 28 2009 to be exact. It was my entry to the “Rizal na, Europa pa” Nationwide Essay Writing Contest. The contest was sponsored by the European Commission … Continue reading

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The Spanish Language in the Philippines

Perhaps, for many Filipinos today, Spanish is simply a former official language in the country or even, an altogether foreign language. Some Filipinos have grown up believing that it is a language that this country had no links to. But … Continue reading


Speaking of Ternos…

I found this photo from Chanel Fall-Winter (2008) collection and what else could be the inspiration for this but our own terno? And if ever Karl Lagerfeld denies it, well, we could always say “Ours was first! Hecho ayer!” Ciao!

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The Terno and Its “Snobbish” Butterfly Sleeves

The first time I saw an old black-and-white photo of my lola donning a white terno, I was totally smitten. She looked so regal, her chin up, her eyes looking down and her hair all coiffed. The photo was dated … Continue reading

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Philippine Independence Day: 12 June

Today, the country celebrates (is it?) the Philippines’ independence from Spanish rule 112 years ago. The Declaration of Independence was read in Cavite Viejo (now Kawit) and was led by General Emilio Aguinaldo. On the said day too, the Marcha … Continue reading

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