Category Archives: HISTORICA

Some bits of history that are not really studied in school curricula can be interesting and might just be the bait for teens to have interest in history

A Sunday Afternoon in Manila

There’s more to Manila than its monstrous malls and its faddish crazes. Although there is much to be desired from our heritage sites, they are still there – needing both badly needed maintenance and visitors. Several Sundays ago, my sister … Continue reading

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Must-read: “Manila: A Memoir of Love and Loss”

Last Saturday, before hearing the evening anticipated Mass, my dear friend Mika sent me an SMS that went “Oye, vas a asistir a la Misa? Tengo EL LIBRO.” Immediately, I replied “MUCHAS GRACIAS”. The said book was Purita Echevarria de … Continue reading

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Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola, Intramuros: On the 200th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Jesuits

Today, the fiesta of the “soldado de Cristo”, San Ignacio de Loyola, I return to blogging. Allow me to write a few lines on the importance of 2014 in the life of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines and … Continue reading

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The Manila of our Grandparents’ Affections: Videos of Pre-War Manila

For many unfortunate Filipinos, their only ideas of pre-war Philippines (or Manila) were products of poorly-guided and rushed museum tours, a few “scary” black-and-white photographs and inaccurate Philippine period movies. I find it a blessing that I had relatives, in … Continue reading

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San Miguel de Manila: Arrabal de una abadía, buenas familias y cerveza

Arrabal de una abadía, buenas familias y cerveza In the early decades of the 1800s until as late as the 1950s, San Miguel de Manila earned for itself a distinction of being a favorite nook of the capital’s elite. Along … Continue reading

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A Glimpse into the Past – Real Pre-War Manila Video Footages

(Thousands of ladies in their finest dress and veils form lines during the Eucharistic Congress in the Luneta) It’s now 1 December 2012, and within 30 days, another year ends.Time has been flying so quickly in this day and age … Continue reading

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Manila and Her Stories: San Beda Church (Our Lady of Montserrat Abbey)

Walking along Mendiola may seem quite odd for many strangers to the area. I mean, it really isn’t known for anything except that a couple of schools are located along the said street leading to Malacañang Palace (the Presidential Palace) … Continue reading

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