Category Archives: Otras Cosas

Why Museums Matter (Even When The Entrance is Not for Free)

These past few weeks, I’ve been seeing wonderful photos of people visiting the National Museum. Posting their shots of precious Lunas, Hidalgos, Amorsolos and whatnots, these people took advantage of the free entrance to the National Museum’s galleries and exhibits … Continue reading

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Ave Maria! Happy fiesta, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel!

  Last 16 July, I, along with countless others, celebrated the feast of our Lady, Queen Beauty of Mt. Carmel. The strongest and most tangible association we devotees have with our Blessed Mother under this title is the Brown Scapular, … Continue reading

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Visita Iglesia 2015: Ars et Fides

Visita Iglesia, an ancient Roman practice of visiting 7 or 14 devotional churches as a form of penitence, is traditionally done on Maundy Thursday after the Mass of Our Lord’s Supper. Pious activities during the Visita Iglesia may include reciting … 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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Cultural Heritage: A Filipino’s Thoughts

The moment cheap air promos and Piso fares flooded our market, more and more Filipinos have been able to travel either within the Philippines or to nearby countries. It is no denying that it has helped “Every Juan” to fly. … Continue reading

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P-Noy’s Presence (or Absence?) in Critical Times of Need

Ateneo de Manila gave him the honor to be the main speaker for that Ignatian Festival (WHY?). Well his silence now sure isn’t exemplary. Weeks have passed since the awful public scandal regarding the pork barrel brouhaha and Ms. Janet … Continue reading

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My Adventures with Paella

Although the paella is one of the most laborious (and expensive) dishes I cook, it is also my favorite meal to create. A one-stop meal, it includes savory rice, seafood, vegetables and sometimes, meat. The socarrat or tutuong (burnt rice) … Continue reading

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Sonrisas para el Mundo: Calidad Humana Photo Contest

The Embassy of Chile, through the leadership of its muy simpatico ambassador, Sr. Don Roberto Mayorga, and the Embassy of Brasil, headed by Sr. Don George Ney de Souza Fernandes, in collaboration with other institutions, have organized a photo-essay contest … Continue reading

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His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI

Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me – a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord – Benedict XVI upon his election Yesterday, I began my day in silent … Continue reading

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On my post “Carlos Celdran was Wrong”

Dear friends, These recent days, I have been surprised, if not, alarmed, by the number of visitors to my lowly blog. This is generally a blog about culture, history and heritage. Some entries though are personal opinion pieces, and one … Continue reading

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