19 September 2017

Know More about the Calamba-Batangas Branch of the North-South Railway Project

Image credit: Dutertenomics Build-Build-Build.
Most people in the province of Batangas will probably have some vague notions from frequent enough reports in the evening news that the Duterte administration intends to build a rail network that will connect the northern part of Luzon with the Bicol Region. This network, as readers probably already know, is called the North-South Railway Project.

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17 September 2017

The Story of Juanang Ilaya, Supposedly a Legend Started in Lipa Town

Juanang Ilaya was originally a maiden of great beauty.  Image credit:  Wikimedia Foundation, entitled "Filipina-Spanish mestiza wearing baro't saya."
A few years back, somebody on social media suggested that I wrote about the legend of Juanang Ilaya for this web site. I replied that I would consider it, but if I was being honest, I only had these exceedingly vague recollections from my childhood more than half a century ago of being told to behave or I would be taken by this Juanang Ilaya. I never fully understood who or what she was; and neither could those who used to admonish me give definitive enough explanations for me to remember for the rest of my life.

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16 September 2017

Was Dr. Jose P. Laurel, Batangueño President of the 2nd Philippine Republic, a Traitor?

Dr. Jose P. Laurel (right) with his son Sotero (left) and Ambassador Joaquin Elizalde in 1949.  Image credit:  Presidential Museum and Library PH (2010-2016) on Flickr.
I have a fairly vague recollection of this self-same question being asked during a high school history class decades ago. If Dr. Jose P. Laurel of Tanauan had willingly consented to becoming President of a puppet state set up by the Japanese in 1943, later renamed by historians as the Second Philippine Republic, was he not then a traitor to his own country?

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11 September 2017

Documented General Characteristics of the Batangueño in 1915

Image credit:  University of Michigan Digital Collections.  Taken at the Normal School in Tanauan between 1900 and 1930.
A 1915 Anthropology paper written by one Leon Bibiano Meer1 gives some very fascinating insights about the characteristics of the Batangueño of his era. The paper is part of the Henry Otley-Beyer Collection of the National Library of the Philippines Digital Collections.

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09 September 2017

Historical and Folkloric Trivia about some Barrios of Nasugbu

The Nasugbu Municipal Hall back in 2012.
This article is part of a series dedicated to providing historical and folkloric information about the barrios of the cities and municipalities of Batangas. All the information has been extracted from obscure documents required of all Department of Education districts in the early fifties by then-President Elpidio Quirino to help reconstruct the nation’s history. These documents are archived at the National Library of the Philippines Digital Collections.

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04 September 2017

2017 Competitiveness Index: Batangas First, Lipa Third in Batangas Province

Rankings of the three cities of Batangas in the 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index
All images taken from Google Street View.
The City of Batangas took over from Tanauan City as the most competitive city in Batangas Province according to the 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index released last month by the National Competitiveness Council. Lipa City is ranked third, as it was last year.

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03 September 2017

Lemery, Bauan, Rosario, Calaca, Taal Top Batangas Municipalities in 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index

Poblacion Lemery.  Image credit:  Google Street View.
Lemery, Bauan, Rosario, Calaca and Taal are the Top 5 towns of Batangas in the 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index released last month by the National Competitiveness Council. The Province of Batangas itself rose one notch from ninth nationwide last year to eighth this year.

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01 September 2017

The Story of How De la Salle Came to Open a School in Lipa City Back in 1962

The facade of La Salle High School in Lipa City back in 1963.
Back in 1987, then-DLSL Principal Brother Jaime Dalumpines asked me to write down the first-ever history of the school. I did, albeit at the time, I was young and wrote in a flippant and very unhistorical style. The finished product I published in the Stallion of 1988. Now that I come to think about it, I wish I had written that first school history in a more formal style.

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31 August 2017

WWII Japanese Atrocities Committed in the Barrios of Lipa

Burning houses in World War II.  Image credit:  John Tewell on Flickr.
In a previous article, I had written that the Japanese, particularly towards the end of their occupation in the Philippines, had massacred an estimated 25,000 Batangueños. The most number of deaths was in the then town of Lipa.

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