31 May 2016

Changing a Misconception about How Magellan Died at the Hands of Lapu-Lapu

Ferdinand Magellan.  Image credit:  Wikipedia. By Unknown - Unknown, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44265

Ask Google the question “how did Magellan die” and based on this exact text search string, the search engine will confidently declare that the Portuguese explorer’s cause of death was a “stab wound.” I do not blame Google because this was also how I had always thought Magellan was killed; i.e. at the hands of Lapu-lapu by way of either a lance or a sword. I do not recall exactly how this notion of Magellan’s death came to be etched in my mind; but my guess is that I was influenced by pictures in elementary Social Science books depicting that historic battle at Mactan, Cebu in late April of 1521.

27 May 2016

Antique Book Suggests Batangas Tagalog was Once More Widely Spoken in Pre-Hispanic Times

Image credit: by Juan de Plasencia - http://www.flickr.com/photos/rafael-minuesa/5298669569/in/photostream/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12460239

The book’s complete title, in English, is “Doctrina Christiana en Lengua Española y Tagala Corregida Reglos por Los Religiosos de las Ordenes.” In English, “Christian Doctrine in the Spanish Language and Tagalog, with Correct Rules for the Religious of the Orders.1

25 May 2016

Schwarzkopf’s Shaping Future held Hair Fashion Show at SM City Lipa

Receiving the certificates of appreciation are (center) SM City Lipa Mall Manager Liza F. Dimaculangan and PR Manager Wendy C. Bautista, together with the Schwarzkopf hair specialists from Australia and New Zealand during the culmination event of Shaping Futures.  SM City Lipa has been supporting advocacies in the promotion of welfare for women through SM Supermalls’ SM Cares program.

Thirty women and youngsters were given free hairdressing training by the world renowned beauty care brand Schwarzkopf Professional. The training was part of Schwarzkopf’s “Shaping Futures,” a unique training program dedicated to teaching disadvantaged youngsters the craft of hairdressing so they can forge a brighter future for themselves. Its unique training program has powered the company's growth around the world, with Jordan and the Philippines two of the five new country additions in 2014.

21 May 2016

Azkals’ Neil Etheridge and Walsall Miss Chance for Wembley Play-off

The 2015-16 Walsall FC team. Image credit: www.expressandstar.com.

The Philippine Azkals’ first-choice goalkeeper Neil Etheridge missed a chance to play at Wembley after his English League One club Walsall lost both legs of the promotion play-offs to Barnsley by the aggregate score of 6-1.

20 May 2016

Did the Tagalog People Originate from Batangas? (And Other Notes About the Origins of the Tagalogs)

Image credit: by Sulbud at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Percy Hill, in an article published by the Philippine Magazine in 1937, seemed to think so. “The shores of the lake [Taal], its towns and river settlements, are in all probability the ancestral birthplace of the Tagalogs, who, according to tradition, were named taga-ilogs (people from the river) from their primitive nayon (village) on the Pansipit…1

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