23 March 2017

Lipa’s Tourism Council Elects New Board, Sets New Plans for Tourism Development

The newly elected officers of Lipa City Tourism Council together with Lipa City Mayor Meynard A. Sabili (front). At the back are the LCTC officers, from L to R Christine Mayor, Atty. Grreta Resurreccion, Minnie Atienza, Mary Ann Luz, Luchie Resurreccion, Fe Pena, Wendy Bautista, Jillian De Veza, Bert Mojares, Ram Mendoza and Ester Saludo.

The new set of officers of the Lipa City Tourism Council (LCTC) recently had their oath taking last 22 March 2017, Wednesday, at the office of Lipa City Mayor Meynard A. Sabili. Newly elected LCTC President, Minnie Atienza, who is also a business woman and general manager of Filipino Entrepreneurs Multi Purpose Cooperative, now aims for a better council which will not only focus on the promotion of Lipa as a tourist destination but in the development of all the factors and sectors that will make Lipa sustainably tourist-friendly. These factors are summarized in 5As: Amiability, Attractions, Accessibility, Accommodations and Activities.

20 March 2017

The Rape of Tanauan by the Japanese in World War II and Its Difficulties after the War

The Japanese Army on its way to Manila.  Image credit:  Wikipedia.

On 7 December 1951, then Philippine President Elpidio Quirino signed Executive Order Number 486 requiring the compilation of historical data about barrios, municipalities and provinces, in most likelihood to compensate for important historical records lost during World War II.1 The compilations subsequently submitted by Department of Education Division Offices throughout the country are now archived at the National Library of the Philippines and are a rich cache of historical information about Batangas.

18 March 2017

How Banaybanay Got Its Name: A Folkloric Story

The corner of the road leading to the San Vicente Church. Image credit:  Google Street View.

If you board a Batangas City bound jeepney from Lipa City and tell the driver you are bound for Banaybanay, if you do not look familiar to him, in most likelihood before he gives you your change he will ask you which Banaybanay is your destination. There are, in the present day, three barangays called Banaybanay, one in Lipa City1 and two in the Municipality of San Jose2.

16 March 2017

Balandis: the Slanted Houses Along a Road in Cuenca/Alitagtag

Back in the sixties when I was still a young boy, whenever I went with my family to Nasugbu, where my mother was from, we could not but take notice of this mysteriously slanted row of houses along a stretch of road past the Municipality of Cuenca into the next town of Alitagtag. Elsewhere, the fronts of houses built roadside, as seemed natural, faced the road. But along this stretch of road, the row of houses curiously slanted to one side so that their fronts faced away from the road.

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