26 May 2015

Sip-on, But-o: the Fading Batangas Practice of Separating Syllables

Image credit:  http://www.kalusugan.ph.

“Nagkatrangkaso ako eh! Tulô ang sip-on at nanakit ang mga but-o!” (I had the ‘flu! I had runny nose and my bones ached!) When I was a lot younger, I used to hear mostly from the elderly and those from remote agrarian communities what then seemed to me as a quirky way of pronouncing certain words in the Tagalog language.

21 May 2015

The West Valley Fault, In Perspective

Plotted on Google Earth with coordinates from http://www.s1expeditions.com/

Probably because of the two major earthquakes which hit the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal within a mere two weeks of each other recently, the Marikina West Valley Fault System is once again in the news.

17 May 2015

Costs of College Education: Comparing University Tuition Rates


The tuition I first paid to De La Salle University-Manila back in 1975 when I enrolled as a freshman was PHP 1,200. In those days, that was a lot of money that my parents had to scrounge for just to send me to the university.

15 May 2015

Batangueño Mystery: Who is Rudy of Suskupô Rudeh!

Just who the devil is Rudy?

If you are from these parts, then at one time or the other you might have heard of the expression “Suskupô Rudeh!” If you are the sosyalin type, then your version of the expression will be “My God Rudy!” Or, if you wish to take your kaartehan to another level, you may simply say “OMG Rudy!”

Ala Janella Salvador…

 
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