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20 December 2014

Erick Von and Shirley: a True DLSL Love Story

Some of you might have come across this supposed love story involving two graduates of DLSL that was making the rounds of Facebook the other week. Heart warming enough, this I am prepared to concede; but I was warned that it probably was not even true.

Now this one is.

Now that I come to think about it, I have always had this really great connection with the Hernandez family of Cumba, a cosy little village just outside Lipa City proper. I just had no reason to think of things that way before.

Estela, the eldest, was in my high school History class in 1991-92. She was what the French would call petite, small and lovely. But she was more than just a pretty face; she was smart, too.


Comparing Jollibee Prices, PHL and the United States
“There was an item on TV Patrol last week documenting the opening of a Jollibee store in Houston, Texas. My brother and his family live in a suburb just outside Houston; so I was curious to know if he had been to the place. The TV Patrol item showed that, but of course, opening day was characterised by long queues of expatriate Pinoys in Houston. As it always is when Jollibee opens shop for the first time in a city or municipality, even here in the Philippines.” Read full article...

Burn the Bra in the Filipino Context
Dear Noynoy
Filipino Time: Personality or Cultural Trait?
Jaywalking and Pedestrian Lanes Road Rage in the Philippine Context
The Balikbayan Box
The Best Chocolate in the World
The Filipino as a Chameleon
The Loneliness of Being in a Foreign Land
Thinking Like Americans
Biologically Male; Legally Female
Christopher Lao, Unwilling Celebrity
Drug Mule
Filipinos and Our Superstitions
Give 'Em A Break!
James Soriano and English
Mindanao Sex Strike
PNoy, Noli de Castro and Dignity
Rains, Garbage, Floods



The Weaver at the Ala Eh Festival
“Over the weekend, I went to see the Trade Fair of the Ala Eh Festival in Batangas City. The visit turned out to be something of a disappointment. Perhaps, I should have gone at the start rather than at the end of a week of festivities. On the other hand, in last year’s festival in Tanauan City, the fair was as vibrant in the last day as it was in the first.” Read full article...

Are Baraco and Batangas Coffee the Same?
Batangas Speak
Batangueño in Manila
Lipa to Manila by Train
Oibos and the Etymology of a Batangueño Word
Sardinella Tawilis
Taal Longganisa: Among Batangas’ Best Kept Secrets
The Aremuhunan Culture
The Old Tiger Still Has Some Juice
These Foul-Mouthed Batangueños
2012 Ala Eh Festival - Tanauan City
Commercial Airport at FAB Lipa City, Seriously!
Eddie, Larry Et. Al.
Fare Rituals
Funny Batangueño Words
Nasugbu in My Mind
The Grand Dame That Is Taal
The Streets of Lipa City
This Boy Jovit
Ula-or, Ura-ol, LOL!



2014 World Cup Draw: An Analysis
“Will probably not be the proverbial stroll-in-the-park for hosts and tournament favourites Brazil, as there are no pushovers in World Cup football anymore; but qualification for the next round still ought to be reasonably straightforward. History weighs both for and against Brazil winning the 2014 World Cup. On the one hand, all World Cups held in South America were won by South American teams. On the other hand, the first time Brazil hosted the World Cup in 1950, when they were also overwhelming favourites, they were pipped to the title by neighbours and continental rivals Uruguay” Read full article...

Neil Etheridge: Something of a Crossroads
OJ Porteria and the Future of Philippine Football
The Great Liverpool, Man United Rivalry
The Reinvention of Jeffrey Christiaens
The Understated James Younghusband
The World Cup
Two Filipino Issues With the Game of Football
U-23 Azkals Must Be Allowed to Go to the SEAGames
When the Soviet and Polish World Youth Cup Teams Came to Manila
Why Football is Called Soccer
A Football Player with Magic He Did Not Want
Education, Football and ‘Tingin sa Pogî’
Gary Gardoce: Football Player, Cinematographer
How We Won the First NC-South Football Title in 2002
The Champagne Football of Deney ‘Pato’ Reyes
The Failed Experiment of La Salle United FC
The Midfield Genius of Tuteng Marasigan
Totoy Jiao: Batangueño Azkal Before Azkals Became Famous