Vigan, the provincial capital of Ilocos Sur in Luzon northwest region on the Mestizo River, was built by the Spaniards in 1572, their third oldest settlement on the islands after Cebu and Intramuros. Unlike Intramuros, it was never fortified. It has some of the Philippine’s best remaining Spanish colonial architecture. Before the Spanish arrived, trade … More Historic Vigan, A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Maligayang Pasko ng Pagkabuhay – Happy Easter!!! While I was growing up in the Philippines, the Easter celebration started at dawn around five o’clock with a procession heralding the resurrection of Christ and his reunion with Mary. After the mass at dawn, twin processions left the church led by statues of Mary, the Sorrowful … More Happy Easter Everyone
The landmark discovery announced in Nature on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 makes Luzon the third Southeast Asian island in the last 15 years to bear signs of ancient human activity. Homo luzonensis, a newly discovered human specie unknown to science, was found in Callao Cave in Peñablanca, Cagayan in northern Philippines. The specie is … More A New Specie of Ancient Human Discovered in the Philippines
Have you ever balanced something on your head without dropping it in a short time? It is not easy to do. Try to imagine a glass half-filled with wine and dancing at the same time. Watch this: Binasuan is a colorful and lively Filipino folk dance which shows off the balancing skills of … More Binasuan – A Filipino Folk Dance
Before there was Philippines, there was already Butuan, a formal settlement along the banks of Agusan River which maybe the site of the oldest human settlement in the Philippines. Being an archipelago, the Philippines from the beginning is a seafaring nation. Because of Butuan’s location, the Butuanos were skilled boat builders and expert seafarers. … More Butuan, the oldest Philippine settlement and the Balangays
Balangay Replica sailing in Manila Bay (AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) The balangay was the first wooden watercraft excavated in Southeast Asia and is evidence of early Filipino craftsmanship and their seamanship skills during the pre-colonial times. The oldest known balangay was carbon dated to 320 AD by the … More Balangay, a 4th Century Boat Discovered in the Philippines.
The unit next to my townhouse was sold a few months ago and the new owner decided to extend their fenced yard which is allowed by the HOA. They have two dogs and they want more room for their dogs to run around. Last Friday evening around 7:30 pm, I heard a knock at … More Fence makes good neighbors