We know that there’s a National Heroes Day in the official list of public holidays throughout the Philippines. We know there’s supposed to be no work or school on National Heroes Day, just like any holiday. When we dug deeper, we realized that there’s more confusion surrounding this holiday. Continue reading Confused About the National Heroes Day?
Life is supposed to be made easier with modern technology. Searching for directions is a breeze with Global Positioning System (GPS) and Google Maps. What we discovered when we went searching for the Tandang Sora Shrine, right in the middle of our own backyard in Quezon City, is that locating this shrine is not a piece of cake. Continue reading Discovering Tandang Sora Shrine in QC
The Philippines has just celebrated Independence Day, June 12. The primary place of celebration is, as it should be, in Kawit (Cavite). This is where the Declaration of Independence was made by General Emilio Aguinaldo, and where the existing form of the Philippine flag was also unfurled for the first time, on 12 June 1898. Continue reading The Historical Barasoain Church (Bulacan)
“That’s where Gabriela Silang was hanged,” said a friend referring to a spot somewhere along the national highway in Santa, Ilocos Sur. The place overlooks the sea, with what looks like a historical marker erected beside the road. It is indeed a marker, although painted gold, the only one we’ve seen, in contrast to the usual historical marker with white letters and black background. On the other hand, it turned out that this is not the place where Gabriela Silang was hanged. Continue reading Pasong Diego-Gabriela Silang (Santa, Ilocos Sur)
Sometimes we think we know a place like the back of our hand. We pass by it everyday and we assume we already know everything there is to know. But many times we are mistaken. There’s more than meets the eye. Some days you just want to enjoy the ride and open your mind, explore a place. Continue reading Andres Bonifacio Memorial Shrine, Manila City
“On this site Andres Bonifacio and one thousand Katipuneros met in the morning of 23 August 1896 and decided to revolt against the Spanish colonial government in the Philippines. As an affirmation of their resolve, they tore up their cedulas which were symbols of oppression of the Filipinos. This was very first cry of the oppressed nation against Spain which was enforced with use of arms.” Continue reading Ang Sigaw ng Pugad Lawin (Cry of Pugadlawin) Shrine
The holiday drought in October of 2009 must be the cause for the spike of search queries on November holidays. Is November 2 a holiday? What about November 27? Of course, there are similar questions whether October 30 or 31 have been declared as non-working holidays, but let’s take it up in a later post. Continue reading 2 Long Weekends in November: All Saints Day, Eid’l Adha and Bonifacio Day
Among the legal holidays in the Philippines is Bonifacio Day, traditionally celebrated every November 30. This was changed, however, under Republic Act 9492 (an Act rationalizing the celebration of national holidays), which moved the official holiday to the Monday nearest November 30 (which is why December 1, 2008, a Monday, is a holiday). Continue reading Bonifacio Day (November 30): In Honor of Andress Bonifacio