Author: J.A. Carizo

The 15 Bicolano martyrs

This day in Bikol history, on January 4, 1897, eleven patriots from the Bicol Region were executed in Luneta after having been accused of cooperating with the Katipunan during the Philippine Revolution against Spain. They are among the "Quince Martires del Bicolandia".  The other four of the fifteen either died in exile and a fourth … Continue reading The 15 Bicolano martyrs

Alto Pawnshop, a pioneer in the country’s pawnshop industry

Do you know that the second oldest pawnshop in the country is founded in Daraga, Albay? Alto Pawnshop, owned by Silvestre and Adelfa Alacala, was established in Daraga, Albay in 1959. It was founded to serve individuals and small businessmen who cannot, or find it difficult, to borrow money from banks. Alto Pawnshop continues to … Continue reading Alto Pawnshop, a pioneer in the country’s pawnshop industry

The agonizing wait

By Atty. Dan Adan When will this stop? This tempest rattling tin sheets Slamming roofs with sudden gusts Dumping rains Making rivers everywhere Where will they sleep? Those children rescued from the floods Grandparents too weak to fend for themselves Even able-bodied men shiver Rain-soaked and cold Even as we close our eyesOur ears are … Continue reading The agonizing wait

Here, Where I Stand

By Chito L. Aguilar Here were rice fields fed by the rainCaressed by sunshine, whose grainsWere so golden upon harvest time Here were vegetable farms enrichedBy volcanic soil, tended by familiesWith stalwart hands till harvest time For generations, folks tilled this landNear the foot of the volcano, sourceOf their income every harvest time Here was … Continue reading Here, Where I Stand

Typhoons that battered Bicol

Senators and Congressmen are pushing for the establishment of a Department of Disaster Resilience. Unfortunately, resilience is not just a structure or office but a state of mind. Just like the state of mind of the Bicolanos. Bicolanos, whether they like it or not, are honed to be resilient because their place is not only … Continue reading Typhoons that battered Bicol

Gravel and Sand Quarrying in Albay

The Municipality of Guinobatan, in Albay, is one of those that suffered heavily from Typhoon Rolly. Its losses include five persons dead and two more missing, and millions of pesos worth of destroyed houses, public infrastructure and agriculture. The cause: The quarrying at the foot of Mt. Mayon that flooded the barangays close to the … Continue reading Gravel and Sand Quarrying in Albay

Do Filipinos need a Department of Disaster Resilience?

On September 21, 2020, the House of Representatives of the Philippines approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 5989 or the Disaster Resilience Act. But, do Filipinos really need such a law? As published in the 2019 World Risk Index Report, the Philippines is classified as a “very high risk” country for garnering a … Continue reading Do Filipinos need a Department of Disaster Resilience?