Category: History

Book Review: Old Family Trees of Albay Province

“When you have a question, just ask the Internet” This is the common advice to researchers and students alike. But the Internet can only give you as much as what people share. Kaya kan ginigibo ko su research ko manungod sa mga Imperial kan Albay para sa nagkapirang academic and work-related presentations, garo ako nagsusurok … Continue reading Book Review: Old Family Trees of Albay Province

An Cristianong Inchic: Simon Li Tuanqui

During the Spanish period, the Chinese are considered as second class citizens. But a number of them rose to prominence shaping Bicol Region's history and culture. Among those that ring a bell is Jose Ignacio Paua which we featured earlier -- a leader of Andres Bonifacio's Katipunan and later a mayor of Manito, Albay. Another … Continue reading An Cristianong Inchic: Simon Li Tuanqui

Anti-malnourished and anti-hunger programs in the period of plenty?

In a golden era, people should be feasting on cakes and beef and not nutribuns and snail-meat. In the period of rice sufficiency, no one should be hungry with people being more at risk for diabetes rather than malnourishment.  But do you know that then-President Ferdinand E. Marcos introduced programs befitting a Third World Country … Continue reading Anti-malnourished and anti-hunger programs in the period of plenty?

CamSur partition: It’s not the economy, stupid!

In 1992, James Carville used the economy to catapult Bill Clinton in what is supposedly an uphill presidential battle against George Bush. The slogan “It's the economy, stupid!” not only broke Bush's approval rating but also sharply turned American opinion that from the 90% approval rating in 1991, the then US President was hammered with … Continue reading CamSur partition: It’s not the economy, stupid!

Aksyon agad!

Sometime ago, I conducted an orientation of enumerators for a survey. Right after the orientation, some of the participants were so eager to have an action so they asked permission to start the fieldwork. The rest, especially those who have experiences in conducting surveys, laughed at the eager ones and said, “Na-internalize niyo ba ang … Continue reading Aksyon agad!

Past Governors of Bicol – Masbate

Masbate is known as "the wild, wild west of the Philippines" and "the poor man sitting in the pot of gold". Thanks to recent developments, the province is starting to shelve these names. Election observers for the May 2010 elections found Masbate to be relatively peaceful compared with the previous elections, and that the National … Continue reading Past Governors of Bicol – Masbate