1898 was the year when Julian Felipe prepared the score for the “Marcha Nacional Filipina Magdalo” named after the person who commissioned him who uses Magdalo as his nom de guerre. He borrowed notes from Spain’s “Marcha Real” and the French’s “Marseillaise“, It was intended to be background music during […]

令(REI) – coming from the word 命令 MEIREI which means order  and  和(WA) – from the word  平和 HEIWA which means peace together Japanese experts and scholars formed the word 令和(REIWA) which can be translated to peace through order or orderly peace. The future Emperor Naruhito`s reign will be called […]

Whale meat sold like canned tuna, corporal punishment completely legal, no consumption tax, and smoking! Yes! inside trains, inside faculty rooms for schools, etc. some of the memorable things Japan had during the Showa Era 昭和時代 ( enlightened peace era ), this was 1926 until 1989 a period where most […]

It looks like ultra-nationalist Filipinos have once again come out of their caves and started xenophobic attacks in social media due to the latest incident of a Chinese national throwing TAHO to a police officer.  Do you know what makes it more interesting? The timing is perfect for it to […]

The common stereotypes about Filipinos in foreign countries that I personally know of are: In U.S. and UK if you are a Filipino you must be a Nurse, In China and Middle – East you are a Domestic Helper, but in Japan, if you are a Filipino, you must be […]

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Christ in heaven! While her condition may warrant concern. Her need to be worshiped, adored and pitied goes beyond obsessive. When one feels the need to constantly bombard SocMed and other outlets with images of themselves in some hospital bed overseas (I’d have settled for St. Lukes), it becomes quite […]

      It was before Duterte’s Presidency when I saw History Channel’s Lou Ferrante Documentary about Gang Life in Prison, it featured the infamous NBP(New Bilibid Prison), the country’s street gangs, etc., but what caught my attention was the lavish lifestyle of a notorious inmate known as JayBee Sebastian. […]

On the day he died my wife reminded him that he was supposed to come home early from an english class, He said “I know,I know I am off now!” , His voice stayed in my head ever since. When Yuhei did not come home after usual time we contacted the school […]