Footnotes, In Motion, Milestones, Passages

The reason why it’s always raining in Calabanga

22 Aug , 2017  

One year after Mother crossed over, I didn’t realize it slowly changed the memory pictured in my mind of my hometown. I don’t know if that newest impression etched will soon fade as time goes by and revert back to that of memories past of good and happy summers during my childhood as I narrated […]

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Footnotes, News, Religion

Peñafrancia festivity: A collective ritual of faith by Fr. Rex Andrew C. Alarcon

17 Sep , 2016  

“No, the pen cannot describe the poetry which contains the enthusiasm of a Catholic people who manifests publicly its faith, its confidence, its tenderness and gratitude, towards the enchanting Mother of beautiful love . . .” This was how the public manifestation of faith by the inhabitants of Ciudad de Nueva Caceres and of the […]

Fiction

Mga Daeng Palad, Duwang Gamgam na Riwariw

23 May , 2015  

Garo na baga sinda mga aking bagong mundag, mayong sulot na bado mientras na nagduduyan sa higdaan sa padiit-diit na pagyugyog dara kan kalipungawan saka pagkaminootan. Luway-luway sa paghiro an saindang mga burles na lawas asin an pagiging saro kaini garo may sinusunod na ritmo asin kumpas. May numero. Haloy. Sobra. Sagkod sa maabot ninda […]

Poetry

Ngonian Sana Ngonian / Now and Only Now by Jap Adupe

10 May , 2015  

Ngonian Sana Ngonian / Now And Only Now By Jap Adupe Asin sinda magkaibahan kun kaya mientras an kamot kan relo nagpaypay, dai naheling, aram ninda mayo nanggad mangyayari sa saro na dai nangyari sa kaiba, na mayo nanggad na mangyayari sobra pa digde, na ini an gabos asin permi na, ini an nakaagui asin […]

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Footnotes

Retrospect: Luis G. Dato on Luis G. Dato

17 Apr , 2015  

How I Learned to Write Poetry I never took course in poetry writing, other than the prescribed courses in American and English Literature in high school and college. But I had written my early poems years before I took my college courses. By reading poems by Filipinos and by English, American and European poets, I […]

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Poetry

What is love? / Ano an pagkamoot by Eden A. Avila

12 Apr , 2015  

What is love? / Ano an pagkamoot by Eden A. Avila What is love?… A beautiful stirring of the young heart, a sudden glance, a smile, a gentle touch. The fast beating of the heart, the quickening of one’s gait to see one’s beloved. It’s the silence shared, forgetting the time, for nothing else matter […]

Footnotes

Sarong Banggi and the dearth of mainstream Bicol songs

11 Apr , 2015  

Sarong Banggi and the dearth of mainstream Bicol songs. Now added on the sidebar of the Bicol (House Journal) section only, is the unofficial regional Bicol romantic anthem Sarung Banggi (Sarung Bangui, Sarong Banggi) a reggae version by the band Mudflow from the town of Sto. Domingo in Albay province. We are happy to incorporate […]

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Footnotes

Re-introducing the musings of Luis G. Dato

8 Apr , 2015  

Reintroducing the musings of Luis G. Dato We are so privileged to present some of the works of one of the early, maybe the right choice of word is pioneering, Bicolano poet and writer as personified by the consumate and dedicated muse-inspired Mr. Luis G. Dato himself. We consider him the uncrowned prince in his […]

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Poetry

Harayo/Harani (Far/Near) By Raymond Roldan

2 Apr , 2015  

Orog linaw an pagmate / sa mga dae nahihiling / Kun sa isip dae malilingwan / an kaogmahan na siring.

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Poetry

Isang tanghaling tapat sa buhay ni Cesar, Rommel at Mark

25 Mar , 2015  

isang tanghaling tapat sa buhay ni Cesar, Rommel at Mark

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Poetry

Untitled Poem By Alexander Belone II

20 Mar , 2015  

Can the choicest words and the harshest sounds provide power to a people long oppressed under the yoke of feudal and imperialist tyranny? Shall we not cast aside the broken pen that knows all terms and the paper pure prepared for lines? Shall we not transform angry words into moving force pointed pens into sharpened […]

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Poetry

Haen an Puso / Where is the Heart by Celle Gonzales Calomos

16 Mar , 2015  

Dae mo ako haputon ngonyan / Kun haen an puso ko. / Dae mo ako hilingon na garo pinipirit / Na simbagon taka. Haen mananggad? / Kadto yaon duman sa pinakamalaad / Na bituon kun maaaga, nagtatago, /

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Poetry

Kamera

7 Mar , 2015  

Nagpuli ako sa harong kan magurang, / Dara an kamera maretrato kan ogma, / Pinsan saka partidaryo nagsabat usyoso, / Kun siisay an iba dai ko na bistado. / Tano ta ngonian lang ika uminabot?

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Footnotes, News

Simeon Ola, last general to surrender during Filipino-American war

30 Aug , 2014  

During the recent commemoration of National Heroes Day, the “historians” in Malacanang had been very selective at naming personalities that figured during the Philippine campaign for independence. Generals Vicente Lukban and Vito Belarmino made it to the cut as the palace announced that a special set of 24 printable trading cards featuring the 24 commanders […]

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Footnotes, News, NOAH

The Poor Can Sing Off State of Poverty with Pride

17 Jun , 2013  

Today we make an easy recall of the days when we were little. What came to mind was the classic and popular folk song of one about “our” small house. Some say the original version was in Tagalog entitled “Bahay Kubo” composed by Felipe de Leon: Bahay kubo kahit munti Ang halaman doon ay sari-sari, […]

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Footnotes, Media, News

Remembering the Silver Era of regional tabloids thru Balalong and Naga Times

10 Jun , 2013  

Who can recall the era of Bicol newspapers Balalong and Naga Times? They were all published and edited in the city of Naga for regional consumption. During the tumultuous years of the Martial Law era and beyond, the free press in the region was exemplified by the two publications as with other struggling tabloids in […]

Bicol House Journal, News

Sorsogon highly dependent Bicol province on IRA share for fiscal year 2009

21 Apr , 2013  

The short discussion here will delve on the “External Sources” of income by the provincial local governments. That is specifically referring to the LGU share in (1) Internal Revenue Allotment, (2) other shares from the National Tax collections, (3) inter-local transfer, (4) and extraordinary receipts, grants donations and aids. The biggest chunk of provincial income […]

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Footnotes

In Binanuaanan, Women Are from Mars and Men from Venus

16 Apr , 2013  

Being the first chance to visit the barangays of Binanuaanan, an eerie feeling there will be less encounter with the general populace of the area was filling us. But some information and direction about the place had to be sourced. Definitely, there will be a conversation between the unwelcomed visitor and the unknowing residents. Deep […]

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Footnotes

The Topsy Turvy Road System of Binanuaanans

13 Apr , 2013  

On the day and time we were supposed to depart for the twin barangays of Binanuaanan in upland Calabanga, rain poured in abundance it was more than enough to give us a good bath. We had to cancel the trip. The next day, the weather was a complete opposite. We departed from the town center […]

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Footnotes, News

First Jose Rizal Bust Was Installed In the town of Siruma?

18 Jun , 2012  

One school day of 1934, the residents of barrio Vito in the town of Siruma, installed on a pedestal a bust of a national hero at the school grounds of Vito Elementary School. The event was attended by most of the locals including the teachers and pupils of the school. It was made at the […]

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Footnotes, News

The Bolaobalite of My Father Recalled

16 Apr , 2012  

Even as I have discussed and recalled memories, stories and current events about Siruma, I kept missing one more place much nearer our residence and of my father’s hometown. In a way, it is my third hometown, though. I am referring to Bolaobalite, which immediately stirred a chord in my heart. It is a mountainous […]

Footnotes

Bicol Teachers College and High School Trained Good Graduates

29 Sep , 2011  

There must be rich memories spun and created behind the Bicol Teachers College and Bicol High School that alumni of the defunct twin institutions in Calabanga town keep a semi-active reunion dates. This, despite the graduates are now octogenarians and many are in far off places or gone to their final resting place. But those […]

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Footnotes

9/17/1972 Live Blogging the Sorrows and Pains of Colgante Tragedy

18 Sep , 2011  

Sunday, September 17, 1972. At a distance, yesterday, the Colgante bridge looked beautiful, with colorful buntings and lighted with different colored bulbs. As the day’s sun descended, the bridge’s silhuette on the Naga river provided a lovely backdrop for the still unfolding culmination of the Peñafrancia religious festivities.

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Footnotes

9/16/1972 Live Blogging at the Colgante Bridge

17 Sep , 2011  

Saturday, September 16, 1972. As the “vancuerna” of the images of the Virgin of Peñafrancia and the Divino Rostro passed under the bridge, the people became more excited and jostled for a good view. Some were praying the rosary, many were chanting “Viva La Virgen!!!” and “Viva El Divino Rostro!!”

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