Towards a New Narrative of Philippine General History

The Department of Education of the Philippine government prescribes a syllabus for a course on Philippine history in Philippine high schools that is probably the closest we get to an official history of the Philippines.

The narrative of this official history presents a thrice-repeated pattern of freedom lost and freedom regained.… Continue reading... “Towards a New Narrative of Philippine General History”

PH Tatler picks JF Soberano in Gen. T List 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow

Cebu Landmasters, Inc. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jose Franco Soberano has been selected as one of the Top 40 Philippine Honorees and Leaders of Tomorrow on The Gen.T List 2021 by the Philippine Tatler.

Franco was awarded under the real estate and hospitality category for putting the community at the heart of real estate development.… Continue reading... “PH Tatler picks JF Soberano in Gen. T List 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow”

Field Marshal of the Philippine Commonwealth Army

September  17, 2021

Next year will be the 80th Anniversary of three seminal events in the Philippines’ history during World War II.

On March 13, 1942, General Douglas MacArthur, his family and general staff, disembarked from three PT Boats at Macabalan pier, Cagayan de Misamis, on the first leg of their successful Breakout from Imperial Japanese Navy blockade of Corregidor.… Continue reading... “Field Marshal of the Philippine Commonwealth Army”

The Battle of Manila: Myth and Fact, A Research Odyssey

Metrocdo.com presents for the first time ever online the complete and unabridged versions of two articles by Peter Parsons: The Battle of Manila: Myth and Fact, A Research Odyssey delivered on February 7, 2008 at the Ortigas WWII Library; and Memorare Meme, The Magic number: 100,000, a companion piece written and added to the main body of the surrounding work about ten years later.… Continue reading... “The Battle of Manila: Myth and Fact, A Research Odyssey”

Kagay-anon Cuisine 2021: A Taste Of Thailand In Macajalar Shores

Popular cuisine in the Philippines is heavily influenced by the vagaries of history more than geography; the colonized adopting the taste of the colonizers.

By fully embracing the tastes of Spain and the U.S.A as if they were beloved guests who have carved out their niche in our hearts and come to stay, Cagayan de Oro is living up to its hospitable reputation as the City of Golden Friendship.… Continue reading... “Kagay-anon Cuisine 2021: A Taste Of Thailand In Macajalar Shores”

Carlo Paalam’s Homecoming: Olympic Silver Medalist fêted in Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro rolled out the red carpet for hometown hero Carlo Paalam who won one of the Philippines’ silver medals in boxing at the recently concluded XXXII Olympic Games Tokyo 2021.

INSPIRATION. Olympic silver medalist Carlo Paalam poses with his parents prior to the press briefing. (CIO)

Following a VIP reception at the Laguindingan Airport last Tuesday, August 24th, where he had an emotional reunion with his parents Prio Rio and Emelyn, and girlfriend Stephanie Sepulveda, all of whom he had not seen for a very long time, the Cagayan de Oro City Government gifted the home-grown pugilist with P2 million cash in acknowledgement of his stellar performance, in addition to  a commendation from the 19th City Council in a press briefing hosted by Mayor Oscar S.… Continue reading... “Carlo Paalam’s Homecoming: Olympic Silver Medalist fêted in Cagayan de Oro”

Olympic silver medalist Carlo Paalam’s reunion with fellow Oro Boxers

Tokyo Olympic flyweight boxing silver medalist Carlo Paalam has not forgotten his roots that molded his exceptional talent and skills in amateur boxing.

On a drizzling afternoon last August 26, the ever humble and soft-spoken Paalam quietly slipped into the modest quarters of the Cagayan de Oro City Amateur Boxing Team at the hilly Aluba in Macasandig to reunite with his former teammates and coaches.… Continue reading... “Olympic silver medalist Carlo Paalam’s reunion with fellow Oro Boxers”

Memories of the Old Hometown : A Tasty Heritage

My mother used to say that one way of sizing up a person is by knowing about the kind of food he/she enjoys since food is part and parcel of living well. It wasn’t until I left home that I realized that we have so many culinary delights, some of them peculiar only to Kagay-anons – like the much-touted bihod (fish roe) coming from that special fish known as pigok (indigenous to Cagayan and Tagoloan rivers).… Continue reading... “Memories of the Old Hometown : A Tasty Heritage”

Filipino Artists bat for recognition of Creative Economy

Filipino artists from all over the country are banding together to ask government to recognize the Creative Economy as a legitimate sector.

Panahon na kilalanin ang kontribusyon sa bayan ng artistang Pilipino. Panahon nang kilalanin bilang isang legit na sector ang Creative Economy,” said Rep. Christopher “Toff” de Venecia, a former child actor, writer, director and Congressman for the 4th district of Pangasinan, Deputy Majority Leader and Chairman of the Special Committee of Creative Industry and Performing Arts.… Continue reading... “Filipino Artists bat for recognition of Creative Economy”

The Life and Journeys of Mr. Kurakuted: Manuel E. Valdehuesa, Jr., 82

The local hero who championed barangay governance reform as the key to solving the Philippines socio-economic woes, passed away on August 8, 2021 at the ripe old age of  82.

Manuel “Manny” E. Valdehuesa, Jr. caught the nation’s imagination on May 2, 2010 in ABS-CBN/ANC “Harapan”, with Ted Failon: (2:46 of 3:56) when the host was interviewing the candidates of the Katipiran Party.… Continue reading... “The Life and Journeys of Mr. Kurakuted: Manuel E. Valdehuesa, Jr., 82”