May 31 – Feast of “Tapusan”

May 31 is a very important date in the calendar of the people of Alitagtag in the province of Batangas. They have the feast of Tapusan which literally means the end and it is celebrated in honor of the Holy Cross on the last day of May. The Hermano Mayor, for the most part volunteers …

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Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day has and always should be a day when we all take a moment to remember and honor our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in times of war to protect our freedom.  Freedom is not free.  Because of these veterans, our families are free today.  On this Memorial Day, and every day, may each and …

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The Spaniards discovered the Philippines

On March 16, 1521, Magellan sighted Samar. He made landfall the next day on the tiny island of Homonhon, in Leyte Gulf. During the skirmish, Magellan was killed by Lapu-Lapu on April 27, 1521 during the Battle of Mactan, driving the Spanish explorers away, only six weeks after saying his first mass on Philippine soil. …

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SPECIAL OFFER FOR MEMORIAL DAY

SPECIAL OFFER - For a limited time only - From May 13, 2013 until May 31, 2013. In honor of our veterans and in celebration of Memorial Day on May 27, 2013, you can get a signed copy of “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”, a WWII novel for a special price of $16.95 with free …

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Honor your mother on Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 12, 2013

Anna Reeves Jarvis was the first woman to hold a celebration of mothers in 1858 in West Virginia, where she instituted Mothers' Work Day to raise awareness about local sanitation issues.  During the Civil War, she expanded the scope of Mothers' Work Day to include sanitary conditions on both sides of the battlefield. Julia Ward …

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May is Fiesta Time in Batangas

In the month of May, town fiestas are very common in Batangas and different barrios celebrate their own respective fiestas.  Alitagtag was probably the only town in Batangas or maybe in the Philippines that celebrated two fiestas, one on May 3 and another one on May 7.  May 3 was the feast day of the …

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