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He is risen

Maligayang Pasko ng Pagkabuhay – Happy Easter!!!

While I was growing up in the Philippines, the Easter celebration started at dawn around five o’clock with a procession heralding the resurrection of Christ and his reunion with Mary. After the mass at dawn, twin processions left the church led by statues of Mary, the Sorrowful Mother, and the Resurrected Christ, followed by women and men, respectively. The two processions went on opposite directions around the town plaza and then meet in front of the church on the way back. It was called salubong (meeting).

As choruses were sung, the statues “met”, meaning placed side by side beneath an arch adorned with flowers in front of the church. A little girl dressed as an angel, with wings and a halo, will remove Mary’s black veil with a long-handled hook. There were two or three girls on opposite sides of the arch on…

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A New Specie of Ancient Human Discovered in the Philippines


Callao Cave Callao Cave on Luzon where fossilized remains of a new species of hominin were found.      Photo Credit: Callao Cave Archaeology Project 


The landmark discovery announced in Nature on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 makes Luzon the third Southeast Asian island in the last 15 years to bear signs of ancient human activity. Homo luzonensis, a newly discovered human specie unknown to science, was found in Callao Cave in Peñablanca, Cagayan in northern Philippines. The specie is named after Luzon, the biggest island in the Philippines. It’s possible that Homo luzonensis stood less than three feet tall. The discovery adds growing complexity to the story of human evolution. The more fossils we find, the more we learn that many kinds of humans have lived on Earth.

The small-bodied hominin lived on the island of Luzon at least 50,000 to 67,000 years ago, during the Late Pleistocene epoch. The hominin…

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Binasuan – A Filipino Folk Dance

Fun to watch!


Have you ever balanced something on your head without dropping it in a short time? It is not easy to do. Try to imagine a glass half-filled with wine and dancing at the same time.

Watch this:

Binasuan is a colorful and lively Filipino folk dance which shows off the balancing skills of the dancers. Binasuan derives its name from the word baso meaning drinking glass. In Tagalog, most nouns become verbs by adding in after the first letter and an or han after the last. Hence binasuan literally means “have put on drinking glass”.

The glasses that the dancers gracefully, yet carefully maneuver are half-filled with rice wine or other liquids. They are placed on top of the head and each hand of the dancers as they dance performing balancing tricks. The arms are rotated over and under the shoulder keeping the palms facing up so as not…

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Butuan, the oldest Philippine settlement and the Balangays


Butuan National Museum Photo Credit – paolobon140

Before there was Philippines, there was already Butuan, a formal settlement along the banks of Agusan River which maybe the site of the oldest human settlement in the Philippines. Being an archipelago, the Philippines from the beginning is a seafaring nation. Because of Butuan’s location, the Butuanos were skilled boat builders and expert seafarers.

Being located on the coast of Mindanao, balangays were often docking at Butuan Bay keeping good commercial relations between the local people of Butuan and traders from the neighboring Srivijaya and Majapahit empires and neighboring islands in Southeast Asia. Various goods, including the statue of Avalokiteśvara and the Golden Tara of Butuan, were traded across Maritime Southeast Asia as evidenced by the discovery of a four-pound, eight-inch tall, 21-carat gold Buddhist figurine believed to belong to the Sailendra Period of the Srivijaya empire. The Filipinos traveled across Southeast Asia reaching as far…

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Balangay, a 4th Century Boat Discovered in the Philippines.



Balangay Replica sailing in Manila Bay


The balangay was the first wooden watercraft excavated in Southeast Asia and is evidence of early Filipino craftsmanship and their seamanship skills during the pre-colonial times. The oldest known balangay was carbon dated to 320 AD by the Gakushuin University of Tokyo, Japan.

The Balangay is a plank boat constructed on a keel and joined together by carved-out planks edge to edge, using pins or dowels. It was first mentioned in the 16th century in the Chronicles of Antonio Pigafetta, the official chronicler of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition and is known as the oldest watercraft found in the Philippines.

The planks which were made from a hardwood called doongon in the Philippines (Heritiera littoralis) were joined together every 12 centimeters (1 centimeter=.39 inch) by hardwood pins measuring some 19 centimeters long which were driven…

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Rosalinda R Morgan – Featured Blogger of the Week March 22, 2019

A welcome surprise! Thanks ICT Genealogist.

Ups and Downs of Family History V2.0

I chose Rosalinda R Morgan as the Featured Blogger of the Week, March 22, 2019. You can visit her blog at https://rosalindarmorgan.com/.

You can also visit her AmazonAuthor page at https://www.amazon.com/Rosalinda-Morgan/e/B00C03KL72 (not an affiliate link).

Her GoodReads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7026949.Rosalinda_Rosales_Morgan

A collection of some of the books she owns (she has about 3,000 and I didn’t count all the books in this link): https://rosalindarmorgan.com/my-home-library/.

I enjoyed her blog post, https://subliblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/17/languages-of-the-philippines/, as I have a few Facebook friends as well as some former co-workers and high school friends who either live in the Philippines or whose family roots are from there.

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Fence makes good neighbors


IMG_0770 This was my raised bed a few summers ago. 

The unit next to my townhouse was sold a few months ago and the new owner decided to extend their fenced yard which is allowed by the HOA. They have two dogs and they want more room for their dogs to run around.

Last Friday evening around 7:30 pm, I heard a knock at my front door and it was my new neighbor. He and his carpenter friend, Bill, were digging holes for the posts for his new fence.

“Do you have internet connection?” he asked.

“I hope so,” I told him. “I’m just working at my computer. Why?”

“I accidentally cut a cable outside,” he said.

“Oh no! I don’t think it’s mine.”

“Let me show you the cable.”

I was about to follow him inside his house and decided instead to go through mine. “I’ll meet you in back.”

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