Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nichol's Dwarf Gecko

Fast fact: (Sphaerodactylus nicholsi) is known to be one of the smallest reptile in the world.

Picture taken from Project Noah

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Oblation was not modeled after Fernando Poe Sr.


Contrary to popular belief, but The Oblation in UP was not modeled after Fernando Poe Sr. (Fernando Poe Jr's father). It is just another of those urban legends.

Ok, so just because Fernando Poe Sr. was a student in UP in the time that The Oblation was being created by the late National Artist Guillermo Tolentino - well people assumed that he became the model ( I don't know why) and people start to believe it.

The fact is that 2 persons served as the model: Anastacio Caedo, Tolentino’s student and assistant, and Virgilio Raymundo, Caedo’s brother-in-law. To create the Oblation, Tolentino combined Caedo’s physique with Raymundo’s proportion.

National Artist Guillermo Tolentino (center) with Esteban Caedo (left) and Prof. Anastacio Caedo (right).



Monday, August 18, 2014

Remember the Jai Alai



The Jai Alai Building (another good example of Art Deco) was designed by American architect, Weldon D. Becket ( know friend of Hollywood celebrities and designer of the homes of such screen legends as James Cagney and Cesar Romero, as well as of Los Angeles airport), together with his Philippine associate, Architect Carlos Santos Viola in 1940. It was a significant social and recreational center of Pre-War and Post-War Manila, famous for its Sky Room nightclub. The building featured a semi-cylindrical glass volume set against massive walls and a cantilevered disk canopy suspended by slender pilotis,  which said to evoke the velocity of the game. 

The Jai Alai Building was badly damaged during the Battle of Manila in 1945 and was rebuilt, serving temporarily as the Roosevelt Club in the early Post-War years. 

The Jai Alai Building deteriorated over the years and was demolished upon orders of then Manila Mayor Lito Atienza on July 15, 2000, purportedly to make way for a new Hall of Justice which was never built. 

Panciteria Macanista de Buen Gusto



El Filibusterismo/Kabanata 25 : Tawanan at Iyakan
Idinaos ang piging ng mga estudyante sa Panciteria Macanista de Buen Gusto. Labing–apat sila, kasama si Sandoval.Matalim ang mga salita ng mga estudyante. Naghalakhakan sila’y pilit at may tunog ng paghihinakit.

Dumating si Isagani. Si Pelaez na lang ang kulang. Ani Tadeo sana’y si Basilio na ang inanyayahan nila sa halip ng impormal na si Juanito.Pinapagtalumpati si Tadeo. Di ito nakahanda. Nagsimula ito kahit papaano. Sinigawan siya ng mga kasamahan. Gaya daw ang binigkas ni Tadeo. Naghingian ng pagkain. Nahilingan ng talumpati si Pecson. Inatake ni Pecson ang mga prayle. Mula raw sa kamusmusan hanggang sa libingan ay prayle ang kasama natin.

May nakakita sa utusan ni Padre Sibyla, ang biserektor sa Unibersidad. Sumakay ito sa karuwahe ni Simoun. Nagtiktik ito sa mga estudyante. Ani Makaraig: "Ang busabos ng bise-sektor na pinaglilingkuran ng panginoon ng Heneral"

Located at Calle San Fernando in Binondo (near Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz), it used to house the “Panciteria Macanista de Buen Gusto,” a restaurant whose name roughly translates to “yummy Chinese foods from Macau.”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hermano Pule


Apolinario de la Cruz (July 22, 1814 - November 4, 1841), known as Hermano Pule or Puli ("Brother Pule"), led a major revolt against Spanish rule of the Philippines based on a struggle for religious freedom and independence.


He was born on July 22, 1814 in Barrio Pandác in the town of Lucban in Tayabas Province (now Quezon). In 1829,  he decided to become a priest and tried to join the Dominican Order in Manila but the Roman Catholic religious orders were closed for native people (indios). Apolinario, then  decided to work at San Juan de Dios Hospital where he studied the Bible and other religious writings.


In 1832, de la Cruz founded the Cofradia de San José (Confraternity of St. Joseph), composed only of Filipinos. The Cofradia prohibited Spaniards and mestizos from joining without de la Cruz's permission. Authorities, including Spanish Governor-General Marcelino Oraa and Roman Catholic Archbishop Jose' Segui regarded the Cofradia as heresy and ordered its dissolution. 

Expecting an attack on their religious freedom from the Catholic church, Hermano Pule rallied about 4,000 followers at Barrio Isabang on the slope of Mount Banahaw and was able to resist an attack by Alcalde-mayor Juan Ortega and his 300 men on October 23, 1841. However, reinforcements came on November 1st, with Colonel Joaquin Huet, who annihilated the Cofradia forces, massacring hundreds of old men, women and children who joined Hermano Pule in Alitao in defying the Catholic leaders of the Church. 

After the attack, Hermano Pule fled to Barrio Ibanga but was captured by authorities the following evening, and on November 4, 1841 he was executed by a firing squad at the town of Tayabas. After he was killed, the authorities cut his body into four pieces and his head was placed on a stake.