Friday, October 24, 2014

Linguistic Family Tree

                                                                                                               From Mental Floss

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mayon Volcano didn't bury Cagsawa Church

Contrary to what you have learned since your Elementary days, Mayon Volcano didn't bury Cagsawa Church.

Albayanon novelist Abdon M. Balde, Jr. recently shared photos of Cagsawa church on his timeline, some supposedly dating as far back as 1928.

The photos clearly show the facade of Cagsawa Church still intact in the early 1900's, despite the widely-held notion that the structure had been buried under pyroclastic debris a century before.

                                                                                                                          Photo from Abdon M. Balde Jr. Facebook account.
Balde says that these photos, if authentic, are proof that the popular notion that Cagsawa church was buried during the 1814 eruption of Mayon volcano is completely false.

He argues that the church may have been destroyed, but it was not buried.

More of the article HERE.

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.