Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Our trials and tribulations with finding and installing granite on our Philippines kitchen and bathroom counters.  Today it’s over — the granite installers are done and gone. We must have looked at every piece of granite in Iloilo City ten times.  We looked at Moostbrand,  AM Builders, Citi Hardware and Merit Marble.  Merit had some lovely Italian granite, but the price was a bit too high for our budget.  Much of the other granite was saw was just too bland for us.  Finally we found what we were looking for at AM Builders, Tanza. The granite we selected Here’s what it looks like installed: Granite installed This “Jun Li” granite is from China, as is most granite for sale in the Philippines.  The pattern is called “weave white”.  The price per 60cm by 220cm slab was P3,990.  We required four slabs to do our kitchen and a small counter in our bathroom for a total of P15,960.  After some haggling we paid P13,866 including delivery to Tigbauan.  AM Builder’s Depot recommended an installer.  After negotiation, we hired the recommended …

Tectonics And Poor Construction Conspired To Create Devastation In Haiti – Latimes.Com The catastrophic quake that struck Haiti on Tuesday involved a collision of lethal circumstances: a massive, shallow eruption below a densely populated city with few, if any, building codes. The magnitude 7.0 quake occurred near the boundary between two major tectonic plates, the Caribbean and North American plates. Most of the movement along these plates is what is known as left-lateral strike-slip motion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, with the Caribbean plate moving eastward in relation to the North America plate. Kate Hutton, a seismologist at Caltech, said the quake was similar to those seen along the San Andreas fault: It was shallow, a fact that enhances the intensity and makes it more localized to the region right along the fault. “…

This beautiful temple is located on Rizal Street in…

The Bahay Tsinoy Museum is a don’t-miss stop for history-minded visitors to Manila and for those of Chinese heritage. Bahay Tsinoy is a museum which presents the story of the Chinese in Philippine history.  The Bahay Tsinoy is located in the historic walled Intramuros area of Manila on Anda Street, making it easy to combine a visit to this museum with several other Intramuros attractions and amenities. Bahay Tsinoy Museum, Intramuros, Manila While China’s rising  importance is in today’s news, China has always been a giant looming over every aspect of Philippine life.  The Spanish colonized the Philippines mostly because they hoped to use it as a stepping stone to missionary work in China. The U.S. decided to keep the Philippines as a colony for much the same reason except the aim was trade rather than proselytizing. Even before the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, there were vigorous trade and …

Lunar New Year Celebration, China Bank Mabini Branch, Iloilo City. At smaller branches…

Americans receiving government pensions may have those pensions direct deposited to their Philippine bank accounts.  Participating banks include the following followed by the fees each charges per direct deposit to a U.S. dollar account in the Philippines.  These fees were correct as of June 2007.  If anyone has a correction or update please leave a comment below. Allied Banking Corporation – $3.00 Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) – $3.00 Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) – $5.00 Land Bank of the Philippines – $5.00 Maybank – $3.00 Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) – $3.00 China Bank – $3.00 RCBC – $3.00 to $5.00 Banco de Oro – Unknown Bank of Commerce (BOC) &#…

USS Panay underway off Woosung, China on August 30, 1928 The United States Navy named several war ships after Philippine islands.  These included The USS Pampanga, USS Luzon, USS Mindanao, USS Calamianes and the USS Panay.  Some of these were Spanish patrol boats captured in the Philippines.  Others, including the USS Panay (PR-5)  were built in China for river patrol duty. The first Panay was originally a Spanish gunboat in the Philippines, purchased in 1899 after the American occupation, and in various service until 1914, and sold in 1920. Among those who served upon her were future WWII admirals Chester Nimitz and John S. McCain, grandfather of the 2008 US presidential candidate, John McCain. The second Panay (PR-5) was a river gunboat launched in 1927, and serving on the Yangtze in China until being sunk by the Japanese in the 1937 Panay incident.  See http://www.hmsfalcon.com/Panay/Panay.htm for photos and videos of this …

Citibank Savings Branch in Iloilo City, Philippines Citibank announced that it will close it’s Iloilo, Philippines branch as of February 4, 2009.  The branch was opened to great fanfare in 2006.  See http://www.thenewstoday.info/2006/11/17/citibank.savings.inc.launching.html Citibank Savings customers were invited to transfer their accounts to the Citibank Savings branch in Bacolod City which will remain open. This is another in a series of blows to international banking in Iloilo City and in Iloilo’s rivalry with Bacolod City.  In 1982 Iloilo lost its HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) branch which had …

A Generic Spanish Conquistador Tigbauan, Iloilo history and heritage. Esteban Rodriguez de Figueroa was a key figure in Tigbauan’s history, a Spanish “conquistador” who was awarded huge land holdings called encomiendas, for his services to the Spanish governors of the Philippines. One of these included Tigbauan De Figueroa was born of Portuguese parents in North Africa.  Eventually he made his way to the Spanish colony of Mexico.  He came to the Philippines as a penniless young adventurer as part of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s 1565 expedition to plant Spanish colonies in the Philippines.  Legazpi’s fleet of four ships contained three hundred and sixty five conquistadores — sailors, soldiers, officials and Augustinian priests. After a stop in Guam, the fleet landed in Cebu on February 15, 1565 and established a colony there. …