Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

My nephew Doug Grant, a serious biker, is full of praise for the bicycle shops and mechanics of Iloilo City. Ai??He says, “the best bikes shops in Iloilo are invisible to Google on not onAi??Yellow Pages etc. Ai??They are found only thru social contact riding with Filipinos. These are GREAT bike shops, very impressive and bike-tech savvy owners. They can build custom mtn bikes of high professional

Earthquakes When we hired the engineer to design our house we were aware that the Philippines was included in the “ring of fire” earthquake zone and that our part of Panay Island had experienced a magnitude 8.2 earthquake in 1948. Ai??In 1948 the island was much less developed. Ai??Doubtless all or almost all the hollow block buildings on the island were built after 1948. Ai??The 1948 quake damaged or destroyed. …

A ponke in action Building our house in the Philippines. Ai??Ensuring concrete quality. Ai??This photos shows the workers adding material to the cement mixer using a “ponke”. Ai??The ponke is a wooden box with handles. Ai??The inside dimensions of the ponke are 40cm x 40cm x 40cm. Ai??The ponke is sized to hold one sack of cement. Ai??I asked that the ponkes be built and used as a means of controlling the concrete mixture. After research, Ai??we decided on a mixture of one part cement, two parts sand and three parts gravel …

Tigbauan Church from Plaza Tigbauan Church – San Juan Sahagun Paris h: history architecture and photos. An ecomienda given to Esteban Rodriguez de Figueroa, Tigbauan became a visita of Oton on 3 March 1575. Although it had become an independent parish in 1578, no permanent priest was assigned to Tigbauan until 1580, when Fr. Luis de Montoya was assigned as prior. Originally under the advocacy of Our Lady of Grace it was later renamed Juan de Sahagun, after an Augustinian saint. In 1593, the parish was handed over to the secular clergy because the friar, Fr. Garcia de Quiroga, was appointed secretary of the province and had to leave the Visayas. The seculars held the parish until 1617 when they were assigned to Antique (Hamtic) in exchange for Tigbauan. Fr. Fernando Camporredondo may have built the Tigbauan church described in a…

Welcome to Alimodian, Iloilo There is so much…

Anini-y, Antique is one of those very special places.Ai?? It’s remote, a bit hard to get to.Ai?? It’s a former Spanish colonial outpost with its historic character, integrity and ambiance well preserved.Ai?? You can relax on the plaza by the old stone church overlooking the sea and imagine that things are much same as they might have been when a Spanish supply ship arrived at this remote outpost in the 18th century. Ai??Anini-y is also the jumping-off place for fabulous Ai??Nogas Island which has some of the best reefs, diving and snorkeling on Panay Island. Ai??Anini-y also is the home of Sira…

Chinese heritage of Iloilo City and the Philippines. Anyone interested in this subject should rush to obtain a copy of Edgar Wickberg’s most enjoyable “The Chinese in Philippine Life 1850-1898″. This is the classic, a highly readable, well foot-noted standard work originally published by Yale University Press, which fortunately has been reprinted by the Ateneo de Manila Press . If you live in the Philippines they’ll ship it to you. You may also buy it from Amazon using this link Chinese in Philippine Life, 1850-1898 Chinese settlement in the Philippines almost always followed Spanish settlements. In the vicinity of their settlements, the Spanish provided the Chinese with commercial opportunities and some level of security of…

Miagao, Iloilo Province. In our opinion, Miagao should be a top pick retirement destination for those who are looking …

A photo narrative of our trip from Iloilo City to Sira-an Hot Springs in Anini-y, Antique Province. The nine …

Photo narrative of our visit to Sebaste, Antique Province, Philippines; information on natural and heritage sites, beaches, hiking, local festivals, accommodations and dining. Municipal Hall, Sebaste, Antique Province, Philippines Sebaste, Antique (207KM) is a unprepossessing jewel of a community.Ai?? While Sebaste is the location of Igpasungaw Falls and certainly other attractions, for me the charm was more pervasive.Ai?? While…