Sunday, July 15th, 2018

We’re building a house in the Philippines. Ai??This will show how we’ve constructed our floors; filling, compacting, reinforcing bars, pouring concrete and tiling. The height of the fill contained within the perimeter walls of the house is adjustable based on local conditions. Ai??Our house is located on level agricultural land on Panay Island. Ai??We want the have our finished floors about one meter above the surrounding terrain because we wanted to avoid any possibility of storm water entering the finished house. Ai??We already…

How to build a hollow block house in the Philippines and keep it cool. Concrete/hollow block houses with metal roofs are the norm in the Philippines and elsewhere in tropical Asia. Filipinos don’t build such houses out of ignorance. They have critical advantages. They resist typhoon damage. If they’re flooded, they can be cleaned out and used again. For the most part they are termite proof. Locked up at night, they provide pretty good security to residents. They are mostly built with low-tech local materials by local workers well versed in building with concrete and hollow blocks. Such houses can be quite inexpensive. So, in most respects they are well suited to the Philippine tropicalAi??context, but there is one huge and notorious disadvantage — they are so hot. The mass of block and concrete bake in the tropical sun and this retained heat is re-radiated into the house day and night. Compounding the problem is the metal roof which can turn the attic into an oven. The overall effect is a house which can be markedly hotter than than the outdoor temperature and very uncomfortable. Our …

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. “…

Namocan, Tigbauan War Memorial This well-kept memorial is located on the north side of the National Highway before Tigbauan property.Ai?? It celebrates a raid by Filipino guerrilla against a Japanese truck convoy. Namocan, Tigbauan War Memorial Namocan, Tigbauan War Memorial

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Infante flyover, Iloilo. Jalandoni flyover, Iloilo City. We have already expressed our sadness over the visual impact of the Infante flyover (overpass).Ai?? The French government financed “Mega Project” flyover at Jalandoni Street could be an even worse aesthetic disaster for Iloilo’s prettiest boulevard, Gen. Luna Street — and for the San Agustin campus.Ai?? We can’t imagine that the French would allow such a project in one of France’s historic downtowns.Ai?? Let’s…

Having lived through the Iloilo floods, this New York Times article caught our attention: August 8, 2008 Tropical Warming Tied to Flooding Rains By ANDREW C. REVKIN Scientists studying variations in tropical heat and rainfall since the mid-1980s have found a strong link between warm periods and a rise in the frequency of the most extreme downpours. The observed rise in the heaviest tropical rains is about twice that produced by computer simulations used to assess how human-caused global warming could change rainfall, said the researchers. Other studies have already measured a rise in recent decades in heavy rains in areas as varied as North America and India, and climatologists have long forecast more heavy rainstorms in a world warmed by accumulating greenhouse gases. But this analysis, using satellite measurements, is the first to find a strong statistical link between warmth and extreme tropical downpours, the researchers said. The study was published Thursday in …

Morning Glory Bush (Ipomoea carnea), San Juan Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines. Thanks to Wendy for the ID! Peacock Flower (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), San Juan Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines Peacock Flower (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), San Juan Street, Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines Flame Tree (Delonix regia) San Juan Street, Iloilo City Philippines Flame Tree (Delonix regia) San Juan Street, Iloilo City Philippines Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula) Silay, Negros Occidental, Philippines Guava, San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalenis), Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines Giant Balete Tree on Nogas Island.Ai?? Also called Ficus or Banyan tree – Lunok in Ilonggo. Continue walking beyond the Nogas Island lighthouse and you’ll come to this tree. This tree is thought by many Filipinos to be a home to various spirit beings…

Guimaras Island is just a short, scenic and inexpensive pump boat away from Iloilo City.Ai?? You’ll leave from rather decrepit docks off General Hughes Street (going to Jordan port on Guimaras) or from the north side of Fort San Pedro to Buenavista on Guimaras.Ai?? This is not one of the safest areas of Iloilo City after dark so our advice is that if you arrive after dark take a taxi, don’t wander the streets in the port area. Once you get to Guimaras you’ll find pretty rural landscapes dotted with Mango plantations.Ai?? Alubihod beach is the best white sand beach that’s close to Iloilo City.Ai?? From Jordan you can take a multicab (small truck with bench seats in back) to Alubihod.Ai?? You can wait for the muliticab to fill with passengers or …

A Tigbauan, Iloilo digital photo essay; Tigbauan history, Tigbauan heritage, architecture, 18th century Spanish church, Tigbauan municipal hall, Tigbauan market, Tigbauan beach resorts, real estate and more. Entering Tigbauan – Tigbauan’s Saludan Festival banner Tigbauan Church and Convent from Tigbauan Market Tigbauan Church from Plaza Pretty garden in Tigbauan Church courtyard Tigbauan Municipal Hall from Plaza Entrance According to this plaque the Tigbauan Municipal Hall was built in 1960 Bandstand at Tigbauan Plaza Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines – Plaza Sunday is a busy market day in Tigbauan Tigbauan has one of the busiest small town markets. As a foreigner I often misjudge things. Tigbauan looks like a small town. By North American standards it looks like a town of 2,000 or 3,000. In actuality, the municipality of Tigbauan is has a population of over 50,000! Most buy their essentials in the market. Tigbauan is about 25 km from Iloilo City, too far for everyday shopping. Sunday is Tigbauan’s market day and on that day it’s packed with vendors and shoppers but the market operates seven days per week. Although it’s one of the busiest markets the damp and dark market facilities really need an upgrade to make shopping there a…