Bapor Tabo

Here is a digital model and render by Kathryna Lee, showing her artistic interpretation (based on contemporary river ship designs of the late 19th and early 20th century) of the Bapor Tabo in Jose Rizal’s novels, the “El Filibusterismo“. The ship model is rendered in the Pasig River in the midst of the 1930s Prewar … Read more

On this day, February 4

On this day, February 4, in 1899 the Fil-Am War began on Sociego St in Sta Mesa, Manila. The official calendar of the Republic of the Philippines: an almanac of Philippine commemorations enlivened with illustrations and information. –Manila: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, [2014]. On this day in 1945, the Yalta Conference began … Read more


Pinak February 2 is World Wetlands Day! Two significant wetlands are located in Pampanga: Candaba Swamp which is one of the most famous and largest natural wetlands in the Philippines and an important bird sanctuary and catchment basin of Central Luzon, and the Sasmuan Coastal Wetlands which was newly designated as a Ramsar site last … Read more


It’s National Hot Chocolate Day! Kapampángans’ own traditional hot chocolate is a popular Christmastime beverage prepared by mixing pure cacao with a traditional whisk called a batirul or muliníliu! BATIRUL • (buh-ti-ROOL)(1) heirloom tool (vessel and/or whisk) used for making traditional hot chocolate(2) hot chocolate made with the said toolThe whisk is also called a … Read more

1814 Mayon Eruption

Today, February 1, we remember the 1814 Mayon eruption. Did you know that the 1814 eruption of Mayon is a Plinian type of eruption, the most powerful of its kind? A Plinian eruption involves the explosive release of enormous columns of volcanic debris and hot gases into the sky. Resembling a gigantic rocket blast, Plinian … Read more