Sacrificing a Christmas for the Country and On Why Marcelo H. del Pilar is Hated by His Own Daughter

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Bridged by Love, artwork in Gmelina wood by Willy Layug. Photo courtesy of the NHCP.

Last 18 December 2017, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), gave a tribute to Ka Alex Balagtas, the Museum Curator of Museo ni Marcelo H. del Pilar in Cupang, San Nicolas, Bulakan, Bulacan, as he is about to retire from service early next year. My first acquaintance of him was in 2008, when I was in third year college at the Bulacan State University in Malolos, Bulacan. He visited our mini exhibit about the 110th anniversary of the Malolos Congress. Since then I am with him in various activities of the NHCP in Bulacan, until he encouraged me to apply to the said agency in 2011. I became part of the NHCP in 2013. Continue reading Sacrificing a Christmas for the Country and On Why Marcelo H. del Pilar is Hated by His Own Daughter

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13 Things that May Help Reina Hispanoamericana Winwyn Marquez Establish Her Spanish Connection

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Reigning 2017 Reina Hispanoamericana Winwyn Marquez of the Philippines with some of her fellow candidates. Marquez’s mother, Alma Moreno, is from Macabebe, Pampanga, a place notable in Spanish History as the last colonial town to have remained loyal to Spain. Photo from Reina Hispanoamerican Facebook page.

I’m not sure if Winwyn Marquez, the newly crowned Reina Hispanoamericana, is aware that the province of her parents, Pampanga, gave Spain a wonderful kind of history of loyalty. Jose Felipe Del-Pan, a 19th century Spanish journalist described, the people of Pampanga (Kapampangans) as “the loyal companions of our disgraces and of our graces.” But the downside of it? The Kapampangans earned lasting racist tags from their fellow Filipinos: taksil” (‘traitor’) and “dugong aso (literally ‘canine-blood,’ actually a metaphor for the dog-like loyalty of the Kapampangans to their master or their adherence to the constituted authority). In his 5 November 2017 column in Abante, historian Xiao Chua made it clear that Pampanga just joined the Revolution on 3 June 1898 in Bacolor town, contrary to popular belief that it was among the eight provinces to first rise against the Spaniards in 1896. By the way, Winwyn’s father, Joey Marquez, is from Mabalacat, Pampanga, while her mother Vanessa Lacsamana, a.k.a. Alma Moreno, is from Macabebe, Pampanga.

But the most interesting of the Kapampanganess of Winwyn is her Macabebe lineage. Her Macabebe forebears were the first to resist Spanish invaders in Luzon in 1571 and surprisingly the last to defend the Spaniards in the Philippines in 1898 (and even joining them in repatriation to the Marianas and later to Spain in 1899). In honor of the Macabebe soldiers, a street in the Spanish capital of Madrid bears the name “Calle de Voluntarios Macabebes.” Continue reading 13 Things that May Help Reina Hispanoamericana Winwyn Marquez Establish Her Spanish Connection