Cityscapes

“Filii”pino Welcome for North American Balikbayans

It was my first bout with the infamous traffic deadlock from MOA, Pasay City to Loyola Grand Villas, Quezon City.  For the most part during the trip I entertained myself by looking out fleetingly at silhouettes of the colossal infrastructures I have not seen before.  I was in awe as...
Read More
“Filii”pino Welcome for North American Balikbayans

Iloilo Filii meet their Canadian Brother

It didn’t take Medelianism philosophy for Iloilo Filii to figure out the best venue to hold a mini re-union and a welcome bash for fray Ted Fullona, a fellow Ilonggo who was on vacation and back in Dumalag, Capiz during the week of February 11th.   On short notice and under...
Read More
Iloilo Filii meet their Canadian Brother

The 2018 Sinulog Festival in Carmen, Cebu

The rhythmic sound of drum beats emanating two blocks away from where we stand begin to vibrate.  As the sound gets closer and louder, you can sense the excitement on painted faces of spectators and revelers -- boys, girls, men, women, seniors -- aged from as young as two to...
Read More
The 2018 Sinulog Festival in Carmen, Cebu

Cardinal Tagle Conferred 2018 Rotary Peace Award

LUIS ANTONIO CARDINAL TAGLE, Archbishop of Manila, was proclaimed Peace Awardee for 2018 by the Rotary Club of Makati-San Lorenzo, on February 23rd 2018.  This was also in celebration of the 113th anniversary of Rotary International. Among its 6 Areas of Focus is Peace and Conflict Resolution. Here are some of...
Read More
Cardinal Tagle Conferred 2018 Rotary Peace Award

A Pre-war Gem: Remembering Old Santo Domingo

Intramuros at the time of the Spanish Colonial period was synonymous to the City of Manila.  Other towns and suburbs beyond the city walls were referred to as “extramuros” or “outside the walls”.  It was both the seat of government and center of its social institutions: religion, education and economy....
Read More
A Pre-war Gem: Remembering Old Santo Domingo

The Fall and Rise of Dumalagnons

At the Roxas City airport, a guy who just arrived from Manila, asks a lady vendor, “Manang, saan po nakatira itong si Mrs Jasmin Fuliga?”, showing her a piece of paper on which the name is written.  “Fuliga? Ay ti, taga Dumalag ina siya” (She’s from Dumalag) the lady answers...
Read More
The Fall and Rise of Dumalagnons

Memoirs of the 6th Filii Biennial Reunion in Canada

The month of September heralds the advent of autumn in Canada and for Canadians it means anticipating the onset of leaf fall. As temperature begins to drop gradually to a comfortable level and the end of everything estival and serotinal becomes impending, somewhere in Philippines, California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey...
Read More
Memoirs of the 6th Filii Biennial Reunion in Canada

Spiritual Journey to the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag

Manila, Philippines, October 11, 2017. FSDPI (Filii Sancti Dominici Philippinensis Inc.) in May 2017, launched its first pilgrimage project to the Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag where the image of Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of the Most Holy Rosary is enshrined. The project is managed by the FSDPI committee...
Read More
Spiritual Journey to the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag

Radyo Manaoag: Preaching The Good News On The Air

Preaching the Good news has been and still is the reason for being of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans. Since its founding by Santo Domingo de Guzman in the early 13th century, it did this mission mainly on the pulpit. That mode of preaching by the...
Read More
Radyo Manaoag: Preaching The Good News On The Air

Fr. Jestoni Porras celebrates thanksgiving Mass

Quezon City, Philippines, October 4, 2017.  Fray Mike Plana, one of the founders and a most sought-after advisor of FSDPI (Filii Sancti Dominici Philippinensis Inc.) hosted a dinner party to honor one of Filii’s own sons, the newly ordained priest, Rev. Fr. Jestoni Porras.  Fr. Jestoni was ordained priest on...
Read More
Fr. Jestoni Porras celebrates thanksgiving Mass

Dateline Iloiloensis: From the Heart’s Abundance

“Ex abundantia cordis emanent EPISTOLIORUM.” From the abundance of the heart emanate the “Letters of the Sons” of St. Dominic. From the bottom of our hearts, we the Filii of Iloilo welcome the maiden bow of  EPISTOLIORUM. We congratulate the Editorial Staff for hatching one brilliant idea, matching it with...
Read More
Dateline Iloiloensis: From the Heart’s Abundance