“Nuns Navigating the Spanish Empire” …with a brief stay in Sampaloc, Manila.

•October 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

During the Spanish period, the Franciscan town of Sampaloc, Manila, briefly played as hosts to the “nuns who just successfully navigated the Spanish empire” traveling from Spain, to Mexico, and finally, to the Philippines (a 15-month journey).

With a US$50,400 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2014, Prof. Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Owens (College of Charleston, South Carolina) worked on retelling the story of the first Catholic cloistered nuns community established in the Far East.  This October 2017, the University of New Mexico Press released  “Nuns Navigating the Spanish Empire.”


Sarah E. Owens is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Hispanic Studies and affiliate professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the College of Charleston. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and she specializes in the writings of colonial and early modern Spanish nuns. Her research has taken her to the archives of Mexico, Spain, Chile, Peru, and the Vatican. In 2009 she published an award-winning edition of a Spanish nun’s travel account called Journey of Five Capuchin Nuns. Her second book, Women of the Iberian Atlantic (2012), won the award for best Collaborative Project from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (Source: Faculty Staff Listing, College of Charleston website).



•August 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Manila Studies Conference 2017

Tanghalan Leandro Locsin, National Commission for Culture and the Arts
General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila
August 16-17, 2017

August 16, 2017
Day 1
8:00 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Opening of The Arrabales of Manila Exhibit
Ground Floor, NCCA Building
National Anthem
Welcome Remarks
Virgilio S. Almario
Chair, NCCA
Exhibit Overview
Lorelei D.C. De Viana
Ribbon Cutting and Exhibit Viewing
Session 1
10:30 am – 12:00 nn
Conference Overview
Lorelei D.C. de Viana

Acknowledgment of Participants and Welcome to Session 1
Manuel Zamora, Jr.

Pangpang Lüsung
Looking at Prehispanic Batangas-Manila-Pampanga Riverine-Coastal Network
Joel Pabustan Mallari
DepEd City of San Fernando, Pampanga

What lies beneath the Pamantasan? Salvage Archaeology at Old Gusaling Villegas Site,
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Intramuros, Manila
Ivan B. Cultura and Maricar B. Belarmino
National Museum of the Philippines

The Stone that Built Manila and its Quarries as Heritage Sites
Rona R. Repancol
University of Santo Tomas

Open Forum
Session Chair and Moderator
Manuel Zamora Jr.

Lunch Break
12:00 nn – 1:00 pm

Session 2
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

A Nick Joaquin Retrospective: On the Occasion of the Birth Centenary of Nick Joaquin
Gemino H. Abad
University of the Philippines Diliman

The Blossoming in Faith of a National Artist:
Mariology, Masters and Movements in Rolando Tinio’s Santo Rosario Writings (1952-1963)
Manuel R. Zamora, Jr.
Colegio de San Juan de Letran

Cultural Nationalism of the 1930’s:
Zeitgeist through the lens of Felipe Padilla de Leon, Sr. (1912-1992)
Renato Lucas
University of Santo Tomas

Open Forum
Marya Svetlana T. Camacho
Session Chair and Moderator

Session 3
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Towards a Rhizomatic Conception of Philippine Film History
(A Commemorative Paper on the Centennial of Philippine Cinema, 1917-2017)
Nick Deocampo
Independent Film Maker

Open Forum
Session Chair and Moderator
Maria Eloisa Parco de Castro


August 17, 2017
Day 2

Session 4
9:00 am -10:30 am

Retracing the Journey of Sorsogon Abaca to Manila Hemp
Stephen Henry S. Totanes
Sorsogon State College
Ateneo de Naga University

Medicine and Pharmacy in Colonial Manila During the late 19th Century:
A Gendered Perspective
Leo Angelo Nery
Ateneo de Manila University/Far Eastern University

Far from Isolation: The Spatial Politics of the Relocation of the University of the Philippines Main Campus, 1930s–1970s
Michael D. Pante
Ateneo de Manila University

Open Forum
Session Chair and Moderator
Mary Jane Louise Bolunia

10:30-11:00 am
Coffee Break

Session 5
11:00 am – 12:00 nn

Angel and Cross-bones: On La Loma Cemetery Chapel’s Visual Motifs’ Meaning
Romeo Galang, Jr.
Far Eastern University

Civic Engagement in Urban Water Governance: The Case of Pasig River
Rehabilitation in Metropolitan Manila, the Philippines
Don Johnson Lontoc
Politecnico di Milano

Open Forum
Session Chair and Moderator
Lorelei D.C. de Viana

Lunch Break
12:00 nn – 1:00 pm

Session 6
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Dilao: A Heritage Recollection
Gerard Lico
University of the Philippines Diliman

Sampaloc Skywalk – An Innovative and Alternative Pedestrianization Strategy
Along España Boulevard
Henry Felix E. Herrera
University of Santo Tomas

The Rehabilitation and Modernization of the Old Agriculture Building
for the Museum of Natural History
Dominic Galicia

Open Forum
Session Chair and Moderator
Christian Paul Ramos

Book Launching
2:30 pm -3:30 pm

MANILA Selected Papers of the 2016 Manila Studies Conference
Manila Studies Association and The National Commission for Culture and the Arts –
Committee on Historical Research 2016
Edited by Marya Svetlana T. Camacho

Regulating Colonial Spaces (1565-1944)
Published by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Gerard Lico and Lorelei D.C. de Viana

Closing of the Conference
Thanks and Appreciation

Farewell Merienda

51st Medical Batallion – List of Officers

•July 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Face of Peace & War. A Doctor’s Story of Bataan Days & Before (1936-1042), Martin Gaerlan, 2016.

Are you related to any of the officers of the 51st Medical Batallion led by Major Ricardo L. Madamba, MC, from Ilocos Sur? Please download list and contact mrgaerlan2004@yahoo.com for any corrections or updated information.


Designation Names Rank Notes
51st Bn (Medical) Ricardo L. Madamba Major MC Killed in Action. From Dingras, Ilocos Norte*,  U.P. Class of 1925
Executive Officer Antonio Billen

(Jose Bellen?)

Capt. MC Jose Belen from Tabaco, Albay*  demobilized (there is an Antonio Bellen, UST Class of 1934, from Bacacay, Albay)
S-1 Ramon G. Figueroa Capt MC Phil. Air Force, UST Class of 1932
Adjutant Ramon Macasaet 1st Lt. MC Killed in Action (UST Class of ???)
S-3 (Div Dental Surg Gutierrez Capt. DC Killed in Action
S-4 Artemio C. Arciaga Capt. MC Demobilized (UST Class of 1938)
Hq & Hq Co. CO Artemio C. Arciaga Capt MC
Hq & Hq Serv Co JO Justo Francisco 1st Lt. MC Demobilized
CO, Co “A” Collecting Santiago B. Panganiban Capt MC UST Class of 1938
2nd in command
Leader, 1st Platoon Felix S. Macalino 1st Lt MC Demobilized, From Macabebe, Pampanga*
Leader, 2nd Platoon Mariano A. Clemente 1st Lt. MC Killed by Japs, From Mauban, Quezon* UST Class of 1932
Leader, 3rd Platoon Pedro F. Soliman 1st Lt. MC UST Class of 1934
CO, Co. “B” Collecting Mario D. Lim Capt MC Demobilized, U.P. Class of 1938
2nd in command
Leader, 1st Platoon Jose Lopez 1st Lt. MC Demobilized
Leader, 2nd Platoon Vicente Santa Maria 1st Lt. MC Demobilized  UST Class of 1937
Leader, 3rd Platoon
CO, Co. “C” Collecting Mariano Tañada Capt MC Demobilized, U.P. Class of 1930
Leader, 1st Platoon Brigido G. Carandang 1st Lt. MC Tanauan, Batangas, UST Class of 1937, killed by Japanese
Leader, 2nd Platoon Jose Sevidal 1st Lt. MC Demobilized
Leader, 3rd Platoon
CO, Co “Clearing” Antonio Billen Capt MC Demobilized
Leader, 1st Platoon Ramon Figueroa Capt MC Philippine Air Force, UST Class of 1932
Leader, 2nd Platoon Crisostomo Arjene 1st Lt. MC Demobilized
Leader, 3rd Platoon Rizal R. Rualo 1st Lt. MC MPC – Mindanao, UST Class of 1937
Cezar T. Villegas 1st Lt. MC Demobilized, UST Class of 1934
Jose Fernandez 1st Lt. MC Malaria Control Dept. UP Class of 1920 (?)
51st Medical Company
2nd in command Pio Villaraza 1st Lt. MC Demobilizied, U.P. Class of 1934
1st Platoon Leader Alfredo Dansico 1st Lt. MC Demobilizied
2nd Platoon Leader Buenaventura Umalis 1st Lt. MC Demobilizied UST Class of
3rd Platoon Leader ??
52nd Medical Company
CO Jose V. Ramoso 1st Lt. MC Demobilizied
1st Platoon Leader Florentino Villanueva 1st Lt. MC Demobilizied
2nd Platoon Leader Eduardo Naval 1st Lt. MC Demobilizied
3rd Platoon Leader Zoilo Bunyi 1st Lt. MC Demobilizied
53rd Medical Company
CO Segundino de Jesus 1st Lt. MC Demobilizied
1st Platoon Leader DOMINGO 1st Lt. MC Demobilizied
2nd Platoon Leader SIGUENZA 1st Lt. MC Demobilizied
3rd Platoon Leader Jose T. Viaje 1st Lt. MC Demobilizied UST Class of 1932
Isaac G. Austria 1st Lt. MC PA Gen. Hospital UST 1937
Salvador Encinas 1st Lt. DC Demobilizied

Source: Historical Date, 51st Division (PA), Box 1479, Entry 1113, Philippine Archive Collection, Record Group 407, National Archives, College Park, MD Note: *Additional notes from GLR Memoir and author’s research on medical degrees.

Download as PDF  – 51st Medical Batallion

Crucified Christ, Most Holy Trinity Church, Balic-Balic, Sampaloc, June 8, 2017

•June 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Crucified Christ BalicBalic Sampaloc June 11 2017

Photograph: Martin Gaerlan 2017


Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017

•June 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The original Holy Trinity Patronal Image (circa 1928-1930), Holy Trinity Church Altar, Balic-Balic, Sampaloc, Manila, June 11, 2017 (photo: Martin Gaerlan). Note: The Crucified Christ unveiled Easter Sunday 2017.

holy trinity balicbalic sampaloc june 11 2017