Unang Sulyap: 2017 Altar, Most Holy Trinity Church, Balic-balic

•April 16, 2017 • 1 Comment


April 16, 2017, Easter Sunday.  As the parishioners of the Most Holy Trinity Parish, Balic-balic, Sampaloc, entered their church to celebrate Easter Sunday, they gazed in amazement at the unveiled new altar almost 5 years in the making.

Before and after mass, many of the parishioners, old and young, raised their phones for the selfie/groupie moment with the newly renovated altar as the backdrop. Sophie Pamintuan, 7 years old, liked the new altar as it seemed to her “bigger and better” than the old one. Indeed, by opening the old left and right side altar, the architects achieved an overall sense of increased sacred space.

The dominant shade of white made the altar space brighter and lighter which added to the sense of vastness of the sacred space. Even the altar windows were replaced with non-colored glass.  We are not sure if all the white space will remain white  (original design intent) or if it simply meant the parish lacked funds to complete the architect’s vision.

Nevertheless, intentional or not, the “minimalist” white sacred space provided the perfect background to highlight the dynamic colors of the image of the patronal saint placed at the altar’s center  (unlike the original architect’s plan to place the image at the farthest lower left most side of the altar), a new crucified Christ (artist unknown), and the original tabernacle.

Word is that the altar’s blessing will be celebrated on Trinity Sunday this coming June 11, 2017.

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Memoirs of Carmen & Cayan

•November 15, 2016 • 2 Comments

Carmen F. Godinez holding a copy  Carmen & I – Life under Japanese Occupation in WWII (left photo, circa October 2016).  Mr Anthony Wooden, Mayor of Kayan/Tadian Mountain Province (right photo, circa October 2016) holding a copy of the book Cayan – My Memories together with Carmen F. Godinez (daughter of the author of the memoirs) and Maria Lourdes F Godinez (translator of the memoirs). Mr. Wooden was happy to note that the book contained many historical details about his municipality.  Copies of both books available at La Solidaridad Bookshop (531 Padre Faura St, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila; telephone: 254 1068.




Face of Peace & War: A Doctor’s Story of Bataan Days & Before (1936-1942) – Book Launching, August 31, 2016

•August 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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An intimate portrait of a Philippine Commonwealth medical doctor’s life as a medical intern in Davao, a public health official in Camarines Sur (Lagonoy, San Jose, and Naga) and as a military doctor in Bataan. The author is the son-in-law of then 1st Lt. Gregorio L. Reyes MC, who left behind a two notebook memoir about his Bataan escape. In addition, the author referenced about 280 letters of his parent-in-laws chronicling their times of separation as sweethearts and as a young married couple.

Book launching scheduled on the second day of the 2016 Manila Studies Annual Conference on August 31, 2016, NCCA, Intramuros, Manila.

Book Details, ISBN 978-971-95603-2-6, Softcover, B/W text, 267++pages, more than 233 photographs. Limited edition printed. Estimated cost = 650 pesos.

Face of Peace & War: Book Launching

•August 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Back Cover, Face of Peace & War by Martin Gaerlan, 2016.

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25th Annual Manila Studies Conference: 30-31, August 2016, NCCA, Intramuros.

•August 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment


In time for History Month, the Manila Studies Association (MSA) will convene the 25th Annual Manila Studies Conference on Aug. 30-31 at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila.

The conference is cosponsored by the NCCA-Committee on Historical Research and the Philippine National Historical Society, and will present papers on studies highlighting aspects of Manila’s history and culture, as well as studies on national history that interface in Manila’s historical development.

The following are the papers to be presented: “An Interpretation of the Boxer Codex” by Jorge Mojarro; “The Culinary Annotations of Fr. Manuel Blanco, OSA, ‘In Flora de Filipinas,’” Felice Prudente Sta. Maria; “Archives and Archaeology: Digging Deep into the Foundation of La Ignaciana Apostolic Center in Sta. Ana, Manila,” Katherine Ann B. Manalo and Grace Barretto-Tesoro; “Felipe Padilla de Leon Sr. (1912-1992): The Man, the Musician, and His Philosophy,” Renato B. Lucas; “Native Resistance and Collaboration in the Transformation of Post-Conquest 16th-Century Manila,” Danilo M. Gerona; “The Architectural Heritage of Manila Project, 1571-1961,” Erik Akpedonu; “Metamorphosis: Restoring the Metropolitan Theater in the Urban Imagination and Collective Memory,” Gerard Rey Lico; “Architectural Styles of Churches and Ecclesiastical Facilities of the Dominican Order: Santo Domingo Today,” Demetrio C. Alcaraz Jr.; “Selling the Drama: Music and Identity in the Popular Zarzuelas of Severino Reyes circa 1906,” Isidora Miranda; “Himno Nacional: Musical Borrowing in Early 20th-Century Philippines,” Ma. Edelquinn Lueleen Sy-Beltran; “Refuge in the Philippines: The White Russian Refugees in Tubabao Island (1949-1953),” Kinna Mae G. Kwan; and “Pageantry and Identity: Body, Beauty and Technology in Ms. Gay Philippines Five Prettiest,” Ferdinand M. Lopez.

To be launched on Aug. 31 is the “Selected Papers of the 24th Annual Manila Studies Conference De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde, Aug. 27-28, 2015,” with Marya Svetlana T. Camacho as issue editor and Bernardita Reyes Churchill as executive editor.

For inquiries, contact Churchill, MSA president and conference convener, at 921-4575, 926-1347 or nitachurchill@hotmail.com, or Lorelei DC de Viana, conference coconvener, at manilastudies2015@gmail.com or 0915-640-1675.

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/805500/conference-on-history-set-aug-30-31#ixzz4H5WcuzVU