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Made in heaven


At the start of the American regime, a young ilustrado named Pio Gozo from Majayjay, Laguna, married Eugenia Estella, a comely village girl from barrio San Isidro. Thus our Gozo family tree took root.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

Today I’m 78, Happy Birthday to me


On Feb. 2, 1936 ON a cold and foggy morning, I was born in a farmhouse at the foot of Mt. Banahaw in Laguna.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

The hypnotist


I first saw my stepfather-to-be in 1942, when I was eight, during the Japanese time. He was attending the town fiesta of Majayjay. I saw him approaching on our pathway, dressed in clothes I’d never seen.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Big virtues I learned from small-town folk


“Ayyy! Kanduleee! Biyaaa! Dulooong!” THIS hawking singsong was heard aloud in the streets of Majayjay daily, except Sundays and Mondays. The hawking sound belonged to Ka Tinay, my fish vendor friend, when I was growing up in the 1940s and ’50s.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Missing Louis Armstrong’s sound in Majayjay


In Majayjay, the music played at funerals was unusual and unforgettable. The sound was a cross between a dirge and a kundiman, with a touch of jazz in between.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »