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Made in heaven


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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


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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


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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


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“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


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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 »

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