The Manaoag Church… The Pilgrim Center of Northern Philippines

In the Philippines, we always have the 1st of November declared as a holiday. For this year, we had October 31 and November 1 declared as "non-working holidays". Of course, most of the Filipinos, including me, took the 30th of October as a "self-declared" holiday which gave me a five day respite from work. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€... Continue Reading →

Nuong bata pa ako…!

I sometimes miss these days... ... Nuong sumasabit ako sa dyip habang may sumisigaw ng "... Valiches, Novaliches"! ... Nuong umaangkas ako sa traysikel na kakalog-kalog dahil sa lubak na daan! ... Nuong sumusundot ako ng pisbol sa kalyeng mausok at maalikabok at isasawsaw sa sukang punong-puno ng naiwang pisbol na lumulutang pa! ... Nuong... Continue Reading →

The Tagalog Word “Diyos” (god)… Where did it come from?

One of those things that is good to know…

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โ€‹Ever wondered where the Tagalog word โ€œdiyosโ€ (god in English) came from?

The word โ€œdiyosโ€ had its roots in the Latin word โ€œdeusโ€ (pronounced as de-yus) which means a god or a deity. The Latin word โ€œdeusโ€ can also be translated as โ€œdiesโ€ (Latin; pronounced as di-yes) or Sun in English.

The ancients worshipped the Sun as a god. In the Grecian Pantheon of Gods, they had Zeus as the primary god of Olympus which was also seen as the Sun-God. Many scholars believe that the word โ€œZeusโ€ was the origin of the Latin word โ€œdeusโ€. Yup, theyโ€™re actually phonetically similar.

The early Spaniards, who invaded the Philippines, said the mass in Latin which used the word โ€œdeusโ€ to mean a god. The Filipinos later on adopted the Latin word โ€œdeusโ€ as part of their language, pronounced as โ€œdi-yosโ€, to mean โ€œgodโ€. And thatโ€™s where the Tagalog word โ€œdiyosโ€ cameโ€ฆ

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Aeta… the first Philippine settlers!

The statue depicts an ancient Aeta, believed to be the first settlers in the Philippines. Their descendants still roam the region of Zambales and some migrated to the other parts of the country. Most of them, kicked out of their land like the Indians of North America, are now begging for food and financial assistance... Continue Reading →

The Game of Chess…!

Many countries claim to have invented the chess game in some incipient form. The most commonly held belief is that chess originated in India, where it was called Chaturanga, which appears to have been invented in the 6th century AD. Although this is commonly believed, it is thought that Persians created a more modern version... Continue Reading →

420!

Some of you might be curious why some of your friends are posting this number or why this number is almost all over the social media. It is a slang word for marijuana (or mary jane as some may call it). It was believed that marijuana's "magic" was discovered on April 20. The kids of... Continue Reading →

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