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Kadaugan, Part V: The Performance

Friday, April 27th, 2007
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If you read the last posting (Kadaugan, Part IV), you’ll know that I started out at the Kadaugan sa Mactan getting stuck in a poor spot, 3 rows of people behind a fence that separates the audience from the Re-enactment of the Battle of Mactan on the shores of Magellan Bay. And, with a bit […]

Kadaugan, Part IV: Adventures Behind the Scenes

Friday, April 27th, 2007
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We left the hotel this morning at 7 a.m. and caught a taxi out 11 kilometers to the Mactan Shrine where there are two monuments, one is a marker of the place where Magellan fell in battle. And the other marker is for Lapu-lapu. Every year, they re-enact the Battle of Mactan. This year was […]

Kadaugan, Part III: War and Peace

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
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When planning for this trip, I’d focused a lot on the Battle of Mactan. It’s what we Westerners tend to focus on in history: the battles, the wars. I’m not the first (and won’t be the last) to notice that we human beings seem to mark our epochs from one time of war to another. […]

Mosquito Scoreboard

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
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In 1983 –> 17 mosquito bites. Mosquitoes declared winners. In 1994 –> 14+ mosquito bites. Mosquitoes declared winners. Now, 2007, the rematch: 20 April Got here yesterday — zero mosquito bites! Been up and out this morning — zero bites! 21 April – 26 April After walking and taking jeepney all over Cebu City; being […]

The East Coast of Cebu

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
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Historical Background: The challenge of writing about the sixteenth century Philippines, or sixteenth century Britain for that matter, is that so much has changed or been lost to modernity. For countries like my beloved Philippines, there’s the added challenge that history has been vanquished by the soldiers and colonial governments. What I find myself having […]

Lagtime, 4/26/07

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
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Before the trip, my plan was to do field research during the day and then spend about half an hour blogging each night to keep in touch with friends and family outside of the Philippines. But, you see, those plans were made before the Advent of Jetlag. The time difference between Cebu City and Chicago […]

Kadaugan, Part II: Reversals

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
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Life, like the plot of a juicy and unpredictable novel, can have reversals. One afternoon, we were told that the best view of Cebu City would be from the Taoist Temple in Lahug, an affluent part of town in the mountains and home to a thriving Chinese Filipino community. We took a taxi there. On […]

Kadaugan, Part I: Word on the Street

Saturday, April 21st, 2007
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Excerpted from private journal, 21 April 2007, 2:45 a.m. Cebu time: It’s nearly 3 a.m. I’m not sure, but I think I’ve hit a low point in the trip. I’m feeling a bit discouraged. Yesterday, the shuttle driver who picked us up from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport told us that the Kadaugan Re-enactment of the […]

The Big Three

Saturday, April 21st, 2007
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It’s Thursday the 26th now and I’m trying to remember what happened last Saturday, 21 April, our first full day in Cebu. It was an amazing day. Despite the set-back of the news that the Battle of Mactan Re-enactment was not happening, I forged ahead with my family in tow. They have been incredibly good […]

Cebu Pacific Terminal

Friday, April 20th, 2007
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Excerpted from private journal, 20 April 2007, Friday: There are about 900 people here in the domestic terminal for Cebu Pacific Airlines. Lots of noise. A cacophony of voices. It’s the most # of non-Asians I’ve seen in 3 days. Passengers are loading for places like Boracay and Cagayan de Oro and Legaspi. Our driver […]