What is a Cedula — and what is it for?

During the Spanish era, one of the highlights of the Philippine revolution was when Andres Bonifacio and his fellow Katipuneros tore their Cedulas to signal the start of the Filipinos' revolt against Spanish rule. That moment in history is called "The Cry of Pugad Lawin" (also known as "The Cry of Balintawak" where in August …

…the five co-workers you will meet in hell

Ah, here we go again and my favorite topic. Work and how it inspires me (*sarcasm*) these past few days. I really shouldn't compare really -- when the latest unemployment figures released by my country's Labor Department is not exactly conducive for anti-social people like me. The more I grow tired of my routine, the …

PUJ Chronicles

If you have to go somewhere in this country, in one time or another, you have to ride a jeepney. Considered the "King of the Road" in this country, there is no street where you will not find this popular mode of local transportation. Thing is-- the inside of a jeepney is a mini-ecosystem in …

Duty, but not exactly hassle-free.

What can be worse than mile-long traffic and the insipidly annoying "fah-lah-lah-lah-lah" that seemed to follow us everywhere we go these days? It's having to brave the long, frustrating lines while trying to score "tax-free" PX goods on your local duty free. The little sister just arrived from a four-day seminar held in Malaysia and …

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