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Baratillo blues

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By Rex Catubig   THE  fiesta frolic is lackluster minus a visit to the certified blockbuster feature — the holiday bazaar on Galvan Street. This street bonanza showcases a surreal array of motley clothing, walls of shoes and slippers, prismatic sunglasses adorning wire trees, cornucopia of food, fruits, vegetables, and…

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Baratillo blues

By December 5, 2022Entre'acte

The bridges of lights

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By Rex Catubig   I’VE always been enamored with bridges. My generation was awed by the Bridge on The River Kwai and stomped to its marching music. But my forever love is the romantic Golden Gate Bridge that straddles the strait between San Francisco and Sausalito. It is the reason…

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The bridges of lights

By November 27, 2022Entre'acte

A balikbayan tale: A footnote to the city’s Diamond Jubilee

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By Rex Catubig   HE only finished grade 6. Because they were poor. Life was hard and a constant struggle. He did all kinds of odd jobs—pushcart mover, barker, househelp–he had done it all. “Mairap so manbilay na siamiran anak” (It’s difficult to raise nine children), he sighed, though without…

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A balikbayan tale: A footnote to the city’s Diamond Jubilee

By November 20, 2022Entre'acte

Horse and carriage

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By Rex Catubig    AS we continue to rally and promote the restoration and revitalization of the old PNR Train Station, which is at the center of our advocacy, skeptics are quick to raise the issue of priority. “Bakit yan ang ginagawa, wala namang pakinabang ang tao diyan?” Coming from…

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Horse and carriage

By November 6, 2022Entre'acte

Halloween redux

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By Rex Catubig   EVERY culture has its own unique way of grappling with the concept of death and redemption; of life here and life hereafter. Of life in full circle. It manifests itself in some odd rites and rituals: perhaps bizarre, absurd, irrational and fanciful. But beneath all that,…

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Halloween redux

By October 30, 2022Entre'acte

Train ride to heritage

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By Rex Catubig   THE Ferrocarril de Manila-Dagupan, the forerunner of PNR, began building in 1888 following a royal decree issued by King Alfonso of Spain mandating the laying out of a railway system in the island of Luzon. After years of extensive construction by Filipino labor, the railway started…

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Train ride to heritage

By October 23, 2022Entre'acte

The Speaker’s Widow

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(A corollary homage to commemorate Dagupan’s 75th Diamond Jubilee) By Rex Catubig   I did not get to know Pangasinan’s political luminary, Speaker Eugenio Perez Sr, who authored the charter that made Dagupan into a City. But growing up in the 1960’s, I was fortunate to have had personal encounter…

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The Speaker’s Widow

By October 2, 2022Entre'acte