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Kasabangan Falls

Posted by on 6 Mar 2015 in Adventures in the Visayas, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Philippines, Photo Blog, Visayas photo gallery | 0 comments

Kasabangan Falls

While in the Philippines, we visited Biliran island and passed by the Kasabangan Falls. They were hard to reach: Due to recent typhoons, the trail and bridges leading from the road to the falls were heavily damaged. But it was possible, so we visited and I could get a couple of...

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Visiting tatay’s grave

Posted by on 3 Mar 2015 in DUROY Haneper, Graveyard Photography, Graveyards, Pinoy roots | 0 comments

Visiting tatay’s grave

When we visit the Philippines, we always visit a few cemeteries to pay our respect to family members who have passed. The most important grave, to us, is the grave of my father-in-law, tatay (tatay means father, in Filipino), which we visited at the end of January. Paying respect to a deceased person in the Philippines means lighting a few candles. And it’s perfectly okay over there to climb over or sit on graves during your visit (things that are not done here in the Netherlands), so on the photos you see kids (a few of tatay’s...

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The port of Pinamopoan

Posted by on 27 Feb 2015 in Adventures in the Visayas, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Philippines, Photo Blog, Port, Visayas photo gallery | 0 comments

The port of Pinamopoan

Pinamopoan is a small fishing village on the north coast of the island Leyte, in the Philippines. We strolled around the port when we visited Pinamopoan, and I made a little photo...

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Marriage of Cornezo Ambe and Fernanda Bolasa

Posted by on 21 Jul 2014 in AMBE Cornezo, BULASA Fernanda, Pinoy roots | 0 comments

Marriage of Cornezo Ambe and Fernanda Bolasa

A page of 1924 marriage registrations from Kawayan, province Leyte (at the time, now it’s province Biliran), Philippines. At number 93 my son’s great-grandparents Cornezo Ambe and Fernanda Bolasa. Marriage Jan 22, 1924, Balakson, Kawayan; solmnized by Julio[?] Roda, priest Cornezo Ambe; age 23; born Masagongsong, Kawayan, Leyte; occupation Laborer; unmarried; son of Tranquilino Ambi [sic] and Antonia Olaguer [sic] Fernanda Bolasa; age 20; born Balakson, Kawayan, Leyte; occupation Weaver; unmarried; daughter of Estanislao Bolasa...

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Before the storm

Posted by on 15 Dec 2013 in Adventures in the Visayas, Philippines, Photo Blog, Thoughts | 0 comments

Before the storm

Last month typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) destroyed large parts of the Visayas area of the Philippines. I’m sure you saw images of the destruction, especially from Tacloban. We hope to visit the region some time next year, and I’ll share a few photos afterwards. Hopefully it will only be photos of how nicely they rebuilt everything. We visited the region before, several times, and have many happy memories there. Indeed, we married in Tacloban. Below I share a couple of photos that I took during our last visit, two years...

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Haiyan is family history too

Posted by on 30 Nov 2013 in Pinoy roots | 2 comments

Haiyan is family history too

A few weeks ago, one of the heaviest storms ever recorded passed through the Philippines. We have all seen the consequences: Thousands are dead, millions lost their homes, cities, towns and villages are destroyed. Most of the reports we’ve seen came from Tacloban, where CNN had a team even before the storm hit. Tacloban. Most of you probably never even heard of this city before it was flattened by the typhoon. It’s just a city in the Philippines that was hit by a disaster. Most of you have never seen Tacloban as it was before the...

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