My ghost story

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest, November 1-14, 2016 | vol. 29, No. 11 | Do you believe in ghosts? I didn’t use to, but now I have to admit that I do. I think back to the big ancient house in Santol that my grandparents lived in, where Japanese soldiers were reportedly killed, …

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Architecture of the Manila Chinese Cemetery

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest | November 1-14, 2016 | vol. 29 | No. 11 | The vast necropolis in the north of Manila’s Sta. Cruz district, consisting of the North, La Loma and Chinese cemeteries, is a veritable museum to the evolution of Western and Chinese architectural styles and their adaptation and …

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Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival (中秋節) is one of two occasions during the year when Tsinoys are reminded of their Chineseness (the other is the Spring Festival or lunar new year). This is when all our Filipino friends would remind us to give them mooncakes. So familiar are they with the festival that Filipinos …

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The case of Chieng Liang-un: Buddhist, laborer, undocumented

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest, September 20-October 3, 2016 | vol. 29, No. 8 issue | Originally titled “Buddhist, Laborer, Undocumented: The Case of Chieng Liang-un in Leyte, 1891.” | The case of Chieng Liang-un is contained in one of the Chinos bundles (SDS 13044) at the National Archives of the Philippines. His …

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When words fail, use idioms…Hokkien style (27)

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino DigestSeptember 6-19, 2016 | vol. 29 | No. 7 issue 放屎糊壁邊 pang sai ko pia pen wipe bowel on the wall grossly insulting gesture 掛羊頭賣狗肉 kua yun t’ao bue kao ba hanging goat’s head but selling dog’s meat doing dishonest business 賬簿隔格 siao p’o ke k’ang drawing lines on …

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