‘Some General Ideas About Filipino Communities’

I recently came across the following passage and though it was published in 1909, I suddenly had a feeling it was being written about America in 2019: The ordinary people of the villages think of the town government, not as something that belongs to them and in which they may share and by which theyContinue reading “‘Some General Ideas About Filipino Communities’”


Over the holidays, toasts are usually a thing. Often in a lot of languages: Cheers, some say, or L’Chaim, Prost, Sláinte, Salute, Kampai, Salud … and I didn’t know what was said in the Philippines. Here’s the thing: there isn’t a direct translation, because the tradition is different. On Gideon Lasco’s website, he explains howContinue reading “Cheers!”

13 things about my Lolo, Col. Maximiano Saqui Janairo, for Veterans Day

Here’s a photo of my Lolo, Maximiano Saqui Janairo. 1930 graduate of U.S. Military Academy at West Point Commission in the Philippine Scouts Chief engineer with the Philippine Army in 1941 Captured by the Japanese in April 1942 Survived the Bataan Death March Prisoner of War in Camp O’Donnell Escaped while being transferred to a hospitalContinue reading “13 things about my Lolo, Col. Maximiano Saqui Janairo, for Veterans Day”

Photo: An early all-girls basketball game in the Philippines

  Basketball is a huge sport in the Philippines. In trying to figure out how that happened, I came across this image in the archives University of Michigan Library Digital Collections, which includes lots of images from the early interactions of the US in the Philippines.