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The first and only community blog about the province of Eastern Samar, Philippines. With news, literature and a lot more.

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Council approves 15% fare hike in Borongan

By • Apr 13th, 2011 • Category: News


Clan Mentality

By • Apr 11th, 2011 • Category: Features

Tweet In the province of Eastern Samar, the word clan is a common fixture to a surname printed on streamers hanged for the annual family reunions. But these days, try asking young people in Borongan about what a “clan” is and they will most likely relate the word to text messaging and group messaging. As […]

Homonhon: 49 decades of hospitality

By • Apr 6th, 2011 • Category: Features

Tweet When the seas are rough, it takes almost four hours to get to the island of Homonhon from the port of Guiuan. The island, composed of eight barangays is not only popular for expert sea-farers and dried fish; it is also where the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, with his Spanish crew first landed on […]

Summer in Eastern Samar

By • May 5th, 2009 • Category: Arts

Tweet Some of my friends spent their most recent paycheck on a trip to Boracay. What better way to enjoy summer, right? Wrong. By going to Boracay, they had a break from the monotonous work-home-work-home itinerary. But, they also had dents in their pockets to exchange for the three day bliss. If I were to […]

Miss Cabo

By • Feb 10th, 2009 • Category: Features

Tweet She gives out a smile before introducing herself properly. She needs to say her name to them, unlike the usual scene in movies when women like her write their names on the blackboard before saying anything. After all, these are first graders. Most of them do not know how to read yet. And at […]

Memories stuck in that three-wheel drive [sic]

By • Nov 12th, 2007 • Category: Features

Tweet In Thailand they call it “tuk-tuk.” Some Cebuanos refer to it, with the side cart or without, as “habal-habal.” The rest would call it, tricycle. The tricycles I grew up with had loud engines, unlike the dry-cough-like sound of those found in neighboring regions. My uncle who works for Norkis once told my mother […]

Blogging and its-so-called “Rulessness”

By • Aug 19th, 2007 • Category: Features

Tweet I wrote this piece almost a year ago. Though there are a lot more important things to remember about blogging, I believe the first step is writing clearly.

What happens when you google “Eastern Samar?”

By • Aug 1st, 2007 • Category: Features

Tweet Tonight, I get 963, 000 hits in .08 seconds. I click on the first link:, and the window tells me that the page “cannot be displayed.” The second link leads me to Wikipedia. The write up on Eastern Samar says that the province produces copra, and imports timber, among others.