Friday, October 15, 2021

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Life is short, so I have to make do with this rearing tikbalang-tikbalangan brat who can't deliver the little one that I wish would fit. Ficus microcarpa "Round Leaf Green Island" in training. Happy Halloween!

"Learning the Ropes"

Monday, September 20, 2021

More settled back after an 8-month TDY, I see that this old guy deserves another shot. Ficus microcarpa "Green Island". Isla Verde! By the crossing on the way home!

"Claiming the Mission"

A clearing inside 18th century Kuta Church, Anilao, Bongabong

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Friday, September 10, 2021

Binghamton dorm room shohin ficus. No, Mr. B, she did all these herself. No ugly elvie under the banyan too!

Monday, September 6, 2021

Another eBay deal. 8" brass replica of a Mindoro hawk-owl or boobok (Ninox mindorensis), $5.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

eBay find. Anoa mindorensis cow and calf wood carving, polished workmanship, $12.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Work inbox, 1/7/21. Phase 1B (first responders/LE) in NY get a perk. Even if I wasn't at the Dome. And words to live by from the commissioner. Four years more with the agency!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Breaking The Curse

All members of the community and visitors had to touch the pig to transfer the curse to it. We were told the ritual would last for three days because all members of the community had to touch the ring and pig and not all were present on the first day. Here people start to move in to touch the pig. The pig was eventually killed and the meat was divided amongst the village. (Photo and caption by Jacob Maentz)

Monday, October 12, 2020

A Little History

A GOOD READ this Indigenous Peoples' Day/Dia de la Hispanidad/Columbus Day is Antoon Postma's study on the history of Calavite, a lost settlement/mission on the northwest hook of the island of Mindoro, its Parthenon on the hill. "The Calavite site, while still called Pinagbayanan or "former townsite" has only some Iraya Mangyan resident families. A certain Domingo Venturero, residing in Talaotao, a village on Golo Island, has claimed to own the area, including the ruins. Aside from that, the only visitors are treasure hunters who go inside and around the church, breaking open and destroying the stone walls, and looking for supposed wealth hidden there by the missionaries, as if the Moro pirates had overlooked something. Unless someone takes care of the church ruins, it is doubtful whether it will survive much longer as a historic monument." That was when Postma visited about 50 years ago; I wonder how the site is now.

From Punto Mindoro