April 5, 2020

VIDEO: Gen. Walter Krueger Visiting 11th Airborne Camp in Lipa, Batangas 1945
Gen. Walter Krueger while in a bivouac camp of the 11th Airborne in Lipa, Batangas.
Gen. Walter Krueger while in a bivouac camp of the 11th Airborne in Lipa, Batangas.
By April 1945, the 11th Airborne Division of the United States Army had successfully done away with the last pockets of Japanese resistance at the Malepunyo Mountain Range east of Lipa and Mount Maculot (Macolod in US Army Records) in Cuenca, Batangas.

April 3, 2020

VIDEO:  US Army Nasugbu Landing, 31 January 1945
US Troops marching through the town square in Nasugbu,  January 1945.
US Troops marching through the town square in Nasugbu,  January 1945.
Below is a short video of the landing by Allied Forces on the beaches of Nasugbu, Batangas on 31 January 1945, something history remembers as Xray-Day. The landing force was the United States Eighth Army, with orders to support the Sixth Army’s offensive in Manila from Lingayen Gulf and to block the exit of Japanese troops moving south.

March 30, 2020

VIDEO:  The Kay Kyser Show for the 11th Airborne in Lipa, Batangas, 1945
The Kay Kayser Show for  the 11th Airborne Division at the Lipa Airstrip, 1945.
The Kay Kayser Show for  the 11th Airborne Division at the Lipa Airstrip, 1945.
In August of 1945, while troops mostly of the 11th Airborne Division rested and recuperated at the Lipa Airstrip in what is now Lipa City in the Province of Batangas, the bandleader and radio personality Kay Kayser visited for a show to entertain the soldiers.

March 29, 2020

VIDEO: US Army Airstrikes on Mt. Maculot, Batangas, 1945
In 1945, the US Army Air Force conducted frequent strikes on Mt. Maculot to defeat the Japanese forces.
In 1945, the US Army Air Force conducted frequent strikes on Mt. Maculot to defeat the Japanese forces.
In the liberation of the province of Batangas conducted by the United States Army and the other Allied Forces in 1945, a common Japanese tactic that they encountered was the rush of the latter to higher grounds. Thus, among the most troublesome operations conducted by the Americans were in Mt. Maculot (Macolod in United States Army records) and the Malepunyo Mountain Range east of what is now the city of Lipa.

VIDEO: The 187th Infantry Regiment, US Army, in Barrio Sulok, Santo Tomas, Batangas, 1945
Troops of the 186th Infantry at Barrio Sulok in 1945.
Troops of the 186th Infantry at Barrio Sulok in 1945.
By April 1945, the Province of Batangas was all but liberated from Japanese presence. The Japanese Imperial Army was on the run and had been forced by the pincer strategy of the Allied Forces to retreat to the Malepunyo Mountain Range due east of what is now the City of Lipa.

VIDEO: 11th Airborne Jump School at the Lipa Airfield, Batangas
The 11th Airborne's Jump School at the Lipa Airstrip in 1945.
The 11th Airborne's Jump School at the Lipa Airstrip in 1945.
By the month of April in the year 1945, the province of Batangas had been all but liberated from the hands of the Japanese by the United States Army and the Allied Forces. All that was left to do conduct mopping up operations in the province and in other parts of southern Luzon, before the troops were ordered out to Okinawa for the expected invasion of Japan.

March 21, 2020

March 10, 2020

Muslo and the Maliputo: the Great Fishes of Taal Lake and the Pansipit River
A pot of sinigang na maliputo at the Taal Bistro in poblacion Taal.
A pot of sinigang na maliputo at the Taal Bistro in poblacion Taal.
Back in the 1960s when this writer was still a young boy, his mother would take him along at daybreak on the forty or so minute ride to Lemery from Lipa aboard those rickety old BLTBCo or United buses just so she could purchase among her favorite fishes – the “muslo.” Just salted and grilled over embers of charcoal, or perhaps cooked with broth either as “kinamatisan” [literally, with tomatoes] or sinigang [a stew soured often using tamarind], the muslo was – indeed – quite divine.

March 8, 2020

March 2, 2020

The Regeneration of Taal Crater Island:  Clues from the 1911 Eruption
The January 2020 eruption of Taal Volcano turned the Crater Island into a desolate wasteland.
The January 2020 eruption of Taal Volcano turned the Crater Island into a desolate wasteland.
Readers will only be too familiar with images of the Taal Volcano Crater Island having been reduced to a barren wasteland in the immediate aftermath of the 12 January 2020 eruption, in stark contrast to the lush vegetation that existed before. What is certain is that, given time, this vegetation will return.

February 27, 2020