Category Archives: history

China Pop

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Had the chance to check out the Chinese Pop Art/Design History exhibit at the Pacific Asia Museum over the weekend. Pretty awesome stuff. The exhibit showed examples of everyday graphic design including food packaging, clothing ads, cigarette ads and political propaganda throughout the decades as China’s cultural, political and social paradigms shifted with the ebb […]

Mama said knock you out

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Before Manny Pacquiao became a national treasure of the Philippines, another Pilipino pugilist sensationalized the flyweight boxing division all across America. Before the Pac Man’s rise through the weight class championships, there was one undisputed boxer who was known as the greatest fighter of all time that heralded from the Philippines; his name was Francisco […]

Baybayin Modern

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

A great blog post written by Malaya Design on the modernization of Baybayin. Here’s a snippet, but check out the whole post here. Modifying, modernizing the Baybayin is a debated issue between some writers. Some don’t see a problem with using the Spanish modification by placing a + sign under a character to cancel out […]

Death March

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

In honor of Veterans Day and those that served; specifically for those in WW2 and had either experienced or had comrades fall to the Bataan death march. Stay up, ~Cyph

The Nine Point Sun

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

‘yall Filipino rappers might have to change up your lyrics when talkin about that 8-point sun, ’cause that’s soon to be old school: Quoted from The Inquirer: MANILA, Philippines—The bicameral conference has approved the addition of a ninth ray to the sun in the Philippine flag to represent the Muslim people. The flag’s current eight-ray […]

On Some Next Level *ish…

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

So, apparently out of the 20 or so shoutouts I did during my interview, my shoutout to Urduja and whoever wrote Bahala Meditations caught wind on the internets and thus began the conversations with Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, who dropped some knowledge on me about the ancient Filipinos writing Ambahan poetry in Baybayin, and performing it […]

Q & A

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

A semi-interview with Christian Cabuay via Cassanova for (same brotha that runs  Good looks!   I cover quite a few topics, specifically the meaning behind “The Bathala Project”, Christianity and pre-Christian Filipino beliefs, Alibata vs Baybayin, and a few fun tidbits.  And ofcourse, rockin that subtitle/typography steez.  Check the melody: Good looks again […]

The Ballad Of Magellan

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Santo Nino, and other such nonsense

Friday, January 18th, 2008

“In April 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, in the service of Charles V of Spain, arrived in Cebu during his voyage to find a westward route to the Spice Islands. He persuaded Rajah Humabon and his wife Hara Amihan, to pledge their allegiance with Spain. They were later baptized into the Catholic faith, taking the […]


Thursday, January 10th, 2008

According to Philippine mythology, Bathalang Maykapal, or Bathala for short, was the Supreme God of the ancient Tagalogs and King of the Diwata. Legend has it that Bathala fell in love with a mortal woman when he was visiting the Earth. They got married and had three children: Apolaki, Mayari, and Tala. Many years had […]