Category Archives: Manilamen

In the Mind of a Manilaman – Yang Shen Book II Excerpt

Vincente Macanaya we met in my post  Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 1: Vincente Macanaya. Now we find Vincente with the Foreign Riflles in the dark of night aboard Chinese junks sculling over a narrow canal … Continue reading

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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 5: Palaso Salangsang, the Tattooed Bontoc Headhunter

Previously we wrote about Balla and Palaso, and as Palaso now comes center stage in Chapter 32 of Yang Shen, Attack on Tsingpoo, we have expanded his background. The principal sources for detail on 19th century Bontoc are the ethnography … Continue reading

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Philippine Typhoon Relief 2013

Making a donation was not as simple as hoped for, but we finally went with the American Red Cross “Typhoon Appeal” with the expectation that the donation will find its way to the folks who need it most. The Philippine … Continue reading

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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 4: Balla Crazy Gumarang and Palaso Arrow Salangsang

Balla Crazy Gumarang and Palaso Arrow Salangsang Balla Crazy Gumarang was a common criminal, a tulisan – a brigand – or had been in the eyes of the Spanish gaolers at the Mantamang penal colony, called Cervantes by the Spaniards, … Continue reading

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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 3: Tata Grandfather Viray

Tata Grandfather Viray Tata Grandfather Viray was born in 1821 or 1822, he was not sure which, the son of an Ilocano boat-builder. “I grew up playing in Cavite and Vigan boatyards. Those yards build vessels native to our islands, small chatta, covered … Continue reading

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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 2: Paco Cockfighter Dalogdog

Paco Cockfighter Dalogdog “Paco was larger than other Manilamen – more Fletcher’s size – with light brown skin, hazel eyes, dark brown curly hair, and teeth lightly stained reddish-black by buyo, betel nut. He wore black cotton trousers and a … Continue reading

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Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 1: Vincente Macanaya

Vincente Macanaya “…There he stood in the midst of a perfect hailstorm of stone, firing away like a fury, whilst his companions were dropping on all sides of him, killed by the unerring aim of the rebels on the walls. … Continue reading

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