joseph batcagan

Joseph Batcagan is the editor and a writer for Project Iloilo.

Articles by Joseph Batcagan:

I Went to See Joyce Pring Talk (and Other Observations from AdCon 18)

I was a seat behind Joyce Pring for about four hours at AdCon 2018. This is like fate saying to me I did something right this year. Of course, we’re too classy to start this piece on a stalker-ish note. Plus, I don’t want to look like I didn’t listen to anything the presenters talked.. Read more

Tsokolate: Inside Cabatuan’s Handmade Tablea Factory

This Ilonggo-Made Boracay Documentary Confronts our Prejudices on Atis & IPs

Bakya Mo Neneng: An Ilongga OFW’s Death in Kuwait Proves Why This Song is Still Relevant

People have this notion that Ilonggos are gentle people because of our lilting accents. Said accent, it also must be said, can mask a wide array of emotions including sadness, rage, and frustration at the cards life’s hand dealt us with. In this regard, this is probably why folk songs, no matter if younger people.. Read more

How Iloilo Titas Dated Back Then

What Makes an Ilonggo Video “Viral”?

Dagyang, Videoke, Paupas: How Baylehans Are Known Today

Nothing is as quintessentially Ilonggo as the ‘baylehan’. Come at me, but you know this to be true. In essence, the baylehan encompasses two things Filipinos are mostly known for: our capacity for folk ingenuity, and the urgent need to have fun at all costs. It’s particularly true for the latter; why do you think.. Read more

Make Communities, Not Just “Scenes”

Ilonggos Share Their New Year’s Resolutions, and How They Maintained Them