joseph batcagan

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

Articles by Joseph Batcagan:

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

Ilonggos Share Creepy School Stories for ‘Pista Minatay’

Iloilo is where the macabre gets celebrated as actual holidays. As proof, we’ve got a man who played ‘Hudas’ and hung himself for real during a Good Friday. And we haven’t even gotten to the bloody taltal yet. So, it shouldn’t come as exaggeration that one of the holidays that can actually rival Christmas in.. Read more

‘Hapo’ and ‘Hapu’: Peter Solis Nery’s “Hiligaynon Revolution” to Making Ilonggo Cool Again

So You Wanna Negosyo?: Stories from Ilonggo Entrepreneurs on the Front Lines

‘Ginauhaw Ako, Ginagutom Ako’ and our Obsession with “Old” Iloilo

One of the moderately popular groups here in Iloilo’s Facebook-sphere is ‘Old Iloilo’. The popularity of this group is obviously simple: members share photos and stories documented from the city’s early years. And Iloilo City, if we’re going to believe tourism slogans, is just a place in love with its past. Contributions from the group’s.. Read more

How Pro Wrestling Can Make You a Better Ilonggo

Have Words, Will Xerox: A Brief History of Ilonggo Zines