joseph batcagan

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

Articles by Joseph Batcagan:

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” every Holy Week hung himself for real during 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.. 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

Bayan AT Sarili: The New Breed of Ilonggo Entrepreneurs

Iloilo is changing. Some changes—like how Ilonggos view street art or the way we work—is becoming increasingly accepted. On the other hand, other changes like the increasing urbanization of Iloilo or the neglect of the local business district is making some people question whether all that progress we have achieved in the last five years.. Read more

“Makaon Bala Ina?”: Why ‘Arte sa Kalye’ can Influence “Common Ilonggos” to Appreciate Art

‘Mital’: A Short History of Iloilo’s Underground Metal Movement