joseph batcagan

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

Articles by Joseph Batcagan:

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

Where do we start talking about Peter Solis Nery? Should we start with the 20-plus books, the poems, the plays and the screenplays he wrote, many of which won Palancas (to be fair to him, he ain’t the only Ilonggo to win one, by the way) and other awards? How about his acting and directing.. Read more

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

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

How Pro Wrestling Can Make You a Better Ilonggo

Filipinos—if we’re to believe popular notions—can’t appreciate irony. We almost always tend to take something presented to us at face value as “genuine”. Ever wonder why some people in social media nowadays are just content at out-hoaxing each other with even more ridiculous claims? Exactly. This anger at getting fooled unfortunately extends to the one.. Read more

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

Bayan AT Sarili: The New Breed of Ilonggo Entrepreneurs

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

“Makaon na bala ina? [Can it be eaten?]” Present art to any Ilonggo you encounter on the street, and this is probably the response you’ll be getting in return. Sure, it’s an unfair generalization, and it’s one that calls to mind deposed president Joseph Estrada’s inaugural “common tao” speech (“roof over their heads, food on.. Read more

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

From Wizards to Cosmo: A 21st Century Ilonggo Story on Business and Survival