Hello there! Welcome to my blog.

The Unknown Gazette is a personal blog covering several topics of interests to the Author. Originally named Donmakles - Lanaoan sa Aotearoa, the blog author enjoys writing and commenting on history, politics, sports and other interests. He was originally from Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines but now resides in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.


This blog site contains several topics from history to politics, from sports to personal experiences, food and pretty much topics of my interests.

I started blogging several years ago but on limited capacity not until 2010. Before this blog, I created a blog based on my point of view, opinion, and beliefs. Revising and analyzing political and historical events from elite manipulations that have been taught in the Philippine school system. Anyway, that blog is currently inactive probably for a while.

I made this blog, on the other hand, for the purpose that I will be able to share my thoughts, opinion/commentary, beliefs and knowledge. However, I will not claim that I know everything but I just want to express or should I say, share what I have learned or what is my point of view. In recent years, I have noticed that my memory is somehow deteriorating probably because of thinking and worrying too much. Therefore, this blog is sort of keeping and sharing my thoughts to before something ha... Who are you?!?
“To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.” ~Aristotle
Some of my posts here might offend some people due to differences in religious beliefs, political views and ideologies.


My name is Donmar; it's a combination of my Mum and Dad's names. I'm from Iligan, the “City of Majestic Waterfalls”, in the Islands of Three Stars and a Sun (Republic of the Philippines) but I now live here in the shaking Garden City of Christchurch, in the Southern Cross Islands of the Long White Clouds (Constitutional Monarchy of New Zealand Aotearoa).

I’m a Filipino Christian of mixed heritage (Cebuano, Ilonggo, Ilocano, Chinese) from Mindanao in the Southern Philippines. I consider myself as an Overseas Filipino from a typical middle-class family.

I'm a bookworm. That means I love reading and I love collecting books of my interests. I also love collecting historical and war movies, as well as NBA cards. Aside from my collections, I am a story and movie spoiler. I must warn you. Do not tell me that you are about to watch a certain movie or read a book because if I already seen it or read it, I am going to tell you every detail of the story that I could remember (trust me, I will!... can’t help it).

I have interest in history and politics (Philippines, New Zealand, and the United States), in ancient history (Greece, Rome, Egypt, Israel and the Near East), and mythologies (Greek, Roman, Norse, Hogwarts, Middle Earth, and yes, Tamriel!).

Anyway, I am a sports enthusiast. I supported teams and athletes from different sports codes and disciplines, from basketball to football, from boxing to billiard/pool, from rugby union to rugby league, from American Football to cricket, from netball to golf, the list goes on.

Origin of Donmakles... LOL!
What's up with the name?

This blog was originally named, Donmakles - Lanaoan sa Aotearoa. The name “Donmakles” was originally from a friend’s awesome idea of writing a fragment of a made-up ancient Greek epic. The “Lanaoan” is someone from the Lanao Province in the Southern Philippines. “Aotearoa”, on the other hand, is the Maori name for New Zealand.

Anyway, since most of my post are not really about presonal experience I changed it to its current name The Unknown Gazette.


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