Legazpi, Albay: Legazpi, and loving it!

Writers always look for that “aaah” moment. That one, magical, unforgettable moment you will forever associate with a particular event or place. On my trip to Legazpi City (the capital of Albay province in...

Barcelona: Finding your way through Barcelona

With Christmas just around the corner, the first thing on my list is finding the perfect place to spend a few days away from the hustle of Manila before the holidays finally set in....

Sarangani: Falling in Love with Sarangani

I’d have to admit that when I was first told that I’d be going to Sarangani with photographer Lisa Cruz, I didn’t know much about it. I flippantly thought I would find the usual...

Siquijor: Addicted to the Island of Fire

I have always wanted to visit Siquijor. The island and everything it represents has captivated my imagination since childhood. Siquijor has traditionally been known as a mystical island, a place where arcane beliefs and...

Dumaguete Delights

I have always wanted to go to Dumaguete. To me, the city conjured images of a laid back provincial lifestyle infused with an urban feel. My thoughts of it were always tenuous, as if...

Bantayan Island: The Beauty of Bantayan

Bantayan is a conundrum waiting to be explored. I found out that the island is totally independent—land mass wise; and, that it takes anywhere from a 60 to 90 minute ferry ride to get...

Paris in a hurry

I have to admit: it was a rather foolish decision to make Paris only a short pit stop between my trip to Prague, Czech Republic, where I had spent a week on a scholarship...

Singapore Swing

Singapore has always been a center of things. Caught in the middle of major shipping routes, Singapore’s port is one of the busiest in the world. Such trading activity can only mean one thing...

Manila Calling

Where can you find a place where Chinese gargoyles pose together with aquiline-nosed saints in white stone? Where American World War II cars are pimped up pre-MTV, choking the sidestreets cheek by jowl with...

Eating one’s way around the Philippines

We have heard it too many times before that it is tough to sell Philippine cuisine to foreigners when we ourselves cannot agree on what is a good adobo (garlic, vinegar and soy marinate,)...

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