Zambales: Tropical Verve

Don’t just drive by. It may be overshadowed regularly by its more popular neighbors, but when given a chance, Zambales can be a tourist destination in its own right. To most local and foreign travelers,...

Ilocos Norte: An Affair with Miracles

“Walang himala!” (There are no miracles!) That was, at least, according to Elsa of the classic 1982 film Himala by National Artist Ishmael Bernal which, during its time, was foreseen as a low-yield production. Twenty-six...

The Scent of Christmas in Baguio

When the rainy days are over and the sun is always out, it is in December when one can best experience Baguio City. It is known as the City of Pines because of its...

Singapore: Hawkers Food

Food is one of life’s great groupie-makers. If you can share a meal with someone, you’re on the way towards some tolerance and respect. This is partly what Singapore’s hawker culture is all about. Living...

Penang, Malaysia: Miracles do Happen

“Do you believe in miracles?”our local guide Ronnie asked us in the van. We gave him curious looks, unsure of how to respond. He gave us all a smile before continuing with his story: During...

Ilocos: Beyond Vegetables and Fried Pork

When Ilocano cuisine figures in any conversation, two distinct dishes come to mind- the exciting mélange of flavors in the vegetables of pinakbet and the heart-stopping browned crunch of the fat-brimmed bagnet. These two...

Japan: The Japanese Food for Thought

By the time I finished cramming a piece of takoyaki into my mouth, I’ve come to believe that Osaka, albeit its diligence and restlessness, has yet to relinquish its zest for life. It is...

Iloilo City: God, Namit!

Skip the soup and eat big at these seven heavenly food-trip spots in Iloilo City. Friends and colleagues of mine who hail from Iloilo City, or who have visited this premier city of the Western...

Zamboanga: The Spirit Must Soar

As it hosts an international bird festival, Zamboanga City flies high towards ecotourism renown. Bird-watching requires patience. This was something I learned from a bird-watching assignment a few years back, just in the outskirts of...

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