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. And thanks to its undeniably cheap outlet and boutique stores perfect for shopping, pre-Christmas celebrations similar to home’s own festivities, good food to enjoy before...

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 beautiful resorts that the Philippines seems to have no shortage of. Little did I know that I would fall head-over-heels in love, not only with...

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 practices hold court but more and more, it is becoming well known because of a far simpler reason — the beauty of its beaches. The...

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 when I finally got there, the place would be filled with a dreamlike fog, which would part to reveal the Siliman University campus, dolphins jumping...

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 to it from the closest pier. (It took us an hour and a half going there with sunshine, but only an hour coming back with...

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 program, and the French seaside town of La Rochelle, where I was set to make a long-awaited visit to friends. Divided into 20 arrondisements (administrative...

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 – cultures coming together and coexisting with one another. What’s also really good is the fact that it hasn’t lost track of its roots. With the...

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 rickety horse-drawn carriages from a bygone era? Where Korean bubblegum pop competes with Justin Bieber or a spoofed version of any of the latest from...

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,) or a good sinigang (tamarind broth) for that matter. But does having a singular unifying dish like hamburger or hotdog make a cuisine better than...

CCP: Vanguard of the Arts

Since its inception in 1969, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has been the bastion, patron, and nurturer of Philippine art. It may have gone through political strife, cultural discord, and internal feuds but even after all the challenges it has faced, it still stands along Roxas Boulevard fulfilling its duties to the country. Now, 44 years since its...