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PH top 5 dive sites still world’s best

UNDERWATER ATTRACTION A diver marvels at the color and beauty of the corals at the bottom of the sea off Coron in Palawan province, whose attractions include 12 “diveable” shipwrecks. This one is in the Culion area.  YVETTE LEE/CONTRIBUTOR

Scuba divers will never stop telling you: The Philippines is one of the best places in the world to dive. Just ask dedicated locals as well as visitors from all over the world, including award-winning underwater photographers and marine biologists, who come for stuff big and small.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Building a home out of clay

HOMECOMING ceramics artist and potter Hadrian Mendoza

The objects, gorgeously glazed, sensuously curved and loaded with more texture than you would believe possible in this medium, are shot through with references to the Philippines—a haphazard-looking bahay-kubo, bulol heads with enigmatic expressions, bamboo of varying lengths.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Back to teaching, Dr. Joven Cuanang says medicine is about understanding humans

The good doctor (rightmost) with Annie Sarthou and National Artist BenCab at his retirement tribute dinner, “Roast Toast or Boast,” at St. Luke’s last Dec. 12. PHOTO BY ALANAH TORRALBA

Dr. Joven R. Cuanang, newly “liberated” from being medical director of St. Luke’s Medical Center—he retired last December after 10 years on the job—saunters easily through the lobby of St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, like a man with time on his hands.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Saved by the dog


Do you believe in sagip, which literally means “to save?” Specifically, do you believe that the animals we take care of can absorb illness, negativity and even death in our place?

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

The gentle spook in the shower


I think that sometimes spirits want to make contact, and the feeling doesn’t always have to be heavy or negative. My most undeniable encounter happened many years ago, when a dear friend who had just passed away said hello.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Travel | Read More »

How I embraced going bald

THE AUTHOR, all cleaned up for a breast-cancer advocacy video shoot, with makeup by Pong Niu

The first thing that struck me was how cold it was when a blast of air hit the back of my head. Although I have no qualms about walking around hairless, I have realized those pretty scarves and funky hats are as much for protection as they are for modesty.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

How Ricky Villabona finally got around to painting–via music and his iPad

MULTITASKING artist Ricky Villabona

The recent art exhibit “Inspired by Gardens,” held at Pinto Art Gallery in Antipolo Aug. 25-Sept. 11, featured 11 artists invited to unleash their vibrant, varied visions of what fauna should look like.

Posted: September 30th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

The gentle Behn I met backstage

WITH Behn in his New Jersey apartment, 1996

By the time I met Behn Cervantes for the first time in 1990, he liked to say he had mellowed. To be sure, I still heard him scream—but he never screamed at me. It’s like he couldn’t, and wouldn’t—even when I had, quite unforgivably, missed my cue, for the first (and last, I swear) time in my theater life.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

A global food trip like no other

A PLATE of assorted satay from the Singapore Food Trail hawker center

Okay, if you’re the type who won’t touch fish balls or taho for fear of food poisoning, then move on to the restaurant reviews.

Posted: July 25th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Right side up or upside down?


“So, do you stand on your head?” That’s one of the first things people ask me when they learn I practice and teach yoga. The answer is yes, an answer inevitably followed by a “Wow,” “Really?” or “Galing!”—you know, like I just admitted to swallowing swords or walking on hot coals.

Posted: May 27th, 2013 in Headlines,Health and Wellness | Read More »

These dogs can fly– and that includes asPins, too

BRAD Feliciano guides his rescued as Pin, Kahati, through the agility course.

Skye, the cute little Jack Russell terrier owned by businessman Chardy Ang, can’t weigh more than six pounds, and can be snugly carried in one hand.

Posted: May 21st, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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