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Chasing robots–and Hachiko–in Tokyo

THE HACHIKOmural outside the Shibuya station, a few feet from the iconic statue; below, a 1950s street, recreated in Yokohama’s RamenMuseum. PHOTOS BY ALYA B. HONASAN

Some people may have different associations when they think of Japan, but I had two things in mind upon receiving the invitation of the Japan National Tourism Organization (www.jnto.go.jp/philippines) and the Japan Tourism Agency (www.visitjapan.jp) to a familiarization tour of Tokyo last June: Hachiko and sushi. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Abaca rugs: How a passion is changing lives

THE LOOMS used by the traditional abaca weavers haven’t changed much over the centuries.

Ann Charleen “Cher” Tagle became an abaca entrepreneur through, pardon the pun, a complex weave of events. In 2009, as an employee of J. P. Morgan, the advertising graduate from Assumption jumped into the abaca business primarily to help an old friend, whose family had been active in the industry but had encountered some problems.

Posted: May 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Why I never gave up on our old dog

CALLED HOME: The author's 89-year-old mother Alice bids goodbye to the faithful family dog Larry before he is buried.

When he first arrived, and for the first few years of his life, he was bright-eyed, cute and full of energy, just like any young creature. My niece named him after her favorite Ateneo basketball player.

Posted: May 21st, 2014 in Headlines,Parenting,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Relationship, not breed, counts–Dog Whisperer

WITH MAN’S BEST FRIEND Dog behavior specialist Cesar Millan of the TV show “Dog Whisperer” arrives in Manila for a show at the Eastwood Central Plaza, where he shares secrets of a healthy relationship between man and his “best friend.” LEO M. SABANGAN II

He grew up among dogs in Culiacan, Mexico, and earned the moniker “El Perrero” (the dog boy).

Posted: April 29th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Dog whisperer Cesar Millan urges pet owners to focus on quality pet care, not breeds

Famous dog trainer Cesar Millan aka "the dog whisperer" arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 2 via Philippine Airlines flight PR 356 at 6:05 am on Saturday, April 27.  Millan is in the country to appear in a summer show featuring dog training demonstrations and more. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/INQUIRER PHOTO

He grew up among dogs in Culiacan, Mexico, and earned the moniker “El Perrero” (the dog boy).

Posted: April 28th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »