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A Filipino Catholic at Guruji’s feet

AT THE Institute in Pune: A genius with a great sense of humor, he exhorted students to “live happily–and die majestically.”

Iyengar yoga was brought to the Philippines with the opening of the Iyengar Yoga Center Manila in 2004, headed by certified senior Iyengar yoga teacher Rina Ortiz, the first Filipino to study with BKS Iyengar.

Posted: August 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Health and Wellness,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

The ‘dogoir’ is alive and well

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Several years ago, I dug up a book at the Strand bookstore in New York City entitled “Woman’s Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives,” (Seal Press, 2006) edited by Megan Morris.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

My own depression: My choice not to cross the line


I wasn’t sure I wanted to write this piece. But then Robin Williams’ suicide hit the news, and I was so saddened—not just because he was one of my favorite comedians, but also due to this thought: “Another one loses the battle.”

Posted: August 17th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

This man got the dogs jumping–and more–in Bacolod

COMPETING with Kim in the early days

There’s taking your dog for a lazy, boring walk. And then, there’s dog agility.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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 »