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Amanger scene full
of children

Before anything else, you are struck by how absolutely cute they are, little clay communities of rotund people dressed in bright colors, congregating around a central figure—an image of the Virgin Mary, or a corpulent woman overrun by little companions climbing affectionately all over her.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Following in the footsteps of Thérèse

THE SHRINE of St. Thérèse at the Carmel in Lisieux. Her remains are underneath this
beautiful statue. PHOTOS BY ALYA B. HONASAN

I had almost cancelled my trip to Lisieux to visit an old friend. And then she appeared in my dream, smiling, and I knew I just had to go.

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Travel | Read More »

Breast cancer survivors? We know how to party

GIRLS just wanna have fun

You know what they say about being on the outside looking in? That was how I used to report on breast cancer and one of its most well-known organizations of survivors, the nonstock, nonprofit ICanServe Foundation, Inc.

Posted: October 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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 »