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An Independent Woman


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La India Brava. If I were a painter, that is the title I would choose for a nude portrait of Mercedes Cabral.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

UP Diliman: A Lab for Livability?

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Originally, Philippine towns were planned like UP—where residents lived, worked, shopped and played within the same compact space. (PDI Photos/Kimberly dela Cruz)

On most days, I take a bicycle ride to burn some calories and clear the cobwebs from my mind. As soon as I leave the village gate, the city assaults me with its storm and stress: a seemingly chaotic swirl of noise, traffic, crowds and diesel exhaust.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Ghetto Blaster


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Some time in the late ’70s, while on an office junket to Zamboanga City, I purchased a shoe box-sized Panasonic radio cassette player—a “ghetto blaster”—from the barter trade market. It wasn’t for me, but was on a friend’s shopping list.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Weng Weng Lives!

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Photo Illustration by Ricardo G. Velarde

In any knowledgeable discussion of Philippine movies—at least among non-native cineastes—two films inevitably come up.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Heart Unchained


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“I’m in a really good place now,” says Heart.

Heart Evangelista used to come off as the highest-maintenance girlfriend in the world. Undoubtedly one of the loveliest faces in local tinseltown, she was a deadly china doll, flawless as porcelain and just as impenetrable.

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Hanukkah with Hanopol: From Rocker to Rabbi


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“Pinoy Judaism—parang Pinoy rock. Mabigat.” (PDI Photo/Andrew Tadalan)

With an appropriately rabbinical beard and yarmulke or Jewish skullcap in place of his trademark black beret, you are hard put to recognize Mike Hanopol, one-third of the legendary Juan de la Cruz Band and author of such Pinoy rock classics as “Laki sa Layaw” and “Buhay Musikero.”

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Going Crazy Over Katsu


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MUSICAL MUNCHING: (From left) Bryan Kong, Shinji Tanaka and Mike Dizon (PDI Photo/Marianne Bermudez)

In the immortal words of James Brown, “Give the drummer some.” Some what? Some more of that Q.P. mayonnaise, ’yo. But seriously, the local foodie scene has been increasingly trend-driven of late, thanks to the pervasive influence of the blogosphere.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

The Quiet Juan Speaks


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Gonzalez does his talking through his music. PDI Photos/Richard Reyes

Although he has reached the Beatles’ theoretical age of supposed decrepitude, Wally Gonzalez—yes, two Z’s—is still the coolest guy in the room.

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Zia unbound

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Her mother might have held her hand through her first baby steps as a fledgling singer and performer, but come September 26 when she holds her first solo concert, Zia Quizon will be taking the stage of the Music Museum and facing the glare of the spotlight on her own.

Posted: July 7th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Nino Learns to Rock

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READY TO ROLL: Caruncho (top) with his Stratocarter; the faculty (above) strut their stuff. (PDI Photo/Alanah Torralba)

Rock can be learned, but it cannot be taught. At least, that’s how the old adage went. Back in the day, in the dark ages before mobile phones and the worldwide web, if you wanted to play rock and roll, you bought yourself a guitar and a copy of Jingle magazine, and spent countless hours locked in your room learning the opening riff of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” from the classic 1972 “Machine Head” album.

Posted: July 7th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Bianca King: Ready for Her Close-up


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Photo by Alanah Torralba

Bianca King is a drama queen, and we mean that in the best possible way. Just as cream rises to the top, the 28-year-old actress has emerged as one of local television’s prime dramatic leads, after nearly a decade in the telenovela trenches.

Posted: June 9th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

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