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Climbing every mountain on father’s back

POP IS TOPS Francesca Gabrielle Sagabaen, 5, is lifted by her father Lawrence more than 600 meters above sea level on top of Mt. Pico de Loro in Ternate, Cavite, one of the 10 mountains they have climbed together. The climb keeps them close to each other and to nature.  LAWRENCE SAGABAEN/CONTRIBUTOR

At first glance, there is something somewhat incongruous about the image: a little girl in a flowered pink dress, gaily prancing around as if she was not standing at the top of Mt. Pico de Loro’s famous rock column, more than 600 meters above sea level in Ternate, Cavite province.

Posted: June 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest Stories | Read More »

Thrilling horse ride into heart of volcano

PICTURE PERFECT  A mare and its foal graze in a pasture with Taal Volcano in the background.  EDWIN BACASMAS

An agonizingly long and back-breaking horse ride into the heart of Taal Volcano, one of the most active and potentially destructive volcanoes in the world, can be a first-class thrill, with the final descent to the main crater as the ultimate reward, unseen from the perch of comfortable view decks in Tagaytay City.

Posted: May 2nd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’

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NATURAL BRIDGE    The bridge formed by the Ungab rock formation on Mongpong Island in Marinduque province towers 100 feet above the water. RAFFY LERMA

It could be a tricky trip down the island village of Maniwaya to a favorite destination: the Palád sandbar.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Last of Moriones mask makers looking for heirs

Wooden masks, which sell for P4,000 to P5,000 each, are used during the Moriones Festival, one of the oldest religion-themed festivals in the country. The annual weeklong tradition starts with a grand parade of the Morions on Holy Monday in all six municipalities of Marinduque province. “Morion” derives from the crested metal helmet with curved peak in front and back worn by soldiers centuries ago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

With shaky hands and waning eyesight, Jose Manay, better known in this town as Ka Oti, delivered 15 Morion masks a few weeks before this year’s Holy Week observance.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The Kawit mass shooting: Who is Ronald Bae?

The quiet community where Bae sowed death (PDI Photo/Edwin Bellosillo)

KAWIT, Cavite—No one could ever know what went on inside Ronald Baquiran Bae’s head when he casually walked around his neighborhood and fired his gun indiscriminately, taking the life of eight innocent people. On January 4, around 9 a.m., this closely-knit community still recovering from the revelry of the New Year past, was greeted by […]

Posted: March 2nd, 2013 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »