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You can’t sink in the Dead Sea

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VIEW of the Dead Sea from author’s hotel room

When I got an invitation to visit Israel, I honestly had mixed reactions. Instead of excitement, images of the Middle East conflict replayed in my head like a CNN broadcast. But the idea of tracing the path that Jesus Christ walked was on my bucket list.

Posted: May 25th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

The Zoren surprise–how he pulled off his ‘ersatz’ altar date with Carmina

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When I got a text from Tita Dolor Guevarra that I should keep Nov. 15 free around 4 p.m., I presumed it was a shoot for a new campaign or endorsement. I inquired who the model was and what the shoot was for. I got an enigmatic reply, simply saying I should not miss this special day, and we should call this “Happy Ever After.”

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

I survived Europe without a camera, thanks to Instagram

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Let’s see—the skies are blue, the clouds billowing, the cold breeze gently touching my face, and the Eiffel Tower majestically standing in front of me. All I needed was my camera to record this perfect summer moment in Paris.

Posted: November 10th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

A Pinoy shopaholic’s tour of Europe

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I traveled to Europe with my mother to rediscover France and Italy. In contrast to the Philippines where there were monsoon rains, it was summer in Europe (July/August). It was the best time to travel there because airfare was cheaper and almost everything was on sale.

Posted: October 20th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Shooting a perfect ‘Nine’

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CAST of “Nine.” Sitti Navarro, Ima Castro, Jay Glorioso, Yanah Laurel

Before I was totally consumed by photography, my soul had been a slave to another form of art, the theater.

Posted: September 12th, 2012 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Some things I’ve always wanted to know about soap operas

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I was having lunch the other day with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while, and after the usual greetings, the conversation centered around soap operas. Surprisingly, it dominated the whole table, even if there were several showbiz intrigues that were far more interesting.

Posted: March 25th, 2012 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

When in Marina Bay Sands, look for Ella

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It makes us proud when a fellow countryman makes a mark on foreign soil. I know we can name so many at this point, but this time I will introduce to you someone who, from my point of view, has so much power to wield yet has remained humble.

Posted: March 10th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Memories of a once-virginal Boracay

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As my feet touched the Boracay sand, the aria of Grizabella from “Cats” started playing in my head as memories of old Boracay fill my weary mind. Am I getting old, or is there a new generation of tourists invading the island?

Posted: February 11th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Who can say no to Derek Ramsay?

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Imagine my delight when I got a text that read, “Pls. come to my birthday @ Lusso in Greenbelt 5. Intimate gathering of my close friends.”

Posted: January 8th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

How Rocio Olbes (and I) landed in Vogue Italia

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Yes, let me enjoy and gloat. I directed and photographed Rocio Olbes for Vogue Italia. Manjo Zalamea produced the video and was my videographer, Matt Gozum and Shahani Gania were my stylists, Ines Lobregat did the hair and makeup, and Rocio Olbes is the star.

Posted: December 18th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Why Oli Pettigrew has a winning ‘TV personality’

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It was on the night that Joey Mead and Ian King were married in Manila that I run into a celebrity I was such a fan of. The said celebrity, however, is not from the Philippines, but is based in Singapore. The funny part is that he has more Filipino fans than Singaporeans. Confusing.

Posted: November 26th, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

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