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Looking beyond Hobbiton to experience New Zealand’s charms

The Mirror Lakes are just one of the postcard-perfect vistas in New Zealand.

The cold and rainy weather failed to dampen this writer’s spirits a few weeks ago when we set foot in Hobbiton, the fictional village of the Hobbits set and shot among the rolling hills of Matamata in New Zealand.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Tips for first time visitors to New Zealand

1. Bring an adaptor for your gadgets. Their three-pronged plugs are different; two of them are slanted. I ended up borrowing an adaptor from the hotel front desk since the two “universal” adaptors I brought with me weren’t actually universal.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Travel | Read More »

President Quezon hometown proof God also had fun in PH


By bus, the trip from Metro Manila to this capital town of Aurora, Central Luzon’s easternmost province, takes at most five hours. By car, it can be an hour shorter.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

The magical beauty of Palawan’s Club Paradise


It was drizzling when we landed at Francisco B. Reyes Airport in Coron, Palawan. Good thing the SkyJet plane had umbrellas for each passenger. We then rode a van that would take us to Club Paradise.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Travel | Read More »

Marian exhibit for Our Lady of Angels


To mark the feast of Our Lady of the Angels on Aug. 3, the Franciscan Community of San Pedro Bautista Parish in San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City, will have a grand Marian exhibit entitled “Maria: Huwaran ng mga Layko sa Pagsunod kay Kristo.”

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle,Travel | Read More »