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‘The sweetest pineapples can be found in Daet’

Food, Sweet Pineapples, Formosa pineapples, Gawad Kalinga Pinyasan Village, Daet town, Camarines Norte, Pinyasan Festival, Tito S. Sarion

Heaps of the last of ripe Formosa pineapples—the rejects of the season—sat waiting for buyers on farmer Winnie Palero’s yard at the Gawad Kalinga community as it rained gently in this provincial capital for the first time this month.

Posted: June 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Food,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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 »

Sunup, sundown: Life a beach in Bagasbas

SURF’S UP  The call of the waves comes early in the morning for these surfers at Bagasbas Beach in Daet, Camarines Norte province, where there is so much to do and so much to appreciate that most locals who had left for greener pastures always end up returning and staying.  MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

From sunup to sundown, there is always something new to expect and something exciting to do on the huge waves and seemingly boundless shore of Bagasbas Beach here in Daet, whether it’s summer or not.

Posted: May 28th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Experience aquadventure on pink isles

PINK SAND, BLUE WATERS The quiet environment in Matnog, Sorsogon, invites travelers to frolic on the island’s pinkish-white beach or take a dip in the placid, blue waters so clear that trick the eyes with the illusion of boats levitating. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

Lovers of adventure and cheap thrills will find a paradise waiting for them, after initially overcoming the challenges posed by Matnog’s tricky water currents.

Posted: May 22nd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Travel | 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 »