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In Sariaya, new road plan eases tension over heritage houses, other structures

THE ICONIC Enriquez-Gala mansion, built in 1927 by Andres Luna de San Pedro, son of artist-revolutionary Juan Luna, will be spared by the revised road-widening plan in Sariaya, Quezon. DELFIN T. MALLARI JR./INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

Opposition to the controversial street-widening project inside the town proper in Sariaya has softened after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) presented a new plan that will spare heritage houses and other old structures.

Posted: October 23rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘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 »