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‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems

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SHADE OF MANGROVE ‘PARASOL’   Boys enjoy the shade of a mangrove species in the coastal waters of Puro-Sinalikway in Barangay Nursery in Masbate City. Mangroves serve as storm protection to coastal communities and as nurseries to many marine species. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

There’s a way to tame the rowdy rodeo experience that Masbate is known for: Just add crystalline water, hectares of coral reefs and an islet paradise.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation

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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

Don’t be surprised when you bump into a sword-wielding Roman soldier here these days. He or she is most probably a Marinduqueño behind the traditional centurion mask and the macho-looking armored costume of a “Morion.”

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City

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Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Tayabas City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/www.tayabas.gov.ph

For the rural folk of Tayabas City, one of the oldest localities in Quezon province, the religious art of palm frond weaving is a tradition that has to be sustained and passed on to future generations.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Last of Moriones mask makers looking for heirs

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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 »

Magic of Mercedes’ 7-island paradise

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TOURISTS' CHOICE Canimog Island's fine white sane and clear waters  MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

Magical may not be the right word to describe the seven wonders surrounded by white sand scattered just off the coast of Mercedes town in Camarines Norte, but it sure comes close to it.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long

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LONG BEACH  This 14-kilometer stretch of shore covered with powdery white sand in San Vicente town, in the island province of Palawan, promises to become one of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations, as development continues involving the tourism industry’s big investors.  PALAFOX ASSOCIATES/CONTRIBUTOR

Imagine trekking along 14 kilometers of unspoiled powdery white sand with nothing but the vast expanse of the West Philippine Sea and endless rows of lush forests and old coconut trees on both sides.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

A Climb on the wild side


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CORDOVILLA: Earning from being a Mayon guide is as formidable as the volcano. (Contributed photo)

He first climbed Mayon Volcano when he was 17. After 35 years and more than 300 climbs, George Cordovilla, now 52, is still climbing this mountain with the same energy and passion he had when he was younger.

Posted: July 7th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

The Kawit mass shooting: Who is Ronald Bae?

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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 »

Death and the Maiden

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Cyrish Magalang PDI Photo/Niño Jesus Orbeta

A bag of puto bumbong (purple rice cakes) helped investigators track down the killers of 20-year-old Cyrish Magalang, who had bought the steamed delicacy as pasalubong on the night she was murdered.

Posted: December 1st, 2012 in Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Her own motherhood statement

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“Mama PJ” was a favorite moniker her friends and fellow activists at the University of the Philippines Los Baños gave her, probably because she had always been maternal.

Posted: November 3rd, 2012 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

They grind exceedingly slow

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MARCOS. File Photo

People who had known Marc Andre Marcos, 20, mourned the loss of the young man who had wanted to become a judge like his grandfather, retired regional trial court judge Matilliano Marcos.

Posted: October 7th, 2012 in Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

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