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Want to see ‘Eiffel Tower’? ‘Golden Gate’? Come to Albay

LANDMARKS of the world come to life in a 3,000 square meter compound owned by a doctor in Malinao town in Albay province. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Residents of this town need to take only a few steps from their homes to get to the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Pyramids of Giza, the Golden Gate of San Francisco and the Great Wall of China among other international landmarks, their replicas at least, that had risen in a 3,000-square meter compound here.

Posted: November 21st, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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 »