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Thousands to do Via Crucis in Kawa-Kawa Hill, Ligao, Albay, this Holy Week; relics of True Cross to be venerated


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LIGAO Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua (center) with Rev. Fr. Albert Adison and producer-director Meng Canlas. CHAD DAWAL

Thousands of pilgrims are expected to climb Kawa-Kawa Hill and National Park in Ligao, Albay, this Holy Week to reflect on the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ by praying before the 14 life-size Stations of the Cross stretching 1.37 kilometers to the top.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

A Bicol triad: Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon

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AMPHITHEATER at Cagraray Island, Albay. Photo by Amadís Ma. Guerrero

The place to stay in the whole of Albay is the hilltop Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City, the capital. It’s a classy, deluxe establishment in glass and metal, with white as the dominant color. The cuisine is highly recommended—local and international dishes with a distinct Bicolano flavor.

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Ballet and musical on Mayon myth and legend opens Feb. 8

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Cagsawa Church ruins with Mayon in the background

Bicol life and lore are tackled in Tanghalang Pilipino’s musical epic “Ibalong,” opening Feb. 8, featuring a formidable cast that includes Jenine Desiderio of “Miss Saigon” fame.

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Kengkoy’ is serious, thanks to Ateneo de Naga graduates

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Francisco Harabas’ antics and fun-loving personality brought him fame in the early 1930s. Known as “Kenkoy,” he became a household name, and his name became synonymous with anyone who was worry-free, jovial and easy to get along with.

Posted: November 8th, 2012 in 2BU,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tens of thousands cheer Peñafrancia; Divine Mercy shrine rises in Ligao, Albay


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On September 15, from the windows of the Dabu Building on Elias Angeles Street in Naga City, Ali Rich Garcia and I, with Mama Josefa Dabu, Carmelita Dabu and others, saw tens of thousands of men, rich and poor, walking barefoot as they followed the carrozas of the “Divino Rostro” (Holy Face of Jesus) and Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

Posted: September 23rd, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Legends and surprises in Albay

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ALBAY has many interesting historical churches.

It is the story of three mountains, rather three maidens, a prequel written by poet Jun Balde of Albay who is like every good Bicolano oragon (hot). The three sisters were known as Masaraga, Malinaw and Magayon.

Posted: May 6th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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