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Destruction of coconut trees affecting Philippine cuisine


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BINACOL of Panay and Negros PHOTO BY NEAL OSHIMA FOR “KULINARYA”

Walking through the pathway going toward San Pablo, Laguna’s Lake Pandin, our guide pointed to the sparse coconut trees around us. He blamed the coco lumber business for the decreasing number of trees in a province otherwise known as coconut country. With a sigh, he added that absentee landlords don’t seem to care at all.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Gallery,Food,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

President Quezon hometown proof God also had fun in PH

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HIDDEN PARADISE  The pristine Dicasalarin Cove, a secluded white-sand beach, is one of the tourist attractions of Baler town, Aurora. WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

By bus, the trip from Metro Manila to this capital town of Aurora, Central Luzon’s easternmost province, takes at most five hours. By car, it can be an hour shorter.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing

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NATURAL HIGH: Riding the waves on Sabang Beach in Baler, Aurora MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

It is 7 a.m. on a weekend, and the crashing of sea waves echoes like a siren’s call. Heads bob in and out of the water, with voices shrieking and bodies lying on top of surfboards, arms paddling, eyes darting, waiting for the next big wave.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Travel | Read More »

River shrimps, giant fern, edible rattan–quaint Baler food delights


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HIPONG ilog in Baler

Manuel L. Quezon, the first president of the Philippine Commonwealth, sits rigid in bronze in front of his museum, designed like a facsimile of his birthplace. The sculpture shows his aristocratic features. But his coat and tie didn’t deter the children playing at the park from climbing all over him.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Costa Pacifica Raintree: A haven amid beauty of Baler

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For those who vacation in the more popular destinations south of Metro Manila, Baler seems like a distant and remote spot. To the peripatetic and those bitten by wanderlust, Baler is a jewel of a paradise waiting to be discovered. Tucked between mountain and sea, Baler is the economic hub and political center of the province of Aurora. Its very location between the formidable Sierra Madre mountain range and the waters of the Pacific Ocean endows the town with so many attractions.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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