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‘Ibalong’—the Bicolano epic as spectacle

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IN REHEARSAL, Handyong (Remus Villanueva) girds for battle. PHOTO BY AMADÍS MA. GUERRERO

The epic of Bicolandia, “Ibalong,” is a mélange of fantastic stories with three heroes—Baltog, Handyong and Bantong—who got to battle against the elements, one-eyed monsters, giant flying sharks, crocodiles as big as boats, and other such fearful creatures.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Environmental ‘bayanihan,’ Bicol-style

In the past, when a family decided to settle in another area, they didn’t need to hire movers. All the family had to do was gather the townsmen, who would move the entire house.

Posted: September 28th, 2012 in 2BU | Read More »

Camarines Norte: A stroll through history

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FAÇADE of historical church of Lobo

A walk in and around Daet, capital of Camarines Norte, is a stroll through history, a heritage mini-tour. There are historical churches, museums, landmarks and monuments to the past.

Posted: April 2nd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

11 Bicolanos to receive the ‘Rokyaw Ibalnong’ awards in Legazpi City


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My friendship with events specialist Billy Roces since the 1970s has made me aware of how beautiful the Bicolanos are  as a people.  When his mother, the late Legazpi City Mayor Imelda Crisol Roces, invited me to attend the  “Ibalong Festival”  in 1994, I became educated about the history of  the people of Albay through  [...]

Posted: August 7th, 2011 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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