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From ‘bahay-kubo’ to ‘bahay-na-bato’

VIGAN’S elegantQuema House is one of the few remaining in their
authentic and original state.

“Philippine Heritage Homes: A Guidebook” is a welcome addition to the scant bibliography on heritage architecture.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

Book names Top 20 heritage houses in Luzon

THE FAÇADE of the sky-blue Sabino Santos house is a prime example of American colonial architecture.

Amid climate change and unpredictable weather, one valuable lesson that old houses could teach Filipinos is how their ancestors adapted to situations bereft of creature comforts such as motor transport and electricity.

Posted: July 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Bio-piracy, mining threaten new Unesco World Heritage site in Mindanao

RESEARCHERS explore the pygmy forest.

After 15 years, the Philippines has successfully inscribed another site to the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

Taiwan: Small island, big ambition, deep heritage

MARTYR’S Shrine is designed like the Hall of Supreme Harmony of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Think culture and Taiwan may not be the first place to come up in most people’s minds. In fact, as a destination, this island-state immediately north of the Batanes group of islands doesn’t loom large within the consciousness of most Filipino travelers.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Road project desecrates Benguet burial cave?

WOODEN coffins

The Benguet provincial government recently condemned in a resolution the illegal earth-moving activities in Tuba town, which has allegedly resulted in the desecration of an age-old burial cave and affected the communal grounds for rites and rituals of the Ibaloi, Kankanaey and Kalanguya ethnic groups living in the area.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »