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Raiders of lost art face blank wall, literally

This file photo taken on June 7, 2007 shows former first lady Imelda Marcos is seen in her apartment in Manila with a gallery of paintings including a Picasso, seen at upper right. Philippine authorities moved on September 30, 2014 to seize paintings by Picasso, Gauguin, Miro, Michelangelo and other masters held by Imelda Marcos after getting a court order against the former first lady. AFP/ROMEO GACAD

Authorities literally faced a blank wall at the Marcos Museum in Batac, Ilocos Norte, on Friday, when they searched for prized artworks by world-renowned painters on orders of the Sandiganbayan.

Posted: October 4th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Facebook campaign seeks Vatican approval of Lipa apparitions


According to Theo Cruz of San Bartolome Parish in Novaliches, there’s a Facebook campaign asking for Vatican approval of the Lipa apparitions that took place in 1948-1949.

Posted: July 20th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

Comfort food, the Ilocano way

RUFINO’S Longanisa Pizza

Pinakbet pizza is old news. So is bagnet (deep-fried pork) and dinardaraan (dinuguan, blood stew) pizza. Those are served in many Ilocano eateries today, possibly confusing foreign tourists who may think that they landed in a lost town of Italy.

Posted: July 10th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Fresh fish tales from the north

Needlefish or layalay kilawin with shallots

Farm to table. That phrase is used to indicate the freshness of ingredients used to cook a dish, how those ingredients didn’t have to stay long in storage or weren’t transported through a series of middle men.

Posted: May 15th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Notes from Sitio Remedios: Why May is special


I greet all of you this sunny Easter morning from my balcony in Sitio Remedios. This early, the folks from nearby towns are slowly filling up the beach to wash their sins away. This is the end of the rituals of Lent, after the sweaty Good Friday procession. They come to purify their souls from year- long of transgressions.

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »