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Getting to know Padre Pio

INCORRUPT body of San Pio at the shrine of San Giovanni Rotondo

At 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 14 I arrived at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Italy for an administrative council meeting with Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB), the international community of Benedictine women. It was cold and rainy.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

As luxury market slows, accessories lead the way

Models present creations by Jil Sander as part of the Milan fashion week Autumn/Winter 2014 collections on February 22, 2014. AFP

With sales in the global luxury sector starting to slow, Italian shoes and handbags stand out as powerful growth engines as the middle classes in emerging economies indulge the urge to accessorize.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri–revisiting the Italy I loved as a child

IT WAS a great day at the Colosseum as I tried to imagine gladiators fighting for their lives amidst the cheers and jeers of thousands of Romans

I was just a young girl the first time my parents brought me to Europe. Up until then, Europe was unknown to me.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ creates stir in Italy

A woman stands next to the masterpiece "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer during a preview of the exhibition "The Myth of the Golden Age, From Rembrandt to Vermeer" at Palazzo Fava in Bologna on January 30, 2014. The exhibition opens on February 8 and continues through May 25. AFP PHOTO/ VINCENZO PINTO

Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is going on show in the city of Bologna in Italy next month but the arrival of the celebrated painting of a young beauty is already causing a stir.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Why pasta is the world’s favorite dish


In the early days, pasta was made from durum flour, which Sicily in Italy specialized in. There’s even an Italian law that says all dry pasta must be manufactured using that specific ingredient.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

‘Viva Verdi’ at CCP toasts Italy’s greatest composer

TENOR Gian Luca Pasolini, Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno, maestro Ruggero Barbieri, baritone Alvaro Lozan

Russian and Australian soldiers, seeking revenge following the Napoleonic invasion of their countries, descended upon the French-held village of Le Roncole, Piacenza in Italy on Oct. 10, 1813. They massacred innocent men, women and children.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Gracious Filipina makes home for Italian ambassador


When debonair Italian ambassador Massimo Roscigno is invited to be a judge in a beauty contest, his Filipino wife, Agnes, tags along. She says in jest that she’s making sure that he comes straight home after the event.

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipino fibers with flair are set to wow Italy

DITA SANDICO.On Sirene: Pink Conelia wrap.OnMaxine: White Mori “banaca” wrap as inner wrap and blue “banaca” wrap with beaded and hand-painted flowers as outer wrap

Gone are the frumpy maria claras and the milk-and-toast barong and black pants. Designers are giving Filipiniana a new spin with looks that range from structured to urban and bohemian.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Tory Burch’s day-to-night bags

The Tory Burch Thea Tote is a true dress-up or dress-down style. Made of pebbled Italian leather with light gold hardware, the always-easy, ’70s crescent shape is designed with plenty of room to store essentials, without looking overstuffed.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Gift of the Magis


As a manufacturer of modern furniture and accent pieces designed by some of the world’s most famous names such as Philippe Starck, Jasper Morrison and Tom Dixon, Magis has produced around 40 types of chairs that have found their way to more than 80 countries, including the Philippines.

Posted: September 25th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Young fashion designers thrive despite Italy’s crisis


A new crop of young Italian fashion designers are managing to break through despite a crippling economic crisis, and precious little help from the state or the banks.

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



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