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Road trip guide for Holy Week


For those who want to do a road trip this Holy Week, here is a destination guide. Those who like to stay longer in a place and burrow themselves can also pick out options from these.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Seda Nuvali opening soon

Seda Nuvali facade perspective

MANILA, Philippines – Seda Nuvali is gearing up to open at the end of the 1st quarter this year, in the Nuvali eco-city development in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. It will be the only “lifestyle hotel” with a complete range of modern facilities and amenities serving businesses, local residents and travelers in this growth center of [...]

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Visita Iglesia features famed Laguna churches

THE BEAUTIFUL altar of St. Peter of Alcantara Church in Pakil, where all the images were brought in from Spain centuries ago

The beautiful and age-old churches of Laguna are the attractions in Budget Travel’s Visita Iglesia 2014 pilgrimage scheduled on Maundy Thursday, April 17.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Today I’m 78, Happy Birthday to me


On Feb. 2, 1936 ON a cold and foggy morning, I was born in a farmhouse at the foot of Mt. Banahaw in Laguna.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Big virtues I learned from small-town folk


“Ayyy! Kanduleee! Biyaaa! Dulooong!” THIS hawking singsong was heard aloud in the streets of Majayjay daily, except Sundays and Mondays. The hawking sound belonged to Ka Tinay, my fish vendor friend, when I was growing up in the 1940s and ’50s.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Missing Louis Armstrong’s sound in Majayjay


In Majayjay, the music played at funerals was unusual and unforgettable. The sound was a cross between a dirge and a kundiman, with a touch of jazz in between.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

A caravan tour of historic Laguna

CHAPEL of the Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan. Photo by Amadís Ma. Guerrero

La Laguna, as it was known then, was one of the eight Philippine provinces declared under martial law by Spanish Governor Blanco in 1896.

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Eking, my shy childhood friend who became a Huk ‘berdugo’


I was taken aback when Duardo told me that Eking had joined the Huks. In 1948, Duardo, Eking and I were barefoot boys growing up in Bulac-Bulac, Majayjay, Laguna. I was 12 and in Grade 6; Duardo was 13, an errand boy and school dropout; and Eking was 15, another school dropout whose days were spent working as maghahakot using his workhorse during farm harvests.

Posted: September 8th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Heroes’ Day blues


The sight took my breath away. It was drops of blood of Gen. Emilio Jacinto who was wounded in 1899 in the battle of Maimpis river in Majayjay, Laguna.

Posted: August 25th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Pila celebrates its Flores de Mayo–now on its 125th year

PRETTY maids all in a row

The heritage town of Pila, Laguna, is rich in history, having survived wars, revolutions and catastrophic floods which forced the residents to transfer to its present location near the capital town of Santa Cruz.

Posted: June 3rd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Concert, Patis Tesoro show to raise funds for Laguna cathedral restoration

A Filipiniana fashion show and a concert of classical Filipino music will be held on Dec. 16 in the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La.

Posted: December 14th, 2012 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

  1. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  2. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  3. This is not just a farm
  4. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  5. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  6. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week?
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  9. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  10. The truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, eggs benedict, chicken leg confit are excellent
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  5. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  6. South Koreans crave Asia’s smelliest fish
  7. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Ex-Givenchy model fights for ‘Yolanda’ survivors


  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Philippine eagle rescued by Army turned over to DENR
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
  • South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  • Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing in ferry sinking
  • Sports

  • Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  • Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Business

  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus
  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
  • PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS
  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan