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Road trip guide for Holy Week

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PATIS Tito Garden Café PHOTOS COURTESY OF PATIS TITO GARDEN CAFÉ

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

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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


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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


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“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


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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

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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’


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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


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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

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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 »

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