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Those crazy Coco B. nights

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PAPER DOLLS doing “Rhythm of Life” from the musical “Sweet Charity.” Xaviera Petell, Micky Tanaka in shades, Benny Gamboa, Boots Babooshka seated with Klakling and Fanny Serrano

I remember very well that it was June 1977 that fashion designer Ernest Santiago jolted Manila with the opening of Coco Banana, a disco club in the heart of the Malate district where many bohemians converged.

Posted: September 29th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Lost in the neighborhood


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“LOOKING for the OldNeighbors” ART BY GCF, 2010

When World War II was over, my father decided we weren’t going back to Quiapo. We had property in Malate, where used to stand a screen-covered chalet being rented from us by an old American lady named Mrs. Grove. (She kept a canary like ours on her porch.) But now it was a war casualty, a rubble.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

My memories of Manila


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I received a most welcome e-mail recently. It had nothing to do with current events or the state of the nation. Or did it?

Posted: August 11th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

They still call it Penguin

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MURAL painting at the bar

Back in the ’80s, nightlife in Manila was centered around the Remedios Circle area. The café society crowd would enjoy dining and talking at Café Adriatico, while those who preferred drinking while listening to a DJ playing records would walk over next door to Hard Rock Café.

Posted: March 24th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Censored in the temple of the Lord: Who is Carlos Celdran, really?

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Two years ago, on a late afternoon, tour operator and performance artist Carlos Celdran was arrested for reportedly interrupting Mass in Manila Cathedral to stage a protest against priests and bishops interfering with the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

‘Larry Can’t Cook,’ but he sure came up with the best resto concepts

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It’s easy to see why most people only know Larry J. Cruz for his restaurants. The LJC Restaurant Group, which he founded in 1980, is known for some of the most successful dining concepts in the country: Café Adriatico in Malate; Café Havana, originally in Malate, now at Greenbelt 3; Abé in Serendra; and Fely J’s Kitchen and Lorenzo’s Way, both at Greenbelt 5. Many of these restaurants are so popular that they have more than one branch, proof that the dining public rates these establishments highly.

Posted: October 21st, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

More than 100 artists join Kristo Manila 2012

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“THE CATHOLIC Cinema,” by Paolo Picones

The Artery Manila, in cooperation with Gallery Nine, presents “So Be It,” the seventh annual Kristo Manila art exhibit.

Posted: March 19th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

How people saved their beloved Aristocrat

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It was Security Commander Balambao’s day-off when Typhoon “Pedring” hit Manila last Sept. 27, but an early morning call from one of his men prompted him to report for duty.

Posted: November 13th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Café Adriatico reopens

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Café Adriatico in Malate celebrated its reopening after sustaining damage from a fire last December. The 33-year-old café, a landmark for a generation of urbanites, dressed itself up in yellow ochre and pulled all stops with a sumptuous spread of Adriatico favorites and well-loved dishes. Café Adriatico denizens who have been loyal diners the past [...]

Posted: July 3rd, 2011 in Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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