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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 »

Inquiries on aliens, angels and ‘bading’


I usually get the same old questions from readers and listeners (Sunday evening radio program over DZMM Teleradyo). However, the following questions are different.

Posted: November 12th, 2012 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Health and Wellness,Mind and Body | Read More »

An encounter with a ‘talking leaf’


It seems there is no end to the incredible and mysterious things that one may encounter in Ciudad Verdadero, a 23-hectare hill between the towns of Sampaloc and Lukban in Quezon Province. Considered to be a sacred and mystical place by its owner, Artemio Cataquiz, an architect-businessman from Pateros, Metro Manila, it is also considered a powerful energy center by those who have visited the place. It is a virtual virgin forest, and only a small portion is developed. Nobody lives there except a caretaker’s family.

Posted: July 31st, 2012 in Columns,Health and Wellness,Mind and Body | Read More »

A late breakfast at Kinabuhayan Café, woman paddlers in Lake Pandin –wonders at the foot of Mt. Banahaw


Mt. Banahaw’s peak has been closed off to climbers and devotees for some time now, allegedly due to unchecked pollution and increased impact on the mountain. However, there are still trails below the peak that remain open to the public.

Posted: June 1st, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

My friend, the mystic mountain


At dawn, before the sun breaks in the eastern sky, this shadowy colossus, shaped like an inverted Noah’s ark, confronts me. He’s Mt. Banahaw, my mystic mountain. He dominates the front yard of my country home that sits on a promontory, edged by rainforest, in my old hometown, Majayjay, Laguna. As soon as I wake […]

Posted: November 6th, 2011 in Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »