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Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City

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Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Tayabas City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/www.tayabas.gov.ph

For the rural folk of Tayabas City, one of the oldest localities in Quezon province, the religious art of palm frond weaving is a tradition that has to be sustained and passed on to future generations.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Why Joel Cruz mansion is controversial

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JOEL Cruz’s mansion, featuring a sign saying “White House of the Lord of Scents,” rises near the fairway of Camp John Hay’s HoleNo. 7. PHOTO FROM PDI-NL/RICHARD BALONGLONG

Anyone visiting this former US hill station in Baguio City would have difficulty missing the controversial mansion owned by eccentric entrepreneur Joel Cruz aka The Lord of Scents.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Sinulog: A fiesta of faith and gratitude

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The rain didn’t stop Banilad Elementary School students from rehearsing their Sinulog dance at the sports center. CDN PHOTO/ JUNJIE MENDOZA

For years, devotees of the Señor Santo Niño have been coming to Cebu City from all over the country to show their gratitude and fidelity to the Holy Child in the nine-day Sinulog festivities that culminate in a grand parade Sunday.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Social media, for good or ill

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Supertyphoon “Yolanda” showed the best and the worst of social media. In the immediate aftermath, at least, there was none of the irreverent humor that Filipinos are known for, we who make fun of anything and anyone, even and especially our own misfortune. The enormity of the tragedy was such that not even the worst kibitzers on social media had the guts to post any wisecrack.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Man, not nature, is destroying the Taal Basilica

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Squinting in the cruel midday sun, a handful of construction workers carried heavy steel bars to the left side of the Basilica San Martin de Tours, more popularly known as the Taal Basilica, where the ground floor of a new structure was about to be completed.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Can we rebuild our heritage?


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IRENE Marcos-Araneta and Budji Layug

It took a major earthquake to make us realize that other than people’s lives, we also value our heritage structures, our centuries-old churches.

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

Spain exploring ways to help PH rebuild Spanish-era churches

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LOBOC Church in Bohol before (inset) and after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the province. Photo by MARIANNE BERMUDEZ and NHCP

The Spanish Embassy in Manila is exploring ways to help the Philippines reconstruct Spanish-era churches that have been destroyed or damaged in a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Central Visayas on Tuesday.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Philippine quake damages historic churches

A private guard stands near the damaged Basilica of the Holy Child following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. AP

The earthquake that struck the central Philippines and killed at least 144 people also dealt a serious blow to the region’s historical and religious legacy by heavily damaging a dozen or more churches, some of them hundreds of years old.

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

IN THE KNOW: Francesco Monti

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Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti stayed in the Philippines from 1930 until his death in 1958. During his stay, he worked with local architects and sculptors on major projects commissioned by the government and private individuals.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Like copying Amorsolo then destroying original’

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“It’s like making a copy of an Amorsolo [painting] and then destroying the original Amorsolo,” a heritage conservationist described the fate of “The Furies” of Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Museum launch, exhibits and performances open 20th Pundaquit Music and Arts Festival

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It was a lively evening of music, art and history as the Pundaquit Festival recently kicked off its 20th season at Casa San Miguel in San Antonio, Zambales. In addition to musical performances and an art exhibit, the event also served as the grand opening of the Museum of Community Heritage, celebrating the history of the town of San Antonio and barrio San Miguel.

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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