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Music in prison, train station and other unlikely places

GERMAN cellist Alban Gerhardt playing in a Frankfurt train station.

It was once suggested to Cecile Licad and German cellist Alban Gerhardt that they should perform in Philippine prisons. The two artists liked the idea and said they were open to playing music in unlikely places.

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The worst prison of all

THENEWLYWEDS with Edgar Medina, Elaine Villar, designer Eddie Baddeo and Monching Anson

Some people are in jail and most of us are not, that is obvious; but beneath the surface are others who are imprisoned by fear, sickness, resentment and ill will.

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

Three Meals, P50. The Joy of Cooking: Priceless

NOT GOURMET, BUT STILL A BLESSING:  “Very few of these detainees get three regular meals outside jail.”

There’s a tall, secured gate that separates them from the rest. They all wear yellow shirts and jeans that tell outsiders that they’re not your usual kaffe klatsch group. The uniform also helps the guards pick them out in case they try to blend in with the slew of visitors in the compound.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Cat used in Brazil prison smuggling try

In this photo taken with a cell phone early Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, and released by Brazil's General Superintendency of Prisons of Alagoas (SGAP), guards hold a cat that has items taped to its body at a medium-security prison in Arapiraca, in Alagoas state, Brazil. A prison official says they caught the cat slipping through a prison gate with a cell phone, drills, small saws and other contraband taped to its body. AP/SGAP

Guards thought there was something suspicious about a little white cat slipping through a prison gate in northeastern Brazil. A prison official says that when they caught the animal, they found a cellphone, drills, small saws and other contraband taped to its body.

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

Alaska inmates find identity in orchestra

In this Nov. 17, 2012, photo, Sarah Jane Coffman practices the viola with the Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility Orchestra in Eagle River, Alaska. After serving a 14-year sentence for murder, Sarah Jane Coffman, a founding member of the women's string orchestra at the prison in 2003, will debut as a citizen member when the two annual holiday concerts are held Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

After serving a 14-year sentence for murder, no one would have expected Sarah Jane Coffman to go anywhere near the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center once she was released.

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »