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What’s Your Summerscape?

One of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World

It’s suddenly so hot outside; it makes me wanna rip my shirt off. We all want the same thing during these stiflingly hot times, so let’s cut to the chase.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery | Read More »

Mindoro’s dance festival stunning, a sight to behold

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GOLDEN girl muse

Apart from the captivating ambience of Puerto Galera, there is much to discover and experience in the province of Oriental Mindoro, an hour and 10 minutes ride via fast craft from the Port of Batangas City.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Feeling very Victoria as a swimwear model


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MALASIMBO fans Dennis Valdes, Aly Kunak, Philip Romualdez and son Ben, Sea Princess, Hubert D’Aboville, Lutz Kunak and Sandy Romualdez

Who says all Victoria’s Secret models are six feet tall with hourglass figures? I felt very Victoria when I sashayed down the Speedo ramp, complete with wings, feathers and crown, for the swimwear brand’s Spring-Summer 2014 fashion show, “Evolution.”

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Grammy-winning world-music exponent, reggae acts in Malasimbo fiesta

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With the likes of Jimmy Cliff and Joss Stone playing, it’s the rare music aficionado who can resist the song of the siren beckoning.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

How about a Summerscape to Puerto Galera?

MC Trixx with the party crowd at White Beach Puerto Galera

What keeps us so excited for summer each year? The beach! The sun! The sand! Just a few of the usual answers you’ll get from any summer junkie. But people are anything but usual nowadays — we’re now in a world where summer gets us excited for other real world reasons: the air flight bookings, the windy boat rides, the beach activities. Each of us chases that unique escapade from the city, to a place where we can take pictures of ourselves obviously living a good life for all our Instagram followers to see.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival to expand next year, but promoter is careful about overcrowding

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FLIPPIN’ Soul Stompers. PHOTOS BY STEPHEN LU

There’s nothing quite like it in the Philippines—a three-day music and arts festival headlining some of the most exciting local and international performers, along with progressive visual artists exhibiting their works, at an open-air venue in a majestic mountainside called Malasimbo, about 10 minutes’ drive from Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro.

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

International stars to headline Puerto Galera music and arts fest

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FILIPINO singer-songwriter Grace Nono will open the Malasimbo event on March 1. PAREL JEDLICKA

The idea of having pioneering reggae star Jimmy Cliff and outstanding soul singer Joss Stone perform in a music festival with a mountain as backdrop is not farfetched in Europe or the United States. But if it will happen in the Philippines, that would be mind-bending.

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

More time to pursue one’s passions after retirement

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ITALIAN Ambassador Luca Fornari with wife Silvana

Poised for retirement, Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari looks at the transition philosophically and with optimism.

Posted: December 4th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Escape to (or from) White Beach

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About six years ago, I wrote a piece on Puerto Galera. I was in love with a French intern in Tabinay, and my article was peppered with lines like “a sea as blue as Paul Newman’s eyes,” and dreamy voyaging and sap and wanderlust.

Posted: April 14th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Beats, soul, and all that jazz at Malasimbo

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“If they told me the only way I would get here was by swimming, I would try.” —Joe Bataan

Posted: March 17th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Sun, sea, and bubbles: Why these 6 sites are heaven

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Club Paradise beach

So the wakeboarders have discovered the Philippines, and the surfing scene is alive and stoked. After almost 1,000 dives and 22 years of making bubbles here and abroad, I still believe that, illegal fishing and embattled coral reefs notwithstanding, our country offers some of the best diving on earth.

Posted: October 15th, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

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