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Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation

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Wooden masks, which sell for P4,000 to P5,000 each, are used during the Moriones Festival, one of the oldest religion-themed festivals in the country. The annual weeklong tradition starts with a grand parade of the Morions on Holy Monday in all six municipalities of Marinduque province. “Morion” derives from the crested metal helmet with curved peak in front and back worn by soldiers centuries ago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Don’t be surprised when you bump into a sword-wielding Roman soldier here these days. He or she is most probably a Marinduqueño behind the traditional centurion mask and the macho-looking armored costume of a “Morion.”

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

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 »

NCCA urges DOT to promote Philippine arts and culture

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NCCA chair Felipe de Leon Jr.: “Spain, China and Japan lure millions of tourists through their cultural treasures.”

The head of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has asked policy-makers for support for the agency’s cultural development plan that would promote local creativity and boost tourism as an avenue for economic development.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

10 beginner-friendly mountains to climb

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MOUNTAINEERS’ DELIGHT  So called because of its friendly trails. Shaped like a parrot’s beak, Pico de Loro in Maragondon, Cavite, and Nasugbu, Batangas,, is 2,178 feet high. INQSnap this page for photos and a map. JILL LEJANO/CONTRIBUTOR

You don’t have to be a hard-core mountaineer to climb mountains. Take it from Mike Abanes, who has been guiding people up mountains for 17 years now. Abanes, a member of Outdoor Addicts who discovered his passion for mountaineering in 1992, has climbed so many mountains here and abroad that he has “lost count.”

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

How about a rice terraces mountain adventure?

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BANGAAN. PJ ENRIQUEZ

It’s officially summer, with temperatures hitting the mid-30s. Many will most likely be heading to the beaches, as we have some of the best in the world. But how about going to higher ground instead to explore the Cordillera Mountains, site of our world-famous rice terraces?

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Travel | Read More »

We short-listed your Holy Week destinations

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THE UNSPOILED Calaguas beach

The first of Hamilo Coast’s developments, Pico de Loro Cove in Nasugbu, Batangas, offers a lot of fun for the family.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Travel | Read More »

Magic of Mercedes’ 7-island paradise

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TOURISTS' CHOICE Canimog Island's fine white sane and clear waters  MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

Magical may not be the right word to describe the seven wonders surrounded by white sand scattered just off the coast of Mercedes town in Camarines Norte, but it sure comes close to it.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Tourists from Asia-Pacific to become world’s top spenders—report

A group of Chinese tourists pose for pictures in front of the monument of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal at a Manila park. The Asia-Pacific will overtake Europe as the region whose tourists spend the most money overseas within 10 years, a report said Wednesday, driven by an explosion in the number of Chinese travelers. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Asia-Pacific will overtake Europe as the region whose tourists spend the most money overseas within 10 years, a report said Wednesday, driven by an explosion in the number of Chinese travelers.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long

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LONG BEACH  This 14-kilometer stretch of shore covered with powdery white sand in San Vicente town, in the island province of Palawan, promises to become one of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations, as development continues involving the tourism industry’s big investors.  PALAFOX ASSOCIATES/CONTRIBUTOR

Imagine trekking along 14 kilometers of unspoiled powdery white sand with nothing but the vast expanse of the West Philippine Sea and endless rows of lush forests and old coconut trees on both sides.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Bulgari donates 1.5 million euros to Rome for Spanish Steps’ renovation

BULGARI CEO Jean-Christophe Balbin (left) and Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino in Rome City Hall at ceremony marking the donation

Luxury brand Bulgari has signed an agreement with the City of Rome to donate 1.5 million euros to renovate the Spanish Steps, the landmark that has drawn millions and millions of tourists to the Italian capital the past century.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Nature, culture zip through Lake Sebu

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BOAT RIDE ON THE LAKE  A woman in t’nalak costume serves as a tour guide of visitors on a boat cruising near one of the “seven falls” in Barangay Lahit, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato province.  COCOY SEXCION/CONTRIBUTOR

Perched above the hills, some over 300 meters above sea level, Lake Sebu, a first-class municipality in Mindanao’s south-central tip, is a veritable paradise for tourists of all persuasions.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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