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Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City

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 »

Revelling on Japanese high

A Tokyo street lined with bicycles. Image captured on film.

Japan has officially left me on a high. There’s this warm, fuzzy feeling I get just looking at all the photos I took of Japan—approximately one thousand in number, not including the files in some of my memory cards yet to be imported to my laptop—taken from more or less ten different locations in the four days I stayed there.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Last of Moriones mask makers looking for heirs

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

With shaky hands and waning eyesight, Jose Manay, better known in this town as Ka Oti, delivered 15 Morion masks a few weeks before this year’s Holy Week observance.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Making waves all year round on Dahican beach

The 7-kilometer white sand beach of Dahican in Mati City in Davao Oriental awaits surfers, skimboarders and tourists all year round. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Freddy Alan Uy

Children as young as 7 ride wooden boards and glide adroitly over foot-high swells that break against the long stretch of white sand beach. It’s a sight that has turned the coastal village of Dahican here into a prime surfing destination in southern Mindanao.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Your Lent city destination: The Manila Cathedral

NEO-ROMANESQUE design is best seen at night after after artistic lighting was installed. Designed by architect Fernando Ocampo, the current façade was based on a previous one by Vicente Serrano.

One could tell that half of the selfies that will flood the Internet on Visita Iglesia this Holy Week will be taken in the renovated Manila Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Road trip guide for Holy Week


For those who want to do a road trip this Holy Week, here is a destination guide. Those who like to stay longer in a place and burrow themselves can also pick out options from these.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Taal-ywood’ in a day

EVEN if Taal Basilica is considered aminor Basilica, it is the biggest Catholic church in Asia.

There is a local term among the Taal folk: “Taal-ywood.” This was coined Taal, Batangas, became a favorite cost-efficient shooting location of TV and film productions.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Boston after the bombing

THE BOSTONMarathon memorial at Copley Square; Some of these mementos
have been saved and are now on display at the Boston Public Library’s Marathon

There were gnomes outside The Fairy Shop and a teeny tiny door that no human could walk through—it was meant only for magical creatures. We had no information about the missing unicorn but we decided to go inside anyway. Inside, we found trinkets from Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter’s world, enchanted jewelry, mermaids, wish tickets, gnome memorabilia, good-luck toads and what the shop calls “the world’s softest unicorns”—a favorite of Suri Cruise.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Reach the Summit this Holy Week

SUMMIT Ridge Tagaytay has all 108 rooms facing Taal Lake; infinity swimming pool at the ground floor of the hotel PHOTOS BY ANNE A. JAMBORA

This Holy Week, you may want to hie off to Tagaytay for that much-needed respite from the big city. Whether you’re up for a degustation treat, rejuvenation of the mind and body, some quiet time or a spiritual quest, an hour’s ride can transport you to a completely new environment.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Getting to know Padre Pio

INCORRUPT body of San Pio at the shrine of San Giovanni Rotondo

At 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 14 I arrived at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Italy for an administrative council meeting with Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB), the international community of Benedictine women. It was cold and rainy.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

How about a rice terraces mountain adventure?


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 »

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