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Island-bound in Camarines Norte


Off the Camarines Norte coast in Bicolandia, facing the turbulent Pacific Ocean, is a captivating cluster of 17 islands—known by the generic name of Calaguas—which are becoming the buzzword in ecodestinations.

Posted: April 21st, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

What’s your favorite ‘secret’ getaway?


Before it was the Maldives. Now I like the Monastery of Transfiguration in Bukidnon. It offers a different kind of spa, a spiritual one where one can cleanse out all the negativities inside – hurts, uncertainties, doubts, anger and all the things that make one unhappy. I spent my Holy Week there and the retreatants left the monastery experiencing the best Easter in their lives, me included. It was such an enriching experience far better than being on the beach or a DVD marathon.

Posted: April 21st, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Friends make time for Nes Jardin

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I don’t even remember the last time I danced this much,” a girl friend said, in between huffing and puffing. Me, too. Must have been in the ’80s and the ’90s, we all said, but then we also went further back in time, to the ’70s or even the ’60s, when the band named Daddy Cool struck the irresistible disco hits of those eras.

Posted: April 15th, 2012 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Escape to (or from) White Beach


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 »

AirAsia’s all-in low fare promo for summer


AirAsia, the country’s newest low cost carrier, further heats up competition in the local airline industry with its “red hot” all-in promo fare of only P799 one-way for Clark-Kalibo (Boracay) and Clark-Puerto Princesa (Palawan) routes.

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

Say Hola! to Sun Life’s Shine Big in Barcelona contest


Learn how to tango. Unearth the secrets to a mouth-watering paella. Marvel at the beauty and magnificence of La Sagrada Familia.

Posted: March 12th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Is Puerto Princesa’s tourism boom sustainable?

WEARING regulation life vests, visitors wait on the shore to board their banca to take them into the river grotto.

The tourism onslaught on Puerto Princesa is on. Tourists are everywhere. One out of every three vehicles on city streets is a van packed with tourists, crawling behind tricycles buzzing around like flies.

Posted: March 12th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

NCCA’s Sayaw marks 10th year with dance tour of Panay

ESPOSORIO by Sining Bulakenyo

Now on its 10th year, Sayaw Pinoy has become the longest-running festival of the National Arts Month, renamed the Philippine International Arts Festival.

Posted: March 5th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

From gawking tourist to responsible traveler


People travel for a change of scenery. Here are seven ways to travel and change the scene—for the better. For many Filipinos, the summer months are the best time for travel. Children are on vacation, there is less chance of monsoon weather, and the cool waters of the country’s sandy beaches are the best antidote to the hot sticky days. And thanks to OFW money, budget has become less of a major concern.

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Bohol is so cool this summer


My resolution this year is to see more of my own country. In the past, traveling abroad was the thing to do, with domestic travel reserved for those doing business or visiting their provincial hometowns.

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

My lessons from the true ‘Diva ng Divi’–the food matriarch of Divisoria


My last trip to Divisoria was truly an educational experience. A person of comfort and convenience, I seldom venture beyond the Pasig River, much less to Divisoria, for fear of getting lost, stuck in traffic, or even being mugged. Divisoria, for me, is synonymous with Agoraphobia or the live set of Blade Runner.

Posted: March 1st, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

  1. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  6. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  7. Summer treat for your aspiring astronomers
  8. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  9. This is not just a farm
  10. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week?
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  5. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  6. South Koreans crave Asia’s smelliest fish
  7. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Ex-Givenchy model fights for ‘Yolanda’ survivors


  • Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured
  • 9 confirmed dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast
  • Aquino to public: Learn to sacrifice
  • 20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria
  • Drug firm Novartis to help Leyte firefighter
  • Sports

  • Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
  • Man City slips further out of title contention
  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Business

  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Technology

  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest