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Unesco World Heritage German town utilized in Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest’

PRODUCTION design sketch for the film

Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” recreates what appears to be Eastern Europe between the two world wars and is easily set to be the director’s most visually appealing work to date.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

UNESCO team ‘shocked’ at Egypt Islamic museum loss

An excavator rests at the Museum of Islamic Art as members of the UNESCO delegation check the damage of the museum in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. The U.N. agency visited the museum where centuries-old artifacts were destroyed by a bombing that also ripped through the nearby Cairo police headquarters a week ago. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

UNESCO pledged Friday to help restore a renowned museum dedicated to Islamic history in Cairo that was devastated by a bomb last week, with officials expressing “shock” at the scale of the damage.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Unesco experts ‘stunned’ by damage to heritage churches in Bohol, Cebu, Samar and Leyte

“EVERYTHING was flattened in Leyte,” says the Unesco team. Like Palo Cathedral

An initial framework for action has been drawn up by foreign and Filipino experts to repair and reconstruct precious heritage churches in Central Visayas, mostly in Bohol, severely damaged during the recent massive earthquake and Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Unesco adds new entries to ‘intangible heritage’ list


Traditional Japanese Washoku cooking methods, millenia-old Georgian wine-making techniques and the Mediterranean diet were among 14 new entries added to Unesco ‘s list of “intangible heritage” in need of being preserved.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

China in 15 days: Photo chronicles


Despite the sea dispute, China can’t get enough of the Philippines—and vice versa. Just ask the Chinese tourists who have helped boost visitor arrivals in the Philippines. Ask the 13 photojournalists from the Asia News Network as well—this writer included—who recently went on a 15-day journey to China to experience and capture on camera the scenic spots and historical places on roads less traveled to the outsiders.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Travel | Read More »

Davao Oriental’s Mt. Hamiguitan, home of Philippine eagle, nominated to Unesco World Heritage List

MANGROVE forests in the World Heritage Subterranean River National Park

The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (Unesco) holds its annual meeting in different countries, offering its members and observers a chance to experience heritage in diverse global settings.

Posted: August 26th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Columns,Editor's Pick,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Che’ manuscripts added to UNESCO heritage program

Men who look like the late American writer Ernest Hemingway pose for photos as they walk past a mural of Cuban revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara after visiting a rum museum in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, June 22, 2013. AP

UNESCO is including the writings of Cuban Revolution leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara in its Memory of the World Register.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Mt. Fuji poised to get World Heritage status

Mt. Fuji is seen from Shizuoka prefecture, central Japan Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP/Kyodo News

Japan’s iconic Mt. Fuji will likely win recognition as a World Heritage site. The Agency for Cultural Affairs issued a notice Wednesday saying it had received notification that Mt. Fuji was recommended for World Heritage status by the International Council on Monuments and Sites, a body affiliated with UNESCO.

Posted: May 1st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Retracing the Tea Horse Trade–the forgotten path

FAMOUS hanging bridge that figured prominently in Mao Zedong's Long March

In an effort to gather more information about the Tea Horse Trade, I drove out to the village of Shu-he. Here, a museum had been set up by a private company to commemorate the age-old exchange of horses and tea leaves between China and Tibet.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Paje: Vigilance needed to keep rice terraces out of endangered list

A farmer (bottom L) plants rice in a paddy field in the scenic Banaue rice terraces in the northern mountainous Ifugao province that provides local rice supplies to villagers. AFP/TAMMY DAVID

There is need for constant vigilance to ensure that the Cordillera rice terraces, recently removed from the endangered list of world heritage sites, would continue to remain a pristine world wonder.

Posted: July 22nd, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A first: Alliance Française serves Unesco Heritage meal


How else to celebrate the inclusion of the French Gastronomic Meal in Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity than with exactly that—a gastronomic meal. And where else to celebrate it here than at Alliance Française de Manille (AFM) which advances French culture and language.

Posted: February 2nd, 2012 in Columns,Featured Gallery,Food | Read More »

  1. Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  4. This is not just a farm
  5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  6. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  9. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  10. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  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. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  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. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  7. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  8. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  9. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week?
  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. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


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  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Filipinos, Dutch re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  • Sports

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  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • 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

  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions