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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 »

Vigan, a heritage success story


What has happened in Vigan since inscription on the Unesco World Heritage list has evolved into a heritage success story. Vigan shows how heritage, when conserved properly, is a strong driver for economic and social development. While the Heritage Bill (Republic Act 10066) encourages setting up of heritage zones, we tend to look at foreign […]

Posted: July 25th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Columns,Featured Columns,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ifugao pride shines on 45th anniversary of province


Ifugao as a province is relatively young. But its culture and civilization dates thousands of years back: Its prime attraction—the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces—is believed to have been constructed 2,000 years ago. So there was reason to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the province recently. Originally a part of Mountain Province, it became a full-fledged […]

Posted: July 4th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »