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Spring in Japan: Beautiful blossoms and hayfever misery

A group of people have a picnic under cherry blossom trees at Ueno Park in Tokyo, Sunday, March 30, 2014. AP

Spring in Japan brings explosions of pink and white cherry blossoms that provide a beautiful backdrop for picnics across this nature-loving country.

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

Mana Pat, my best source on Waray cooking, survives ‘Yolanda’


Three days after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” wreaked havoc across the country, we waited for any word from my husband’s family in Tacloban. We scanned the news channels, local and foreign, to know the situation in Leyte. And because the news was grim, we worried about my sister-in-law, her husband, their children and grandchildren.

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in Columns,Food | Read More »

What can you do? What can you say?

Typhoon survivors hang signs from their necks as they queue up in the hopes of boarding a C-130 military transport plane Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tacloban, central Philippines. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies. The typhoon, known as Haiyan elsewhere in Asia but called Yolanda in the Philippines, was likely the deadliest natural disaster to beset this poor Southeast Asian nation. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

In this rare instance, you are at a loss for words, or even thoughts. You are overwhelmed by images of destruction and tragedy which aren’t newsreels from some remote place abroad. They are from right here, at home, and somehow, you know of at least one person who is a casualty of this disaster.

Posted: November 13th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Parenting | Read More »

For big business, Christmas finds a more urgent purpose

Bobby Dy, Rowena Tomeldan, Sofia Zobel Elizalde, Bea Zobel, Jaime Zobel de Ayala and Tony Aquino. PHOTOS BY ANDREW TADALAN

It was a sober moment at the Raffles Ballroom of the Raffles Suites Makati as Ayala Land dedicated a minute of silence for the victims and families left behind by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” In an event that was supposed to highlight the joys and revelry of the Christmas season, Ayala Land reminded everyone about the spirit of sharing and giving.

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Typhoon, cyclone or hurricane? They’re all the same


Look, it’s a hurricane! It’s a cyclone! No, it’s a typhoon! A powerful typhoon hit the Philippines on Friday and moved out to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Hurricane? Cyclone? Typhoon? They’re all the same—officially tropical cyclones. But they just use distinctive terms for a storm in different parts of the world.

Posted: November 10th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Mall offers solution to problem of wet umbrellas


Before the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) officially declares that the rainy season is over, I want to commend Robinsons Malls management for a unique service it offers clients who enter their establishments with wet umbrellas.

Posted: November 5th, 2013 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Layering up for the cool weather

DRESSY casuals that set the mood

Basic House is eager to dress you up with fashionable, weather-appropriate pieces this season with a collection that has an entire spectrum of styles to choose from.

Posted: November 1st, 2013 in 2BU | Read More »

Wardrobe choices to weather Manila’s erratic weather

SUBTLE layering on Miranda Kerr, and Victoria Beckham’s long sleeveless cover-up

Here’s how to stay stylish come rain or shine. Up until a few years ago, I was used to bringing out my light, summer-y attire by February, and the rainy-day staples come June. But of late, it can be sunny one morning and then have a sudden downpour come afternoon.

Posted: July 5th, 2013 in Columns,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Singapore sunny, Malaysia gloomy from Indonesian smog

A haze shrouds downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, June 23, 2013. Malaysian authorities declared a state of emergency Sunday in a southern district where a smoky haze blamed on Indonesian forest fires has triggered one of the country's worst pollution levels in years. AP

Singapore woke up to clear blue skies on Monday thanks to favorable winds but Malaysia was still being suffocated by smog from forest fires in Indonesia, where cloud-seeding flights have produced little rain.

Posted: June 24th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Uggs? Ugh. NY Fashion Week battles the elements

Project Runway judges

Mother Nature is clearly not a fashionista.

Posted: February 9th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Paris menswear ends on a snowy note

US actor Kevin Coster (L) and his partner (2ndL) attend the Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2013 Versace collection show, on January 20, 2013 in Paris. AFP  / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

The fashion crowd battled the elements in Paris Sunday as snow covered the city on the last day of the menswear shows.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

  1. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  2. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  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. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  8. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  9. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  10. Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  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?


  • Nothing should impede normalization of Russia-West relations – Putin
  • Prosecutor says mate in SKorean ferry steering waters for 1st time
  • Malaysia asks world to pray for missing plane clue
  • 13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche
  • Pope sends condolences for S.Korea ferry victims
  • Sports

  • MLB pitcher donates $100,000 for Sewol ferry victims
  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
  • Duke’s Rodney Hood joining Jabari Parker in NBA draft
  • Phelps entered in 3 events at comeback meet
  • Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors
  • 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

  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • 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
  • 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

  • 5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition
  • PH boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare
  • Canadians back PH plea to take back waste
  • We treasure our Sierra Madre
  • OFW from UAE tests negative for MERS-Cov–health chief