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Why rainy days should be as much fun for our canine and feline friends

Huskies cooling down. FILE PHOTO

The rainy season provides many opportunities to enjoy indoor activities with canine and feline friends and there is no better time to learn about them than now. Rainy day fun with your furry friend may not be a problem, but keep in mind that pets are more susceptible to common diseases in this weather.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Latest Stories,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Spring transcending

“MAD-NESS Till to My Grave”

Never mind that our tropical paradise seems to be in a state of perpetual summer. Indeed, even the rude intrusion of the monsoon weather can only be welcomed as a soothing respite from the oppressive heat.

Posted: June 9th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

The terrible heat is heaven-sent for sweet mangoes


It’s been two years since the Batungbacal farm in Zambales has had enough fruits to sell. That is why when Maricris Batungbacal Encarnacion’s invitation to pick mangoes came, I accepted it as excitedly as the first time many years ago.

Posted: June 5th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

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 »