BASKETBALL:   A Religion in the Philippines

BASKETBALL: A Religion in the Philippines

Basketball is the favorite sports in the Philippines.  It is not just a sports.  It is a religion in our country.

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DULAANG UP:  Adarna

DULAANG UP: Adarna

Sunday morning I was supposed to be with my son Marcel at the Wilfredo Ma. Guerrero Theater at the 2nd floor of the Palma Hall inside the UP Diliman Campus in Quezon City.  I was to join my son Marcel watch Dulaang UP’s production  of the Filipino folktale Adarna.

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NATIONAL MUSEUM: Guillermo Tolentino

NATIONAL MUSEUM: Guillermo Tolentino

I had the pleasure of being invited by my  favorite bank to an important event last May 30 at the National Museum. Receiving an email invite from Security Bank’s Cressie Allanigue, I immediately replied, accepting the invite and   conveying my thanks.  To which, her boss, Olivia Yao, retorted with a suggestion that I brought my son Marcel.

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NATIONAL MUSEUM: Luna and Hidalgo

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The vision and mission of the National Museum of the Philippines call for it to be premier institution and repository of our heritage. No more is this very evident than in the “Hall of the Masters”.

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HAMILO: Putting the Mall Phenomenon to Work in the Tourism and Leisure Industry

HAMILO: Putting the Mall Phenomenon to Work in the Tourism and Leisure Industry

Pico de Loro Cove.  In the background is Mt Pico de Loro

Pico de Loro Cove. In the background is Mt Pico de Loro

Shoemart is the undisputed king of malls in the Philippines. 

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LONELY PLANET NO MORE:  A Travel Writing Seminar

LONELY PLANET NO MORE: A Travel Writing Seminar

“Show, not tell.”

“Don’t underestimate the seductive power of a decent vocabulary.”

“We travel, initially to lose ourselves, and we travel next to find ourselves.”

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A WRONG  SIGNAGE:   Or Is It?

A WRONG SIGNAGE: Or Is It?

While I was on my way back to Manila from Bicol last May 5, my travel companions  pointed out to a  signage  at a  school in Tiaong, Quezon. It was a sign crafted to encourage students and would-be students to register with the school.

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WHITE PEBBLES OF BAGOLATAO

WHITE PEBBLES OF BAGOLATAO

Growing up as a grade school student in my home province of Camarines Sur in the late 1970s, I only knew of one beach that my family went on summer outings.  This was Pasacao, in the west coast of the province. 

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WAWAY’S RESTAURANT :  The Php 250 Buffet in Legazpi City

WAWAY’S RESTAURANT : The Php 250 Buffet in Legazpi City

I was a day early in Legazpi City for the 2013 Mayon 360-degree Ultra Marathon which was scheduled April 6. I had a day to spare and I did two of my favorite things to do when visiting a place. One of which is to visit a restaurant famous in that area. Which is why I ended up in Waway’s Restaurant in Bonot, Legazpi City, courtesy of the generosity of my Ateneo de Naga High School Batch 1983 classmate Bodjie Importante and wife Neth .

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GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION IN FATIMA PARISH, IRIGA CITY

GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION IN FATIMA PARISH, IRIGA CITY

I was in my hometown of Iriga this Good Friday to be with the de Lima clan as we continued our decades-long practice of joining in the Good Friday procession at the Our Lady of Fatima Parish.  Continue reading