Daraga Church: Albay’s Historical Gem

Posted on December 28, 2017

It’s a composition that is postcard-perfect: a religious architectural marvel as a vantage point for majestic Mayon Volcano. It’s a vista that is sure to take your breath away. This is the Church of the Nuestra Señora de la Porteria also called Our Lady of the Gate but more commonly known as Daraga Church. We beheld its beauty when we went to Bicol in 2014. After breakfast at the homegrown Bigg’s Diner restaurant, we made a steep climb on aRead More

Travel Idea: Philippine Festivals happening this latter part of the year

Posted on October 26, 2017

The rich heritage and cultural diversity of the Philippines is evidenced by the multitude of festivals and celebrations around the country all throughout the year. If you are looking for a different adventure, one that is beyond the usual beach escapade or mountain climbing expedition, then going to festivals is a good option. They are lively, full of music, colors, street dancing and definitely lots of food. Furthermore, festivals, while mostly religious in origin, are also story-telling venues where oneRead More

Heritage Series: the all-steel San Sebastian Church

Posted on September 7, 2017

In the old district of Quiapo, Manila, San Sebastian Church stands tall and magnificent, as if it knows its prominence in history. San Sebastian Church is an all-steel edifice, the only such church in the Philippines and one of the few structures in the world to be made almost entirely out of metal. Its neo-gothic architecture is also unique at the time when baroque structures were more favored during the Spanish colonial era of the Philippines. In every aspect, it isRead More

Heritage Series: Poblacion, the Old District of Makati

Posted on August 25, 2017

Perhaps one facet of Makati City that is seldom seen is its laid-back and artsy side. Oftentimes, when we here the name Makati, we think of images of modern skyscrapers and bright office spaces. Most people, even Makati habitués, are not aware that beyond the tall buildings sits a historical and cultural hub that provides a glimpse of Makati’s glorious past. Poblacion, the city’s old downtown area, is home to the legislative office, the Museo ng Makati (Makati Museum), and Saints PeterRead More

Family Travels: Tips and Tricks

Posted on June 17, 2017

Traveling is such an enriching activity but it becomes even more memorable when you are with your loved ones. However, it is a different story altogether though when you are bringing children with you. With their insatiable curiosity and limitless energy, it can be a little challenging to have children along. Nevertheless, we are firm believers that children should be exposed to the wonders of the world early on. Education from experience is, after all, more profound and memorable. So, howRead More

Looking Back: How Traveling Changed My Life

Posted on April 25, 2017

In many ways, traveling gave me back my life. About 5 or so years ago, I took a long, hard look at my life, carefully assessed it and realized that I’ve been wasting a good deal of it in a small cubicle. Since I started working, my world became limited to a restrictive cube farm. I strived to conquer the corporate jungle with much gusto and actually convinced myself that a thriving office career was the sole definition of success. Not longRead More

Tutuban Train Station: Stumbling upon a piece of history in a Shopping Complex

Posted on January 22, 2017

One does not exactly go to a chaotic place like Tutuban and expect to uncover a piece of history. People go there primarily to shop for budget finds. But an ordinary weekend shopping trip for us turned out to be a moment of discovery; a trip back in the glorious past of the Philippines, a long-ago time when steam locomotives ruled the highways and the concept of traffic was unknown in Philippine streets. When we arrived, I could not helpRead More

Heritage Series: Strengthening our Faith with a visit to Manaoag, Pangasinan

Posted on December 31, 2016

It was in 1989 when I first set foot in Manaoag, Pangasinan for a thanksgiving pilgrimage with my parents. I remember waking up disoriented in a bus station. It was early morning and still dark; we were in an unfamiliar place. My young mind could not fully comprehend our purpose for going there but I knew it was a special journey.

Heritage Series: Churches in Nueva Ecija

Posted on November 19, 2016

We bade farewell to the province of Pampanga and headed to Nueva Ecija for the remaining half of our journey. It was more familiar ground because Nueva Ecija is my home province; I know several towns that are home to notable, historical and picturesque churches. All the same, we were exultant because this was a chance to explore my home province. Admittedly, it has not been my priority to explore Nueva Ecija because “it was near and just there.” ThatRead More

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