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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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.
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→