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South Cotabato

Sitio Kangko | Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

By on May 21, 2010
Sitio Kangko is the farthest inhabited area in Barangay Lamlahak in the municipality of Lake Sebu, Southern Philippines. It is located at the foot of the yet unexplored Mt. Three Kings, aptly named for the three imposing peaks that seem to closely watch the small community.
Cebu Food

The liempo from Balamban

By on May 1, 2010
Perhaps most of the residents of Balamban do not know yet that the name 'Balamban' has sparked a craze in Cebu City, approximately 64 kilometers away from their beloved municipality.
Metro Manila

The Spoliarium at the National Museum

By on March 11, 2010
The Spoliarium depicts a typical scene in a chamber of a Roman arena: men dragging defeated gladiators, onlookers watching the bloody spectacle, and a woman grieving on one side.
Albay Essay Travel


By on December 31, 2009
I cannot say the same pattern of heroism, tragedy, victory and defeat would show up in the coming year. It could get worse. And it could also get very boring. I can only hope that we would now look at every monumental loss with maturity and resilience. I also hope that we would also look at every triumphant breakthrough with sobriety and gratitude.

Bottled water

By on September 23, 2009
One afternoon, thirteen years ago, my sister bought me my first bottled water. I requested her to buy me one for two reasons. First, I would like to find out how water that is bottled would actually taste compared to our version of it at home.