The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos is located between two popular tourist destinations: the Cape Bojeador lighthouse and the Bangui windmills. It is easily missed because it is sandwiched between these more ‘popular’ tourist spots.
Villa Angela was built in 1873 by the spouses Don Agapito Florendo y Bonifacio, who was a gobernadorcillo of La Ciudad Fernandina (Vigan) in 1859, and Doña Maria Villanueva.
The best ride in getting to and around the Paoay sand dunes is via a rugged, 4x4 vehicle. This would ensure adequate traction especially at loose spots and in going up and down the sand hills. Stay away from the tricycles or your family sedan when you can help it.
The sand dunes of Ilocos Norte seems to be the most 'unnatural' geological formation that I have seen so far. One would normally expect desert-like stretches like these in the Middle East but not in a tropical country like the Philippines.
Everything in rustic Vigan is charming. But you have never been to this UNESCO World Heritage Site if you have not set foot in Calle Crisologo.
The windmills in the laidback town of Bangui have indeed put the Philippines in the renewable energy map. It has attracted not only the strong drafts from the South China Sea but also troves of tourists who want to see a majestic wind farm.
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.
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.