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Do you know the way to San Rafael?

Getting to Barangay Lico in San Rafael, Bulacan, was half the fun.  My batchmates at St. Paul College (now a university) of Quezon City, high school class of 1973, decided to meet at the home of Baby, our classmate until the fifth grade, then travel to the Central Luzon province in a convoy.  The car...

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‘Kasadyahan’ vs ‘Dinagyang’: A Battle of Festivals in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY—Ilonggos and their guests can expect a double treat of weekend revelry when the “Kasadyahan sa Kabanwahanan” and “Dinagyang” go centerstage one after the other on Jan. 27 and 28 in this city, in what looms as a face-off of festivals reflecting the dynamism of local culture, faith and tradition.  “This year’s Kasadyahan is...

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On the way to Bayambang we drove north to Vigan 

Five days before Christmas Day we went on a 24-hour road trip that took us to a Ghibli-inspired Christmas village, a 400-year-old watchtower, and a city with cobblestone streets and ancestral houses. The initial plan was to drive early in the morning to Bayambang, Pangasinan, to check out the Christmas village that features some of...

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Artist researching: Experience curves in Taiwan and Cambodia

A man in his rormork (the traditional and bigger version of the tuk-tuk) hovered near us outside the public market early one rainy October morning. We carried heavy backpacks and he asked in English: Need a ride? We actually did. But we had been accustomed to using the PassApp to book these local taxis. With...

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Food, friendship and more on a tour with a chef

FUKUOKA, HIROSHIMA, OSAKA—We came here to savor food that popular Filipino chef Sandy Daza has taste-tested and pronounced “exceptional” (for him, “good” is simply “not enough”). But the “Daza Japan Food Tour” of the three cities and their namesake prefectures on Oct. 20-25 offered participants more than just food. It also included visits to fish...

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What we discovered on a walking tour and a Pasig River Ferry ride

When my husband and I signed up for a heritage tour by Renacimiento Manila in September, we expected the usual daylong visits to old buildings and houses, with some historical trivia and eating stops on the side.  But we got much more than that in this tour. We also found ourselves wondering why the government...

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In the highlands with the grand old lady of ‘batok’

Carpe diem! What do Apo Whang-Od and I have in common? Let me (presumptuously) try to count the ways. Apo Whang-Od, the oldest living tattoo artist—mambabatok—has become Vogue’s oldest cover star, and I have branded myself as the oldest stariray with tattooed arms in my clan.  And like her, I have a following, too! My...