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Heritage Sites in Tagbilaran

September 28, 2017 7:00 pm by Cheenee Otarra

Bohol has long been associated with natural wonders such as the world-famous Chocolate Hills, marvelous Balicasag dive spot and the white beaches of Panglao. Did you know, though, that this province, which functioned as its own Republic from 1899 to 1900, also boasts of rich cultural heritage assets? Tagbilaran supposedly […]

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5 Non-Profits Promoting Philippine Culture

September 17, 2017 7:00 pm by Cheenee Otarra

How diverse is the Philippines? Within our 7,614 islands, did you know that 130 different languages are being spoken, excluding the dialects from these languages? In addition, did you know that there are 110 major indigenous groups in the country? August, as our country’s official “Buwan ng Wika,” is a […]

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MaArte at the Pen: An Intimate Fair with Only the Best 31

August 8, 2017 7:00 pm by Cheenee Otarra

Colorful, embroidered indigenous woven textiles, custom brews of tea, bespoke artisan fragrances, unique jewelry and home accessories – these are just some of the treasures you can expect to find at the MaArte at the Pen, happening on August 11-13, 2017 at The Gallery, The Peninsula Manila. Out of hundreds […]

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3 Reasons to Love Hyderabad, India

July 28, 2017 7:00 pm by Cheenee Otarra

The most popular images that often come to people’s minds when they hear of India are the Taj Mahal and the curry. Backpackers would have probably heard of Goa, while pilgrims would be familiar with Kolkata. A lesser known place is Hyderabad, the capital of the state of Telangana, south […]

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Read Up! Four Book Cafés in Metro Manila

July 28, 2017 12:00 am by Cheenee Otarra

Enter Platform 9 ¾ at Tweedle Book Café in Quezon City (Photo from: Tweedle) When it’s raining more often, it’s the perfect time to read a book with a cup of coffee. Thankfully, a number of book cafés have cropped up around the Metro to give us time for ourselves […]

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Oscar Mejia Fragrances: Embodying Experiences and Memories

June 27, 2017 7:00 pm by Cheenee Otarra

Oscar Mejia, Filipino perfumer, muses, “When you smell something for the first time, it is committed to your memory and emotions and that develops a strong bond. It brings you back to the first time you smelled it and how you felt.” Studies show that it takes a slow and […]

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Museo Orlina: A Glass Escape in Tagaytay

May 7, 2017 7:00 pm by Cheenee Otarra

Tagaytay has long been an escape for the urban dwellers of Manila. People visit Tagaytay for a weekend of breather to avoid the smog of the city, see the Taal volcano, get a massage, take in fresh air and dine out in the comfort food restaurants by the lake. Museo Orlina, […]

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Cleopatra’s Needle: A Trek to Puerto Princesa’s Highest Peak

April 12, 2017 7:00 pm by Cheenee Otarra

Cleopatra’s Needle (Photo courtesy of Centre for Sustainability PH) Looking for a challenging activity this summer? Why not climb Cleopatra’s Needle, the highest peak in the City of Puerto Princesa at 1,593 meters above sea level? The mountain got its name from the rock structure found in its peak, which […]

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Mosaic by the Creek: A Mindful Summer Activity

March 19, 2017 7:00 pm by Cheenee Otarra

Mindfulness means being fully aware of and connected with the present moment. To be mindful is to immerse and lose ourselves in a state of zen. It has been part of the latest trends as a response to the fast-paced world that pushes for productivity with all the advancements in […]

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Diura Fishing Village: Witness Traditional Ivatan Fishing in Batanes

March 6, 2017 7:00 pm by Cheenee Otarra

“Ayun po! May parating na mga bangka, kakauwi lang! (There! Bangkas are just about to come to the shore!),” our Ivatan guide, Viring, informs us about the arrival of mataw (fishermen) in the Diura Fishing Village, a small coastal community in the eastern side of Batanes, facing the Pacific Ocean. […]