NOTES FROM AN EMPTY CLASSROOM

Two weeks prior to the pandemic lockdown of March 2020, the concert hall of the Philippine Social Science Center was exulting to an ensemble of preschoolers. Dressed up in earthly costumes, the children filled the air with songs and verses of musical adaptations of “Ang mga Langgam at mga Tipaklong” back to back with the […]

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‘Balangay’ At The Harbor Square

From Brunei to Indonesia to Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore, the ‘balangay’ is finally back home. Three replicas of the pre-Spanish watercraft landed this morning at the Harbor Square in CCP Complex after a 14-month sail across Southeast Asia. The event was flagged by a number of luminaries (FVR, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Danny Lim […]

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In Lilio

So they’re making it big now in Lilio. No doubt the footwear industry here has blossomed. Now they have this annual Gat Tayaw Tsinelas Festival which has become another sought-after local tourist attraction and, they now pride themselves with the title The Footwear Capital of Laguna. Pardon me, but the last time we’ve been here […]

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Cool Pueblo Plunge

Baño, a Castilian word for bath or bathing place, is an apt name for a street in  Pakil, a small sleepy town about a hundred miles east of Manila. This Baño Street is constantly filled with bañistas roaming around soaked from head to toe  as this narrow pathway is the main artery to the town’s […]

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