RAINBOW OVER THE RUINS

For the love of Maria, he built her a palace.  Called it the Santa Maria. Mariano’s a sugar baron. He is boss. Maria, a ship captain’s daughter. Pure Portuguese charm. Mariano wanted nothing but the best memento. Of a one truelove. Because none is more painful, than to outlive a beloved. Deep in the heart […]

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SILAY CITY: OLD WORLD CHARM

The morning the killer quake hit Bohol and Cebu, we were in Silay City, Negros Occidental. A hundred miles from the epicenter. Waiting for our breakfast inside this homey pastry shop called EL IDEAL. The breakfast never came. A few minutes before 8, the ground shook. Everyone dashed for the door, struggling with their footing. […]

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1335 MABINI: ARTISANS’ REALM

Stormy Saturday didn’t kept me from showing up at Casa Tesoro — the seat of tribal art and antiquities in Ermita. This is upon Ms. Mai Saporsantos’ invitation for a VIP preview of 1335Mabini’s LIFE OF PERISH. A multi-media exhibit featuring the works of internationally distinguished Pinoy contemporary artists. (You read it right vee-ahy-pee preview) […]

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THE TEMPLE

My first time in fourteen years here in Beverly Hill’s Taoist Temple in Cebu City. Today I’m back for more enlightenment, deep thoughts, and the wisdom of the four winds. Ok actually no. Just experimenting some B&W snaps here in this lofty house of worship.

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Lava Rock Pickers

Albay artist Vicente Ajero may not be too happy each time Mayon Volcano, the Philippines’ most active, blows up. He’s got no rocks in his head. But when the lava starts rolling down, it’s always a delight to them volcanic rock sculptors. Volcano materials, lava or feather rocks are, after all, easy to work with […]

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E.A.P.I.S.S. FTW

This is what happens when airmen fall for visual arts? Erwin Dematera, aviator cum RC aircraft authority & hobbyist, wowing me with his EAPISS: Electronic Aerial Platform Integrated Surveillance System (aptly named for the Fil. word meaning cockroach→ ipis ) during a lull at the 2012 Canon Photomarathon event. The four-bladed bug, armed with Canon […]

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Saturday! Saturday!

And so KC, this is what you’ve missed today. They took us for a Saturday spin around the old Walled City cruising on these electric chariots. They is the people from White Knights Tours who are leading off with a differently stylish mode in swinging around the place.  And us includes a bunch of print […]

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Behind Every Wine Glass Is A Woman

I had the chance to sneak the Rebel inside the fragile showrooms and assembly lines of two of China’s foremost exporter of aesthetic glasswares. The Honghai Glass Company and the Dahua Glass Industry Company. Both based here in Qi County, Shanxi. They don’t allow photographs here openly but — The Honghai studio houses over two […]

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798 Art Zone

The day before flying out of Beijing for the much awaited Shanxi and Shaanxi provincial visits, we spent the entire afternoon loitering around grooving on endless array of Chinese aesthetics at the Dashanzi Art District, more popularly known as 798 ART ZONE. A huge 500,000 square meter military factory-turned-art complex-turned-tourist attraction situated in Chaoyang District […]

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