THE ROAD AHEAD

I’ve travelled 500 miles to catch my teenage señorita’s Graduation rites. Only to be caught in a 5-hour traffic mayhem. It’s revolting to be deprived of a special occasion — especially when you’ve come a long long way. Filipino time, however, saves the day, with the ceremony starting late. Plus, a battery of opening remarks […]

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HUMANS OF MANILA (2)

During the Walk For The Elderly parade at the CCP Complex here in Manila, I couldn’t help noticing an old lady on the phone, speaking in a distraught voice: “What? But we just spoke over the phone awhile ago!” she cried, stepping out of the crowd for a clearer exchange with the caller as her […]

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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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PHOTOWALK SILAY CITY

Silay. The city that sugar cane built. Me. Traveler on foot. Usher me, your passerby. Jaw-dropping Silay. Bacolod to Silay. I’m hopping town, see. Ooh. Another explorer? Purrrrr-fect. How do you make a living in this city? There is no need for temples. This is my simple religion. (Dalai Lama) Life Lessons from Mahjong: Make […]

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KAGAY-ANON SMILE

Couple of years ago, Cagayan de Oro was hit by a horrendous calamity the city has never seen before. It made Satan’s red earth look like heaven. Today I roam around and find not a single indication of the disaster. I asked this wreath designer here how did CDO went back up on its feet […]

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MUSINGS FROM THE WINDOW-SEAT

I can smell pusó from fifteen thousand feet. And chicken inasal as well. In a short while we’ll be touching down CDO airfield and the plan is to rush to the nearest grill asap upon arrival. They make heavenly pusó in this part of the archipelago and their inasal, fit for a king. Every good […]

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DOWNSIDE

Delayed flight. It’s amazing how airlines never fail to feed you of flight advisories several MONTHS prior to departure date, and then hit you with a surprise change in fly-time on the flight date itself. Ever since I got the Cebu – CDO plane ticket, PAL has been filling me with flight updates. But not […]

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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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CROSSING OVER

A year ago today I gave me the bossiest birthday present I could ever give to myself — the end to the 30-year old smoking habit. One bang up gift and one tough fight. Nevertheless, me and myself somehow made the killing! So it’s been a year and it feels like I can scale the […]

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