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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Reliving Paoay’s storied history and rich culture with Guling-Guling Festival


Believed to have originated even before the arrival of the Spaniards, the Guling-Guling Festival morphed into a religious practice in the 16th century, when the Spanish friars attached it with the celebration of the Lenten season.
Believed to have originated even before the arrival of the Spaniards, the Guling-Guling Festival morphed into a religious practice in the 16th century, when the Spanish friars attached it with the celebration of the Lenten season. Happening a day before Ash Wednesday, guling, the Ilocano word “to smear,” comes to play, when the town mayor would smudge a white cross, made from damp and white rice flour, on to a person’s forehead to indicate one’s pureness. The townsfolk believe that this ritual washes away their sins.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A ‘meaningful travel’ to the Highlands


“Happiness and kindness is something if you give it away—then it comes right back to you,” the song reverberates harmoniously inside the classroom as the pupils of Ogo-og Elementary school sing in unison. A few minutes more and we will be distributing the school-supply kits to each one of them. Everywhere, the wide smiles are in display as the little ones happily goofed around with each other, unable to contain their excitement.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Shaping a Heritage in the Pottery Town of Iguig, Cagayan


Hundreds of years after what is believed to be the earliest industry that thrived in this part of Cagayan province, the town of Iguig is picking up where its ancestral settlers left off. By continuously shaping a heritage through the delicate hands of its artisan townsfolk; the soft natural rock material called clay – finds a home and purpose here.

A local artist demonstrates his expertise in pottery making. Photo courtesy of Martin San Diego / North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Featured Travel Guide | Things to do in Cebu


More than the frenzied vibe of the Sinulog Festival, Cebu is also a gateway to a number of adventure destinations. A major hub in the Philippines when it comes to tourism, shipping, commerce and also the site of many beautiful beaches, picturesque countryside and home to some of the famed local cuisines; Cebu ranks among the top travel destinations of both domestic and foreign travelers.

The province’ capital city; Cebu City might appear almost similar to Metro Manila, one would quickly wonder “What to do here” after surveying the busy roads leading out of the capital. After the initial shock of the street’s bustling activities, one could thoroughly enjoy exploring not only Cebu city but the rest of the province’ tourism offerings.