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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Traveling For the Holidays? How it can be less of a Hassle


Even if there were a resort just next door, nobody would visit it for his or her vacation. Maybe pop in once or twice, but rarely for an extended stay. Why? It is ordinary, and no one wants this during his or her holiday. A holiday is not all about luxury, but the environment as well. A perfect getaway spot is a far-away place; a different atmosphere. That is why most people choose to travel so that they can enjoy the marvels of nature, or better yet, some new culture. For sure, you have to have this in your bucket list. However, holiday traveling logistics are something else. It isn’t as easy as it looks.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Agal-Agal Festival: A Vibrant Celebration of Tawi-Tawi’s Culture


As I stood on the deck of BRP Capones, a spanking new Japanese-made Parola-class patrol vessel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) where we hitched a ride going to Tawi-Tawi, I quickly surveyed my surroundings. I saw the sacred mountain of Bud Bongao lording it over a picturesque landscape and covered by the morning mist, yet I was still able to spot the silhouette of the town’s Mosque and the outlines of a modest village with fishing boats and passenger ferries that are starting to stir with the day’s activities. And then it dawned on me, I finally reached the southernmost province of the country. Tawi-Tawi, I have arrived!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Discovering a Trove of Cultural and Historical Relics at Villa Escudero


There’s only one country I haven’t been to. Nepal. I don’t know why – I just haven’t had the chance” – Don Ado told us after he overheard me asking my friend KarlaCan you guess how many countries he had traveled to?.” It wasn’t a question concocted out of the blue. I wondered about it after surveying through the massive art, historic, religious and souvenir collection housed inside Don Ado’s private mansion.