Witnessing Hushed Bartering Scenes at Bulungan sa Pandawan

October 22, 2019


Every morning with daylight yet to ooze from the sky, a multitude of motorboats is heard roaring off the coast of Mercedes town in Camarines Norte. Buoyed by a prayer and a resolve to provide for their families, fisher folks head out to the abundant waters of San Miguel Bay intent on taking home boatloads of fresh catch. Providentially, the body of water that opens to the mighty Pacific Ocean isn’t called the “fishing bowl” of Bicol Region for nothing—as each day, the fish market of Mercedes becomes a bustling scene of fish trading activities. 

Crates and crates full of the freshest catch can be seen at Mercedes Fish Market
Crates and crates full of the freshest catch can be seen at Mercedes Fish Market

A Walk Along the Streets of Tokyo (part two)

October 15, 2019


After spending the first couple of days under the mercy of a gloomy sky, the sun finally appeared in all its shining glory on the third day. The bright daylight coupled with the wind of the autumn season made for a perfect brisk walking condition—and walked I did—for miles and miles over sidewalks and subway floors. Every thump of my feet got audibly in harmony among the multitude of Japanese commuters’ rickety medley of footsteps, that sounded like an orchestral beat box.

The Mesmerizing Architecture of Taj-ul-Masajid Mosque | Bhopal, India

October 12, 2019


I was feeling benumbed when I stared out the window of the bus and saw the sky reddened with strokes of sunrise. “Dawning of a new day” I told myself and instantly, burst of excitement shot up my body as this meant a new opportunity to explore. It was the first morning of the Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart where I was invited to cover. Before the event started, the organizers took our group of travel writers for a short incursion to the city’s landmark known as the ‘Crown among Mosques’—the biggest mosque in India, the Taj-ul-Masajid.

A Taste of Maa To Ro’s Bagobo-Klata Heritage Cuisine

October 11, 2019


As a melting pot of crisscrossing cultures, Mindanao is a land of diverse heritage, where one can savor a myriad of cuisines each distinct to every region. In Davao City, where there are 11 known tribes, a culinary movement aimed at promoting olden traditions of preparing food is slowly partaking in the local gastronomic scene.

the front part of Maa ta Ro in Davao