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Dinagyang, With Eyes Wide Open


A sustained whistle followed by three successive short blows signals the beginning of a multi-sensorial feast. Consider the tribal warrior covered in paint wearing  fire-colored headdress making aggressive steps towards the center. Behind him, the tribe members aim their arrows … Continue reading

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From Mt Pulag to Banaue (and everything in between)


Banaue, Ifugao. Remembering the last 364 days is made easy by the sound of water streaming across this little town famous for the handiwork of its forefathers. From where I sit, I can see the mountains carved over the last few … Continue reading

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Solitude: The Glory of Being Alone


“Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god” – Aristotle   In this sense, I guess solo travelers are wild beasts – never hindered by personal limitations, and always feeling the need to roam. For many, … Continue reading

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Chasing Dreams and Sunrise: Two Mornings at San Juanico


Looking outside the plane window made me realize I won’t make it to the bridge before sunrise. It was only 5:35 am but the golden disc is already rising from the sea. I first saw San Juanico Bridge as a child … Continue reading

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Temporary


Low, dark clouds hover above Manila bay obscuring the famed sunset. From where I stand the city is literally under my feet. And without the bursting colors of twilight, the Philippine capital is reduced to a vast cheerless landscape broken … Continue reading

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He Shot the Lovers.


He shot the lovers – that, I am sure. I can show you photographic evidence to prove my claim.  He even shared his methods when he saw me once standing behind him while he was spying on two souls locked … Continue reading

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Magat Dam (Ramon, Isabela)


Things don’t always happen as planned. You either make the best out of the situation, or move somewhere where you think that plan would materialize. Take the case of my planned Magat Dam trip. Two nights ago in a bus going to Isabela, I … Continue reading

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Dream-like Memories of Sagada


There are memories that knock on your door dressed in dream-like qualities: hazy, incoherent, full of moments that wrap the heart with a warm, lingering, silent joy. And without you knowing it, you start to physically manifest the beginning of a smile. … Continue reading

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