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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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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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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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The Mountain Whispered: Stories from Mt. Pulag


I sit behind a patch of dwarf bamboos to shield me from the biting cold. Just hours ago at the base camp, temperature dropped to 4 degrees Celsius – unbearable for someone used to Manila’s scorching heat – made even … Continue reading

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