Philippines

Argao Capilla: Forsaken and Found

Posted on March 6, 2008

Argao, my mother’s hometown, is one of the most charming towns in southern Cebu. Known for its baroque-rococo Church of St. Michael the Archangel that boasts of detailed ceiling frescoes and a grand retablo, all within the well-preserved colonial town plaza, we’ve frequented this place for years for quick vacations and to visit relatives, both living and dead. The town, established in 1608, is one of the oldest in Cebu. Along the eastern coast of the island, it is approximatelyRead More

Manila Baywalk Sunset

Posted on March 3, 2008

Manila Baywalk is a bit rundown nowadays, but the world-famous sunset (allegedly the best among the world’s cities according to Lonely Planet’s ‘The Cities Book’ due to the air pollution that enhances the display)–is the daily spectacle that redeems the messy urban sprawl of all its noise, sleaze and taxi drivers from hell. On Sundays, it’s a leisurely place to seek respite, basking in the orange haze of nature’s light show with peanuts and fishballs for popcorn. Just make sure toRead More

7,107 Reasons to Travel

Posted on March 2, 2008

My spur-of-the-moment foray into travel blogging was a result of my stark realization, and visualization, concerning my Philippine travel experience. At LAKBAYAN, a beta mapping project created by techno blogger Eugene Villar, you can map out your travels in and around our 7,107 islands and survey your unchartered Philippine destinations. I only got a C+. To improve my grade, I vowed to see more of my country and chronicle my exploits–big or small–around my home province of Cebu, the urban jungle ofRead More