THE NATIONAL MUSEUM COMPLEX, MANILA – The Return To Greatness

  Although Greece is still in my must-visit bucket list, I always had this imaginative notion of the Grecian architecture-inspired Philippine National Museum of Fine Arts as Manila’s Acropolis.  Without being perched on top of a hill, and just a short few steps up only, this gleaming white and cream temple to the arts command…

ESCOLTA, MANILA – Untangling its Storied Past

What it was like to live in the past, to live out those sepia print images?  How different is it from how our world live today?  What if the world wars never happened at all and all those grand edifices are still standing until now? These are just some of the questions that popped out…

MALOLOS, BULACAN – A Weekend Day Historical Walk

Sometimes we take things for granted because they are around us all the time, too accessible to take or too easy to be challenging.  Things like this bore us (or so we thought) that we chose to ignore them; we ignore them and in the process we tend to forget them; we forget, and in…

SAN JUAN, LA UNION – Surf’s Up

If only I had more than enough time, I would’ve been able to explore Laoag City and what it has to offer to its visitors like me.  The only time I can spare was my transit time between Pagudpud and Metro Manila.  Yes I am on my way back home already after a few days…

PAOAY & PAGUDPUD, ILOCOS NORTE – Of Religiosity And Reflection

*The borrowed header photo is taken by Mark Anthony B. Togonon from his blog togiexplorer.com. Since Paoay, Ilocos Norte is nearby Vigan (where I just stayed for two nights – see my Vigan Series), I decided to drop by for a few hours before pushing north to Pagudpud Beach. I made a detour for Vigan’s…

VIGAN, ILOCOS SUR – Down The Street Where You Live

On my way back to the city center, I dropped by the public market to buy myself a pair of black rubber slippers.  It was after an hour when I finally got to give myself some rest in my bed at the Vigan Hotel, where I am staying. After a quick shower and tv time,…

VIGAN, ILOCOS SUR – The Search For The Hidden Garden

Armed with a full tummy, I started my long and arduous walk in search for my next goal.  This garden actually blipped in my curiosity radar just early this morning while I was surfing the internet at the bus terminal.  It was described as a garden brought about by the requests and clamour of its…

VIGAN, ILOCOS SUR – The Living Heritage

For the last couple of weekends, I’ve been indulging my itchy feet.  Its travelled to a couple of interesting places, both on last minute whims.  This time, I pre-empted the act by giving myself more days for my next travel.  And this time I took my feet further up North.  This time, my first stop…

BAGUIO CITY – In Three Beats

I   *The borrowed header photo of Baguio Pine Trees was taken by Christian Lucas Sangoyo for his site Lakad Pilipinas.com. It was the eve of 2008 New Year’s Day when I first landed in Baguio, the City of Pines.  Yes, you read it right – LANDED.  During that time there’s still Philippine Airlines servicing that…

EMBARKATION – The First Step

It took me three consecutive weekends before i even realized that my own blog is in the offing. Three Saturdays ago, my curiosity took me to a four-hour bus ride to Manaoag, Pangasinan.  I decided to visit and pray at the Basilica Minore of Our lady of Manaoag.  It was long overdue, the visit, that…