BATANES ISLANDS – What’s It Like Up There

It was at the edge of the closing of summer when I flew to this enchanting island group found at the northern-most tip of the Philippine Archipelago.  I’ve heard so much about this quaint province, small at it may seem, but with a big heart. Onboard an early morning Philippine Airlines flight from NAIA’s third…

INTRAMUROS, MANILA – Wonders Within The Walls

Emerging from the old elevated train, I took the quieter route towards the walled city via the iconic art-deco Metropolitan Theatre’s back clearing. Past the huge multi-level parking building (Park N Ride) and the newly refurbished Mehan Garden (which is still unopened, can’t wait to see what they’ve done inside!), I came face to face…

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…

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…