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Sulod kamo (Come in) sa Casa Tentay

This house along Commission Civil in Jaro, Iloilo said to me, “Come in.  Welcome home.”  I look up to see Tirso, the guard, wave to me like an old friend as I got through the weather-worn metal gate.  The day before, I had booked a room for myself and my mother at Casa Tentay through […]

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#makeITsafePH Love, from a Distance

#makeITsafePH.  I have been lucky that my online romantic affairs were not harrowing and toxic experiences.  In fact, they bring me pleasant memories.  The first internet affair of the heart started out without any intention to meet the man of my dreams.  When I posted my email address on the virtual bulletin board 18 years […]

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Cinema de luxe at Citymall Mandalagan

Watching a movie at Citymall Mandalagan’s Cinema promises to be an experience de luxe for an avid moviegoer. It would be a treat to get off the couch, take off your pajamas and get dressed, and take a BFF or the fambam to enjoy a movie in luxury. This is something that you can’t have […]

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Take The Squad to Squad Bistro

Eight Hotel Management graduates got their pots and pans together to put up Squad Bistro.  The name connotes casual barkada dine outs for young professionals and students.  The interiors has a country feel from the airy atmosphere to the furniture done in light wood to the “wallpaper” which is literally paper squares cut out from […]

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CONFESSIONS OF A NAIL-A-HOLIC

You should see my hands.  They’re overworked  and not in the best condition.  Household chores, gardening, and exposure to the elements have dealt cruel blows to my digits.  My feet are not any better.  As a tour guide, I cover miles and miles of ground.  I go up and down the bus. I jump. I […]

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Why I Need a VIVO V7+

For the first time in my life, I experienced the pain of camera envy.  My two-year-old phone (brand name withheld, but is a good one) had been my co-worker in events and seminars, my buddy when I travel, and my secretary on those insanely busy days. As “official photographer” to this writer-blogger-tour guide, my current […]

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Boxes After Dark

  Boxes at The Marketplace by the Government Center seems like an out-of-the-way destination for anyone seeking some evening action.  At daytime, the restaurants and bars at Boxes look lonely and too quiet for a fun-loving barkada, but you ain’t seen nothing yet until you go there and see for yourself.  The place comes alive […]

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Twenty-Four Hours in Dumaguete City

The seven-hour non-airconditioned bus ride from Bacolod to our next-door neighbor was fatigue-inducing but rewarding when the diverse country scene rolled by.  Sugarcane fields are juxtaposed with the steep rocky mountainside.  Hidden bends unveil breathtaking cliffs and the blue Tanon Strait  beyond.  Bamboo-and-nipa huts perch on road edges cheek by cheek with concrete residences creating […]

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Meet the Smiths

When the handle of my binangon flew off, I knew whom to call.  The neighborhood pamandayan to the rescue! What is a Filipino household without the all-purpose knife that can cut down a tree, open a coconut, and peel an unripe jackfruit for ginat-an nga munggo?  The binangon is a tool so essential for a […]

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