Singapura

The Tropical Gothic Church of Sts. Peter and Paul

Now that I’m back in this progressive island state I wanted to take a closer look into how heritage structures are conserved and protected around here. Economy is still growing and there’s the constant pressure to expand the commercial urban landscape. They have to compromise when it comes to developing land for residential and commercial […]

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Germany

Around Heidelberg

Thanks to these heritage conscious Germans I could see the same town as Rizal left it. It was the same Heidelberg he fell in love with – the same town where he wrote his “Las Flores de Heidelberg”. Same place where he watched those bloody fencing duels. Same place where he studied ophthalmology. Its amazing […]

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Personal

Herzog’s “Pilgrimage”

When it come to films no one has influence me more than Werner Herzog’s. Only Herzog aficionados can understand this fascination. Herzog’s theme has always been about spiritual experiences, obsessions, the impossible dreams, the frailty of human relations and the painful realities of this broken world. I watch his films not for entertainment but to […]

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Personal

Who except God can give you peace?

Last week, I lost two uncles. Their deaths are unrelated but felt deeply by my two sides of the family. tío Amang died from a long ailment in Bulacan, the other uncle in Olonggapo, tío Lando, suffered a fatal accident.  I was shocked by the death of tío Lando because he never had any health problems. He’s […]

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Germany

A German Town Called Wilhemsfeld

The Hill Town I woke up around 5 in the morning, ate my usual breakfast and headed straight out to catch the earliest bus to Wilhemsfeld (pronounced ‘V’ilhemsfeld) the town where Rizal wrote the last chapters of his Noli. The importance of this town is monumental in our history. Here he found the inspiration to […]

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