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Bedok Reservoir and other Lake Stories

Last month we were invited by some friends to eat “bulalo” in Lucky Plaza, the mecca of Filipino overseas workers here in Singapore. During weekends Filipinos, mostly domestic workers, congregate around the area. We shared stories about our diversions. I told them I enjoy biking around the 4 kilometer shoreline of the Bedok Reservoir especially […]

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Ilocos

Vigan’s pretty houses all in a row

One of my favorite philosopher, the late Terrence Mckenna, once said: “The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.” I couldn’t agree more. Our tangible heritage is an essential part of this imagination. Architecture, being one of the earliest and most constant expressions of […]

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Ilocos

Back to Vigan

This isn’t my first time in Ilocos but it sure feels like it. The last time, about 2+ years ago, was a disaster. I thought I could squeeze touring Ilocos Norte and Sur in just one weekend – epic fail – I ended up on a hurried tour of inspection. You know you’ve messed up […]

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Ilocos

Thoughts, Laoag

Clear or light, according to locals is where the city got its name. They must be referring to the skies. The sky in these parts, on a clear day, is blue as blue can be. The weather (I don’t know if its just me) feels a lot hotter around here. Must be the reason why […]

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Ilocos

Bantay Church and Tower as History

I wasn’t suppose to see Bantay today but I did because I saw countless tourists gathered to have their pictures taken with the iconic red brick tower as background. I got curious if there was an event. I later found out that those folks were pilgrims. The church is popular pilgrimage among Catholics because it […]

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Ilocos

The Old Convent Ruins of Paoay

Coming from the euphoria of seeing the heritage treasure that is Paoay Church, I crashed into a sad state of realization seeing the old convent, lying in decay just across the church. Potentially another historical gem, I thought, only if we could just find a way to restore it or maybe find some useful means […]

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Ilocos

The Augustinian Church of Paoay

I’ve been wanting to see this church for a long, long time not only because I’ve read so much about it but I’ve been intrigued by its unusual form ever since I first saw a picture of it. I hardly ever get to visit this part of the country (this being only the second time). […]

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Ilocos

SM Again, Threatening our Heritage Landscape

Please read the Manifesto (HERE) Leave a comment (with your name) in support of our kababayan pleading not to allow SM from altering the historical landscape of their town. The said company is seeking to build their mall beside the historic church. This heritage insensitive company is at it again. But they won’t be there […]

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