Dina Sta. Maria
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Youth for Philippine coffee
by Dina Sta. Maria - January 5, 2020 - 12:00am
Yes, the youth are the habitués of today’s third wave coffee shops and stay till the wee hours, not over gin and tonic but over latte and ‘pour over’ specialty coffee. The more coffee they...
Climb every mountain in Camiguin
by Dina Sta. Maria - June 9, 2019 - 12:00am
Known for its beaches, scuba diving sites, waterfalls and hot and cold springs, Camiguin is looking up to its mountains, quite literally, to promote ecotourism in this charming island province with the recently launched...
Shoring Up Medina
by Dina Sta. Maria - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am
The environmental situation in Medina, a fishing town in Misamis Oriental province, has been experiencing a 180-degree turn after the municipal government embarked on a comprehensive marine protection and conservation...
Cheffy’s journey: Food cooked with love
by Dina Sta. Maria - January 6, 2019 - 12:00am
he holiday season saw the kitchens of Max’s Restaurant bustling with activity, as families celebrated with their favorite foods.
Whistler beckons
by Dina Sta. Maria - March 12, 2017 - 12:00am
I made my first snow angel on Whistler Mountain, and I saw my first – and so far only – black bear in the wild on Whistler Mountain.
Hats off to the Talakudong
by Dina Sta. Maria - November 16, 2014 - 12:00am
Long before street dance festivals became a craze, the rustic municipality of Tacurong in southern Mindanao was already painting the town red with their colorful brand of merry-making way back in 1976.
Partners in the business of life
by Dina Sta. Maria - November 9, 2014 - 12:00am
We had never seen anything like it.
San Andres B: A revolutionary’s opera
by Dina Sta. Maria - December 1, 2013 - 12:00am
For the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, many performances about the Supremo’s life are being mounted, exploring different aspects of the multi-faceted hero.
Angels in the morning
by Dina Sta. Maria - August 11, 2013 - 12:00am
It must be the seven-year itch, and good thing too, because after seven successful years, Angel’s Kitchen along Connecticut street in Greenhills is finally open for breakfast – but not on Sundays.
‘Set big goals’
by Dina Sta. Maria - July 21, 2013 - 12:00am
Baseball and theater, sports and the arts are not really such strange bedfellows. Ask Jose Luis – everybody calls him Jolly – Gomez, the new president of Tanghalang Pilipino who is also a commissioner...
Enchanted ornaments
by Dina Sta. Maria - July 7, 2013 - 12:00am
Necklaces, bracelets AND earrings made of beads, pearls, ribbons and whatnot are a dime a dozen these days, staple merchandize in tiangges and bazaars. Some are loud and garish, bordering on the gaudy.
The voice of angels
by Dina Sta. Maria - July 7, 2013 - 12:00am
It’s not just fast cars, high stakes and the lifestyle of the rich and famous that define the Principality of Monaco. This month, Manila audiences will get to discover another, more sublime side when The Little...
Her majesty, Mayon
by Dina Sta. Maria - May 19, 2013 - 12:00am
Like a petulant lover, she is wont to throw a fit, seemingly unprovoked, spewing steam and rocks and ash when you least expect it – on a calm summer evening or a chilly foggy dawn, after she had seemed to be...
Señor Alba’ secret ingredient
by Dina Sta. Maria - December 9, 2012 - 12:00am
When I was a kid and restaurants were not as numerous and ubiquitous as they are now, eating out was a rare and real treat.
Re-imagining the tao-tao
by Dina Sta. Maria - October 14, 2012 - 12:00am
The journey started nearly a quarter century ago with a restaurant – a homey, unpretentious little log cabin along the national highway in Silang, Cavite.
Rediscovering paradise
by Dina Sta. Maria - October 7, 2012 - 12:00am
If you’re looking for paradise, head for Palawan. Many have done so, and were not disappointed.
For love of Nature
by Dina Sta. Maria - September 16, 2012 - 12:00am
Every so often we are reminded of the beauty and bounty of the Philippines, of the incredible diversity of species in our terrestrial and marine environments.
The Balesin experience: The world in an island
by Dina Sta. Maria - June 17, 2012 - 12:00am
What would you do if you had an island? One tucked between a mighty ocean and a peaceful bay, often visited by typhoons but even more often lulled by languid breezes, where the clichéd “crystal clear...
Puerto Galera offers Sanctuary and adventure
by Dina Sta. Maria - June 10, 2012 - 12:00am
 Mention Puerto Galera and immediately the images of fine sand beaches, tranquil coves and lush underwater marine life come to mind.
Maybe there'll be roses again
by Dina Sta. Maria - June 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Can an idea, no matter how good, stay fresh for 25 years?
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