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2020 Year of the Metal Rat: New Beginnings
by JVM Francisco - January 19, 2020 - 12:00am
The Year of the Metal Rat, which starts on Jan. 25, 2020 and ends on Feb. 11, 2021, will be an exciting year of new beginnings. For most of us, the year is going to be marked by success on various fronts. New opportunities...
Camiguin: Unspoiled Paradise
by JVM Francisco - November 3, 2019 - 12:00am
During that first visit, I was with a group of friends who wanted to see some islands in the country yet unspoiled by hordes of tourists.
Lizanne Uychaco: The Art of Good Fortune
by JVM Francisco - June 16, 2019 - 12:00am
Lizanne Uychaco holds a unique place in the flourishing visual arts scene in the Philippines. She’s the first and only Filipino visual artist who specializes in feng shui art. And, to my knowledge, the only...
Taal Vista Hotel: Here for always
by JVM Francisco - February 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Taal Vista Hotel, together with the Manila Hotel, are the grand dames of the Philippine tourism industry. Both hotels were built during the American colonial period and are considered the oldest hotels in the c...
Eat, drink,be merry!
by JVM Francisco - January 20, 2019 - 12:00am
The Year of the Earth Pig begins on Feb. 5 and will end on Jan. 24, 2020.
Palermo: Perfect Endings
by JVM Francisco - November 25, 2018 - 12:00am
We were a group of nine exuberant tourists wanting to explore the sights of Sicily, get a feel of its culture, and have a taste of its famed cuisine.
Sicily: crossroad of civilizations; but where’s the mafia?
by JVM Francisco - November 11, 2018 - 12:00am
This was the most common remark I heard before I left for Sicily with a group of friends early last month.
Asturias: Spain’s secret paradise
by JVM Francisco - August 19, 2018 - 12:00am
My knowledge of Asturias prior to my trip to northern Spain was practically zero. I knew of the title “Prinsipe de Asturias” as one conferred upon the heir apparent to the Crown of Spain but beyond that,...
Discovering the treasures of the north
by JVM Francisco - July 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Aside from the Camino Real at Santiago de Compostela, the north of Spain has been uncharted territory for most Filipino tourists.
Hans Sy steps up to forge a legacy in education, environment and the arts
by JVM Francisco - April 8, 2018 - 12:00am
The 2018 Forbes list of richest individuals in the world created a lot of buzz in the Philippines not because people wanted to find out who topped the list of billionaires in the country (everyone knows that Henry...
Dinagyang at 50
by JVM Francisco - February 11, 2018 - 12:00am
If there is one event the Ilonggos of Iloilo City take great pride in, it’s the annual Dinagyang Festival.
Year of the Earth Dog
by JVM Francisco - February 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Among all the animal signs in the Chinese zodiac, the Dog is the one closest to man.
Feeling Camiguin
by JVM Francisco - December 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
Camiguin has always been under the radar as a tourism destination compared to other popular islands like Boracay, Palawan and Bohol. That was until a low-budget tourism video called “Feel Camiguin” hit...
Smile! It’s MassKara!
by JVM Francisco - October 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
A festival born in the midst of tragedy and gloom has become one of the country’s major events, drawing thousands of local and foreign visitors to the genteel city of Bacolod, the capital of Negros Occidental...
The elixir of love and service
by JVM Francisco - September 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
Opera productions are a rarity in the Philippines.
Radisson Blu makes the French connection
by JVM Francisco - May 29, 2016 - 12:00am
Two French gentlemen – one from Nantes and the other from Orleans – met each other for the first time through Skype last February. Their topic of conversation – the prospect of working together...
Morals with a little bit of malice
by JVM Francisco - May 14, 2016 - 10:00am
Morals & Malice sounds more like the title of an Ang Lee film, but as the name of Cebu’s latest watering hole, it does intrigue and makes one want to check it out for good measure.
The year of the Fire monkey
by JVM Francisco - January 23, 2016 - 9:00am
High energy, creativity and innovation.
Welcome a new ewe Year of the Sheep
by JVM Francisco - February 15, 2015 - 12:00am
After the Year of the Horse has galloped by, trampling some in its wake, comes the gentle, sensitive and sympathetic Sheep.
The Year of the Wood Horse
by JVM Francisco - January 26, 2014 - 12:00am
They couldn’t be a more divergent group but nevertheless, film director Ang Lee, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, media star Oprah Winfrey, physicist Stephen Hawkings, actress/singer Barbra Streisand...
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