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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...
Fiesta Islands: Come celebrate with us!
by JVM Francisco - January 5, 2014 - 12:00am
There are 627 folk festivals in the Philippines today. That means, on the average, there is at least one festival happening somewhere in the country every single day.
Year of the water snake
by JVM Francisco - February 3, 2013 - 12:00am
In Western culture the snake is a feared animal – slithery, poisonous, deadly, sometimes even symbolizing an evil force.
Opera can be fun!
by JVM Francisco - July 8, 2012 - 12:00am
I enjoy opera but I’m not an opera aficionado. In fact, I sometimes doze off in some opera productions that are made of heavy stuff.
Discovering God's own country
by JVM Francisco - February 26, 2012 - 12:00am
Twelve days in Kerala. A perfect opportunity to stay away from the hustle and bustle of pre-Christmas crowds and horrendous Manila traffic.
Morocco: Land of golden deserts
by JVM Francisco - June 19, 2011 - 12:00am
Morocco has always been a dream destination.
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