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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.
MINT: College with a difference
by JVM Francisco - February 20, 2011 - 12:00am
There’s a new kid on the school block, and it’s no ordinary kid. It comes with a daring, innovative concept of college education.
The Year of the Rabbit: Gentleness, tranquility, sensitivity
by JVM Francisco - January 30, 2011 - 12:00am
If you felt like you were on a roller coaster ride last year, the Year of the Tiger, which was marked by dramatic changes and rapid developments, you can now relax for the Year of the Rabbit will provide that much...
Blu, blu, My world is blu
by JVM Francisco - November 28, 2010 - 12:00am
All roads led to Ce-Blu earlier this month when the Queen City of the South unveiled another one of its gems, one that – truly like a precious gem – took years to see the glorious light of day.
Dining in a room full of art
by JVM Francisco - November 7, 2010 - 12:00am
The heavy pre-All Saints’ Day traffic did not deter the more than one hundred guests who trooped to Tagaytay to attend the opening of The Dining Room, the newest project of restaurateur, coffee baron and art...
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