CITY SENSE
Beyond diving: The towns of northern Cebu
by Paulo Alcazaren - September 9, 2018 - 12:00am
In my last column, we looked at the first part of a group tour of northwestern Cebu. My wife Twink had organized our traveling club’s visit to the Visayan island and our base was a vacation villa in Compostela,...
Three C’s in Cebu
by Paulo Alcazaren - August 25, 2018 - 12:01am
Last week’s long weekend was my wife’s excuse to organize one of our annual tours to unique Philippine destinations.
Postcards from Boracay
by Paulo Alcazaren - July 28, 2018 - 12:00am
The ongoing closure and rehabilitation of Boracay has been met with much controversy.
Architecture, history and more in Bacolod
by Paulo Alcazaren - July 14, 2018 - 12:00am
We continue from last week’s article and a visit to Bacolod, the City of Smiles. My wife and I attended the opening of Straight Up, Seda Capitol Hotel’s rooftop bar.
Seamless in Bacolod
by Paulo Alcazaren - July 7, 2018 - 12:00am
The City of Smiles has more reason to smile these days.
Under the Tuscan sun
by Paulo Alcazaren - June 23, 2018 - 12:00am
Italy was hot in May, hotter, it seemed, than summertime Manila.
Contemplating our architectural navels
by Paulo Alcazaren - June 9, 2018 - 12:02am
The other week, I was at the Vernissage, the opening of the Philippine pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.
A tale of two navels
by Paulo Alcazaren - May 5, 2018 - 12:00am
The Philippine participation at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale was formally introduced last week at the offices of the National Committee for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in Intramuros.
Singapore by design
by Paulo Alcazaren - April 28, 2018 - 12:00am
I have a long love affair with Singapore, mainly because it was my home for the entire decade of the 1990s.
Summer in Noanoa
by Paulo Alcazaren - April 14, 2018 - 12:00am
Vacation season is upon us.
Intramuros: Festival city
by Paulo Alcazaren - February 24, 2018 - 12:00am
February is the month of arts and romance.
How Bangkok stays green and blue
by Paulo Alcazaren - February 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week I featured a trip to Hua Hin, a seaside resort destination south of Bangkok, which is not too popular with Filipinos but should not be overlooked as an option to the more crowded sites in Thailand.
Heavenly Hua Hin
by Paulo Alcazaren - February 4, 2018 - 12:00am
I’d traveled extensively in Southeast Asia but Thailand had always been an out- of the way stop for me.
A Sagada holiday
by Paulo Alcazaren - January 13, 2018 - 12:00am
There is nothing cooler than spending the holiday season up north, where the scent of pine makes one yearn for a simpler, greener past.
Plaza of the princess
by Paulo Alcazaren - October 27, 2017 - 4:00pm
Like most of our Spanish-era towns, Puerto Princesa was built around its main plaza. This was and still is defined by its church and other buildings of importance.
Landscapes that add value
by Paulo Alcazaren - October 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
I got a lot of great feedback from my article last week on the winners of the first GantimPALA Awards for excellence in landscape architectural design.
Winning landscapes
by Paulo Alcazaren - October 13, 2017 - 4:00pm
By the quality of all the entries of the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA), there’s no doubt that Filipino landscape architects work will soon gain the deserving attention of the Filipino...
Saving Arroceros
by Paulo Alcazaren - October 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
The Arroceros Forest Park is the last remaining oasis of mature trees in Manila. Over 3,000 trees, 8,000 ornamental shrubs, as well as dozens of species of bird and other fauna, call it home.
Tropical architecture for the 21st Century
by Paulo Alcazaren - September 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
A few weeks ago I introduced a new book, Tropical Architecture for the 21st Century, the second in a series on excellent Asian design by BluPrint magazine of the One Mega Group.
Architecture for tropical homes
by Paulo Alcazaren - August 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
ASEAN recently celebrated its 50th anniversary honoring the progress its members have made in all aspects of economic, political and social growth.
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