Floral fancy flourishes into florist’s budding firm

The Dangwa Florist's owner, 18-year-ild Nelsa Manlangit (photo taken from Manlangit's Facebook account).



STA. CRUZ, MANILA–He loves me, he loves me not.

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Museum’s rise jumpstarts digging of Imus’ heritage

The dots reveal the underground tunnels that are all linked to the City of Imus. These areas may possibly have artifacts that date back to the Spanish era, especially since the Katipuneros used these tunnels during the Philippine revolution of 1898 (graphic made by Mia Rosienna Mallari)



CITY OF IMUS, CAVITE–A soon-to-rise private museum that hopes to unearth some of this historic city’s heritage will begin construction come the new year.

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Religiosity, resilience reign in town’s fiesta

An image of Saint Rita de Cascia during Sta. Rita, Pampanga's fiesta recently (photo from https://www.facebook.com/roseofsaintrita)



Yolanda wreaked havoc on the town of Sta. Rita in Pampanga. Seven months after, the annual fiesta here never ceased its religious fervor–with Saint Rita de Cascia’s intercession as residents’ blessing.

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[Exclusive] Overseas Pinoys emerging as tourists in motherland

Filipinos abroad are being egged on by their home country to be ambassadors for foreign tourists--and to be tourists to their own motherland (photo from http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2013/04/why-pinoy-tourists-are-most-likely-to-get-bad-reputations-abroad/)


Over a 12-year period, numbers of vacationing compatriots from abroad–as well as their expenditures here–reveal that they remain an untapped sector for the country’s tourism development.

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[Headlines of The Connection] Micro-organisms can muster coconut pest—organic farmer

Award-winning organic farmer Ronald Costales has figured a way to stave off the coconut insects. Try out micro-organisms, he says (photo from www.recyclebindofamiddlechild.com)

MANILA—The search is on for the pesticide that can cure an insect that has been feasting on coconut trees in Southern Tagalog and in some other regions of the country for four years now.

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How long can the beauty become a queen?

This year's Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Mary Jean Lastimosa, 26. (photo taken from www.pinoyambisyosa.com)



MANILA—Young and fresh: these are the conventional qualities of beauty queens. So there’s no more space for the mature and experienced ones?

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[Leisure] Festival still glitters Batangas tourism

Calatagan town's lantern








BATANGAS CITY–Only three municipalities may have joined this year’s Ala Eh Festival dance competition on Dec. 8 and not as many also joined the float parade.

Yet viewers of all ages were treated with the same kind of drama and excitement as the province capped its week-long celebration of Batangas province’s 432nd founding year anniversary.

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[News] Historic museum rots in irrelevance

Imus logo


CITY OF IMUS, CAVITE—A  P12 million museum here is left in a dilapidated state no thanks to scarce funds and less prioritization from local officials.

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[Election special] A country’s tourism tries to catch up

Domestic tourists like fresh college graduate Ria Joyce Bernardo find the country's scenic spots "more fun," like the island groupings of Caramoan municipality in Camarines Sur. Such happiness from local and foreign tourists --and more of those, especially through actual visits-- are what the Philippine government hopes as it plays catch up in tourism. (Photo taken from Ria Bernardo's Facebook account)


MANILA—Fresh graduate Ria Joyce Bernardo was almost clueless where Caramoan town is —that place in Camarines Sur province with groups of islands said to be pristine, untouched. “It’s a hidden virgin island,” she was told of the spot where the seven foreign franchises of popular television reality show Survivor had shot episodes.

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Gerry Katigbak: Non-conformist, avant-garde, still daring 28 years after

Gerry Katigbak


Gerry Katigbak

Gerry Katigbak

Philippine fashion icon stubbornly makes his works stand out


LIPA CITY—The milieu was post-Edsa 1, and Gerry Katigbak just earned his advertising diploma from the University of Santo Tomas. Rustan’s in the old Makati was then the chic retail outlet of the upper class, and he served three years there helping out a cousin at a men’s store.

Then Katigbak decided to venture on his own in the field he loved: fashion. That time, the early 1990s and heading into the millennial age, Katigbak’s trademark was avant-garde. And his tag?
“Non-conformist” in a conservative-wearing country, a rule-breaker of the fashion trends at that time.

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