Lauren Berberabe: Dreaming to dress idols like her old Barbie dolls

Laurene Berberabe (photo by DIANA JOY MENESES)

 

Her colorful clothing’s fun, feminine, bubbly
Laurene Berberabe (photo by DIANA JOY MENESES)

Laurene Berberabe (photo by DIANA JOY MENESES)

 

BATANGAS CITY—Lauren Arielle Berberabe fell in love as early as 10 years old.

It was the Barbie doll that caught Laurie’s heart, and the child-sized human hands —Berberabe’s— that touched the Mattel product’s clothing then made her feel that growing up becomes a Barbie-like fantasy, err a dream.

But while she’s armed with an International Studies degree, the echoes of Berberabe’s childhood love with Barbie and her clothing haunted her. She wanted to be like Barbie, dressed like a princess —or, should we say, dressing up princesses full-time.

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Adante Leyesa: Accessories made fancy out of local materials

Adante Leyesa

 

Adante Leyesa

Adante Leyesa

His craftsmanship ‘forms thoughts and feelings,
discovery and craft, story and art’

 

LIPA CITY—Adante Leyesa has his old buddy, his dog Jigo, to thank. By simply wearing a pendant at a bazaar, that shitzu breed of a dog caught some people’s attention.

So was Adante, a self-learned designer of avant-garde clutch bags, necklaces, bracelets, bangles and earrings.

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[Photography] Summer days at San Juan

Sea and its tranquility [PHOTO BY TRISHA ANGELINE RAMOS]
Sea and its tranquility [PHOTO BY TRISHA ANGELINE RAMOS]

Sea and its tranquility

Summer days at San Juan

Low Tide at Sunrise

 

 

 

 

 

[Photography] Searching for serenity this Holy Week, part 1

Inside the Church of the Holy Trinity

 

The Church of the Holy Trinity in Batangas City (near Shoemart Batangas)

The Church of the Holy Trinity in Batangas City (near Shoemart Batangas)

 

Inside the Church of the Holy Trinity

Inside the Church of the Holy Trinity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dumayaka Falls is Ibaan’s tourism prospect

This hidden wonder in Ibaan called the Dumayaka Falls trended on social networking sites, prompting actions by the local government to promote the area as a tourism destination. 

Photo by Taga Ibaan Ako on Facebook

 

IBAAN, BATANGAS—Photographs of a pristine waterfalls here, made majestic by unique, stairs-like rock formations, had spread the cyberspace universe.

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Pinoy with Batangueño roots nation’s newest singing pride

Duets' third placer Jason Farol, who traces his roots to Batangas (photo by ABC)

 

MANILA–Arnel Pineda of Journey, Apl de Ap of the Black Eyed Peas, Jasmine Trias, Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, Charice Pempengco, Jessica Sanchez. No matter the ratio of the Filipino blood for some of these celebrities, their 7,107-island homeland that’s some 7,000 miles away from the US had been proud of them.  [Read more…]

A booming hometown, in rice cakes

The annual sinukmani festival in the Batangas municipality of Rosario has propped up residents to make ingenious rice cake designs (photo by Marlon Alexander Luistro)

 

ROSARIO, BATANGAS—If you want to picture your hometown as modern day, why don’t you put it in a cake?

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Tourist’s haven in a former poultry farm

 

LIPA CITY—One would never think that the lot where a leading resort at Brgy. Sampaguita now stands was once a poultry farm.

But La Leona Resort is among the city’s top tourist destinations, with its owners originally thinking of just a private pool after the poultry farm was converted into a private lot.

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‘Dancing eggs’ in a town fiesta

 

SAN JOSE—Dancing eggs. It’s more fun in the Philippines, particularly the country’s egg capital.

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Rosario resort raves on nice landscaping

Barcelona Resort Rosario Batangas

ROSARIO, Batangas—When we think of Batangas, the beach comes first in mind: A beautiful sunset that is irresistibly amazing, the strokes of the wave that invite you to swim, the fine sand that summons you to lie down and enjoy the stars at night, and more views that encourage you to make your digicam busy. [Read more…]