• The Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte: From movie set to natural laboratory

    These amazing sand dunes in Ilocos Norte  have been there for ages, but recently, these geological treasures are fast becoming a top tourism destination north of the main island of Luzon. Ivan Domingo, a local journalist, wrote that the scattered sand dunes of La Paz in Laoag City gained attention after being featured in the […]

    Joel C. Paredes 4 min read
  • Bucket listing Mt. Guiting Guiting

    Mt. Guiting Guiting is one of the most technically challenging mountain terrains in the Philippines and that is why it comes as no surprise that its part of the bucket list of the country’s most seasoned climbers and hikers. Aside from the challenge, the view from the top makes one believe that they’s in another […]

    Angie Chui 5 min read
  • Quarter-pound duck burgers, anyone? 2nd of two parts

    Have you ever eaten a burger made from pekin duck? “That’s one of the specialties we can offer in this restaurant,” remarked Marietta Lorenzo, the busy mother hen in the family-owned EDL Café, which her twin daughters set up inside their farm in San Mateo, Rizal. She takes pride in offering a quarter-pounder duck burger […]

    Joel C. Paredes 3 min read
  • From ‘Farmville’ to an eco-friendly events venue: 1st of two parts

    It all started when Catherine Lorenzo and her twin sister Katrina thought of setting up a small restaurant right inside their sprawling farm near the mountains of San Mateo, Rizal. For one, the family’s patriarch Dr. Eulalio Lorenzo has been hosting so many visitors, mostly their clients from the family-owned booming agro-vet enterprise. “Doc Ayong”, […]

    Joel C. Paredes 3 min read
  • Volunteer vets wanted at Calauit (Palawan) Safari Park: Last of three parts

    How often can you put treating exotic animals in your resume? The Calauit Safari Park offers this unique opportunity for volunteer veterinarians who want to use their skills to help caretakers keep the park wildlife safe and healthy. Surprisingly for an island dedicating to protecting and conserving African wildlife species — considered a home to […]

    Angie Chui 4 min read
  • Finding love at the Calauit (Palawan) Safari Park: First of three parts

    Thirty-nine years ago, Froilan Sariego was a young man of 23 when he first started working as a clerk at the Calauit Safari Park in  Northern Palawan. “I really wanted to pursue my studies in Manila, but my uncle advised me against leaving town. He said,’ mayroon nang trabaho dito aalis ka pa?” recalled Sariego, who […]

    Angie Chui 4 min read
  • Firefly watching in Coron

    Mangroves are known for enhancing biodiversity and enriching ecosystems and it is also a wonderful tourist attraction. This is something the residents of Barangay Bintuan in Coron are beginning to appreciate. In a strip of boardwalk donated by the provincial government several years back, tourists are now flocking to get a chance to view beautiful […]

    Angie Chui 2 min read
  • Exploring My Mother’s Hometown of Casiguran

    Riding alone and with no actual itinerary but driven with the desire to hit the trails, I rode my bike on a Good Friday all the way to the rolling hills of Casiguran, my mother’s hometown in Aurora Province. It turned out to be a travel adventure. I was time-warped in this aid-back, but scenic […]

    Michael Villanueva 3 min read
  • Fond Memories of a Wonderful ‘Weed’ Called the Kulasiman

    “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson My mother captivated us with stories of her childhood. It was when one centavo could buy her a big slice of watermelon or a handful of boiled sweet potato. But for us siblings, the favorites were the stories […]

    Aline Parrone 4 min read
  • Protecting the Apo Reef Natural Park

    Meet Fe Raguindin, the park superintendent overseeing Apo Reef the largest atoll-type reef that stretches across 34 square kilometers of shimmering waters off the island of Mindoro. She may not be the typical tough-talking enforcer, being soft-spoken and seemingly cool-headed. But don’t be misled by her meek and friendly gestures. She had gained a reputation […]

    Joel C. Paredes 6 min read
  • Essential mangroves: security by the sea

    Fishermen in the remote village of Sabang, in Sta. Cruz, Zambales, for years, have lived by catching flying fish, commonly known in the area as Burador, which accounts for 70 percent of their catch. Suddenly they noticed that fewer and fewer Burador have been flying from the waters. Later they learned that this was due […]

    Ian Go 4 min read
  • Finding Love Amid Tragedy: A Story of Healing

    When Dennis Cuarto was struck by Ondoy, he thought that it was going to be the end of the world. He lost everything except for the clothes on his back. As it turned out, tragedy would introduce him to a new love. In September 2006, Dennis was one of the millions of Filipinos who fell […]

    Angie Chui 4 min read