“Paint Me Like One of Your French Bulldogs”

If I fancy myself being immortalized in a painting, I'd be elated to be depicted as a poodle in a tutu. Not saying this because of my obvious devotion to dogs but because I'm aghast at the reactions of people who are socially crucifying a painter who had portrayed two anthropomorphized dogs donning  Igorot native attires … Continue reading “Paint Me Like One of Your French Bulldogs”

Barefoot Chronicles: Third Time’s a Charm

  Without hesitation, I claim that the mountains of BC are love at first sight and experience for me. Simply because I am reminded of home with the painfully familiar coniferous bounty that British Columbia's forests boast of. I lived below the century-old pine trees of Tangeb back in Sagada so I got to smell the pungent sweetness of … Continue reading Barefoot Chronicles: Third Time’s a Charm

Of Stories to be Retold…

It's been a year since my favorite local historian left to join her forefathers after a century of a life well-celebrated. I remember her not with grief but with continued awe of how she graciously led a life with purpose. Though I cannot help but be unpleasantly reminded of one unjustifiable failure that I should … Continue reading Of Stories to be Retold…

Calidad Humana; Living A Hundred Years and More

Living a Hundred Years and More Perhaps she didn’t like it as well. Her very long, silver-white hair had to be sheared, right above her ears. It had to be cut because she had to spend most of the hours lying down in bed, tangling those locks that once gloriously crowned her head. She wasn’t … Continue reading Calidad Humana; Living A Hundred Years and More

Barefoot Chronicles; Those That Beckon

It was Pacquiao's much-anticipated fight with Mayweather then so the otherwise busy Manila streets were all ours. Save a few cars here and there, we had the roads to ourselves and had the luxury to cruise at 120mph while intently straining our ears for the blow-by-blow account of the commentator on the supposed fight of … Continue reading Barefoot Chronicles; Those That Beckon

Dear Local Tourist

Another long weekend has passed and you’re probably posting your pictures on Facebook and Instagram about your marvelous trip to Sagada. Those numerous photos you’ve taken using that ridiculous monopod which you’ve waved around town while you clicked at ooh-this and aah-that with your face always somewhere in the picture. You become the envy of … Continue reading Dear Local Tourist

Barefoot Chronicles: Panabungen, Besao  

A two-hour, bumpy ride through verdant mountains brought us from Kin-iway, Besao to Panabungen. Panabungen is a sitio of Brgy. Laylaya which is host to some of the Episcopal Diocese of the Philippines’ livelihood support programs. The Episcopal Church’s foundation has been spearheading programs that benefit residents in chosen areas of various provinces around the … Continue reading Barefoot Chronicles: Panabungen, Besao  

Experience the Ultimate Jamaican Vibe at Ysagada Downtown Bistro

Your Sagada experience will not be complete if you don't dedicate some hours getting lost in the Jamaican vibe that the locals are particularly fond of. The legendary Marley's reggae influence has found home in this rustic tourist town. The new place in town is Ysagada Downtown Bistro. Formerly, "Kusina Ysagada'', YSAGADA has undergone a … Continue reading Experience the Ultimate Jamaican Vibe at Ysagada Downtown Bistro