Rizal – Antipolo’s Pinto Art Museum

If you're a millennial like me, you've probably heard about that art museum in Antipolo City from your friends or social media contacts. Home to the non-profit organization Silangan Foundation for Arts, Culture, and Ecology, Pinto Art Museum is a private gallery and museum that has attracted the attention of curious tourists and art enthusiasts. A Museum in the Hills What sets Pinto...

Celebrating Independence Day

I am a person who deeply values tradition and rituals. Every year, I celebrate Independence Day by taking a walk in Intramuros or Ermita. This year, I took a break from that tradition to spend time with my family and celebrate Father's Day a week early. Bantayog ng mga Bayani Together with my family, I started the day with a quick trip to Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. We joined...

Downtown Manila – Escolta

This is the first of a three-part series on the places in Manila your mother warned you about. "Downtown Manila" used to be the old cultural and commercial center of the capital. Roughly, it includes some parts of Quiapo, Carriedo, and Sta. Cruz. In the '60s and the '70s, the best restaurants, movie houses, and shops were found in these districts on the right bank of the Pasig River. Then...

South Cotabato (Part 2 of 3) – Lake Sebu

October 2014 – After the fun night of singing and dancing, we were ready to discover the rest of South Cotabato. We started our day early to catch the sunrise over Lake Sebu. That day, I was awoken by the sound of rustling leaves and chirping birds. It was a cool, breezy morning, and I felt like the day was full of promise. Our habal-habal drivers (led by Kuya Mark Meyen, 09752705199)...