Café Breton: a spot of ‘France’ in Diliman

MANILA — Lucky for Kyusi (Quezon City) residents, the Diliman area has many good food choices — Maginhawa Street, Town Center, food stalls inside UP campus, and Krus na Ligas area. My friends and I recently visited U.P. Technohub and came across Cafe Breton. Initially, I thought it was just another ripoff version of French-themed…

An icon within an icon

MANILA — Manila Pavilion Hotel recently unveiled the second phase of its renovation, which pays tribute to a significant person in the hotel’s history. “We are very proud because of this building, from the day that it was Hilton, has always been there and witnessed the significant events in this country,” said general manager Christopher…

FILM REVIEW: Miss Granny Philippines #WhatsUpManila

*Photo by VIVA Films MANILA — The trend of movie production nowadays usually revolves in superheroes, action-comedy, thriller, and romanticized loneliness and rejection, until August 2018 Filipinos finally had an option to watch a ‘different’ (a sort of) movie.  So it’s a breath of fresh air when CJ Entertainment of South Korea released a movie…

Online Martial Law museum launched vs historical revisionism

MANILA — A team from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) recently launched an interactive ‘online museum’ in their effort to educate the public on late Ferdinand Marcos’ reign as Philippine President and his implementation of Martial Lawwhich runs for another decade. Still in Beta versionthe site is easily accessible to everyone through any up-to-date internet…

Media and academe unite to discuss disinformation in PH

MAKATI — Days after the Philippine senate’s probe on the proliferation of ‘fake news’ and license to ‘control’ media, major news outlets and universities held a conference on democracy and disinformation at Ateneo de Manila Rockwell campus last February 12 to 13, 2018.  The event organized by national daily, Philippine Daily Inquirer focused on how rampant disinformation…

Five finger coves of Mariveles

MARIVELES — This town in Bataan may be off from your radar when thinking of your weekend beach bumming activities. Besides, it’s known for its coastal industrial zones and a few hiking destinations– Tarak Ridge and Mt. Samat.  However this summer, you might want to rethink your perception of Mariveles.  Dubbed as the “Mini-Batanes” by those who were…

#TGIF: Ayuntamiento de Manila is now open to the public!

MANILA– Four years after the reconstruction of the former seat of the 18th century Manila City Council, the general public can finally explore the beautiful Ayuntamiento building in Intramuros starting today, March 31, 2017.  In a tweet by Intramuros Administration, it showed a humble streamer that bares the announcement from Beareu of Treasury regarding the…

Gulugod-Baboy camping experience

BATANGAS — Anilao is often associated with diving activities because of its diverse marine life. However for hiking enthusiast, the town is the starting point of trekking the hills that traverse Calumpan Peninsula of Mabini, Batangas.  Rising at 525masl, Gulugod-Baboy is rated as Minor Climb by PinoyMountaineer with 2/9 difficulty and a trail class of…

Jomalig Island: Maldives of PH

MANILA — Located far off the eastern coast of Quezon province, Jomalig Island continuously  amuse every guest that will step on its pinkish sand and beautiful landscape. Not to mention its clear and blue waters, it’s undeniable that this island offers an amazing weekend getaway. To be honest, of all the beaches that I’ve been…

Balinese inspired staycation experience at Cintai Corito’s Garden

BATANGAS – Nestled on the uphill of Lipa along Leviste Highway, Cintai Coritos Garden is a haven for those who want to detoxify from the hassle city life. The resort is only two to three hours away from Manila, making it one of the closest place for a quick break. The Balinese inspired resort has a well…

PHOTO: Cowrie Island, Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA– We went to Cowrie Island for a day trip, our hotel (Aziza Paradise Hotel) arranged the trip for us but the boatmen told me that a day tour in the island cost Php 1,500 ($30). The Island is truly awesome, and Honda bay is simply a paradise to lounge in. We had our…

Exploring some of Samar’s best adventure spots

CATBALOGAN — Samar is finally receiving its well-deserved attention when it comes to tourism. And just a year ago, my friends from other publications were able to see and enjoy what this province has to offer. The trip which is initiated by the former governor of Samar to bring the province to the map of…