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Heritage, knowledge

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When we hear the words “heritage” and “historical conservation,” we think immediately of old buildings, churches in particular, in the Philippines.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Culture, faith, and the Black Nazarene

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If there is a cultural phenomenon that perhaps perfectly encapsulates the complexity of the Filipino religious psyche, it must be the devotion to the Black Nazarene.  Every year, on a day like this, Jan. 9, almost a million Filipinos from all walks of life participate in the frenzied procession of the statue of the Black [...]

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Batanes model for storm readiness

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TYPHOON PROOF An Ivatan house, constructed with mortar and cobbles, has walls as thick as one meter and concrete slabs for roof. Narrow doors and windows are designed against strong winds. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Batanes, the northermost part of the country, lies in the path of most of the 20 or so tropical cyclones that enter the Philippine area of responsibility every year.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Cooking in the time of the Philippine Revolution

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Filipino homes are festive for both Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations with some slight differences: Gifts are exchanged after the noche buena (Dec. 24), while media noche (Dec. 31) is lit up by sparklers (luces) and noisy firecrackers to drive away the bad fortune and spirits of the past year. Filipino tables on these [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Silent, magical nights

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Some time back I wrote about how difficult it seems to translate “Silent Night” into Filipino or other local languages because Christmas in the Philippines is always so festive, filled with fanfare, and rarely, well, silent.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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