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Community thrives on Palaui’s bounty

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ECOTOURISM GEM This white sand and coral beach is among the attractions of Palaui Island off Santa Ana town in Cagayan province. EDWIN BACASMAS

On the northeastern edge of Luzon mainland, Palaui, a seahorse-shaped island, along with the unique islets that surround it, is gaining worldwide attention for its pristine natural beauty and idyllic tropical landscape.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Finding ‘tugasi’ on Colibra Island

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ZUMA? Nick Vilda puts a “tugasi” (sea snake) around his neck in this photo taken in 2002, when sea snakes could easily be found on Colibra Island. PHOTO REPRODUCTION BY YOLANDA SOTELO

It was summer of 2002. Nick Vilda and his friends were having a picnic on Colibra Island (Snake Island) in Dasol town in Pangasinan province. While spearfishing, a “tugasi” (sea snake) slithered near Vilda. He grabbed its head and brought it ashore.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

In PMA, honor is not a hard concept to grasp

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HONOR  The Philippine Military Academy molds future leaders of the country’s military through an honor system that does not tolerate lying, cheating or stealing. RICHARD BALONGLONG

Rumors turned viral last week after news that graduating Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia was discharged from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) by a council of cadets for lying, a violation of the premier military school’s Honor Code.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Long, short stalks of rice production

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GOLDEN GRAINS  Without machines and modern drying facilities, a farmer in Kalinga province dries stalks of palay under the sun by hanging these on bamboo poles. Kalinga is among the top producers of traditional rice varieties in the Cordillera region. FILE PHOTO

Whenever the rice supply situation is brought up in conversations, two grave misconceptions are at once entertained by the public.

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Skin as archive of history, culture, identity

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WHANG-UD, a 92-year-old Kalinga woman, is the oldest practitioner of traditional Kalinga tattooing, a skill she learned by observation. ANALYN V. SALVADOR-AMORES/CONTRIBUTOR

After much prodding, a university professor researching about tattoos got herself tattooed, enduring the pain from a lemon thorn dipped in charcoal, which a 92-year-old Kalinga woman, Whang-ud, used in leaving a permanent snake figure on her left shoulder.   Grimacing in pain, Analyn “Ikin” Salvador-Amores was able to endure the one-hour session somehow, thanks, [...]

Posted: September 10th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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