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In Bayawan, bikes get bamboo makeover


For over a week, a group of craftsmen worked feverishly, huddled in a corner of the Integrated Bus Terminal in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. After days of measuring, cutting, sanding, varnishing and fitting, Bayawanons caught a glimpse of their finished product: A bamboo-framed bicycle. Is it strong? Is it safe?  These were among the common questions asked by curious [...]

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Kabankalan’s 2 wonders of nature


Take your pick from two of nature’s wonders in Kabankalan City—waterfalls that spray a smoky mist or an ecology park nestled beneath a canopy of trees that offers a view of southern Negros Occidental province and beyond.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Using music to overcome storm trauma

MUSIKGARTEN uses music to stimulate the brain development of children as well as help them recover from the trauma caused by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Social worker Evelyn Mae Maceda trembles in panic whenever she hears news of a coming typhoon. Even a drizzle will agitate her 1-year-old son, Khyrone Breve.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

A mud house goes up against the wind

A HOUSE made of mud stands out at Fisherman’s Village in Barangay Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City. PHOTO BY Carine Asutilla

When French-Hungarian Lehel Racz built his mud house in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu province, it was perfect for a tropical country like the Philippines. “You have to have a house that has a lower temperature inside, without the use of an air-conditioning unit,” said Racz, who has been visiting the country frequently for the past six years. Inside his house in Barangay [...]

Posted: June 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

When a bunkhouse is not a home

“YOLANDA” victim Jesusa Hiponia tries to make a home out of a bunkhouse unit  she occupies with her 11-year-old daughter in Barangay Gogo in Estancia town, Iloilo province. NESTOR P. BURGOS/INQUIRER VISAYAS

Salvacion Medalla and her two children have finally left the on-campus “tent city” that provided temporary shelter for them and other survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” for almost five months. They moved to a government-built bunkhouse unit in Barangay Gogo, 3.5 kilometers from the town proper, but there was hardly any feeling of excitement from them. [...]

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »