July 10, 2013
Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu

Manila Bulletin | Writing the Muse

Kawasan Falls Cebu Philippines I have an obsession with rivers, living, rushing rivers. They burst with life.  They are destined to flow, to be perpetually moving. They never know what stagnation feels like. When I think of a living river, I think of Kawasan—my favorite among the many rivers I have trekked and been to. Kawasan’s location is remarkable. Most living rivers I have known are in the bosoms of mountain ranges, cocooned in the great unknown; while Kawasan is the tail of the entire river system—a wilderness found at a walkable distance from the highway. During my last traverse […]
July 3, 2013

Manila Bulletin | Baliw-Baliw: Olango’s Bizarre Culture

“Pizza hut! Pizza hut!” shouted a muscular man in a tight red tank top his face caked with too much powder. He carried a tray of dung topped with ketchup as red as his tank top. While he coped with and righted his padded bra underneath the red top, a woman dropped an open gallon attached to a rope down the well. While a man in cream lingerie stroked his pink goose’s feather, a woman cut the innards into thin slices. Another man in his 40s held a frog up high and asked me if I wanted octopus for lunch, […]
June 1, 2013

Pinoy Travel Bloggers | Summer Epilogue

It is the body  that knows first that summer has arrived. Sweat trails the scalp, the spine, the forehead. It is the exposed skin that turns a shade darker. It is the nape that feels the uncomfortableness of of the heat. It is the body that screams for an escape to the mountains, islands, beaches, and perhaps even the city. Summer has a way of surprising us. It is the place, the time where, when everything seems pleasurably doable without the usual bout of guilt and remorse. We bask in summer warmth, glorify the equal blueness of the sky and sea, celebrate the […]
May 27, 2013

Sun.Star Yearbook | Vegetable Shawarma at Healthy U

It is said that to be healthy, one has to pay a premium. But Healthy U defies this unwritten rule. The place feels and looks like a commonplace that I often frequent for lunch: a carenderia with a carenderia price with an atypical menu: vegetable with tofu, barbecue, menudo, torta, and bola-bola from meat substitute. During our short conversation, the owner–a yoga and namaste instructor–narrated the categories of vegetarians. Although the difference between vegan, lacto-vegetarian, lacto-ovovegetarian, semi- or partial vegetarian rolls into a blur in my head, it is clear that vegetables unite them.