Category Archives: LA VIDA FILIPINA

Traditional practices and values of Filipinos

Visita Iglesia 2017: Searching for the Costly Perfumed Oil

For this year’s Visita Iglesia, let’s ponder on last Holy Monday’s Gospel reading which relays Jesus’ rebuke of Judas’ hypocrisy and praise for Mary’s use of expensive oil on Him. In the reading, Judas questions Mary’s use of a “costly … Continue reading

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Why José Rizal Would’ve Loved Madrid Fusión Manila

Last April, the Philippines successfully hosted the second edition of Madrid Fusión Manila, which was held from 7-9 April 2016 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Attended not only by the perfumed set who can afford the ticket, … Continue reading

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Why Museums Matter (Even When The Entrance is Not for Free)

These past few weeks, I’ve been seeing wonderful photos of people visiting the National Museum. Posting their shots of precious Lunas, Hidalgos, Amorsolos and whatnots, these people took advantage of the free entrance to the National Museum’s galleries and exhibits … Continue reading

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Ave Maria! Happy fiesta, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel!

  Last 16 July, I, along with countless others, celebrated the feast of our Lady, Queen Beauty of Mt. Carmel. The strongest and most tangible association we devotees have with our Blessed Mother under this title is the Brown Scapular, … Continue reading

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Madrid Fusión Manila: Embracing Cultural, Culinary Heritage

Exactly one week ago, the much talked-about Madrid Fusión Manila finally concluded and many believe it successfully accomplished what it was supposed to do, and that was to bring Philippine culinary heritage and innovation to the global stage. Madrid Fusión … Continue reading

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Our Ignorance, Our Failure – Manileños and Threatened Heritage

What do you call a people ignorant of its heritage? How do you approach a society that is apathetic on things related to its culture and history? You get shallowness, materialism, poor taste – you have stupidity. In the metropolis … Continue reading

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Amidst darkness, the Glimmer of Faith: Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 2014

16 July 2014 would go down in modern Manila urban history as the day when Typhoon Glenda wreaked havoc on the city with its powerful winds that ripped-off malls’ facades, caused glass doors and walls to break, tearing-off tarpaulin advertisements … Continue reading

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