Antequera weaving

It was already almost 11 AM when we arrived at the landlocked municipality of Antiquera at the southeasten side of Bohol. Unfortunately, we sort of missed the peak of the Sunday market of the town. Antiquera was established in 1876 and is a fourth class municipality. It was named after the hometown of Joaquin Bengoechia, Governor of Bohol at that time who hails from Antiquera in Malaga, Spain. It is known for two things: Mag-aso Falls and as the basket weaving capital of Bohol. Basket…Continue Reading “A short visit to the basket weaving capital of Bohol”

courtyard by marriott iloilo

Crispy pata and silky maja blanca at the breakfast buffet. Attentive and hospitable staff. Striking interiors. Cozy suites. And just darn beautiful stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo. Last February, I stayed at this hotel for two nights when I visited Iloilo City. Kind of grateful that since December last year till February, I was in this city and Bacolod thrice, after a few years’s absence. This staycation was just like previous staycations I had: a time to just relax. I usually take this…Continue Reading “Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, best place to stay in the city”

travel in the time of covid-19

While archiving images, I found the photo above. The sun had already set in the midst of enjoying the sand dunes in Paoay in Ilocos Norte. Dusk is settling in and we had to stop to enjoy the vista. Seeing this image, I can’t help but ruminate on travel and these trying times. It’s Saturday, 21 March and in a few hours, I will have spent a full week staying at home here in my room back in Cebu. This is just the first half…Continue Reading “Travel and ruminations in the time of COVID-19”

self quarantine

When I arrived in Cebu from Clark last Saturday, 14 March, I was adviced by my cousin, who is a doctor, to report directly to the district hospital in my city. It was one of a series of promulgations implemented by the provincial local government in response to the community quarantine that was to take effect in Metro Manila that midnight. After having myself checked at the triage area for symptoms and travel and medical history, I was told to go on mandatory self quarantine….Continue Reading “Five things to do while on self quarantine”

street art in cebu

I started my wanderings at the intersection of Spianada and Rahmann Streets, two quite roads near General Maxilom Ave. in Cebu City when I spotted a lengthy street art. Eight different heads that were connected, seemingly melting into each other spanning almost the entire wall of an old residence. At a section of Sikatuna St., another lengthy work from the same artist, Soika, this time, a white and blue boy with a worm like animal coming out from his mouth with the other end inside…Continue Reading “Street art in Cebu is alive and thriving, thanks to local artists”