travelsmart el nido palawan

Last 16 July 2020, Smart Communications, Inc. organized a webforum, ‘#TravelSmart: Safe and Sustainable Tourism in the New Normal.’ Department of Tourism Secretary, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was the keynote speaker. Its aim was to provide a background on the current challenges faced by the tourism industry, share best practices, and present digital tools that local tourism offices can tap as we transition to the ‘new normal.’ Part 1 focuses on DOT’s approach to this pandemic. Part 1 | Part 2 As the Covid-19 pandemic has been…Continue Reading “TravelSmart: Safe, sustainable tourism in new normal, part 1”

Istana Maimun Medan

Ah, Istana Maimun, the royal palace in Medan. It was curiosity that brought me to this city, the capital of North Sumatra in Indonesia. Also called as the Maimun or Maimoon Palace. Built at the center of a sprawling 2,772 square meter land and always beckons as you pass Jalan Brigjend Katamso. The wide and green lawn is a fitting space that frames the elegant gold and white structure. The unique architecture is one of the city’s gems. The day was bright and sunny as…Continue Reading “Istana Maimun, Medan’s top attraction and landmark”

international travel

If all was normal, I would have been on international travel somewhere. Enjoying the sights, the architecture, the food and what foreign countries have to offer to the visitor. Unfortunately, with the Covid-19 pandemic still raging, everything’s been at a standstill. Our lives have been greatly affected and being in the travel and hospitality industry, terribly, terribly disrupted. It’s been 103 days since I arrived home in Cebu and been in quarantine here at home. ONE HUNDRED THREE. That’s how long I’ve been here within…Continue Reading “International travel, when will it happen for me?”

Tausug wedding

I visited Sitangkai for a book assignment and for the five days I was there, my host toured me around. Two days in a row, I attended a Tausug wedding and a Sama circumcision ritual. These community events are quite colorful with most women, other than the bride and groom dressed in multihued outfits. In both instances, we started at the groom’s house where the whole family and kin were busy preparing the food. At the bride’s abode, will be the ceremony. When all was…Continue Reading “Tausug wedding in Sitangkai, a colorful and beautiful affair”

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”