Benefit of the doubt for the people of Alangan

I am not anti-progress, nor am I anti-business. But if in the process, certain lives and livelihood will be sacrificed, I am definitely going to have to do something about it in my own small way. By sharing this video with you, I hope you will ask the same questions I have in my mind…

Bicol — coco and spice, and everything nice

“Halos lahat ng pagkain dito, may gata (almost every dish we prepare has coconut milk)”, says our gracious host, Ate Eben, as she sets down a bowl full of laing. I never ate so much laing in my life! We had it for two meals (dinner and lunch the following day), but I craved for…

Vigan: i’m coming back to talk

I looked forward to seeing you for the first time, two weeks before my actual trip. I thought of what we could do together and where you would take me. I thought of the quiet nights we could have together. The long, relaxed conversations we could make as we wait for sleep to call us…

Christmas in Albay after the storms

I couldn’t see their agony because they were all smiles when they saw us coming. I immediately felt the warmth of these battered people of Bacacay, Albay. They never complained the entire time that we were there despite the long, lazy lines and the humidity. Even the 10-minute drizzle didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit, giving us…