April 17, 2017

Old Manila, New Eyes

On palm Sunday, I was a tourist in my country’s own capital upon the invitation of one of my best girls, Clarissa. She wanted to show her Romanian friend around, who was in town for the weekend; so through a simple Google search, she found Old Manila Walks and easily booked and paid online. I didn’t know which tour outfit she picked, but when I arrived at the meeting place, I was told to look for a certain Ivan. When I saw the man holding the telltale blue umbrella, I recognized him from a few years ago, when I did the Big Binondo […]
January 31, 2016

Four Weddings in Four Weeks

Some people don’t like attending weddings, but I love them. I see them as opportunities to dress up, take photos, get together with friends, and in some instances, reconnect with old ones. With my choral background and my current profession, I’ve also been asked to sing for many a ceremony and dinner reception; but whether I’m there as guest or as hired service, I try to enjoy every moment. Every wedding has a distinct quality, because most of the time it reflects the personalities of the bride and groom. It may be grand or simple, of mixed religious denominations or […]
October 10, 2015

Art, Adventure, and Tapestry

The National Museum of the Philippines has many regional branches, but I’ve only been to the National Art Gallery in Manila. I first went when I was a freshman, though my memories  are now limited to the picture my block took on its front steps. Admission had been free until only recently, when they started charging entrance fees; and rightfully so, because the museum needs and deserves continuous funding for its maintenance and the restoration of the artwork it houses. October is Museums and Galleries month, so they decided to open their doors to the public for free again. I last went […]