Philippines

Bohol, Philippines: hidden paradise

Tropical island rich in history, cuisine and white sand beaches.

Looking for an off-the-beaten-path island adventure with pristine beaches, wildlife, historical sites and plenty of activities? Consider Bohol in the Philippines. This unassuming island is full of baroque colonial architecture in the form of its ...

Manila Nights

This story begins while I was watching a game at Tilted Kilt here in San Diego. A friend hears of my plans to visit the Philippines and immediately, without pausing, utters two fateful words (that ...

Singing Cebu City, Philippines

Although it’s still debated which country invented karaoke (an abbreviated compound word meaning “empty orchestra” in Japanese), a Filipino was definitely the first to patent it in 1975. And in my brief Filipino travels, Cebu ...

Visiting the Insides of a Chicken – Manukan, Philippines

“...stay with my family and me for a few days.” I’d just met a friend of a friend, here in California, who heard that I was planning a trip to the 22,000-mile coastline nation of ...

Filipino Flair – The Philippines

“We’re the fun Asians.” After soaking in the aforementioned statement from a Filipino friend and almost three years of living and working with a multitude of friendly Filipinos here in San Diego, I had to ...

"Cheap-o Hawaii": Malapascua, Philippines

“Bad Easter”: that’s the Spanish translation of Malapascua, the Philippine island we visited recently. But I like to call it “Cheap-o Hawaii.” It has all the amenities Hawaii offers – including a multitude of water ...

Stopover in Manila, Philippines

You might find yourself in Manila on a stopover on your way to some of the country’s most pristine beaches – or on the way home from Thailand. Whatever your reason, Manila does have some ...

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is the Philippines’ last frontier. Tourism has yet to penetrate this elongated island located southwest of Luzon, a paradise for tourists. Setting foot on Palawan, you’ll find yourself in a landscape of lush Jurassic ...

The Best Players in the World: Filipinos and Pool

A mind game with sticks and balls.

When he broke, it was hammerlike. It almost hurt my ears: a terrific crack! The colorful balls caromed and danced and spun everywhere.Nothing went in, though, lucky for me. So I lined up my first ...

Sinister Hero

“The whole world can be reduced to the beauty pageant,” Romeo says. We are in National City, at the Point-Point Joint, a Philippine restaurant with a large African-American and Hispanic following. The Point-Point Joint got ...

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