Nine archaeological sites in Mexico registered under UNESCO ‘protection’

MAY 6 (Reuters) — Nine of Mexico’s most emblematic archaeological sites have been registered for “special protection” by the United Nations, awarding the grand cities of Mesoamerica’s lost civilizations special status. Mexico’s Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday (May 05) that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, registered pre-Columbian sites across the country including Monte Alban, Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza and Calakmul, amongst others. “Monte Alban together with the other eight sites that […]

Mountain-climbing as a metaphor for life, universe and everything… (Warning: Melodrama)

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 4) – It was still dark when the group decided to go up the mountain on our second day in Nagsasa. We trekked the long, sandy beach on our way to the foot of the mountain, and once we reached it, the climbing – with its accompanying epiphany -started. As I negotiated the steep path, the first thing that flashed in my mind is regret – regret that […]

Sun, surf and sand… Adventures in Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 4) – The first of May usually sees crowds of people taking advantage of the holiday to go to the nearest beach and have fun in the sand, soak up the sun’s rays while listening to the sound of the surf. Boracay, Puerto Galera, Caramoan… these are just some of the popular tourist destinations during Labor Day, but if you want to traverse the road less traveled, just […]

An adventure in Anawangin cove

By Aimee V. Mendoza “TRAVEL and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” It was quoted by Seneca, a Roman Stoic Philosopher. That’s why, I and my four office buddies, despite conflicting schedules and tight-budget days, strove hard to make an adventure happen and traveled to Anawangin cove in Iba, Zambales. The afternoon travel We had arrived at the bus station at 9am Saturday morning, but we had to wait for the bus […]

Summer vacation do’s and don’ts

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 4) – Just spent a weekend at Nagsasa Cove in Zambales. The serene isolation combined with pristine beauty made it one of the highlights of my vacation. Of course, my little summer experience left me with little lessons that I will now share to ensure that you have your own perfect summer vacation. These are in no particular order. 1. Do contact someone regarding parking space, boat rental […]

Pride of Bicolandia – The Beaches of Caramoan

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, April 30) – Located in the lower eastern part of Camarines Sur, the island of Caramoan is undoubtedly a pride of Bicolandia. Also called the “secret paradise”, the beauty of Caramoan remains relatively unexploited, untarnished by commercial tourism. Nature-trippers are in for a treat as Caramoan features a bounty of natural beauty – from its crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, tranquil lakes, deep caves and rich marine life. […]

Discover Science and History in San Fernando, La Union

QUEZON City, Philippines – (Eagle News Service, Eagle News) Usually, those who want to explore fun things about science need not go far from the metro to satisfy their craving for trivia and amazing science facts. But believe it or not, just a few hours’ drive away from the city is a institution dedicated to weird science stuff. Found in the capital city of La Union, San Fernando City is the very first hands-on discovery […]

The North has so much to offer!

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, April 28) – Summer is the time when most of us grab the opportunity to explore, to travel to various locales, to appreciate the beauty of our country. Steadily garnering attention as one of the top tourist destination in the Philippines, Ilocos Norte has so much to offer for those who venture up north. Ilocos Norte has a little bit of everything, from cultural and historical immersion to thrill […]

Underground caves, mouth-watering seafood dishes and traditional industries – Bolinao has much to offer

BOLINAO, Pangasinan – (Eagle News Service, April 27) One of the municipalities surrounding the Lingayen Gulf, the town of Bolinao in Pangasinan got its name from a certain type of fish found in the surrounding waters. Or so the stories go. As a natural consequence of being beside the sea, Bolinao became primarily dependent on the bounties of the deep, not only for the daily meals of its residents but for its livelihood as well. […]

Cafe in the Philippines serves coffee topped with frothy art

A cafe in the Philippines is serving customized coffee to patrons who would like to take a sip of art. Customers of Bunny Baker Cafe in Manila can ask to have their coffee etched with any caricature they want at no extra cost — provided that the owner is there to do it. Graphic artist Zach Yonzon, who runs the cafe with his wife, uses steamed milk and froth as the canvas and creates the […]

Students become part of the art in Manila’s 3D museum

A museum in the Philippines is helping people appreciate art by letting them become part of it. Art in Island, a museum in Manila created by a group of Korean artists, features over 100 unique three-dimensional paintings that encourage people to pose in front of them. Each artwork is painted in such a way that, when photographed from specific angles, they create optical illusions to make a person appear part of the picture. The overall […]

Iraq reopens Nassiriya museum to visitors after 25 years

Nassiriya Museum has reopened for the first time since its closure in 1991 after it was looted during a Shi’ite uprising in southern Iraq. Built in 1969, the museum was pillaged and destroyed during the uprising, prompting the then government of Saddam Hussein to close the facility and move remaining artifacts to Baghdad. Situated in the southern city of Nassiriya, the museum is the second largest in Iraq after Baghdad’s Iraq Museum. It has more […]