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‘Conquistadores’ – A taste of Spain at Pusô Bistro

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“CONQUISTADORES” or conquerors refer to the explorer/soldiers of the Spanish and Portuguese empires. During the “Age of Discovery,” Conquistadores sailed beyond Europe that included Americas, Oceania, Africa and Asia. They colonized much of the world for Spain and Portugal from the 16th to the 18th centuries. A Castilian expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan led to […]

Posted: March 17th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

A TASTE OF SPAIN IN SUMMER

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Chef Chele from Crimson Resort and Spa VASK  Tapas is the only Philippine restaurant to make it on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list last year and the man behind is Chef Jose Luis “Chele” Gonzales who, in his travels around the Philippines, inspired a menu of Spanish modern gastronomy techniques with a twist of […]

Posted: March 3rd, 2017 in Life | Read More »

The good friars of old Oslob

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A brief unplanned stop at a church renovation project going nowhere somewhere in Western Cebu, I had a brief chat with one of the parishioners there that got me into thinking about how history will judge us and our actuations — especially when one is a parish priest who feels that he is a god […]

Posted: February 22nd, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Oslob controversies, ca. 1882

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In 1882, Fray Gregorio Ros, OSA, parish priest of Oslob, answered a set of 81 questions that, like the previous set of articles on Toledo in this space last month, provides us today an intriguing glimpse of the town, complete with some possible controversies. This document, along with those of Toledo (which I wrote about […]

Posted: February 1st, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

The Fairest of them all

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MISS UNIVERSE 2016 CROWNING  MOMENT Have you picked a single favorite candidate? With 86 lovely women vying for the Miss Universe 2016 crown, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by a bevy of beauties but, of course, there’s going to be that one who will captivate you with her smile, poise, grace, overall stage presence—and the […]

Posted: January 29th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Toledo in the eyes of Juan Climaco, 1886, part 1

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On 1 April 1887, or one hundred thirty years ago this year, the Philippine Exposition opened in Madrid. In preparation for this big event intended to introduce the distant colony to Spain and all of Europe, existing municipalities in the archipelago were apparently asked to respond to 81 questions about their towns as a kind […]

Posted: January 4th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Spanish Nights at Montebello

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  SPAIN has a huge influence on our Filipino culture. Since the Philippines was colonized by Spain and remained its colony for almost 400 years, it is, therefore, not surprising that Spain has greatly influenced our culture, traditions and our predominantly Roman Catholic population. Although Filipino cuisine has numerous indigenous and foreign influences, food historians […]

Posted: October 22nd, 2016 in Kitchen Stories,Life | Read More »

Barcelona calling

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SOME cities strike us for their historic sites, some for their cuisine, some for their ambiance, and sometimes because of a more personal connection. For my wife Anna and myself, the city of Barcelona hits on all of those points. I first visited the city of Barcelona back in 1992 when they were preparing to […]

Posted: October 22nd, 2016 in Life | Read More »

The wellness of women

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Although most women live longer than men, they have many wellness problems. Many women in our society are poor. Due to their poverty as well as gender-related issues, they are malnourished. Most women are overworked, more so the underprivileged. I will never forget that when I facilitated a gender training and asked what the females […]

Posted: October 12th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

KathNiel’s ‘Pangako Sa’Yo’ series premieres on Peru TV

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THE 2015 remake of the ’90s hit series “Pangako Sa’Yo” has reached another milestone. “La Promesa,” the Spanish-dubbed series of “Pangako Sa ’Yo” is currently making waves in Latin America as it premiered its first episode in Peru last Sept. 22. The concluded Kapamilya television series has followed the successful run of the Emmy-nominated “Puentes […]

Posted: October 6th, 2016 in Life,Showbitz | Read More »