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Chona Gosiaoco with the Indigenous Peoples of Negros

Hiligaynon according to Chona Gosiaoco

FORGET about baybayin and let us Negrenses and Ilonggos first master Hiligaynon.  Alternately termed “Ilonggo” the latter referring to Iloilo culture and people, Hiligaynon is...

Tribute to a historic edifice

ONE of my favorite buildings in Downtown Bacolod is the La Purissima Concepcion along Locsin-Cuadra Streets (or Cuadra-Locsin). It is with good reason for...
The artist at a previous exhibition with her watercolor paintings.

The art of the Fat Goddess

I AM privileged to be the owner of a Tata Sevilleno watercolor.  The artist gave it to me, because I so admired her work...
Beneficiaries of the Peter Project with their motorized fishing boats

Mingo meals rock!

IF there’s a Christmas story meant to be shared again and again, it is the story of how my group of lady guests...
For over 30 years, since they were young and single, Inday and Helen Diarota have been in the lamayo-making and selling industry.

The lamayo: Sea, salt, sun, sinamak

THE LAMAYO is fish, usually freshly-caught, slit lengthwise/butterfly-ed, salted and sun dried for half a day.  Sun drying is done partially to retain the juiciness...

Old houses and their spirits

WHEN I was taking guests around one huge ancestral house in Negros, I told a lady guest that I have been in this 1980’s...
C.A.R.E. truly cares

C.A.R.E. goes BAWAW

BACOLOD City Ordinance No. 825 sets every Sept. 28 up to the Oct. 4 as Bacolod Animal Welfare Awareness Week or BAWAW. Our furbabies...
Nisol’s is a small farm but has big ideas in it

Revisiting Gawahon Eco Park

There is more to Victorias City than the famed VMC millsite and its famous chapel. Although the smallest local government unit in terms of...
The Lo Family travels to Macau!

Travel writers give advice (part 2)

THE first part of “Travel writers give advice” dealt with helpful tips when travelling as a working writer.  It is not simply a...

Acting for Negrense director extraordinaire Kurt Soberano

IT was serendipitous that a brief role in an indie film was offered to me and I said, "Yes."  After all, the director himself...

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