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Blen Huelgas: On being a man for others

Bicol is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the country.  Not only is the region regularly assaulted by typhoons, it also has to deal with the eruption of active volcanoes.  How is the region dealing with these disasters?  Are Bicolanos prepared to handle these disasters that they face each year?   Good thing there … Continue reading

Hermes Alegre paints the Filipina

Multi-awarded artist Hermes Alegre is renowned for his women – on canvass that is. His paintings are mostly beautiful dusky women depicted in a fantasy of foliage. Alegre’s women are prized and avidly awaited by art collectors, making him one of today’s best-selling artists. Pinay beauty Art critics have described his works as “portrait-like renditions … Continue reading

An Angel speaks

Model and celebrity host Angel Jacob speaks her mind On her Bicol roots Both my parents are from Bicol, in Naga. We still have a house there and my paternal grandmother, who is 94 years old, is still in Naga. I try to go home at least once a year. I used to go home … Continue reading

Finding myself in Daet by Gina Abuyuan

IT HIT me, and hit me hard one day in the middle of lunch. Where the hell am I? When you begin to have thoughts like that, then you know it’s time to move location and change perspective–even if only temporarily. Thank God, then, for friends like painter Hermes Alegre, who–like his name suggests–is a … Continue reading

“God give us more waves!”

Confessions of a Bagasbas surfing dude   The following are excerpts from an interview with veteran surfer Cisco Sebanes on the joys of surfing in Bagasbas beach, Daet, Camarines Norte. How long have you been surfing? I’ve been Bodyboarding for 25 years. Way back 1980.I got into it because surfboards were impossible to have then, … Continue reading