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A field trip around Intramuros

IT TOOK around 10 minutes for the tram to get from the Manila Hotel to Intramuros via Bonifacio Drive. It was a warm morning on the country’s 121st Independence Day celebration and media guests were on a cultural tour from the hotel to the Walled City. First stop (among six locations): Fort Santiago.

Fire guts Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

PARIS — A massive fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday, gutting the roof of the Paris landmark and stunning France and the world, though firefighters saved the main bell towers and outer walls from collapse before bringing the blaze under control.

7 go-to Manila churches for Visita Iglesia

A HOLY WEEK tradition among Filipino Roman Catholics is Visita Iglesia (visit churches). On that day Catholics visit seven (or more) churches to reflect and pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each church. Many residents of the metropolis opt to visit seven churches within the original city of Manila as they are not too far from each other.

3D laser imaging shines new light on Last Supper site

JERUSALEM — The arched stone-built hall in Jerusalem venerated by Christians as the site of Jesus’ Last Supper has been digitally recreated by archaeologists using laser scanners and advanced photography.

New book explains Mary’s many titles

Book A Sky Full of Stars By Joby Provido Central Book Supply, Inc. 188 pages THE influence of a Jewish girl has crossed oceans of time and space. Thousands...

A lady vanishes: In China, a movie star disappears amid a...

BEIJING/SHANGHAI — Fan Bingbing, an A-list Chinese movie star who has appeared in the X-Men and Iron Man film franchises, has more than 62 million followers online in China and fronted campaigns for Montblanc watches and De Beers diamonds, has disappeared.

The essence of martial arts

WHETHER it is making sushi, growing bonsai, drinking tea, or arranging flowers, there is art present in every aspect of Japanese culture. Beyond being a sport or methods of self defense, the martial arts are, as well, a Japanese art form.

Millennials, a force to reckon with in the workplace

MILLENNIALS have been transforming the workplace in profound ways. Their capacity to absorb fresh ideas and ability to embrace innovations offer new opportunities for...

Riding through history

At 10 a.m. on a Saturday, the festive sound of drums joined in with the clatter of the approaching train at the LRT-1 Central station. Eleven teams of four members — made up of an LRT-1 driver, an LRT-1 teller, a blogger, and a reporter — hurriedly lined up at the ticketing booth to load their Beep cards, catch the next train, and explore specific cultural and historical landmarks on a list. All were determined to arrive first at the finish line — and in the process, the teams explored Manila, despite the continuous rains.

Once upon a time… preserving folk tales in Benin

COTONOU, Benin — Dusk settled on Sainte-Cecile square and the oil lanterns cast a soft yellow light as a storyteller took to the stage and bound the audience with a magic spell of words.

Ideas and historical possibilities according to non-historians

TO understand history and its relationship with the present, one must go beyond knowing the names, dates, places, and the chronology of events. One has to look deeper, into the forces and ideas of each period and study their consequences — intended or not.

New on UNESCO’s Heritage List: a national park, hunting grounds, an...

MANAMA, BAHRAIN — Colombia’s massive Chiribiquete National Park has made UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the United Nations body announced Sunday at a meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama. It is one of several new places that have made the list over the weekend. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has been meeting in Manama since June 24.

Movies, literature, and martial arts in celebration of Phil-Japan friendship month

JULY is Philippines-Japan Friendship Month and to mark the occasion, the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with various partner organizations, are co-presenting a variety of cultural events.

Traffic is the problem says CCP’s new chairperson Margie Moran

TRAFFIC, and not the misconception that art is elitist, is the reason why many find the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to be,...

To love it you must know it: the educational role of...

TO FALL in love with something, one must first know it. This is how historian Fr. Rene Javellana, SJ, a member of the National Museum...

Viva Europa showcases Europe’s culture, music, sports, and arts

ARTS AND culture know no boundaries: political, social, or otherwise. In the efforts to link our shared literature and culture, and also our highlight...

What’s good, Poblacion?

LATELY, Poblacion in Makati City has become one of the hippest and coolest places to see and be seen in. Declared as a heritage...

Critics say India heritage scheme means Taj Mahal privatization

NEW DELHI — Heritage activists Sunday accused the Indian government of trying to privatize historic relics such as the Taj Mahal after it launched...

Bandwagon’s Clarence Chan on music, business and the future

The 32-year-old doesn’t come across as your typical CEO.

Doing business while giving back

By Romsanne R. Ortiguero Having a day job can be a handful already but Timmy Potenciano and Jopie Sanchez, both 32, were able to establish...

Jose Rizal gets a birthday bath

WHILE it seems that the Rizal Monument’s photobomber will be a permanent stain on the view, the dirt and grime that have accumulated over...

How museums fight fires, floods and climate change

AS FLAMES lit up the hills just across the freeway, torching mansions, the thousands of works of art in the Getty Center hung unperturbed....

Ceramics exhibit a snapshot of China-Philippine maritime trade

BEFORE the Spanish arrived and the galleons sailed back and forth across the Pacific, China had long been bartering goods with the Philippines: food...

Silent art auction a highlight at PIA gala

ON JULY 29, the Philippine Italian Association will mark a milestone -- 55 years of cultural exchanges between the Philippines and Italy. Conceptualized and founded...

Mountains, music and mangoes

WITH THE START of the long hot summer, Metro Manila’s footloose travelers need not look far -- just north of the metropolis is Zambales,...