It’s amazing how you can find both extremes, soothing tranquility and loud fun, all in one neat package called the Philippines. It’s easy to find peace and quiet in some secluded beach or a mountain resort, and it’s normal to assume that the metropolis is always loud. But if you look hard enough, you’ll find a few oasis of tranquility in the city, even in a bustling new center of commerce called the Bonifacio Global City (BGC). At the far end of BGC (not really the middle), adjoining the recently controversial Libingan ng mga Bayani, is the serene resting place to honor the U.S. soldiers who perished during World War II in this side of the world — the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. There you will see, as shown in this photo from ryebertz (check his Instagram acount, @ryebertz), the neat rows of white markers against the backdrop of BGC’s skyscrapers. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Tranquility in the middle of BGC: Photo of the Day
There’s a pending move at the University of the Philippines to drastically cut down the number of units for humanities in the general education program. There’s also the usual trend of malls and other commercial establishments to squeeze every centavo of profit from every square foot of space. What’s common in these totally different moves, you might ask, is that arts and humanities are perceived to have little use in generating profits or preparing the students for employment. Humanities and arts are not essential, they say. That’s the sad thing. These subjects make us human beings essentially human. Pursuing this line of discussion won’t be short, so suffice it to say, at this point, that we greatly appreciate, and support, institutions and projects like Ayalas, which give a heavier weight on living spaces and the arts. The graceful lady you see in the photo is the lovely Dianne Althea, a dancer, yogi, singer-songwrier, entrepreneur (thanks for the photo; check her Instagram account, @theiorillosa, for her complete profile and other photos). Everything else you see in the photo is not trash, but part of the art movement at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC). Walk around BGC during your spare time. Click the photo to enlarge.
“Pint-sized dreamer” from Metro Manila. That’s how celarban describes herself. Nope, she’s not in that astronaut suit, a cool item in display at the Mind Museum. She’s celarban, a lady with a self-confessed hang-over from the movie Interstellar and a dream to escape to the stars with “you” — whoever that special someone is (or will be). Anyway, we’ve been to the Mind Museum a couple of times and we won’t mind coming back for more. It’s a destination that we highly recommend for kids and adults alike (but school children will enjoy this more). One day is really not enough to fully explore and enjoy the entire museum. We’ve seen the astronaut display and the outer space section. We have photos of each, but we never, ever figured out taking a photo of the astronaut with the stars on the ceiling, like what celarban did. For that sharp eye alone, she deserves to be featured. It looks amazing! Here’s the photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Astronaut On Duty
A museum, for you, evokes what kind of images and what kind of emotions? Allow us to start off with the following guesses. A museum is a place where really old artifacts are kept and displayed. It’s a place where you can only view these artifacts, cordoned or sealed for protection, from a distance. It’s a boring place, except to those who have a deep love for the subject (or pretend to do so). These things may true of other museums, but definitely not The Mind Museum. Continue reading Feed your Brain at The Mind Museum
What’s so special about cupcakes? A store could sell a single food product like doughnut. But a cupcake is not a donut. Cupcakes are common and cheap, you could buy mass-produced items in a grocery. A cupcake store is simply not commercially viable — especially if you want to open the store at the high end part of town. The rent alone would toast the finances of any brave soul who’d decide to sell cupcakes, and cupcakes alone. Continue reading Cupcakes by Sonja (Serendra, Bonifacio High Street)
The first title of this post is “Libingan ng mga Bayani”. The first impression I had when I first entered this place is, “The Libingan ng mga Bayani looks impressive“. The white headstones are unsullied and perfectly aligned. The grass is green and well-manicured. The place is clean. The atmosphere is solemn. This is the kind of resting place that a grateful country reserves for those who died to defend it. Continue reading Manila American Cemetery and Memorial