Bring in Good Fortune

Tikoy, lion dances, and red lanterns—these are some of the first things that pop into mind when talking about Chinese New Year. For the Chinese who reside in China, the origins of the holiday stem deeper than that. Also known as the Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year is based on lunar astronomical movements (as […]

Harmony at Home

By Jane Kingsu Cheng Everyone wishes for a happy family and a peaceful abode. With the start of another year under the Lunar calendar, you might want to try these tips to help strengthen the peace at home. Yin & Yang Shop of Harmony’s Patrick Lim Fernandez grew up in the world of feng shui, […]


By Olivia Camille F. Reyes, M.D. Perhaps one of the top things playing on your mind as a parent these past few days is the growing fear from reports that a new virus previously reported in China has reached our shores. In the age of international travel where people can move easily and quickly from […]

What makes a perfect butterfly sleeve?

By JOHN LEGASPI In the past years, there has been a resurgence amng Filipino icons—including the terno. The stiff, bedazzled pieces complete with butterfly sleeves came to be seen as cultural appropriation, while the rise of loving everything local came back to the retail floors. From being the usual dress code for formal and political events […]

Modern Maestro

By DOM GALEON Portrait by NOEL PABALATE Decades after it was last presented on a Philippine stage (at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in fact, in 1977), the classic opera Lucia di Lammermoor is making a comeback. With an international cast made up of singers from almost every part of the world, including four […]

The Church They Built

By TINA JACINTO Calm and radiant, Menchu de las Alas Concepcion’s demeanor exuded elegance, yet that of a strong and character-filled woman, and the sparkle in her eyes exuded depth. Recently, together with her husband, industrialist and captain of industry, Ronnie Concepcion, they celebrated their 60th anniversary and the renewal of their marriage vows at the […]

Brother, Brother

By KERRY TINGA Images by MIGUEL ROJALES We had just caught the Gomez de Liaño brothers before the holidays, and between their busy schedules, we were able to sit down for an interview that pretty much consisted of trying to talk over the sizzle of Korean barbecue being grilled. Delicious? Yes. Ideal for an interview? Not […]

International Day of Education

Compiled by KERRY TINGA The International Day of Education is celebrated every Jan. 24, first celebrated last year. The international observance day emphasizes the human right to education, enshrined in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United Nations’ official statement during the first celebration noted: “By proclaiming the International Day of […]

Taal Tales

By Deedee Siytangco Nature bears long with those who wrong her. She is patient under abuse. But when abuse has gone too far, when the time of reckoning finally comes, she is equally slow to be appeased and to turn away her wrath.—Nathaniel H. Egleston The Taal Volcano eruption, which was a surprise even to PHILVOCS, […]

Josie Natori designs her first-ever jewelry collection

By JOHN LEGASPI Just in time for the festive Lunar New Year, international Filipino fashion designer Josie Natori released her first-ever fine jewelry line that will bring a dramatic flair this festive season. The collection features three lines inspired by three distinct icons: Indochine, Dragon, and Kamon showcase East-meets-West-infused earrings, pendants, necklaces, rings, and bracelets. […]

This festival lets you support plant sellers affected by Taal volcano’s eruption

By Angela Casco Now more than ever, Philippine Horticulture Society’s plant festival, Horti Filipina, needs the support of plant enthusiasts and curious horticulturists as many of its returning participants are sellers affected by Taal volcano’s recent destructive eruption. About 80% of the festival’s participants are from provinces such as Batangas, Cavite, Quezon, and Laguna, whose plants […]

Building Our Future by Empowering the Next Generation

The young students of San Joaquin Elementary School in Sto. Tomas Batangas had their usual quiet weekday afternoon transformed into a day of memorable fun and creative learning by Sumitomo Heavy Industries (Philippines) Manufacturing & Services (SHIMS) with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event just recently. Together with its partners from LEGO, SHIMS treated the […]


Compiled by JOHN LEGASPI “I think Filipinos started to become interested in feng shui when it first became a part of the larger consciousness or zeitgeist,” says feng shui master Patrick Rey Lim Fernandez to Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “I think Filipinos are naturally superstitious, and that’s what initially drew them to feng shui. It is something […]