Every Snapshot has a Story: The ‘Welcome’ Sign

'Welcome' signs are iconic. Some are simple, yet exude an idea or two about a place. Whenever I see them on my long travels, exhaustion turns into relief. I feel safe and secure. Not only do these 'welcome' signs provide me with the comfort of knowing where I am but also the confidence that I … Continue reading Every Snapshot has a Story: The ‘Welcome’ Sign

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Every Snapshot has a Story: The Little House “Ed Dumang”

'Ed Dumang' (Kankanaey of 'down below') Trekking down a kilometer or two away from the main village and the main road, while having to pass through a dense forest; that's how I remember the travel to this little house "ed dumang". Here lived my grandparents who passed away twenty years or so ago. My fondest … Continue reading Every Snapshot has a Story: The Little House “Ed Dumang”

Healthy Eating in Kapangan: The Star Apple

In my hometown of Balakbak, Kapangan, Benguet, here is something that continues to grow in abundance. The star apple. As one story goes: Some menfolk from Kapangan were on board a Manila-bound bus. At a stop-over, a street vendor entered the bus shouting,"Caimito! Bili na kayo ng caimito!" (Caimito! Buy caimito!). One of the men saw and realized what … Continue reading Healthy Eating in Kapangan: The Star Apple