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Batanes forever

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PARTICIPANTS expected an adventure—and got what they wanted!

“Batanes is a breathtaking and truly magnificent manifestation of God’s grandeur,” Carmen Viloria, who joined our Batanes Photo Safari with her husband, Ben, recently wrote about her experience. “Its beauty, as well as the friendly Ivatans, more than made up for the minor inconveniences, such as inadequate toilet facilities, difficulty to get on and off shuttle jeepneys, hostels with so-so food, etc.

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Frank’s memorable adventure

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JULIE and Frank Holz

Our BatanesPhoto Safari has attracted many adventurers, among them Frank Holz and his wife, Julie, both economists.

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Innovative approach to learning

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INDOOR play city provides an opportunity for children to express themselves

Nothing gives children more joy than playing. It’s an important part of their development, because it allows them to make sense of the world around them.

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Racetrack’s lure

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QUISUMBING (right), with Jose Ferdinand Rojas II of PCSO

Many people go to Metro Turf Racetrack in Malvar, Batangas for its exciting racing events, but the place itself has its own, cool allure. A property of Dr. Norberto Quisumbing (of Norkis motorcycles), it’s an amazing destination for bettors and racing aficionados that employs thousands of families.

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Big sale at LRI

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RATTAN and laminated bamboo chairs, with matching table at Luzon Rattan Industries.

Now is the perfect time to go on a shopping spree at LRI Design Plaza, which is having a sale until March 31. LRI’s more than 40 shops include leading furniture stores, art galleries and design studios.

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Socsargen’s should-see scenic spots

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Of the 7,107 islands that comprise the Philippines, one island group that tourists would like to visit is Mindanao, but it’s been getting a bad reputation due to potential security threats. However, tourists can still enjoy the relatively unseen beauty of Mindanao’s General Santos City, Sarangani and Lake Sebu, located in the Socsargen region.

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Golden girls

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THE AUTHOR (left), with Edna, Myrna, Linda and Gloria—and the happy gal pals in their youth (inset).

My friends in college couldn’t be happier for any chance to spend time with one another, now that we’ve become golden girls.

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Memorable homecoming

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BENITEZ (WITH THE AUTHOR, RIGHT). Turns 100 on June 24.

Helena Benitez, chair emeritus of Philippine Women’s University (PWU), will turn 100 on June 24. In a special gathering held in her honor recently, she sat beside the institution’s new president, Francisco Benitez, Amelou Benitez, former first lady Imelda Marcos and Rep. Lito Atienza, a former Bayanihan dancer.

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‘Feng shui’ expert

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TAN (right), with LRI Design Plaza president Toni Lo.

For three years now, the LRI Design Plaza has been asking physician cum feng shui expert Andy Tan to share his expertise to help its designers create balance and harmony for their clients. One important tip from Andy when working with clients: Find out what their animal signs are, because some signs are more suitable together—like the Rat, Monkey and Dragon, the Rooster, Ox and Snake, the Tiger, Dog and Horse, and the Pig, Rabbit and Goat.

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Curtains close for ‘Lola’ Inday

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ESTRELLA. Warmth and hospitality.

In the summer of 2006, on our Batanes Photo Safari, we met Frestilda Dakay, a cheerful lady who lived alone in a stone house built in 1877.

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Quality education

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STUDENTS stand behind (from left) Lennox Preclaro Tan and Dianabella and Ramfel Reynoso Preclaro.

On Sept. 21, 1922, Dr. Ramon Reynoso Sr., then governor of Marinduque, established the Malindig Institute Foundation Inc. in response to the growing demand for quality education for cash-strapped students.

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Marinduque’s miraculous ‘Ina’

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STATUE of the province’s beloved patron saint at Boac Port.

On the Philippine map, Marinduque is shaped like a heart. Its capital is Boac and has a population of about 260,000. The Southern Tagalog province is located 100 nautical miles from Manila, and is noted for its zero crime rate. Its primary source of income is agriculture, followed by poultry, livestock and fishing.

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