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Articles in the category Documentary (1149)

This actually happened to me. It was such a traumatic experience; so much so that for 37 years, I’ve shared this with only a select few. I finally had the courage to talk about it last August 2017 at the Assumption College Alumnae Triennial Reunion in New York where I was one of the guest speakers. I was asked to talk about my life, how I got to where I am today, and who were the “angels or wings” that helped me along the way, and how I managed to stay airborne.
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Published by 30/09/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary, People, Stories
Tags: $1 million, bank, thriller, NBI

The so called Twilight Zone - between 60 & 150 metres - is one of the least explored areas of the ocean. A recent research trip by the California Academy of Sciences to the Philippines reveals its unique reef systems are home to many as yet undiscovered species - and sadly pollution too.
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Published by 21/08/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary, Fauna and flora
Tags: Academy, coral, marine, reef, research, science

P.I. as a term is specific to the Philippines as U.S. territory, a colonial one, until the U.S. Congress granted Philippine independence in 1945. The use of P.I. is an innocent mistake given that Philippine Islands is a direct translation of Islas Filipinas in Spanish, the name Spanish explorer Legazpi in 1543 gave to the group of islands (Leyte and Samar) in honor of the Felipe II, King of Spain.
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Published by 21/08/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary
Tags: Manila, Spanish

From when the city was founded in 1571 until the end of the Spanish rule in 1898, Intramuros was Manila. The name Intramuros means “inside the wall.” For 400 years, Intramuros served as the center of the Spanish occupation, originally built to be the residence for Spanish government officials and their families. It was where the most influential and wealthy citizens of colonial Manila lived. The natives and Chinese were not allowed to live inside Intramuros, only the Spanish elite and mestizos.
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Published by 21/08/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary, History
Tags: Church, Manila, Museum, Rizal, Spanish, History, Cathedral, Intramuros, Palacio, colonial

IIf it were a movie, it would be titled The Curse of the Pearly Blob, and the yarn would not have been better scripted if it were fiction. But it is not; it is real life—the stuff of legend, adventure, and song.
That is the fantastic tale of the Pearl of Lao-Tzu, one of the world’s great pearls, originally found off Palawan, and whose full, definitive story is told in thoroughly researched detail that spans over 80 years.
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Published by 21/08/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary, Fauna and flora
Tags: Museum, Jewelmer, Marcos, Palawan, pearl

An unexpected midsummer trip to Angeles City in Pampanga has opened our eyes to the mini-renaissance in cultural heritage currently happening in this city. For those compatriots who may have been used to thinking of Angeles as a chaotic outlier to what used to be the formidable Clark Air Force Base, a quick visit to this convenient destination may prove to be revelatory.
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Published by 21/08/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary
Tags: heritage, Angeles City, Pampanga

Tabaco, as a small town, was established by the Franciscan friars in the late 1500s, with St. John the Baptist as patron saint. It gained independence from the old town of Cagsaua in the early 1600s during the term of parish priest Father Pedro de Alcareso. Bicol Region, which is typified by a volcanic topography because of Mayon Volcano, is rich in dark volcanic soil and stones from which the Tabaco Church is constructed.
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Published by 04/05/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary, History
Tags: Bicol, Church, Tabaco

We arrived at Tabuk City, Kalinga Province, shortly before midnight after a 12-hour drive from Manila with Fe, my friend, and our hardy driver, Roniel. Fe, an ethnomusicologist, was going to collect a few more chants as part of her lifelong work in music cultures. I was on my first excursion outside Manila on a Fulbright grant, to investigate the effects of globalization on indigenous weaving and craft cultures.
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Published by 03/05/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary

The Tony Award-winning musical comedy MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT is back to bring loads of laughter to Philippine fans. The repeat run will be from April 13 to 22, 2018 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, 26th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
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Published by 03/04/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary, Entertainment, News and Events

The Secrets That We Keep is an anthology, with eight carefully-curated crime stories: Web, The Children of Truth, Where is Sandra, Tomorrow We’ll See, Sniper, Snatched, Among Us, Kate’s Retreat, and Missing Bodies. The stories in this book have their own individual twists, enough to keep readers engrossed in their well-written story lines and well-thought out plots.
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Published by 02/04/2018 by Guido
Categories: Arts, Culture, Documentary, Entertainment

From tourists to backpackers and a handful of locals, it's safe to say that everyone has heard of the town of Taal. Perhaps by its one-of-a-kind markets and the active volcano it is known for—but recently, this bucolic town opened its doors to more attention as its tourism office started promoting the well-preserved ancient houses scattered on its streets.
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Published by 29/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary, Travel