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Palawan's Little Saigon

by: Elmer Nocheseda About 1,500 Vietnamese are still living in the Philip-pines, most in resettlement camps. During my business trip to Palawan, I was able to find some time to visit a resettlement camp in Santa Lourdes, which is about 15 kms. from central Puerto Princesa. As taxis hardly come by in this city, I hired a rickety tricycle to

Palm Sunday's Palaspas

by: Elmer Nocheseda Palm Sunday in the Philippines is most dramatic. To commemorate the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, Filipino Catholics bring their palaspas or decorated palm fronds to church to be blessed by the priests. It is always a sight to behold when young fresh coconut leaves called ibus are transformed into intricate forms

Morong Majesty

by Elmer Nocheseda Have a visitor and wondering what to do for a day? Have time to drive? Then go to Morong. This is an alternative to the typical mundane mall-ing or couch-potato-ing and a fantastic way to make some discoveries. Head eastward down Ortigas Avenue. (Yes, you’ll have to bear a little bit of the Ortigas traffic all

The Filipino And The Salacot

by: Elmer I. Nocheseda An avid salacot collector traces the origins of this native headpiece Neither "hat" in English nor sombrero in Spanish will ever translate to salacot (salakot). Much would be lost in the translation if these two words were used. Salacot is never an English cap or a Spanish gorra. A salacot in Romblon form