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Prize-winning novels show breadth, depth of Philippine letters

By Alvin I. Dacanay On April 30, many aspiring and established creative writers will rush to submit their entries to the most prestigious and longest-running literary competition in the country today: the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, which will celebrate its 65th year. That day is doubly significant for writers, for it also marks the end of the country’s …

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Beaches for beach bums seeking seclusion, silence this summer

The scorching summer heat has already set in, and that means more people are heading to the beach. Unfortunately, many Philippine beaches will most likely be filled with people by this time.

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Savory, sweet surprises await customers at Icings

Story and photos by Alvin I. Dacanay If there’s a word that best describes Icings Bakery and Café, it’s probably “surprising.” The surprises this cozy informal restaurant springs on its first-time customers—pleasant, by all means—are not the dazzling, flashy kind; it’s actually the opposite, which may partly explain why this low-key establishment is not as well-known as it should be.

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Holy books!: Scribes select good reads for Holy Week

By Alvin I. Dacanay For many workaholics, Holy Week is a terrific time to reacquaint themselves with their religion or reconnect with their spiritual side, bond with their loved ones, go on a well-earned vacation, pursue long-delayed personal projects, or catch up on their reading.

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Wrangler dares Pinoys to transform into ‘True Wanderers,’ lauds gains

Story and photos by Alvin I. Dacanay For many denim-lovers, the mere mention of the name “Wrangler” suggests ideas of independence, freedom and adventure, as well as images of wide, open spaces. It also suggests style, durability and comfort—just three of the many qualities that have endeared the enduring American clothing brand to Filipinos for more than four decades now.

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Essentials for visiting LA: What’s new, classics and more

Christine Armario / The Associated Press Los Angeles—Mountainside hikes along urban cityscapes. Ramen noodle bars, Korean teahouses and taco trucks serving every regional Mexican specialty. Sure, Los Angeles is known for classic Hollywood, but these days the city is getting attention for other attractions, too.

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A flair for baking cheesecake

CHEF MOM / Adoree Chong-Uy Question No. 1: I consider myself an intermediate baker. I have been baking brownies, cookies and cakes for years now. I thought that a baked cheesecake is an easy thing to make, but I was wrong. Last week, I made New York cheesecake using a recipe I found on the Internet, and it turned out …

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Raising third culture children

LIVE WELL / CJ Rodriguez Not all those who wander are lost.—J.R.R. Tolkien As our 15th wedding anniversary fast approaches, my better half and I have come to several realizations. One is that we really need to see about getting each other new wedding bands, as our original ones have mysteriously disappeared! Mine first before his, I am embarrassed to …

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The Taj Mahal endures, but its birthplace stands in disrepair

By Vijay Joshi / The Associated Press Burhanpur, India—It is no secret that the Taj Mahal is a monument of love, built by a Mogul emperor as the final resting place for his beloved empress who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631.

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Bringing mindfulness into the workplace

LIVE WELL / CJ Rodriguez In our last two columns, we learned how starting a mindfulness practice at work might help us become more effective in carrying our our respective roles for the jobs required of us. In his book Full Catastrophe Living, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the leading expert on the topic, offers concrete ways to practice mindfulness in the …

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