Travelogue Manila: Artsy Treasures @ Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo Rizal

Filipinos are an artsy bunch. There’s a lot of pride in the local arts scene, and tremendous effort has been put into preserving the country’s artistic, historical and cultural treasures. The first time I visited the National Art Gallery in Manila, I was blown away by the quality and craftsmanship of Filipino artwork through the ages. I was expecting the same at the Pinto Art … Continue reading Travelogue Manila: Artsy Treasures @ Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo Rizal

Ash Wednesday @ Antipolo Cathedral, Rizal

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for Christians, which includes 40 days of fasting that ends with Easter. In the Philippines, a major Catholic country, the practice of Ash Wednesday is even more pronounced. E wanted me to experience it for myself, so we hopped into a jeepney in the early morning from Manila to Antipolo Cathedral, in neighbouring Rizal province. I haven’t really … Continue reading Ash Wednesday @ Antipolo Cathedral, Rizal