In Gipuzkoa, we marveled at the beauty of his hometown, Loiola, and the grandness of the castle where he was born.

Some months ago, I found myself with my JesCom team in Spain following the footsteps of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. This was part of our initial research on the great Basque saint whose life we are (bravely) putting on the big screen sometime in 2015. We wanted to walk in his shoes for a few days. By doing so, perhaps we would be able to tell his story better. Read more.


PinayTraveller Recommends: Bohemian Luxury in Greece

We will momentarily leave our Spain series to go to the island of Mykonos in Greece,  to a beautiful bohemian hotel located just 300 meters from the world-famous Paradise Club. Called San Giorgio, it is part of the Design Hotels community and is targeted for people “who seek simple pleasures like waking up to views of the sea, sharing good food…

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PinayTraveller Films: Ria de Arousa, Galicia

  My second film!  Yay!  But a confession.  I tried editing this down to 45 seconds BUT I had a hard time choosing which video to edit out and which to keep. So as a compromise, here’s my (less than) two-minute edit.  This short travel film features my boat ride along the Ria de Arousa one sunny morning in Galicia,…


Cambados, Spain: Home of the Albariño

Everything about that day was perfect. Despite being gloomy before  breakfast, the sun came out by mid-morning, setting the mood for the day ahead.  I was in the company of people  whom I was slowly getting to know and appreciate. And we were somewhere in Galicia in Northwest Spain, in a historical district declared a “Cultural Interest  Asset”  in 2012.…


Camino de Santiago: the Casa Brandariz

Last year, I had the good fortune of exploring Northern Spain, including the beautiful territory of Galicia. I was onboard the luxury train Tren Al Andalus and the journey took me from Zaragoza to A Coruña, right along the St. James or Santiago de Compostela Route. After that wonderful luxury trip, our Galician guide, Manuel, took my travel buddy and I…

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Where to Eat in Metro Manila: Marikina’s Rustic Mornings

Let me tell you about the wonderful breakfast I had recently in a charming little restaurant  called Rustic Mornings. I’ve seen photos of this restaurant  on my friends’ FB  feeds, uploaded by those who couldn’t get enough of their delicious food.  Those photos were enticing! But the real deal sealer was when my former teacher, Fr. Rene Javellana, SJ, described…

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Top 10 Things to do in and near Hanoi (a Preview)

Did you know that Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam?  Yup, it’s not  the bustling Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC, formerly Saigon) as many may  initially think.  Of course  it’s understandable that HCMC is more popular owing to its exposure in many  Vietnam war movies. But if you’re going to visit Vietnam, you may want to consider going to the…


The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

“No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus.His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. No man can deny the fact that Jesus existed, nor that his sayings are beautiful. Even if some them have been said before, no one has expressed them so divinely as he.”   -Albert Einstein  …

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