Footnote: Streetdancing in Aklan

The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday, in the island and town of Kalibo, Aklan in the Philippines. The name “Ati-Atihan” means “to be like Aetas” or “make believe Ati’s.” Aetas were the primary settlers in the islands according to history books. They too are the …

A Guide to the Best Ati-Atihan Festival in the Philippines

Disclaimer:  I am from Ibajay so this post is slightly biased. 😉 The Ati-Atihan Festival is the mother of all Philippine festivals and perhaps one of the oldest in the country. Ati-Atihan originated from Aklan but due to its success, many have created similar festivals:  the Dinagyang of Iloilo, Masskara of Bacolod and Halaran of …

Footnote: Constantine’s Mosaic Floor in Bethlehem

The Church of the Nativity is a basilica originally built in the fourth century by Saint Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine I, over  what is traditionally considered as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. The basilica has undergone several changes and renovations since it was completed in 333 AD. But one of the most interesting …

Footnote: At the Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

Walking around the Lake near the Old Quarter in Hanoi yesterday, I chanced upon this ironwork that was placed at the foot of a tree. I just love the thoughtful inclusion of the traditional Vietnamese house in the design. A note about Footnote: Footnote is an ongoing photo series featuring my, well… feet, taken in …

Footnote: Walking in Jerusalem with a Cardinal

A couple of years ago, I travelled to Israel with my JesCom Team to film a documentary which subsequently aired over ABS-CBN. The fact that I haven’t written about it is causing me constant frustration! I’ve attempted to sit down, sift through the thousands of photos I’ve taken,  and write about this unforgettable trip several …