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Wonders of the Philippines: The hanging coffins of Sagada

Since time immemorial, the people of Sagada have followed a unique and bizarre burial ritual. Instead of burying their relatives in the ground, they squash their bodies into tiny coffins and hang them off a cliff. Traditionally, the elderly carve their own coffins out of hollow logs. Of course, if…


Roads less travelled: Top 5 secret beaches in the Philippines

It used to be bad enough when it was only Lonely Planet spilling the beans on all the world’s “secret” places (and thus dooming them to be overrun within weeks) but these days, what with the interweb and all that, new hotspots are being revealed every day. In my experience, these “discoveries” tend…


How to Apply for a U.S. Tourist Visa From the Philippines

Philippine citizens must apply for a tourist visa before they are permitted to enter the Unites States. This is applicable for any length of stay, since the Philippines does not participate in the United States’ Visa Waiver Program. To apply for a visa, schedule an interview bring the requested materials…


6 Dead – 28 Hurt in Head On Bus Collision in Negros Occidental

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – Six people are dead and 28 others injured after two buses collided head-on yesterday near Silay City, Negros Occidental. The two Ceres buses collided around 7 a.m. yesterday on the national highway – most of the victims were pinned under the one bus which fell on…