Philippines Latest News

Map of the Philippines from 1734 sells for $237,300 at auction

  A map of the Philippines has been sold to an anonymous Filipino at London’s Sotheby’s Auction House. The map, sold by the Duke of Northumberland, was made by Murill Velarde in 1734. Bidding for the map was brisk as only about 12 maps of this era still exist, and most are…


Food of the Philippines: Cappuccino doughnut with cream cheese frosting

I saw this recipe and had to share – it’s great as you live with a basic kitchen as you only need one pan.  Ingredients: 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon  powdered buttermilk 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup milk 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted…


Vigan is officially one of the ‘new seven wonders’ of the world

The Spanish Colonial city of Vigan has won top honours as one of the “New7Wonders” of the world, alongside cities like La Paz, Bolivia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Durban, South Africa.  “We congratulate each of these cities on achieving their New7Wonders status, and we look forward to celebrating their election to…


Wreck diving in Coron Island, Palawan: 11 stunning scuba highlights

Coron Island is the third-largest island in the Calamian Islands of Northern Palawan. The waters around the island are justly famous for scuba diving, offering both natural beauty and the chance to explore Japanese ships that were sunk their during World War II. Coron has numerous upscale resorts but isn’t so well set up…


Tiyula Itum recipe: A spicy Tausug specialty of the Philippines

Image that your dearly beloved is in the kitchen making you a delicious meal. She brings it to you in your comfy chair and to your horror, you find yourself gazing down at a bowl of dark black soup.  Normally served at Muslim weddings and other special occasions, the  soup actually tastes a lot better than it looks. I…



The Rafflesia: The biggest blooming flower in the world

The Rafflesia flower which is found throughout much of Southeast Asia was discovered in 1818 by Dr Joseph Arnold, who named his new find after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the leader of the expedition and the man who also gave his name to the famous hotel in Singapore. In fact, the flower had…