Get massaged by 20-foot pythons in the Philippines for free!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 28 May 2014

There’s nothing better than to get a soothing and relaxing massage for the low, low price of free. Except maybe getting a free massage with four 20-foot Burmese pythons as your therapists! At the Cebu City Zoo in the Philippines, courageous guests can get a spa treatment from snakes, weighing a combined total of 250kg. […]

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Koi-themed invitation also functions as real fish food

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Design on Friday 4 October 2013

This innovative invitation design blew me away with its snazzy colours and clever function. What better way to invite someone to visit an eco-friendly community known for its large Koi Fish population then with a letter that resembles the fish but also functions as fish food?

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Raw, emotional art by Ronald Ventura

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Tuesday 27 August 2013

Ronald Ventura’s work is layered with different emotions, media, art styles, and cultures. With a range of anything from graffiti to hyper-realism, the Philippine-based painter and sculpture has learned to effectively speak many visual languages. I love the raw, emotional feel of his pieces. It’s as if Ventura welcomes his audience into the deep interior of his mind to […]

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In Philippines, these steampunk rides are really popular for public transport

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 23 July 2013

This is it. I have seen the world’s coolest public transport on the streets of Manila and now believe the ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines‘ tourism tagline wasn’t just some campaign spew. Seriously, these Jeepneys, which have their roots as metal rides left behind by the U.S. Army after World War II, and are […]

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How Apocalypse Now inspired surfing in the Philippines

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 April 2013

Just how influential is Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now? Well, here’s something quite unexpected: it has even inspired Filipinos to pick up surfing. It was at Baler, a fishing town in northern Philippines, where the surfing scene was shot, and the locals who watched the actors surf were intrigued. “When the filming finished, some of […]

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Makati CBD Walkway gallery by anonymous grafitti artists

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By Themiton Sevilla in New Art on Tuesday 18 December 2012

The Makati Central Business District Walkway connection along Dela Rosa Street turns into a venue of self-expression among nameless street artists who started the project only a few weeks ago. Varying styles manifest in the works, all of which were painstakingly crafted by means of brushing, air-brushing, and stenciling on canvas ceilings.

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Music by Philippine band Up Dharma Down

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By Paul Buchanan from The Blue Nile in New Music on Thursday 8 November 2012

I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate recently with this great young band from the Philippines. Having been a fan of their two previous albums, Fragmented and Bipolar, what I’ve head of the forthcoming Capacities continues to fascinate, uplift and please. It’s something special.

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New art by Manila’s Zean Cabangis

Erin Emocling Contributor

By Erin Emocling in New Art on Wednesday 19 September 2012

Zean Cabangis is an artist from Manila. In his most recent 5-fold art set, which was originally intended for a group show entitled Build, he used acrylic and emulsion transfer on canvas to create a sense of uncertainty through open-ended ‘visual narratives’. Stirred by dissected memories and observations of human daily grind, he aims to construct vague feelings that make one dwell on how something starts or ends. Cabangis usually exhibits his works at Artinformal and Silverlens Galleries.

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Photos of poverty in the Philippines

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By Samantha Dalrymple in New Photography on Wednesday 11 April 2012

The Philippines is mostly populated by people with lower socio-economic backgrounds. I visited and volunteered to help them out by handing them food and basic necessities. These were the sights I saw. They really work hard to support themselves and their families.

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Bringing light to the poor regions of the Philippines

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By Chiang Lup Hong in New Eco on Wednesday 11 April 2012

A Liter of Light is an inspiring project to bring lights to the poverty-stricken regions of the Philippines. Dwellings built too close to one another made natural lighting almost impossible, while electricity is unaffordable. The project aims to light up these houses by creatively reusing plastic bottles, filling them with water and bleach, then fixing […]

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Loverboy: new music by Idris Vicuna and Cat Cortes

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By Samantha Dalrymple in New Music on Tuesday 10 April 2012

This is a lovely, haunting song from the Philippines by two locals named Idris Vicuna and Cat Cortes. The ambient sound and delicate singing is sure to get stuck in your head.

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Bee Eyes: a garage-pop band from the Philippines

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By Samantha Dalrymple in New Music on Tuesday 10 April 2012

Bee Eyes is a garage-pop band from the Philippines consisting of four members that co-create to produce such beautiful music that it could make you fall in love.

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The novel way light is brought into Filipino homes

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By Louise Mills from Frogg in New Trends on Friday 20 January 2012

In San Pedro, the Philippines, a new method has been discovered to provide light in the homes of the townspeople. This luxury that I often take for granted has a crucial effect on daily living, and although the heat from the sun bears down on the outside, the people have been living on the inside […]

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Strange Days and Other Anomalies exhibit in Philippines

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By MY in New Events on Thursday 3 November 2011

Artists Ramon Raphael Banzon, Miggy Borja, Raffy La Madrid (work above), Paul Bryan Miranda, and Mek Yambao come together in their first ever group exhibition, Strange Days and Other Anomalies, which opens on November 13 at Light and Space Contemporary in the Philippines.

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Thriller by CPDRC prisoners

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Monday 19 January 2009

This is one of the more bizarre aspects of the legal system. More than fifteen hundred inmates at the CPDRC prison in Cebu, Philippines, take to the exercise yard and give us their best shot at Jacko’s Thriller, move for move. It’s one of their exercise regimes, and it’s clearly been practiced with gusto: the […]

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