La Navál de Manila: A 368-year old tradition

When church doors closed at eight o’clock last Thursday evening, more than a hundred people were still kneeling before the image of Nuestra Señora. Del Rosario at Santo Domingo Church. Lavishly attired, bejeweled, and high on a temporary templete above the main altar, Our Lady was transferred from her normal place at the left transept to get ready for her feast day, celebrated every second Sunday of October. In the adjoining convent corridor, carrozas were being lined up to receive the images joining the big day’s procession, La Nával de…

Sis follows advice of late reporter: Pay it forward

MARINDUQUE, Philippines – Sheila Querubin never thought her sweet tooth would pull her through two of the lowest points so far in her lifetime—her brother and mother’s untimely demise. Now seeing herself ready to move on, she wants to live by her brother’s mantra of paying it forward. Sheila, 41, is an elder sister of Gerald Gene Querubin, Inquirer correspondent in Marinduque, who was also a state college instructor, environmentalist and community worker in the island province. In 2004, Gerald, or “Toots” as he was fondly called by family and…

Marinduque, one of the islands to be visited by PHINSAF

The Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation has released the Notice of Race for the 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge, set for March 14-22, 2015. The route as specified in the NOR, will begin in Laiya, Batangas, and move on to Marinduque, Verde Island, Puerto Galera, Ambil Island, and end in Nasugbu, Batangas. Hobie 16 sailors from all over the world are expected to participate in the annual staging of the Challenge, a unique race that combines long distance sailing, inshore races, the ultimate island hopping experience, and a humanitarian mission through an…

Earthquake swarm shakes C. Mindanao

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded a “swarm” of at least 15 earthquakes in Central Mindanao on Saturday with the strongest, felt at magnitude 5, damaging 54 houses and a church in North Cotabato. The strongest quake struck at 12:26 p.m. and its epicenter was located 14 kilometers south of Kidapawan City in North Cotabato at a depth of 11 kilometers, Philvolcs said. It was part of a swarm of earthquakes that began at 5:59 a.m. with a 4.4-magnitude tremor followed by nine other quakes, but the only…

Legion of Marinduque Morion shines in Sikat Pinoy

Various Filipino artists from different disciplines will be exhibited in the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Bureau of Domestic Trade fair for micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Dubbed as Sikat Pinoy National Art fair, the event aims to promote art entrepreneurship and support the creative industries in the country. Nemi R. Miranda Jr., painter and sculptor of Rizal Lakeshore Artist Association, sees this as an opportunity for more artists in the region to be exposed and recognized by a larger audience and by major galleries. Based in Angono,…