8 of Naga’s Most Scenic Exercise Spots

Author: James Z. Carpio The first advice is to purchase and invest on a durable pair of running shoes. That is all the equipment that you would need in doing the succeeding exercises. These variations start from a leisurely walk, brisk walking, jogging and running. For the advanced individuals doing sprints …

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Naga: A little Europe

Author: James Z. Carpio Naga’s European transformation started hundreds of years ago. The city was established in 1575 on order of Spanish Governor-General Francisco de Sande. Then named Ciudad de Nueva Cáceres, it was the third Spanish Royal City in the Spanish East Indies after Cebu and Manila. Colonial European …

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My Naga: A postcard from a local

Author: James Z. Carpio After more than two years of writing for Bicol Mail, I have become a certified writer. Yes, I have to admit I drink gallons of coffee. And being home-based and staying out of the sun for that long period of time my general appearance has become …

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Naga’s weekend leisure pursuits

Author:  James Z. Carpio Finally, I take breaks now when doing my exercise program. I always used to do my training daily over a period of more than a year. But last Saturday, I just went to the city center to take a breather and basically just unwind. It sure looks …

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Lost in Two Cities

Author: James Z. Carpio They just came from the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral and they found themselves lost in the middle of the City of Naga. A representative of a group of more than ten asked a lady for directions on how to go to the Basilica. It was my morning …

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The Joy of Waiting

Author: James Z. Carpio Like martial arts, waiting is an art. It is also a talent. With this in mind, it can therefore be developed. Children have a very short attention span. As we grow into maturity and wisdom, like fine wine, we become more patient. Mastery of waiting can …

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Kaleidoscopic City Lights

Author: James Z. Carpio   Don’t get me wrong, I love the island life; the sands, swimming in the aquamarine waters and the scorching sun and yes maybe even add a coconut drink. But it is not the same when I was sort of addicted to it while growing up …

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The Majestic Mount Mayon

Author: James Z. Carpio   A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain? – Khalil Gibran I was …

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A City of Dreams

Author: James Z. Carpio   She looked forlorn. “I didn’t get the job.” My friend said almost breaking into tears. “They hired someone else who is friends with the manager.” She continued. The opportunity was promising: to work in the country’s number one fast food company. Apparently, she had a …

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