A Choir of Birds

Author: James Z. Carpio If you go to the Plaza Quince Martires before the morning breaks you will be in for a pleasant surprise. There are a few lush trees as tall as the re-conceptualized building right across the street. Well ahead of the early dawn mass at the San…

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Naga’s Sweepers: They keep our city clean

By: James Z. Carpio   “Prefiero ser lampazero a ser la cabeza de su jerarquia cismatica.” – Bishop Jorge Barlin   In 1902, the First Filipino Bishop of Malay race from Baao, Jorge Barlin, was offered by Gregorio Aglipay the supreme prelacy of the Philippine Independent Church to such he…

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Naga’s coffee culture

Author: James Z. Carpio Back in the olden days if you wanted to have a cup of coffee it took a long process. You would have to let the beans dry out in the open air, have them roasted, then have them ground at the public market, before finally boiling…

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Naga’s cosmopolitan grandeur

Author: James Z. Carpio In 2009, I took a flight from Manila back to Naga after spending more than a decade in that capital. Riding on an airplane back in the 1990s for vacations from the university was frequent. I still have my old flying student card in my brown…

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The 15 minute tour challenge

Author: James Z. Carpio Since childhood I would always hear the grown ups say that everything is fifteen minutes away from your location to your destination. Over time I too would always say this to our guests both from out of town or out of the country. But I suddenly…

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Ten reasons why I love Naga

Auhor: James Carpio Providentially, I was born and raised in Naga City. But for school and work, I had to stay for eighteen years in Metro Manila. While I enjoyed my stay there I realized that I missed my home city when I came back. And I never want to…

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Naga’s promising bus stop

Author: James Z. Carpio Chances are that every time I would pass along Elias Angeles Street at the bus stop at Plaza Quezon I would see young professional workers. At different occasions I have seen a group of five or ten. I was too early I guess for my morning…

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Vera Falls: The Enchanted Paradise

We reached the Municipality of Malinao in between the City of Tabaco and Tiwi in Albay at around eleven in the morning. We went there because firstly I want to see the Mayon Volcano and sencondly I thought it was the way to Vera Falls. Half-truth though, Vera Falls is…

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Talented writers

Hi there, I hope your reading this because you would like to help make this site a success. I am hoping to provide visitors and retirees, with all the information and more that they need to settle or  retire in the Philippines. As much as I like to write, my…

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