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MIDGET BOXING in Manila with @MsKristinaWong (A Photo Essay Guide)

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MIDGET BOXING is a entertainment sport where two little people box for 3 minutes. It's now a popular tourist attraction along P. Burgos--the red light district of Makati. My activist and performance artist friend Kristina Wong from LA wanted to experience it as part of her first time in Manila, so we decided to bring her.

Here's a guide on how best to experience Midget Boxing in Manila...

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#MTVMusicEvo 2015: On Francis M Tribute, Hip Hop Culture, and Naughty by Nature! (Photo Essay)

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167654-Finale at MTV Music Evolution 2015 on 17 May Pic 4 (Credit - MTV Asia & Ferdie Arquero)-b5a0d3-original-1431968254For the first time in Manila, MTV Music Evolution 2015 brought the local hip hop scene together with international chart topping artists. This free ticket event marked a first for the Philippines as MTV wrapped up the summer season.

Claiming 2015 as the year to visit the Philippines, what better way to celebrate than having such a huge and exciting event take place in a country that has long embraced the hip hop culture. Here was our experience at MTV Music Evolution 2015...

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CAFE DUA: Cafe by the Ruins 2 Baguio Dinner! (A Review) #CafebytheMarios

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CAFE BY THE RUINS DUA is the first branch of the popular Cafe by the Ruins in Baguio after 25 years as a standalone establishment. Its new location beside Mario's Baguio on Upper Session Road will serve as the main bakery and commissary for baked goods and pre-cooked frozen pasalubong.

It's a relief that you can now enjoy Cafe by the Ruins without braving the traffic of Session Road and Burnham Park. The "ruins" charm is lost in the new branch, but the modern-hip interiors are in tune with its double purpose as a gallery for Cordillera arts and culture.

Related Blog Post: Cafe by the Ruins Breakfast!

Here's our Cafe by the Ruins Dua experience during our recent trip to Baguio...

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SITIO LA PRESA: Will Tourism Destroy its Natural Beauty? #LaParusa #Forevermore (A Case Study)

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SITIO LA PRESA is the name of the fictional strawberry farm that is home to Agnes (Liza Soberano) and the setting of her love story with Xander (Enrique Gil) in the teleserye Forevermore. (Watch the Forevermore Pilot Episode)

The actual Sitio Pungayan in Mt. Kabuyao, Tuba, Benguet has now adopted "La Presa" as its magical name, and has become a popular tourist spot for Baguio goers. It has attracted local tourists who want to relive the Forevermore love story

Sitio Pungayan has managed to create a whole tourism economy around the La Presa branding--La Presa Strawberries, La Presa Vegetables, La Presa Jam, La Presa Souvenirs, and maybe even a La Presa Inn in the future. While this resulted in a lot of jobs and businesses in the sitio, uncontrolled commercialization is threatening the natural beauty, appeal, and smell of the place, plus endangering the water catchment area of Baguio.

Here's what to expect before deciding to go or not to La Presa...

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Taal Volcano: Guide to 45-minute Trekking Adventure to Crater Lake (via Private Route)!

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Taal VolcanoTaal Volcano is an island within a lake, on an island within a lake, on an island! Did you get that? :P

Just an hour away from Manila, this geological wonder is the smallest active volcano in the world. But despite being famous and all, we found that most Filipinos have a hard time locating the actual Crater Lake itself--So we had to figure out the reason for ourselves. Check out Team OAP’s video on debunking the mystery of Taal Volcano...

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