Height does not matter

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 05:50 p.m.

THIS silly individual (in a good way) about to be sketched in your mind will prove to you there’s more adventure once you chase after life and not life chasing after you.

The story goes like this: Once upon a time, there was little boy who lived in a far flung place called Tugegarao, Cagayan.

Singing on the wings of love

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 05:44 p.m.

ROXETTE Malamion was always described as one of the most competitive singers not only in her school but the whole town.

This 23 year-old songbird has been singing since 4 years old.

An angel dances

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 05:41 p.m.

LEA Angelica Alhambra has soared high to become one of the best dancers in town and is now director of Filipinescas dance studio.

An alumnus of the University of the Cordilleras, this 23-year-old dancing diva has proved a lot throughout her career, winning several titles in dance leagues.

Kaspersky Lab sheds light on ‘Darkhotels’

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 08:11 p.m.

KASPERSKY Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team experts researched the “Darkhotel” espionage campaign, which has lurked in the shadows for at least four years while stealing sensitive data from selected corporate executives travelling abroad.

“Darkhotel” hits its targets while they are staying in luxury hotels. The crew never goes after the same target twice.

A dash of Flavier humor

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

THE trouble with interspersing humor with message is your listeners will remember the joke and tend to forget the message.

Dr. Juan Flavier, the beloved giant communicator of humor and message, wit and wisdom, never fell into the trap lesser mortals often fall into to muddle the substance they try to convey. As health secretary, the diminutive Baguio boy used humor to fortify his messages, enabling him to rally a nation to pursue promotionally cost-effective programs what are now classic yardsticks of effective health governance thrusts that, until now, are household bywords:

UB Centennial Library: The essence of leisure in learning

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 09:49 p.m.

THE library. It is simply defined as a place where books and other research materials are kept. But nobody ever said anything about a library having its own discussion room, floor-to-ceiling windows, wi-fi hotspot and internet area. Here are just four of the major aspects that make the UB Centennial Library worth a visit or two.

The Figures

Heaven on a plate: Cakes by Yda Café

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

DON’T be fooled by the casual set-up of Cakes by Yda Café.

It is this laidback arrangement which lends charm to this dainty café tucked away in the outskirts of the Summer Capital.

Daughter appeals for dad's treatment

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.

THE text message seeking publication of the plight of Abe Aplasen, a 36-year-old kidney patient from Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet, was urgent: “Nu maminsan ket haan (isu) agpdialysis ta mabain nga pati pamasahe na ket magapo kni mr. ko (Sometimes he won’t go for dialysis as he’s embarrassed when even his transport fare would come from my husband.)"

Kung Fu Kitchen: A Kung fu dining experience

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 10:53 p.m.

YOU would want to try their Kung Fu!

Inspired by a movie, Kung Fu Kitchen takes you to China through the authenticity of their food and ambiance to boot.

‘Alphabet of Eve’ at Sanctuary Gallery

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

"ALPHABET of Eve," an exhibition of photographs by Dorit Drori opens at the Sanctuary Gallery, Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Baguio City on July 5, 2014 at 4 p.m. There will be an artist’s talk preceding the reception.

These photographs by Drori were first shown at the Art Gallery Twenty Four, entitled "Bonding" in Tel Aviv, Israel, then as a traveling exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Melbourne, Australia in 2010.

Heaven is for real

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 08:58 p.m.

(Editor’s note: This regular features column is open to all our readers. Tell us about a favorite or not so favorite book and help us nurture a love of reading once more. A 1,000 to 1,200 word essay will do. Email it to sunstar_baguio@yahoo.com or to mayanne.cacdac@gmail.com with your complete details and picture. Subject line: lost between pages. We will be waiting for your contributions!)

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Why childhood friends think giving is more than a blessing

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:23 p.m.

ARINGAY, La Union -- For the sake of humanity, giving something for the community in need is more than what they wanted to offer but humbly through their own personal expenses.

La Trinidad’s best kept secret

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Have you ever wondered what the rock formations on Tawang are, then you would be thrilled to find out what this mountain top destination is.

A family vision to preserve native culture is seen atop a breathtaking view of the entire Valley eyed to be a hub for heritage called Mt. Kalungong Cultural Village.

In search of 'my Panagbenga'

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

I WAS searching for “my Panagbenga” over the weekend, trying to find the magic it brought to my soul a decade ago.

I call it “my festival”, to have some semblance of ownership, making the once small community affair and now mammoth event, eternally personal….in a desperate attempt to hold on to a memory.

Experience Apayao’s rich cuisine

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 08:26 p.m.

FOR the past 19 years, the young province of Apayao continues to flourish since its separation from Kalinga boasting its own collection of natural wonders not commonly found in the Cordilleras.

Apayao marks 19th Foundation

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 09:19 p.m.

LUNA, Apayao -- From its heyday as one of the hotbeds of rebellion associated with the CPP-NPA during the 80’s, when strong opposition against the Marcos regime was on its height, the province of Apayao has come of age as one of the game changer in terms of economic status in the Cordillera Autonomous Region.

Beneco linemen brighten up hope for Capiz

Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:30 p.m.

WHILE rushing repair of fallen electric wires in Tapaz, Capiz, two linemen of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) who volunteered for the month-long post-Typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation work descended from their adjoining poles for a respite.

Recollections from the ‘Dirty Dozen’ daughters

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 08:24 p.m.

IT WAS like a tea party.

When Zorayda Amelia Capistrano-Alonzo, Mercedes Balota-Suleik and Edda Villaluna Henson talked about their father’s contribution to the mining

Pump up the amps, plug the guitars and let’s Rock n’ Roll

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 07:45 p.m.

THE quest for the perfect gift for the Commander started months ago with an inventory of the things he loves. A simple man with simple pleasures. But simple doesn’t necessarily mean available. And simple doesn’t necessarily mean cheap.

Partners in building resilient communities

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 09:56 p.m.

By Andrew Alex Uy

FROM disaster management to disaster risk reduction.

The Art of the Mountains

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 09:48 p.m.

MY EARLIEST recollection of art was a giant labyrinth made of bamboo set at Burnham Park. I was amazed by its sheer hugeness (or maybe I was just small back then) and had a blast running around its span.

Later on, I was educated to find out the structure was made by the late Roberto Villanueva, the piece was also set up at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Libro Mo, Inspirasyon Ko donates 100K+ Books

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 11:46 p.m.

AS THE start of the classes kicked off last month, the "Libro Mo, Inspirasyon ko" book drive visited schools in Kiangan and Sadanga and distributed more than P100,000 worth of book donations.

The "Libro Mo, Inspirasyon Ko" kicked off last October 2012 initiated by S.M.I.L.E. Movement, Inc. to help build libraries of isolated schools in the Cordilleras.

Billy No Mates: Expats take charge in cleaning, helping Baguio

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 10:10 p.m.

SOMETIMES, it takes two men from another part of the world to show Baguioites how to love and care for their environment.

The love of trekking mountains in the region has encouraged British national Michael Stalley and American Chris Caszatt, both former members of the military in their own countries, to embark in another mission in their lives, that of loving the city they now call home and caring for some of its residents needing some extra help.

A new age for strawberries

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 09:12 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- A new generation of farmers are taking over the strawberry fields.

The Benguet State University Agri-Based Technology Business Incubators/Innovation Center (BSU–ATIBI–IC) has a young roster of farmers who have opted to stay on the fields and make a difference.

Blessings overflow for Manang Edna

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 10:44 p.m.

WOMAN on the go.

There is no other way to describe Edna Bayubay but as a woman of courage and perseverance despite tremendous life challenges she had faced.

A comforting place for nature lovers

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 10:43 p.m.

“THERE is no place like home.”

Teachers walk through Baguio’s history

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 10:43 p.m.

THIRTY five Social Studies teachers from the city’s public high schools last Wednesday primed up for the school opening with a walking tour to some of Baguio’s historical landmarks, the significance of which will include in their classroom syllabi.

The ship of Hope docks anew in La Union

Monday, May 27, 2013 - 10:24 p.m.

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union -- The ship known for bringing hope and inspiration to whatever country or port it docks into arrived in Poro Point, San Fernando La Union, May 24.

The journey of a dream

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 10:07 p.m.

THE first question I asked the first tricycle driver I saw after my five hour bus ride from Baguio City to Pinili, Ilocos Norte was “Manong, where can we find Barangay Pugaoan?”

He was quite hesitant to answer me with a facial expression of confusion while checking us out in our outfits (backpack, sunglasses, shorts and rubber shoes). So upon waiting for his response I made a quick assessment of the town. At first sight it’s just as ordinary as the other towns I have been to - fields of garlic.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formations: A Jewel in the North

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 10:07 p.m.

WITH the active and smart leadership of Governor Imee Marcos Ilocos Norte’s tourism is booming with of course the dedication of the government officials.

The Ilocos Norte Provincial Tourism Office (INPTO) said since the launch of the province’s tourism brand Paoay Kumakaway (Paoay beckons) in 2011, tourist arrival rate has been steadily increasing from average 0f 200,000 annual tourist arrivals to more than 600,000.