piafaustino .@julia_nebrija shares 10 things she learned by #biking in Metro #Manila. 1. Sooo many people bike! #MNLUrbanDesign #urbandesign Now at Curiosity Design Research on Maginhawa 2w

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piafaustino Insane #sunset after a blistering midday, washed down with a #summer thunderstorm. We're all feeling this flushed aren't we? #nofilter #QuezonCity #philippines 1mon

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piafaustino My 10-year-old self would have been happy to know that I found someone to climb trees with. #Baler #Aurora #Balete #Banyan #TreeClimbing #philippines 2mon

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piafaustino Jane, ikaw ang dapat lumapit. #LoveLetters #FindJane #Baler 2mon

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piafaustino Jaw-dropping #DicasalarinCove in #Baler. I so don't mind missing surfing today for this. #beach #philippines #travel #nofilter 2mon

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piafaustino This happened! #surfing #Baler 2mon

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piafaustino #SurfsUp with family in #Baler 2mon

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piafaustino Just in time for the #sunrise in #Baler. First #ocean pilgrimmage of 2015! #beach #pacificocean #aurora #philippines 2mon

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piafaustino Evolution of a #coffee nerd:
So I bought the husband a #mokapot six months ago. It has since been joined by two more shiny metal coffee-making objects.

I must admit, these do make breakfast a lot more fun!
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piafaustino Every #HolyWeek in #SanFernando #Pampanga, young men walk barefoot in the streets while flagellating their backs. They cut their backs first with glass shards, then whip themselves with bamboo-tipped ropes to induce bleeding. This is a form of penitence, also believed to assure protection and wellbeing for the flagellants' families.
This tradition will be featured in #SacredtheMovie, a film on religious rituals and experiences around the world, airing on PBS in 2016.
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piafaustino Yes, that's a Christ-on-a-kite. Fun times. #GoodFriday #semanasanta #SanPedroCutud #SanFernando #Pampanga #Maleldo2015 2mon

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piafaustino I find the media frenzy around the #Maleldo2015 in #SanFernando #Pampanga as interesting as the traditions themselves. The crucifixions and flagellations have become a tourist and media event, complete with t-shirts, telecom sponsors, and necessary accreditation for journalists covering it.

Lot of interesting questions about the whole thing: Is it a commercial spectacle or a sacred ritual? A barbaric custom or legitimate cultural practice? An authentic act of faith or a mere performance? Indigenous or imported? Or is it all these?

Like many things in the #philippines, it is a jumble of contradictions all at once. #lent #catholicism #religion #semanasanta #holyweek #SacredtheMovie
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piafaustino Renovation is done ... for now! Loving the new Spanish floor tiles we had installed at the #apartment. Home is always a work in progress. :-) 2mon

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piafaustino Local children turn the crucifixion site at #SanPedroCutud into a makeshift playground, four days before the #HolyFriday #LentenRites or #Maleldo2015 in San Fernando, #Pampanga #SacredtheMovie 2mon

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piafaustino Renovation is underway! 2mon

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piafaustino Some friends and I had the whole #PurpleYamMalate to ourselves yesterday afternoon for an amazing lunch, which included the best tapa, tocino, and champorado I have ever had. After the meal, we enjoyed a long chat with restaurant owner, author and diva of #FilipinoFlavor, @amycbesa (right, pictured with Fil-Am photographer Jason Reblando) over champoy ice cream. And she signed my copy or her book: Memories of Philippine Kitchens. What a treat, and in such a beautiful setting: her family's ancestral home in #Malate. #FilipinoFood #Filipinocuisine #Manila #philippines 3mon

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piafaustino Just one of seven courses on #PurpleYamMalate's delicious Sunday brunch menu: crisp salmon belly over a fresh salad of native greens, fruits, and passion fruit dressing. #Filipinocuisine #FilipinoFood 3mon

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