Monthly Archive: February 2017

VIAJE: How tourism developed in the Philippines

Tourism is a trillion-dollar – and still growing – global industry. United Nations World Tourism Organization records show that in 2015 alone, there was a 4.4 percent increase in international tourist arrivals, reaching 1.18...

Tourism by the numbers

From research culled from various websites and other sources, we find that Philippine tourism has, indeed, been on an uptrend over the past years. The Philippines climbed 20 notches to 74th place in the...

Mexicans celebrate Chinese New Year in Barrio Chino

Mexico City’s Chinatown, Barrio Chino, has the distinction of being the world’s smallest Chinatown: it occupies only two blocks on Dolores Street that teems with thriving Chinese restaurants and shops. Close by is a...

Starting at the center: Tiananmen Square

讀萬卷書不如行萬里路 is a Chinese proverb that means traveling 10,000 miles is better than reading 10,000 scrolls. I’ve perhaps read thousands of pages about China, so I was extremely delighted when I finally got to...

Manila and Christianity in China

Eugenio Menegon’s book, Ancestors, Virgins and Friars: Christianity as a local religion in late Imperial China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2009), is a history of a 400-year-old community in Fu’an county (福安市) in Fujian...

Are we prepared for the Big One?

Things always happen for a reason. In the wake of the devastation wrought by the 6.7-magnitude earthquake that hit Surigao on Feb. 10, seismologists reminded the public that Metro Manila is in for the...

A journey of understanding Chinese architecture

The question “What are the most typical examples of Chinese architecture” drove Pu Xiaoyi, who studied architecture in Canada and the United States, on a year-long project investigating in depth the myriad types of...

Zigong: Lantern paradise

On the 15th day of Chinese New Year, a tranquil city in southwest China’s Sichuan province lights up for the traditional lantern festival. Located about 200 kilometers southeast from the provincial capital city Chengdu,...

Great Wall in Gansu eroding

The Jingtai area of the Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty in 1599, is at risk of being swallowed up by farmland. Stretching over 90 kilometers, sections in Gansu were largely built using...