Dumaguete and its Culture of Supporting Local Businesses

Some time in 2001, I went to Dumaguete to check on my sister. My Dad gave me the task of seeing what was taking her so long to graduate. To my surprise, it was not anything negative at all. It was simply that her life as a Silliman University co-ed was so vibrant and filled with purpose that I believe was the reason she decided to linger. With Jana under a rainbow There is something else that I found, it was [...]


Copycat Ad forces DOT to revert to “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”

A purportedly copycat ad made by one of the biggest ad agencies in the Philippines just got sacked by its clients. McCann Worldgroup Philippines got it from the country’s Department of Tourism, as somebody blew the whistle on a newly uploaded tourism ad that was similar to a South African one. Government quickly pulled the plug on the P650 million contract and is trying to smooth the feathers of the entire industry by reverting to the old, popular slogan [...]


The Modern Engines of the Philippine Economy

   Independence Day Special   We annually celebrate Independence Day to commemorate our liberty from Spanish rule since June 12, 1898.   For many of us this 2017 it is a welcoming extended holiday since it falls on a Monday.   While there are many reasons and heroes to celebrate today, this could also be a fitting time to celebrate Filipinos who are contributing to our economy silently in the background. Tubigon Woven Rafia Filipino craftsmen and micro-entrepreneurs slowly get their time in [...]

Welcome to Subida Souvenirs

Welcome to Subida Souvenirs!

Welcome to Subida Souvenirs! ​Hello, friend! If your search had one of our keywords, you are here now. If a friend told you about us, you are here now. If you just clicked that link, you are here now. And we’re so glad that you are. Welcome! You’ve arrived at Subida Souvenirs. ​Who and what are we? Physically, we’re a curio and souvenir shop in Valencia, Negros Oriental in the Philippines. Online, we’re a startup that aims to present and market [...]

love potion gayuma

Love potion or gayuma, do they really work?

I normally brush aside mystical chatter about Siquijor love potions or gayuma and dismiss any spiritualistic talk about the island as nonsense. However, since the topic of potions and voodoo never cease to come up in small talk, I thought of taking a closer look and reconsidering the matter. I asked myself, does it really work? And if so, how? Is it spiritual or psychological? Hard questions to answer when all you have in your hand is a bottle [...]


Traditional Filipino Games are Alive in the Provinces

We were tireless, and we never felt any discomfort staying long hours under the burning sun.  Those golden summers of dreams: we’d run, hide, climb or swim the entire day.  Reluctantly heeding the frustrated voices of our mothers, we’d hurry home and eat a forgotten meal.  Growing up in the province in the 80s was never a chore. There was barely a fat kid around back then. We moved around with an agility and endurance that would test the daily exercise [...]

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