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Siblings reunion

After several years, siblings and in-laws reunite this year. The reunion may not be a happy one since a loved one is no longer with us. But life goes on despite the absence…

Kuya will be missed…

Top 10 Adventure Activities in Africa

Mahlatini Travel, a specialist in African Travel has compiled a list of their Top 10 memorable activities for a holiday in Africa.

1.Diving with sharks in South Africa – This popular activity, which takes place off the Cape coast, allows you to get within touching distance of Great White Sharks – albeit from a cage.

2.A walking safari in Zambia – Get up close and personal to the wildlife of Africa in a walking safari which can be done across Africa but most recommended in Zambia.

3.Tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda – This ultimate adventure involves a day of tracking these highly endangered animals through dense equatorial forest.

4.Swimming Devil’s Pool at the Victoria Falls, Zambia – This small lagoon is enclosed by rocks where, in the dry season, you can swim and even climb up on the very lip looking down at the crashing waters below!

5.Canoeing in Botswana – Spend 3 days gliding through the crystal clear waters of the Okavango Delta in search of wildlife and spending your evenings camping on the islands.

6.Hot Air Ballooning in Kenya or Tanzania –One of the quintessential images of Africa – balloons floating over the vast plains of the Masai Mara and Serengeti.

7.Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania – It will take you up to 8 days to climb Africa’s highest mountain but reaching the summit will be a major achievement.

8. Diving with whale sharks off the coast of Mozambique – The unspoilt coral reefs and crystal clear waters of Mozambique offer fantastic opportunities to dive with these gentle giants and a host of other marine species including manta rays.

9. Sand Dune Surfing in Namibia – Some of the largest sand dunes on the planet are found in the Namib desert. There is no better way to experience these wonders than to zoom down them head first on a sand board.

10. White Water Rafting in Zimbabwe – Acclaimed as the wildest one-day whitewater run in the World, the Zambezi River is also recognized by rafting and kayaking enthusiasts as one of the best paddling rivers in the world!


A Franceso Riccardo Monti sculpture at the National Museum.

Located on the ground floor of the National Museum of Fine Arts (Old Legislative Building), visitors can view a Pieta by Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti (1888-1958) who lived and worked in the Philippines from 1930 to 1958.

The Pieta, probably made in 1946 of concrete polychrome, features a mannerist style that became predominant in Italy after Renaissance in the 16th century. It is characterized by “elongated forms, spiral angles, twisting poses, and aloof subject gazes”, according to Monti was commissioned to create this for a funerary chapel, which may have inspired him to depart briefly from his remarkable Art Deco style.

Catalina Realty, Inc., through artist Phyllis Zaballero, donated Monti’s Pieta to the National Museum in 2013.

© The National Museum of the Philippines (2017)

Information taken from the Facebook page of the National Museum of the Philippines.

The picture was taken by hubby when he and the kids visited the museum last June 17.

The National Museum of the Philippines is located at the P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. It is open from Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM