Author Archives: theberntraveler

About theberntraveler

Speaks fluently the languages of traveling, culture, and history. Enjoys looking at forgotten architecture, spaces and relics, and getting to know the people of the world. Occasionally delivers talks about heritage sites and tourism, and never ceases to love food and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Holds two degrees from UP Diliman that are totally unrelated to those mentioned above.

Abra in Colours: The Tingguians, Bamboos, and the Art of Dyeing

Originally posted on theberntraveler:
Abra is a province in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) that is notorious for its records of election-related violence more than any other thing. Development is slow in this province and not much is really happening…

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The Philippines through the Hands of Ten Filipinos

Originally posted on theberntraveler:
A Tingguian bamboo split weaver in the province of Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The Tingguian are a lowland tribe that traces their ancestry to the much older Itneg tribe of the highlands. Hand of…

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Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras: Understanding the Complexity One Step at a Time

Originally posted on theberntraveler:
It was only last year (I hate to admit this!) that I finally came face to face with the Philippines’ world-renowned rice terraces. I can only think of few places I have been so far that…

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Hudhud and Darangen: Voices from Pre-colonial Philippines

Originally posted on theberntraveler:
The Philippine Culture in Southeast Asia Given more than 300 years under colonial rule[1], much of the cultural exponents of the Philippines have largely been branded as “westernized” to the extent of being “un-Asian” in terms…

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Sangiran Early Man Site: Coming to Terms with Human Bones

The Sangiran Early Man Site may not be as popular a destination as its neighboring world heritage sites Prambanan and Borobudur. Nevertheless, it is a well-maintained museum of great importance worthy of a visit. First, let’s clarify something: in reality, … Continue reading

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Historic City of Ayutthaya: Carefully Picking Things Up

The challenge posed by this site is to make sense of the scattered remains of a former strong Southeast Asian empire’s capital. Its complete name Phra Si Nakhon Ayutthaya only suggests the reverence and significance Thais generally identify with to this ancient … Continue reading

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