Drottningholm: Palace, Garden and Theatre? It’s history!

One of my favorite European cities is Stockholm. The reason: Drottninghom Palace Complex. It was summer of 2016 – conference season for academics like me. The International Federation for Theatre Research awarded the hosting of the federation’s annual conference to Stockholm University on the occasion of the 250th year anniversary of the complex’s theatre. As…

Paris, moi aussi, je t’aime, mon amour (Part 2 of 2)

And so the flaneur in me started to walk. It is something I don’t usually do (or more so, I cannot do) in Manila. But then, my friend Oscar, who accompanied me in Paris, informed me that I should be taking care of my belongings. He even remarked: “You’re in Paris!” Me musing: “huh?” Then,…

Paris, moi aussi, je t’aime, mon amour (Part 1 of 2).

When we think of Paris today, we often think of it as the most romantic city (read here as lovers posing before the Eiffel Tower and smooching as they pose before the camera) and one of the most picture-perfect colossal pieces of architecture (also read here as posing before the Eiffel Tower). Several people I…

Jaipur City, finally a UNESCO World Heritage Site

This week is the 43rd annual convention of UNESCO World Heritage Committee. Baku,  the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan is this year’s host city. For over 10 years, I have been following and documenting the proceedings – as if a participant or a delegate representing the Philippines in this important convention about cultural preservation…