DINIWID PARADISE. Heaven's painting. All photos by Niña Terol-Zialcita

(First published on November 3, 2013 in Rappler.com) I kicked off my flip-flops and dug my feet into the cool, soft sand. It was the first sunny morning in a week of stormy skies and sudden rainshowers, and I wanted to make the most of it. I sipped the warm, sweet taho that I bought from a roving vendor, then I settled my glass snugly into the sand before finding my own sweet spot. In front of me, the high tide was carrying strong waves in a…Continue Reading “Diniwid beach: The quiet side of Boracay (Rappler.com)”

The Paris must-sees | Photos by Niña Terol-Zialcita | View more travel photos at @ninaterol on Instagram

(First published in asianTraveler Magazine in October 2010) Note: A colleague of mine is traveling to Paris in a couple of weeks, which made me fish out my old Paris booklets and re-open this old published piece. I share it here in case anyone needs tips for getting to know Paris in just 24 short but sweet hours. I have to admit: it was a rather foolish decision to make Paris only a short pit stop between my trip to Prague, Czech Republic, where I had spent…Continue Reading “#ThrowbackThursday: Paris in a Hurry (asianTraveler Magazine)”

10 Ways to Enjoy Russia by Niña Terol-Zialcita, in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Photo of the Moscow Kremlin courtesy of the Russian Embassy

(Published on October 19, 2013 in the Philippine Daily Inquirer) To the intrepid traveler in search of exotic sites and adventures, Russia is the perfect starting point for the trip of a lifetime. Aside from being the largest country in the world, spanning two continents and covering 1/7 of the earth’s total land area, Russia is also home to some of the most awe-inspiring natural and manmade wonders on the planet. (Some of the most widely televised events in the world will be held there, such…Continue Reading “10 Ways to Enjoy Russia (Philippine Daily Inquirer)”

"Technology, travel and 'tweet tourism' by Niña Terol-Zialcita, published in Rappler.com

(Published on October 7, 2013 in Rappler.com) MANILA, Philippines – Technology has drastically changed the way people travel. The ubiquity of smartphones and 24/7 connectivity, for instance, has allowed frequent fliers to use websites and mobile apps to book flights and accommodations, keep track of mileage points and other perks, share recommendations and reviews, and post photos in real time. A new conference, the Asia Pacific Tourism, Hospitality and Technology [APTHAT] Conference, aims to shed light on the impact of technology on tourism and hospitality, the…Continue Reading “Technology, travel and ‘tweet tourism’ (Rappler.com)”

"Scrappy Fashion" by Niña Terol-Zialcita, featuring Filipino social enterprise Rags2Riches, in Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia (October 2013 issue)

Note: I’ve always been a fan of Travel + Leisure–I even placed in one of my old dreamboards (ca. 2010) the desire to write for this magazine and to live the “travel + leisure lifestyle.” So you can only imagine how thrilled I am to finally be able to write for them, and to feature no less than one of my favorite Filipino brands, Rags2Riches. Happily sharing an excerpt here for all of you 🙂 Scrappy Fashion Social enterprise Rags2Riches transformed the lowly foot rug…Continue Reading “Scrappy Fashion (Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia)”

Published on February 7, 2013 in Homegrown.ph To make a dream come true, some action is required. Creating a visual plan may be what you need to help you achieve your success goals. / by Niña Terol-Zialcita / Much has been said and written about visualizing your goals in order to make them real. The late great Stephen Covey, whose Seven Habits of Highly Successful People has guided millions of driven individuals on the path of success, said it best when he said, “Begin with…Continue Reading “Dreamboarding: Cutting and Pasting Dreams onto Reality (Homegrown.ph)”

(Published in Rappler on September 17, 2012) MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipinos were among those named as Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP), an annual search by the Junior Chamber International (JCI), otherwise known as the Jaycees. They are Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, president of MicroVentures, a social enterprise known for the multi-award-winning program Hapinoy; and Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvaña, Assistant Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila, also…Continue Reading “2 Pinoys among 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World (Rappler.com)”

(Published in Rappler.com on August 28, 2012)   MANILA, Philippines – For its August 27, 2012 issue, international weekly magazine TIME pays homage to smartphones and mobile devices in its first mobile technology issue that shows “10 ways” in which smartphones and other mobile devices such as the iPad are “changing the world.” In a video welcoming readers to the issue (which can be accessed by scanning the images on the “Editor’s Desk” section with the TIME mobile app for iPhone and Android) editor Richard Stengel points out, “Our cover…Continue Reading “TIME Magazine, mobile technology and our world (Rappler.com)”

(Published in CNNGo.com on August, 22, 2012) Tokyoites borrow the most library books, Parisians are movie-obsessed and other cultural snapshots of the world’s biggest cities Which city has the most nightclubs? Which the most greenery? Where should you go if you want to eat at a different restaurant every meal, forever? The answers are São Paulo, Singapore and Tokyo, respectively. But there’s much more to be gleaned from the recently released World Cities Culture Report, published under the auspices of the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, which…Continue Reading “World’s most cultured cities (CNNGo.com)”

Published in Rappler.com (August 14, 2012) MANILA, Philippines – Watching Jim Libiran’s movies and listening to him talk with passion about the impact he hopes his work will bring to marginalized communities, you begin to wonder if “filmmaker” is an apt word for the man in front of you, considering his past lives as activist, award-winning writer and Xerex Xaviera alter-ego. Perhaps “social auteur” would be a better term. Libiran, whose feature films Tribu (2007) and Happyland (2011) have revealed unique angles about urban poor communities in his beloved…Continue Reading “Jim Libiran: The social auteur (Rappler.com)”