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Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Contributors -

writes about ba­colod (p.142), where her fa­ther is from. “though i’ve never lived there, i feel a sense of nostal­gia when­ever i re­turn to my roots. the chal­lenge was to view ba­colod through the eyes of a trav­eler, so i could write about what a visi­tor might love about my fam­ily’s home sweet home.” travel, she the­o­rizes, can make us feel beau­ti­ful: “Many pinays aren’t aware of their beauty, and travel makes for the per­fect an­ti­dote to this neg­a­tive self im­age. travel expands the mind, opens up the heart, and en­riches one’s per­spec­tive—all help­ing build one’s con­fi­dence, proven to be far more pow­er­ful than any mir­a­cle serum.”

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