Notre Dame Cathedral

On April 15, 2019, millions of people around the world watched in helpless horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed with flames. It was undergoing a restoration work when the fire broke out. Although the Cathedral was not totally destroyed, its wooden roof was totally burned together with much of its interiors. After the fire, unprecedented amount of donations poured in not just from France but from around the world to help reconstruct the Cathedral.

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The Archipelago of a Thousand Dreams: The Wonders in Bicol

By:  Gytha Kate A. Torres

The Forty-five minute plane from Manila to Bicol was my first flying experience in the Philippines. I thought I would only see clouds and the real life Philippine map, but flying above the Philippine islands was more breathtaking than what I have expected. My first “wow”-experience was seeing Mayon Volcano’s top view and the Earth’s beautiful land formations. I thought it was just a visit, but I knew it was a journey I have to be excited for.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually the bell tower or the campanile, located next to the Cathedral in the Piazza dei Miracoli or in the Square of Miracles in the city of Pisa, Italy. It is a medieval style of architecture constructed in 1173 and completed in 1399.  Over the course of 800 years, because of the poorly laid foundation and loose subsoil, the 55-meter tower started to lean at a rate of one to two millimetres per year.  Today, the tower is now leaning at a 5 degree angle from its original position.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is obviously an engineering failure but it is precisely because of that that it became of the world’s most iconic structure with millions of tourists going to Pisa every year just to see it. This is one classic example of how failure is part of success. If it was not a failure, it would just be one ordinary tower in Pisa.