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Society Lounge: Bringing culinary perfection to Filipinos
The Philippine Star
Dec. 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - It has always been said that there is delineation between eating and dining. In Society Lounge, the two ideas come together for an extraordinary experience that transports one’s senses to the stylish streets of France.

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Aboitiz Power's Cleanergy Travelers Series: Celebrating the diversity of the country's seascapes
The Philippine Star
Dec. 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - Sailing around the country and discovering how diverse and rich its seascapes are ways for us to get inspired to be more proactive in preserving our natural resources.

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Revisiting Rizal's first monument
Manila Bulletin
By Bernard L. Supetran
Dec. 29, 2010

Daet, Camarines Norte—While the whole Filipino nation pays homage to national hero Dr. Jose Rizal on his day of martyrdom, this quaint town of Daet, capital of Camarines Norte is abuzz with activities around its own Rizal monument.

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A day in heaven
The Philippine Star
By Bea Zobel, Jr.
Dec. 26, 2010

I had never been to the province of Ilocos Norte, though I had been to Vigan in Ilocos Sur many years ago. Now that I found myself writing again, I thought that I should explore the north for material for my articles. I must say that I wasn’t prepared to find such a wealth of sights and sites!

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Zest Air expands fleet
The Philippine Star
Dec. 26, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Zest Air acquired its fourth Airbus, the 44-seater Airbus 319, last October to meet passenger demand on Zest Air’s domestic and international destinations.

The company also received delivery of two more Airbus A-320 with 174/180 seating configuration in mid-December as part of its expansion plans.

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Island Cove opens Bayside Live Music and KTV
The Philippine Star
Dec. 26, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The soft opening of Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park’s much awaited entertainment center was held last Dec. 11. True to its mission of always having something new to offer its guests, the Bayside Live Music and KTV was patterned after the hippest bars in Metro Manila.

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Christmas in the city within a city
The Philippine Star
By Paulo Alcazaren
Dec. 25, 2010

Santa must be tired after having to deliver close to a hundred million gifts in the Philippines alone (except to the naughty ones like corrupt politicians, plea-bargainers and inept sports officials who can’t build one decent football field for the Azkals).

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An all-new Café Ilang-Ilang
Manila Bulletin
Dec. 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Hotel brings back nostalgia in a modern setting as it reopened on Friday the all-new Café Ilang-Ilang with President Benigno S. Aquino III and Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim as guests of honor. The new Café Ilang-Ilang is part of the series of renovations at the historic landmark in the past two years. The final stages of renovation are expected to be completed before the hotel’s celebration of its 100th year in 2012.

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Traveling A-Z: Siquijor
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Dec. 20, 2010

For a place masked by sorcery and witchcraft, Siquijor’s mystic eeriness is the perfect prologue for a picturesque island intrinsically woven into vast bodies of azure-green waters. Back in the 16th century, Spanish sailors nicknamed Siquijor as “Isla del Fuego” (island of fire) because of fireflies among foliages bathing the landscape in ghostly luminescence. This sense of mystery still remains today, only this time, it’s more of a quirk than an aversion.

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New bridge to benefit Agusan Sur
Manila Bulletin
By Mike U. Crismundo
Dec. 20, 2010

VERUELA, Agusan del Sur, Philippines – Economic activity is seen to boost farm production in the southern far-flung municipalities of Agusan del Sur after the new bridge was opened here.
Officials of this province were also elated by the assistance of the national government because far-flung municipalities nearby can now use this newly built bridge that was named the D.O. Plaza Bridge.

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Tourism seen to propel Cebu economy
Manila Bulletin
By Malou M. Mozo
Dec. 20, 2010

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu’s tourism industry is expected to flourish next year and become a major economic driver next year, tourism stakeholders said with much optimism.

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Antipolo girds for Christmas shopping rush
Manila Bulletin
Dec. 20, 2010

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines — The provincial security personnel here have beefed up their security measures in the provincial capitol compound located in this city in anticipation of the huge crowd of shoppers who will troop to a bazaar here to beat the Christmas shopping rush.

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Traveling A–Z: Pangasinan
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Dec. 19, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Pangasinan is a crescent-shaped province that occupies 5,368.82 square kilometers of verdant farmlands, hills, forests, and rivers. To the east, it is bounded by the mighty Cordillera Mountains, the Zambales ranges to the west, the rice plains of Tarlac to the south, and the Lingayen Gulf and the China Sea to the north. Because of this strategic geographical positioning, it has always been described as a gateway of sorts.

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Makati's New Tower Starts a 'Greener' Blue Print for Urban Dwellers
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Dec. 19, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Centuries ago, the business district of the Philippines was once an empty field used for aviation courses. Now, no city in the Philippines can match the flair and pizzazz of the city of Makati. Not bad for what the Spanish colonizers once described as a swampy barren land.

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Oriana in Manila
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Dec. 19, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – In spite of the restrictive travel advisories recently issued by the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, France, and Japan – a British-American owned cruise line, SS Oriana of the P&O Cruises, chose Manila as a port of call.

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From kites to wakes: CWC soars, Wind or No Wind
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
Dec. 19, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – What do you do on a particularly windy day? Do you take a nice nap and feel the howl of the wind or do you go out and hang your laundry to dry? From a gentle breeze to a gusty wind, the air’s current certainly has an effect on the way a day flows.

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Book a room, and help children pay forward
Manila Bulletin
By Eugene Y. Santos
Dec. 19, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Christmas is just around the corner, and it may be safe to say that there will be an influx of guests booking hotel rooms to enjoy the holiday spirit even more. However, for Discovery Suites, a simple check-in transaction this yuletide season can also help promote the value of education in the Philippines.

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City of Cebu Turns Blu
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Dec. 19, 2010

The Queen city of the south blushed in blue hues as it welcomes Asia Pacific’s first Radisson Blu hotel.

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Learning Experiences
A long time ago, in a faraway country...
Manila Bulletin
By Howard Belton
Dec. 19, 2010

There is a lot of advice available for people who are retiring. One of the common pieces of advice is not to get stuck in a rut, but to take on new experiences. Good advice but sometimes the experiences are ones you may not like. Here are two examples.

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Traveling A-Z: Nueva Ecija
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Dec. 15, 2010

Often described as the “Rice Granary of the Philippines,” the province of Nueva Ecija features a vast expanse of fertile land.

The simplistic rural living is the prevailing ambience of the province as agriculture serves as its main source of living. But beneath this peaceful idyll is a valiant history that is of great importance to the country’s history. Nueva Ecija is one of the eight provinces that initially revolted against the Spaniards. This is represented in the Philippine flag, making it one of the most interesting historical destinations in the North.

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Christmas concert at Mandarin Oriental
The Philippine Star
Dec. 13, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - “The Glorious Sound of Christmas” unfolds at the Mandarin Oriental (MO) Lobby Lounge (the re-branded Captain’s Bar), with a 20-foot fir tree as a majestic background, on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in a concert by the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra (MMCO) conducted by Josefino Chino Toledo.

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Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival at Puerto Galera
The Philippine Star
Dec. 13, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - It is a celebration of Puerto Galera’s eco-cultural heritage.

A two-day festival scheduled on Feb. 18 and 19, 2011 (coinciding with the full moon) to be held outdoors in a totally natural environment at the foot of Mount Malasimbo on the northern tip of the island of Mindoro, with a breath-taking view of Puerto Galera Bay, a member of the worldwide Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World.

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More on that Dumaguete jaunt
The Philippine Star
KRIPOTKIN by Alfred A. Yuson

Our column last week gained a number of positive reactions, especially having to do with the lovely essay we allotted much of our space to, “Moments of Unexpected Sweetness” by Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas.

“Love this title, Krip,” our friend Chit Villegas e-mailed. “’Moments of Sweetness’”... I think I will sit down and think back... and journal those moments... By the way I have a mental photo of Rowena Torrevillas’ last lines about the Amish scene. She described exactly how I felt too when I had that same moment passing by Pennsylvania.”

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Punta Fuego: Paradise Redefined
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
Dec. 13, 2010

A paradise that offers the perfect union among man, nature and the contrasting landscapes, a mere three hours away from Manila.

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Christmas in the island
Manila Bulletin
By Malou E. Rosal
Dec. 11, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — This is no white Christmas. No snow, no sleigh bells ringing, poor Santa can’t find a chimney to slide into, even Frosty the Snowman would have melted.

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Legacy of the majestic toog
The country’s tallest living Christmas tree
Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
Dec. 11, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — For Gil Andipa, a Manobo native who works for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), climbing trees was part of his life since childhood. He possesses skills that allow him to scale trees and work on grafting and collecting samples. But he has injured a rib or two from falls when he was younger.

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Manila
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Dec. 11, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — So, when was the last time you stopped and tried to appreciate the beauty of your city?

Composed of contrasting complexities, the capital of the Philippines is a fusion of the old and the new. It is one of the busiest cities in the country and is home to numerous historical and cultural icons.

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Getting 'holidazed' at Belenismo in Tarlac
The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
Dec. 5, 2010

The beauty of the Christmas season is it rekindles the child in each one of us. We allow ourselves to be awed by the holiday spirit around us. We somehow become “holidazed” because we are filled with delight and gratitude for all the blessings we have received. As one grows older, it is best to be reminded of what W.T Ellis once said: “It is Christmas in our hearts that puts Christmas in the air.”

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Airphil Express has new connecting flights to famous travel destinations
The Philippine Star
Dec. 5, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - AirPhil Express launched a new exciting route that connects two progressive, internationally famous destinations, Cebu and Singapore and will service passengers seven times weekly.

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Alta Vistade Boracay: The complete Boracay experience
The Philippine Star
Dec. 5, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - Boracay is a place that should be experienced to the fullest. No cutting corners, and definitely no holding back. After all, Boracay is considered as one of the best beaches in the world. What it brings is more than just its white sand; it is the overall experience, the dream vacation that relaxes and reinvigorates the spirit.

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Pan Pacific welcomes holiday season
The Philippine Star
Dec. 5, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - The first and finest butler hotel in the Philippines, the Pan Pacific Hotel Manila, welcomed the holiday season last Dec. 1 with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony attended by valued clients, friends and partners, led by (from left) Pan Pacific Manila director of rooms Aubrey Ada, Mayor Alfredo Lim, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Demetrio Lim and director Theresa Mundita-Lim, and Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Maria Victoria Jasmin.

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The terrain of Subic
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
Dec. 4, 2010

With over 36,000 kilometers of shoreline, the Philippines is literally peppered with coastal communities that feed off the warmth of the seas and live in the warm embrace of the land. More often than not, these people enjoy a balance of the calm serenity of the ocean and the deep unknown of the jungle.

Amongst all these communities, none perhaps can offer a starker contrast than those found in Subic Bay, Olongapo. What once was a U.S. Naval Base during the World War II is now one of the country’s busiest industrial and commercial areas - the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

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A walk through the Tiger City
Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
Dec. 4, 2010

Whenever one finds himself heading off to Mandaluyong, he would be asked this question: “Sa labas o sa loob?” This is because the Mental Hospital and the Women’s Correctional are located in this city.

But contrary to popular belief that Mandaluyong is as crazy as a city can get because of its infamous landmarks, there’s more to the “Tiger City of the Philippines” than meets the eye.

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Crossing Bridges 7
Manila Bulletin

By Cecilia S. Angeles
Dec. 4, 2010

Each participating country of Crossing Bridges7 had its group picture in front of the historic Miag-ao church. The last to pose was the Philippines. After a couple of clicks a delegate from Vietnam jumped to join the Philippine group, as he shouted, “I am Filipino.”

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Bago City relives historic 1898 revolt
Manila Bulletin

By Bernard L S Diamante
Dec. 1, 2010

 

The City of Bago in Negros Occidental relived a glorious moment in the country’s history with the 12th Al Cinco de Noviembre “Sigabong sang mga Kanyon”, an annual festival celebrating the liberation of Negros from Spain.

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