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More than just bananas in Tagum
Manila Bulletin
By Henrylito D. Tacio
Jan. 31, 2011

If you happen to visit Tagum City in Davao del Norte and you ask what Hijo Plantation is all about, the people would readily answer: “Bananas.”

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Sinulog-the hottest party down south
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Kaye Luym and Cybill Gayatin
Jan. 30, 2011

The relentless 3-day revelry began in the clubs with the country’s hottest DJs, before moving to the streets
WHILE Rio de Janeiro has the Carnival, New Orleans its Mardi Gras, and Aklan its Ati-atihan, Cebu has its Sinulog. In Cebu, there has been no bigger reason to party than the town’s grandest festival. This year has been the biggest Sinulog that Cebu has seen by far, with a record-breaking number of tourists from all corners of the country and the globe joining the party.

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Cebu shows love for Santo Niño, welcomes new archbishop
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Jan. 30, 2011

IT HAS been a week of pageantry, color, solemnity and tempered frenzy like never before seen or felt in Cebu. All for the love of the Santo Niño, anchor of faith to large numbers of people, or at least two million of them.

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Festive Chinese New Year
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Jan. 30, 2011

THE MARCO Polo Plaza Cebu (MPPC), the only five-star hotel in Cebu City, invites families and friends to welcome the Year of the Metal Rabbit 2011.

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The Art Trail
Manila Bulletin
By Julius P. Vicente
Jan. 30, 2011

It’s no wonder why the municipality of Angono, located in the province of Rizal, is the art capital of the Philippines because it has a lot of profound artistic history to tell.

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Roadside attractions down South
The Philippine Star
By Alfred A. Yuson
Jan. 30, 2011

With General Santos City as a starting point, a recent road jaunt to three nearby provinces — Manny Pacquiao’s Sarangani which envelops GenSan like a ring corner clinch, Davao del Sur and South Cotabato — allowed glimpses of roadside attractions and countryside delights that spell culture.

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Seair welcomes new Dornier 328
The Philippine Star
Jan. 30, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) has added a Dornier 328 to its fleet, primarily to better serve the growing market of Batanes. The airline helped develop the Philippines’ northernmost province into the major tourist destination that it has become today.

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Getting Ritz in Davao
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Jan. 30, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - It is heartening to know that fellow Filipinos are traveling around the country even more. The growing number of travel blogs and Facebook photo updates showing friends exploring local destinations proves that the country has so much to offer, and that Filipinos are happy to share the experience.

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Treasures of Taal
The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
Jan. 30, 2011

There is a breathtaking town, close to the city, where cultural heritage is given prime importance, where the glorious past is preserved for posterity, and the lore of yesteryear captivates us like no other. It is called Taal, a town in Batangas, where culture and patrimony are alive, giving soul to our country.

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Weaving lives in Ilocos
The Philippine Star
By Bea Zobel, Jr.
Jan. 30, 2011

While visiting the Aloha State a few months ago, Hawaiian congressman Joey Manahan (who is Filipino and a grandson of the late Elvira Manahan) suggested that I look up a friend of his if I ever visited New York.

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Untouched, Unspoiled Batanes
Manila Bulletin
By Niña Terol-Zialcita
Jan. 30, 2011

It was going to be a different year, I told myself. For starters, I would do away with the usual loud and head-cracking New Year revelry and stay where my husband and I could breathe clean air, fall asleep to the sound of crickets and the crashing waves, and have 360-degree views of Mother Nature at her best. We would figuratively and literally unplug ourselves from my gadgets and from the toxicity of a frenetic urban life, and begin 2011 in a place that is pristine and virginal, removed from the excesses of the life that we had gotten accustomed to in chaotic, cacophonic Metro Manila.

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Davao fruit bats show unique behavior
Manila Bulletin
Jan. 30, 2011

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (PIA) – Foreign scientists figured out an unusual behavior of the over two million fruit bats that find shelter inside the Monfort Bat Cave, on the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte.

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Go Ahead, Travel!
Manila Bulletin
By Irene V. Fernando
Jan. 30, 2011

The rush of travellers is expected again as the 18th Travel Tour Expo 2011 opens on 18 to 20 February 2011 at Halls 1 to 4 of the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

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And the shoe fits!
Manila Bulletin
Jan. 30, 2011

MARIKINA CITY, Philippines – This is the vision of Mayor Del R. De Guzman for this eastern valley of nearly half a million residents, “If Camsur became a leading destination because of their man-made watersports complex, we hope to replicate their success with our Marikina Sports Park (MSP) — complemented by other arenas and facilities for softball, tennis, and others.”

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What it takes to make the climb
Manila Bulletin
Jan. 30, 2011

After a whole day of trekking a forested trail with moss-covered rocks, dead branches, and a couple of rivers, the summit of Mt. Talomo rewards the hiker with a view of the majestic Mt. Apo.

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Tourism office lines up festivals to attract tourists to Cebu City
Manila Bulletin
Jan. 28, 2011

CEBU CITY, Philippines (PNA) — Cebu City’s festive mood will no longer end after the Sinulog, with the Cebu City Tourism Commission (CCTC) lining up at least seven festivals to be held every year starting with the first Cebu Chinese New Year Festival next week.

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Traveling A-Z: Cagayan
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Jan. 26, 2011

With over 18 Spanish architectural churches along the tourism highway, Cagayan province has always been known as one of the major pilgrimage tourism destinations in the country. However, what others seem to forget is that Cagayan also boasts of adventure tourism spots for caving, river boating, fishing, bird watching, wind surfing and diving.

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PHL hailed as ‘country to explore’ in 2011
Manila Bulletin
Jan. 26, 2011

MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 25 (PNA) -- The Philippines was recently cited as the “country to explore” in 2011 by Ireland’s leading newspaper, The Irish Times.

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Marikina revives bikeways
Manila Bulletin
Jan. 25, 2011

After three years, Marikina -- the bike capital of the country is reviving and enhancing its 52-kilometer bikeways network, a one-of-its-kind in the country, which was built in 2003 with a $1.3 million grant from the World Bank.

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DOT eyes community tourism in Zamboanga City
Business Mirror
By Bong Garcia Jr
Jan. 24, 2011

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Seeking to provide an alternative source of income to host communities, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is conducting a training on community-based tourism (CBT) in this southern port city.

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Lingering in Lingayen
The Philippine Star
By Julie Cabatit-Alegre
Jan. 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - It’s not what you’d usually expect to see in a government building, more so since this is not even a big city but a town, albeit the provincial capital, the seaside town of Lingayen in the province of Pangasinan, said to be the gateway to northern Luzon.

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A hotel of firsts
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Jan. 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - You have probably heard of living a fishbowl life. How does living an aquarium life sound?

Hotel H2O is the first and only hotel in the country with an aquarium theme. We do not just mean fish tanks found in the typical hotel lobby. We mean aquariums that extend to the guest rooms, where fish swim quite literally into your own room.

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Dinagyang's 'Hala Bira!' heard around the world via Globe WiMAX
The Philippine Star
Jan. 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Dinagyang Festival, a world-renowned Philippine festival, attracts thousands of people from here and around the world every year to Iloilo City to celebrate this colorful festival and shout “Hala Bira!” and “Viva Señor Santo Niño” in honor of the Child Jesus.

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International event in Boracay sets world sports abuzz
Manila Bulletin
By Dian R. Tobes
Jan. 23, 2011

BORACAY ISLAND, Malay, Aklan, Philippines — The Boracay International Funboard Cup, Asia’s longest running international sports event happens Monday in world-famous Boracay, bringing an adrenaline rush to the famed island’s white-sand beach and waters from January 24 till January 29.

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No more long weekends, Filipinos will still travel
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Jan. 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Goodbye long weekends, hello Philippines?

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2011 will be a greater year for travel and tourism — Lim
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Jan. 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – For Philippine tourism, 2010 was a good year.

But for 2011, its going to be even better.

The Department of Tourism (DoT) will implement a more dynamic approach in developing tourism products not only to entice foreign visitors but encourage domestic tourism as well.

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An uplifting Kaos
Manila Bulletin
By Anjo Perez
Jan. 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Kaos is one of the best musical spectacles to hit Manila shores. The show is quite remarkable as it has the elements of both Broadway musical and Las Vegas live shows all rolled into one.

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18th TravelTour Expo set next month
The Philippine Star
Jan. 21, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The much-anticipated annual event in the Philippine travel and tourism industry, the TravelTour Expo, organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) together with VIA, is set on Feb. 18-20 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

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Lapu-Lapu City set to promote tourism
Business Mirror
Wilfredo Rodolfo III
Jan. 20, 2011

CEBU CITY—The Lapu-Lapu City government is bent on lending more assistance to the tourism industry with more programs set for 2011 aimed at promoting Mactan Island and the city to local and foreign tourists.

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They’ve written the book on Bukidnon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Maurice Arcache
Jan. 19, 2011

IF YOU haven’t seen it yet, palanggas, you must! Grab this premiere coffee-table book on the lush province of Bukidnon.

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Emerging airline has its eye on the world
Turkish Airlines enlists Kobe, ups services
Manila Bulletin
By Joyce L. Fernandez
Jan. 17, 2011

To drumbeat his airline, Huseyin Ceyhan first unfolds a map. As the eye follows the spread of thin, red lines radiating from the point on the map where Istanbul is located, going to parts everywhere, Ceyhan, Turkish Airlines director for Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Taiwan, explains the concept behind “Globally Yours,” the airlines’ latest brand positioning.

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The invasion of Lingayen
Manila Bulletin
By Julius P. Vicente
Jan. 16, 2011

"I shall return!”

These words were made famous by American General Douglas MacArthur after he left the Philippines in the midst of World War II and later returned to fulfill his promise to liberate Filipinos from Japanese forces.

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Mt. Maculot at night
Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
Jan. 16, 2011

A tiny light illuminated the infinite black space that stretched right before us. The insignificant blotch of illumination was our only guide as we groped our way up the rough and uneven, sometimes gradually sloping trail path of Mt. Maculot, a level one mountain located in Cuenca, Batangas.

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Fly in Style
Manila Bulletin
By Carlos Dela Pasion
Jan. 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – A sense of space and openness. Angled window seats to give passengers the best view. Center aisle seats in two. A premium lounge to keep passengers in touch and entertained. And magnificent artworks, to boot.

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Traveling A-Z: Benguet
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Jan. 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The landlocked province of Benguet is located in the Cordillera Administrative Region of Luzon.
The cool climate and refreshing view of the mountains are among the main reasons tourists flock to the said province.

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Sinulog a good event to market Cebu as health destination to balikbayans
Msnila Bulletin
Jan. 12, 2011

CEBU CITY, Philippines (PNA) – A trustee of the Cebu Health and Wellness Council said the Sinulog Festival is a good way to promote Cebu as a health and wellness destination with many balikbayans in town for the country’s biggest cultural event.

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TAGUM: The City of Festivals
Manila Bulletin
By Henrylito D. Tacio
Jan. 12, 2011

Tagum, only an hour travel from Davao City, is endowed with awe-inspiring come-ons: The mesmerizing Mount Apo, the endangered Philippine Eagle, and the endearing waling-waling. The fine beaches of Island Garden City of Samal are just a few minutes away by boat. Tagum City has no natural attraction to speak of – except for the short beach line blessed with black sands.

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Suburban development offers extra ‘sweet spot’
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Marge C. Enriquez
Jan. 12, 2011

YOUNG FAMILIES and retirees are leaving behind their city homes to move to the suburbs, trading the conveniences of the metropolis for what they believe would be a better quality of life.

Located on the border of Silang, Cavite, Ayala Westgrove Heights is a hillside community that has maintained a large portion of its natural vegetation. It has grown to cover 11 phases, the last of which has a rolling terrain with more ridges and picturesque lots.

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Only in the Philippines
Manila Bulletin
By Henrylito D. Tacio
Jan. 10, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Despite political instability and some weak areas of the economy, the Philippines remains attractive – and a bargain – as a tourist destination.” That was what All-Asia Travel Guide, published by the Far Eastern Economic Review, said of our country in 1995.

The guide further stated: “The country’s assets include its round-the-year warm climate, comparatively low prices, breathtaking natural scenery and its people’s hospitality, which remains charming, if tinged with hopes of financial gain.

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Traveling A–Z: Albay
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Jan. 9, 2011

Home of the majestic Mayon Volcano, the province of Albay is located in the Bicol region of the Philippines.

The Volcano, which is known for its near perfect cone, is the major attraction for local and foreign tourists who visit the province for its enamoring natural wonder.

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Cities in Celebration
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Jan. 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – No one seems entirely sure just how many fiestas and festivities there are in the Philippines. In Metro Manila alone, are there a slew of religious and secular festivities that not only provide the perfect occasion for feasting and fellowship, but also showcase Filipino culture and tradition to further promote Metro Manila as a prime tourist destination.

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Tawi-tawi: Your adventure destination
Manila Bulletin
By Ayo Gunting
Jan. 9, 2011

White sand beaches, majestic waters, unbridled mountain ranges and caves….sounds like an adventure, doesn’t it?

Part of the Autonomous Region of Mindanao, south of the Philippine Islands, Tawi-tawi provides more than just an ordinary vacation.

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Of empanadas and other Ilocano delights
The Philippine Star
By Bea Zobel, Jr.
Jan. 9, 2011

The church of San Agustin in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is magnificent in every sense of the word. What makes seeing this marvelous edifice an even more fulfilling experience is the fact that one can now include a refreshment stop at a lovely café: The Herencia Cafe.

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New Year glitter at Pan Pacific Manila
The Philippine Star
Jan. 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The guests and butlers of Pan Pacific Manila welcomed the New Year with a glittering countdown party.

Held in the beautifully decorated Pacific Lounge, located at the 21st floor of the hotel, guests were greeted with spectacular views of the city lights and early fireworks display from the lounge’s floor-to-ceiling glass walls while they enjoyed deliciously prepared dishes on the international dinner buffet, which included a carving station of prime rib and leg of lamb, seafood selections such as fresh oysters, tropical seaweeds and deepsea crabs, hot dishes of Moroccan fish stew, oxtail in red wine and mushroom and vegetable casserole, and sweet desserts of mini opera slices, tiramisu, assorted pralines, and Christmas cookies.

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Pavilion's Patisserie offers businessman's meal
The Philippine Star
Jan. 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Pavilion’s French-style pastry shop Patisserie takes luxury and efficiency a notch higher with its business set lunch designed for the busy executive.

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WhiteRock in Subic: An ideal teambuilding venue
The Philippine Star
Jan. 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The daily rigors of office work can take their toll on today’s working professionals, so for that time of the year when company-sponsored seminars and teambuilding activities are set, employees cannot help but get excited to finally get a break from their monotonous office routine.

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Jumpstart 2011 at Sofitel
The Philippine Star
Jan. 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Get a second room or a second night at 50 percent off this January when you come and stay at Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

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Enchanted Kingdom makes kids' wishes come true
The Philippine Star
Jan. 7, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Enchanted Kingdom shared the magic and turned many children’s wishes into a reality last Dec. 21 in a gift-giving event held for victims of tropical storm “Ondoy.”

The event, dubbed as EK’s Make An Enchanting Wish Come True, was spearheaded by EK’s VP for sales and marketing Cynthia Mamon.

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Villar seeks probe on airports
The Philippine Star
By Marvin Sy
Jan. 7, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. has called for an inquiry into the status and condition of the country’s airports in order to ensure the continued arrival of tourists and boost economic activities.

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6th Talong Festival set Jan. 14
The Philippine Star
By Eva Visperas
Jan. 4, 2011

VILLASIS, Pangasinan , Philippines – The first month of the year promises to be a busy time for the townfolk here as they are now ready to celebrate the sixth year of their Talong (eggplant) Festival on Jan. 14.

Mayor Dita Abrenica said it’s a thanksgiving of the people, many are farmers, for their popular vegetable products that rightfully make the town acclaimed as the Vegetable Bowl of Pangasinan.

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There's a kind of hush in Davao
Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
Jan. 3, 2011

Though Dabawenyos are so used to it by now, guests and tourists still find it a disarming thought how we have been spending our Christmas holidays without the accompanying noise since the year 2000. To this day, we haven’t heard of a single bang, pop and fizzle in the skies caused by an overeager reveler (an occasional brave soul would try but authorities are quicker).

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DOT eyes more tourists from India
The Philippine Star
By Mayen Jaymalin
Jan. 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -Thousands of tourists from India are expected to visit the country with the availability of more flights in the coming year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.

Tourism Assistant Secretary Benito Bengzon said they expect the local tourism industry to capture a bigger share of the projected 15 million outbound tourists from India in 2011.

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Discover the beauty and grandeur of KAOS
The Philippine Star
Jan. 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - In a medieval kingdom, a lonely prince peers into a magical mirror and falls in love with a beautiful maiden from the future. As the past and the future converge, the two discover a love that transcends time, prevailing over a scheming adviser and numerous obstacles.

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Brick oven-baked pizzas and afternoon tea buffet at InterCon
The Philippine Star
Jan. 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Brick oven-baked pizzas will be available at InterContinental Manila’s Gambrinus Bar and Sol y Sombra poolside restaurant daily from 5 to 10 p.m. from Jan. 8 to 31, 2011.

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A Marian Celebration
Manila Bulletin
By Cecilia S. Angeles
Jan. 1, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – We annually celebrate the Feast of Holy Mary, Mother of God on December 8, who conceived Him without sin. A very powerful divinity revered by Christians especially the Catholics. She makes miracles, answers prayers, and guides everyone. Devout Catholics depend on the interpretation of recorded stories of Mother Mary especially those in the Bible.

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