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Domestic tourism to spruce up RP economy
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Feb. 27, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Tourism in the Philippines continues to be vibrant and resilient despite the challenging times. After incurring a 17 percent increase on foreign visitors from 2009 to 2010, the tourism industry is all geared-up to start 2011 on a high note. First on the list is the intensifying domestic tourism – the key stabilizer of the tourism industry.

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No place like Manila
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Feb. 27, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Longing for that to-die-for lumpiang sariwa? There’s this hole-in-the-wall eatery in Binondo, Manila which is touted as the best lumpia house in Metro Manila.

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Summer in Bagac – Flying Fish and Caviar
Manila Bulletin
By Sol Jose Vanzi
Feb. 27, 2011

A deep orange, crispy caviar is the main feature of many popular Sashimi varieties; plucked carefully from a freshly-caught flying fish, this roe has become one of the most sought after marine products in Bagac, Bataan, where flying fish (locally called Borador or kite) is caught by the boatload during the summer months.

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WhiteRock in Subic: Ideal teambuilding destination
Manila Bulletin
Feb. 22, 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. The typical hotel function room in the city may be convenient, but the most conducive venue for these activities can only be found in the fringes of the metro where employees can get respite from their stressful urban environment and enjoy unforgettable, real bonding moments.

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Sailboat race embodies Ilonggo seafaring tradition
Manila Bulletin
By Tara Yap
Feb. 21, 2011

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo – The Paraw Regatta, or the sailboat race on Iloilo Strait, embodies the superb seafaring tradition of Ilonggos.

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Mactan makes major bid as new sports tourism hub in the country
Manila Bulletin
By Malou Mozo
Feb. 20, 2011

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, Philippines – Tourism stakeholders here are vowing support for efforts that would position Mactan Island as a hot sports tourism destination in Central Visayas.

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Ways to Save Money on a Luxury Vacation
Manila Bulletin
Feb. 20, 2011

You may be able to save money on a luxury vacation if you book your vacation to a lesser known destination, consider cutting back on transportation expenses, set the travel date during off-peak season, consider different accommodation alternatives, select a vacation package, and shop and cook most of your meals.

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Tales from the Tinagba Festival
Manila Bulletin
By Malou E. Rosal
Feb. 20, 2011

Bicolano legend tells of a people who lived under the shadow of a mighty mountain where the gods were said to reside. Here they spent their years giving birth, nurturing, planting, harvesting, dying. They endured the elements, fought wars against neighboring tribes, and survived the challenges of a pre-historic existence. But a time came when, no matter how hard they labored and toiled, the land refused to yield its fruit. The sun burned and the dry ground cracked under its glare. In desperation, the people begged the gods for mercy.

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Albay launches 15th Magayon Fest
Manila Bulletin
Feb. 20, 2011

The Province of Albay recently launched the 15th Magayon Festival, Bicol’s biggest and longest cultural festivity, which takes place on April 1-30 in Legazpi City.

According to Governor Joey Salceda, the festival celebrates the province’s rich cultural heritage and diverse natural endowments, particularly Mayon Volcano, Bicol’s iconic tourist landmark.

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Trip 'shop'
Manila Bulletin
By Julius P. Vicente
Feb. 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Travelling around the world has never been this easy.

With the 18th edition of the Travel Tour Expo, the Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) promise travelers a sumptuous buffet of travel itineraries spread across the four exhibit halls of the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

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Muntinlupa sets Dinagsa Festival
Manila Bulletin
Feb. 20, 2011

The City of Muntinlupa celebrates its rich heritage as it marks the Dinagsa Festival Sto. Niño de Muntinlupa Fiesta on February 26-27. Held annually on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, the celebration is a tribute to the city’s patron saint.

Incepted in 2004, the festival gathers talented artisans, street dancers and marching bands to represent the best festive traditions in a much-awaited cultural extravaganza.

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Matchless at Misibis Bay
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
Feb. 20, 2011

Where in the world is Misibis Bay? That is the question posed by mere uninitiated mortals. But for those in the know, especially those well entrenched within the inner circles of the luxurious lifestyle, Misibis Bay is one of the country’s “most exclusive and privileged hideaways.”

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Traveling A-Z: Iloilo
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Feb. 20, 2011

Known as the gateway to Western Visayas, the province of Iloilo is famous for its old churches, historical sites and colorful celebrations. Pristine beaches and verdant forests as well as other natural wonders can also be found in Iloilo as it is located in one of the most naturally blessed regions in the country.

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The Race is on @ Enchanted Kingdom
Manila Bulletin
By Ana Marie S. Tiangco
Feb. 20, 2011

Who doesn’t want to be like Danica Patrick, “the fast, furious and fabulous” race car driver even for a day?

This lady wouldn’t pass up that opportunity.

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A Breeze of Royalty
Manila Bulletin
By Chinggay Labrador
Feb. 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Rich and elegant, violet’s many shades encapsulate opulence and sophistication. The color of royalty, its deep tones go perfectly with winter landscapes and crisp, chilly mornings. Paired off with luminous, tropical colors, however, violet takes on a totally unexpected effect. Merging offbeat warmth with stylish coolness, this hue is perfect for couples looking to celebrate an out-of-the-box wedding that is as elegant and tasteful as any royal affair.

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Legaspi: HOME OF NATURAL WONDERS
Manila Bulletin
By Henrylito D. Tacio
Feb. 15, 2011

Bicol beckons. So, when the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists invited me to join the trip to Albay with several provincial and Manila-based reporters, I immediately accepted the offer.

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A perfect escape
The Philippine Star
Feb. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - From lower airfares posted online to getting the best budget deals for hotels and transport service arrangements, early planning frees one from unwanted stress come summer by giving you time to decide on a destination that can be enjoyed by the rest of the member of your travel group. Indeed, you can even save up for your other vacationing endeavors as you can avail of those early bird discounts.

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Airphil Express celebrates Lunar New Year with free tickets
The Philippine Star
Feb. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - To celebrate the Chinese New Year, 54 lucky passengers aboard different Airphil Express A320 aircraft traveling across the country were rewarded round-trip tickets to any Airphil Express domestic destination of their choice.

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Weekend by the hills
The Philippine Star
Feb. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Well-deserved weekend retreats and getaways have become more relevant now. With the pace of persons and professions leaving people panting for breath, it has become a must to recharge oneself to be at the top of the game.

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Special Batanes and Boracay deals
The Philippine Star
Feb. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - South East Asian Airlines (Seair) will offer a “Buy 1, Take 1” Batanes roundtrip promo and up to 70 percent off on Boracay tickets at the 18th Travel Tour Expo, SMX Convention Center, SM Mall Of Asia on Feb. 18 to 20.

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Hobie Cat Regatta Sails from Quezon to Boracay
Manila Bulletin
Feb. 13, 2011

It will be a week of earth-friendly extreme adventure and sports tourism as the Cleanergy Philippine Hobie Challenge sails from Sariaya, Quezon to the resort island of Boracay from February 14 to 19.

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Mt. Pinatubo Trek: An anthology of experiences
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga

When we finally reached Mt. Pinatubo’s crater-lake, everyone else was already reaching for their cameras, gushing about the breathtaking view before us. My thoughts, however, were somewhere else.

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Fly high
Manila Bulletin
By Eugene Y. Santos
Feb. 13, 2011

Swiss chef Chris Locher has been living in Clark, Pampanga with his family for over a decade now. And every year during the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF), he gets to be part of it through activities in his kitchen.

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Environmental, tourism groups push for inclusion of historic Biak-na-Bato national park under Tourism Economic Zone
Manila Bulletin
Feb. 12, 2011

SAN MIGUEL, Bulacan (PNA) – Environmental and tourism groups in the province are proposing for the inclusion of the historic Biak-na-Bato National Park under the Tourism Economic Zone (TEZ).
The move is in line with an effort to bolster the local tourism industry in this town.

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Happy faces of Dinagyang
The Philippine Star
By Joy Angelica Subido
Feb. 6, 2011

You’re Filipino if you love a fiesta. Despite the reports of inclement weather in the Visayas, we were eager to experience Iloilo City’s Dinagyang, The festival’s name is derived from the Ilonggo word dagyang which means “to make merry.” Surely, the spirit of dagyang, coupled with the Ilonggos’ warm hospitality, will result in a party that will be hard to beat. “Let’s leave the singing to my brother,” joked our amiable hostess Nene Chan Sola before leaving Manila.

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Viva Vigan!
Manila Bulletin
Bea Zobel, Jr.
Feb. 6, 2011

During my recent trip to Ilocos, my efficient driver Mariano remained very courteous and quiet. He hardly said anything most of the time. Yet, as we approached the capital of Ilocos Sur, he suddenly became quite lively and animated. With a sweeping gesture, he said, “Welcome to Vigan!”

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Traveling A–Z: Dinagat Islands
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Feb. 6, 2011

Both charming and mysterious, the adventure filled province of Dinagat Islands is considered by tourists who have been to the destination as a “Mystical Island Province of Love”. Home to innumerable adventures and white sand beaches, the province of Dinagat Islands is an intriguing destination to say the least.

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Sorsogon, Guimaras, and Davao del Sur support DoT's accreditation scheme
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Feb. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – What do the Butandings in Sorsogon, the fish sanctuaries in Guimaras, and the 800-meter zip line in Davao del Sur have in common? Besides being located in top emerging destinations, these are all tourism enterprises that recently adopted and passed the mandatory accreditations enforced by the Department of Tourism (DoT).

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Thousands of Chinese tourists to flock to PH for the Spring Festival week
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Feb. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DoT) offices in China and top tour operators in the Philippines are expecting close to 3,500 Chinese tourists going to the Philippines for the Spring Festival week, with arrivals expected within the first week of February.

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Boracay from Above!
Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
Feb. 6, 2011

Rainy season can be a letdown for those who want to soak in the brilliant sun, powdery white sand, blue skies and sea of this famous landmark in the Philippines. But it doesn’t have to be peak season to enjoy the uniqueness of Boracay Island.

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Manila Hotel celebrates Chinese New Year with the re-launch of Mabuhay Palace
Manila Bulletin
Feb. 6, 2011

Manila Hotel celebrated the Chinese New Year on February 3, 2011 with the re-launch of Mabuhay Palace, its sophisticated and elegant Chinese restaurant that surpasses the standard of even the most discerning palate.

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De-stressing from the holidays at Zen Institute
The Philippine Star
Feb. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Holidays may be a welcome treat to most people but it also brings stress to some. Why not, when there are so many parties to attend to and all those gift-shopping to do.

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'My Valentine Escape' at Pan Pacific
The Philippine Star
Feb. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Embrace passion and romance at the first and finest butler hotel in the Philippines.
Offered tomorrow up to Feb. 14, “My Valentine Escape” allows guests to surrender sweetly to the luxurious rooms and suites, capped with royal treatment made possible by round-the-clock butler service.

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Networld's SM Kenko Spa offers pampering Valentine package
The Philippine Star
Feb. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Experience a limitless indulgence in this season of hearts. Valentine’s Day is truly the perfect time for couples to relax, leaving the mind and body totally nurtured.

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Romance, music and humor at Lancaster Hotel
The Philippine Star
Feb. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – They say laughter is good for the heart. Perhaps that is because laughing relieves mental stress. And when tension is eased, the heart does not have to work as hard

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A taste of romance at Diamond Hotel
The Philippine Star
Feb. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Food and love will always be together every Valentine’s Day and Diamond Hotel Philippines has prepared special buffets, set menus and the mood for your heart’s — and tummy’s — pleasure.

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Manila bids to host the 22nd Philippine Ad Congress
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Feb. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The City of Manila is beckoning the Philippine Ad Congress (PAC) to come back to Manila after bidding for the venue of the 22nd PAC in November 2011 with the full support of the different hotels, national government agencies and other private sectors in Manila.

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One Tagaytay Place fetes top producers
The Philippine Star
Feb. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Last Jan. 29, One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites threw a Venetian-themed appreciation party for its top producers in 2010. Held annually at the hotel’s Aurora Grand Ballroom, guests were feted to a night of ballroom dancing and an Italian dinner. Photo shows (seated, from left) Antonis Malagardis, program manager of GIZ-MIPSS; Napoleon Carbonel, chief financial officer of Asian Hospital Medical Center, and his wife; Miguel Cerqueda, president of Genesis Hotels and Resorts Corp.; Dr. Grace Javier-Alfonso, chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University; (standing, from left) John Ross Francisco, vice president for operations of One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites; Odette Edoria-Aguilar, director for sales and marketing; and general manager Karl Velhagen.

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A hearty feast at Café d'Asie
The Philippine Star
Feb. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Come to the Bellevue on Feb. 13-14 and treat yourself and your loved one to a buffet of romance. Relive and cherish fond memories as you celebrate this special day with an unforgettable date at Café d’Asie. For only P1,285 net per person, savor the flavors of love with a wide buffet selection for lunch or dinner, featuring a delectable array of dishes such as Roast Rib Eye, Steamed Garlic Prawns, Beef Medallions with Bearnaise Sauce, Seared Tuna Nicoise Pasta, Paella Valenciana, and Baked Oysters Rockefeller, among others. Early table reservation is highly recommended. For inquiries, call 771-8181.

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Celebrate Fridays at Richmonde
The Philippine Star
Feb. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – After a hard day’s work at the office or after finishing a stack of school assignments, there is always a day that is much-anticipated as the week draws closer to an end.

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Make Macau your venue for corporate events
The Philippine Star
Feb. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Corporate event organizers now find Macau not only a suitable venue but also a rewarding one.

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Shangri-La's Mactan elevates industry standards
The Philippine Star
Feb. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu continues to be at the forefront of the industry as it announces the full implementation and certification of its integrated management system covering environmental management, food safety management and occupational health and safety management.

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House urged to look into air travel safety
The Philippine Star
Feb. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Two Mindanao lawmakers urged the House of Representatives to inquire into safety issues in airports, airplanes and in the aviation industry in general.

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US-based group launches study on tarsiers in South Cotabato's Mt. Matutum
Manila Bulletin
Feb. 3, 2011

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines (PNA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has cleared a group of United States-based experts to conduct a one-year study on tarsiers, the world’s smallest primate, that is endemic to Mt. Matutum in South Cotabato.

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World Wetlands Day celebrated
Manila Bulletin
Feb. 2, 2011

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte (PIA) – In order to encourage various sectors of society to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Tacloban City Tuesday joined this year’s global celebration of World Wetlands Day.

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Chinese, Filipino communities welcome Year of the Metal Rabbit
Manila Bulletin
By Christina I. Hermoso
Feb. 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese communities across the country and in many parts of the world welcomed the Year of the Metal or Golden Rabbit at midnight with festive and time-tested traditions meant to attract good health, prosperity, closer family ties, and peace in every household, as well as good fortune in business.

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