ourphilippines.tv newsNEWS - APRIL 2011


Maguindanao entry tops Aliwan Fiesta float contest
The Philippine Star
Apr 29, 2011

Manila, Philippines - With organizers of the Aliwan Fiesta laying out half-a-million pesos for the grand prize winner of the float competition, the county’s finest artisans from north to south of the archipelago set out to mine local folklore and indigenous traditions in crafting the mammoth full-size mobile dioramas that drew tourists to the highly colorful cultural extravaganza.

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Pangasinan sets Pista’y Dayat
Manila Bulletin
Apr 28, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Pangasinan celebrates the bounty of the sea as it holds the annual Pista’y Dayat Festival, regarded as the province’s “mother of all festivals”, from April 23 to May 3.

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Dance fest showcases Bicol’s bounty
Manila Bulletin
Apr 28, 2011

MANILA,Philippines -- It will be a grand display of colors, culture and grace as Bicol’s best festivals gather together in a grand street dance extravaganza in Legazpi City, Albay on April 29.

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Welcome to Banana Beach
Manila Bulletin
By Henrylito D. Tacio
Apr 26, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Banana Beach, as its name implies, is the world’s only beach resort inside a banana plantation. It is located in Barangay Madaum in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, or about an hour away from Davao City.

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In the land of heroes
Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee and Gabrielle Lara Baniqued
Apr 24, 2011

Could it be our imagination? Was the island really calling us? Did you hear it? Faint voices from the distant past? Oh, it was probably just the wind, blowing gently like the soft sighs of lovers saying sweet nothings to each other.

It could be the delusion of a historical freak, or perhaps the musing of an overly imaginative individual, but whatever it was, it was something worth exploring, and maybe even conquering.

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Basking in the beauty of Bolinao
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Apr 24, 2011

Enchanted. Wonderful. Paradise.

Tucked in the second biggest province of the country, the coastal town of Bolinao in Pangasinan contains picturesque wonders. Tourist destinations such as the Enchanted Cave, Solomon’s Paradise and the country’s second biggest lighthouse await guests on their journey of discovery.

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Pasayaw Festival
Manila Bulletin
By Ronald G. Jayme
Apr 24, 2011

Garbed in their most colorful and fascinating costumes reminiscent of hardworking vegetable farmers of the early days, young performers gracefully flaunted their best moves with the melodious beating of the drums. Their ingenuity and enthusiasm blended well enough to demonstrate through dancing how their ancestors toiled for abundant harvest – crossing the rivers and mountains just to bring their crops to the town market.

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Holy history!
Manila Bulletin
By Maan D'Asis Pamaran
Apr 24, 2011

Christ is Risen!

Today, we celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The Semana Santa that preceded today’s celebration saw a number of Catholics visiting churches all over the country for the time-honored tradition of Visita Iglesia.

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Easter at The Manor
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Apr 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Camp John Hay figures prominently in many Baguio memories. Generations have spent vacations here, remembering particularly happy times at The Manor. No surprise then that their best Manor times happened during birthdays, anniversaries, summer, the Christmas season, and Easter.

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30 things to do in the Philippines
The Philippine Star
By Wilson Lee Flores
Apr 17, 2011

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. — Henry Miller

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home. — James Michener


While many people plan to spend their summer exodus overseas, I decided to list down my recommendations of places and experiences which I believe foreigners as well as local tourists like me should try not to miss here in the Philippines.

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Visita Iglesia Road Trip
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga and Vince G. Lopez
Apr 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- For other countries, the days – and significance – of Holy Week have been whittled down to one day - Easter. However, in the Philippines, Holy Week or Semana Santa is celebrated throughout the country with great passion. It is the one time of the year when the Filipinos’ everyday lives are tempered with a touch of solemnity.

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Summer is Samal Island
Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
Apr 17, 2011

SAMAL, Philippines -- Summer is officially here. I really can’t wait to start my own version of summer. And what better way to spend it than traveling around the Philippines and exploring its every nook and cranny? The Island Garden City of Samal, also called IGaCoS, in Davao del Norte is as good as any other Philippines tourist destinations. It perfectly suits the vision of summer that I have in mind.

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Bacolod City - Negros
Manila Bulletin
By Robert J. Fry
Apr 17, 2011

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines -- They call it the ‘city of smiles,’ and with good reason too. Wherever you wander in town, you’re sure to be greeted with a grin. Market vendors and taxi drivers alike will engage you in conversation, no idle chit-chat either, with topics involving anything from the crisis in Libya to your marital status.

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The 1st Mount Apo International Boulder Face Challenge
Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
Apr 17, 2011

DAVAO, Philippines -- Mount Apo, the tallest and most majestic stratovolcano in the Philippines, stands proudly at an elevation of 2,954 meters above sea level. It is called the Grandfather of Philippine Mountains (apo means grandfather). The view at the peak overlooking Davao is simply breathtaking.

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From Island to Highland
Manila Bulletin
By Julius P. Vicente

DAVAO, Philippines -- Urban attractions. Shopping galore. Outdoor adventures. Nature tripping. Festivals. Beach bumming. These in a nutshell sum up what to expect in Davao City.

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Bonifacio Global City hosts Lenten Season reflections
Manila Bulletin
Apr 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines-- Bonifacio Global City (BGC) once again joins the nation in its observance of the Lenten Season through the hosting of Church Simplified’s “Walkway: Reflections on the Stations of the Cross” at the Bonifacio High Street from Palm Sunday (April 17) through Easter Sunday (April 24).

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Sagada by way of Microtel Baguio
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Apr 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - We have long dreamed of scratching Sagada off our bucket list of must-visits. So when we found out that Microtel Baguio was (still is, in fact) offering a Sagada package tour, we immediately said yes. This was our chance to fulfill that lifelong dream and it was unfolding right before our eyes. Maybe we should say, Sagada was rolling its welcoming road to us, a path that stretched and zigzagged for almost six hours.

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Nagarao Island
Manila Bulletin
By Robert J. Fry
Apr 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Situated just fifteen minutes off the coast of Guimaras, coincidentally home of the world’s sweetest mangoes (stock up, they’re served in Buckingham Palace!), this 10-hectare island is a pristine paradise. A postcard-perfect tropical island - all to yourself? Imagine that! Escape the mundane, escape the everyday - visit Nagarao and you can do both. It’s a temple of isolation, not desolation, and well worth a visit for anyone in the area.

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Doing Saigon with the Bright leaf awardees
The Philippine Star
By Alfred A. Yuson
Apr 11, 2011

Our tour guide Tony was chirpy and funny, articulate in English, although given to curious intonation that would have him going stentorian on some words or phases for dramatic effect, or suddenly high-pitched, as if he were lapsing back to Vietnamese.

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In Saigon on April Fool’s
Manila Bulletin
By Isabel C. De Leon
Apr 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- We weren’t sent on a fool’s errand the day we flew to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the biggest metropolis in Vietnam, on April Fool’s Day. Nope. We only learned some non-foolish facts.

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Beyond the churches and the beaches of Pangasinan
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Apr 11, 2011

MANIlA, Philippines -- Like grains of salt in the palm of your hand, the surprising wonders of nature in the province of Pangasinan are truly immeasurable.

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Fern Boracay getaway
The Philippine Star
Apr 10, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Fern, Inc. gave some 60 network leaders and its 2010 awardees an early summer vacation by treating them to an all-expense-paid, three-day/two-night stay in Boracay.

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Seair now flies to Macau from Clark daily
The Philippine Star
Apr 10, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - South East Asian Airlines (Seair), the Philippines’ premier leisure airline, will now fly to Macau daily from Clark starting May 27, 2011.

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The Vista that's Puerto Galera
Manila Bulletin
By Leo Alcantara, Jr.
Apr 5, 2011

PUERTO GALLERA, Philippines -- For the atypical and the peculiar, a weekend holiday itinerary should swerve from the usual sun, sand, and sea package and merry-mix the itinerary with a bucolic trek and exploration of the beach to the nearby boroughs of the resource-rich Mindoro Island provinces.

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Here comes the sun
The Philippine Star
Apr 3, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Summer days are here again! As early as now, families are exploring exciting destinations like the Golden Sunset Village Resort and Spa in Calatagan, Batangas.

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Shangri-La's Mactan brings back adventure for teens
The Philippine Star
Apr 3, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - With the success of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu’s iCAMP in April last year, the resort is bringing back the ultimate adventure for teens.

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Noy: 23 new hotels to open in Visayas
The Philippine Star
Apr 3, 2011

ILOILO CITY , Philippines — President Aquino announced here yesterday that 23 new hotels would be opening this year in the Visayas alone.

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A dream destination in Bohol
The Philippine Star
The Philippine Star
Apr 3, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Henann Resort Alona Beach was recently launched with a scrumptious dinner at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino.

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Journey to the edge of Luzon
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
Apr 2, 2011

Residents of Sta. Ana, so far up north Cagayan Valley, could actually hear a rooster’s crow all the way from Taiwan.

That’s the common joke among the Cagayan Valley folk but something that gullible tourists find easy to believe.

After all, Sta. Ana is often referred to as Luzon’s last frontier because it lies at the farthest end of the Cagayan region at the northeastern tip of Luzon.

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Of beaches, horses, and cows in Bulalacao
Manila Bulletin
By Lucci C. Coral
Apr 2, 2011

Traveling is a powerful tool in remembering that life is beautiful.

Aside from changing your relationship status, announcing that you’re traveling somewhere always comes up with more Facebook comments from friends who are either truly happy for you or secretly envious of your vacation leave. Perhaps it’s the inevitable stressed-filled lives that we have in the city that makes traveling like a happy pill to remain sane.

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Boracay Island
Manila Bulletin
By Robert J. Fry
Apr 2, 2011

First impressions are rarely anything to set your watch to, and Boracay is no exception. The streets are overflowing with tourists, and pushy vendors selling everything from scuba diving to sunglasses are in abundance. The beautiful beach is swamped with bars and restaurants, but luckily the soothing ocean breeze comes at no cost to the visitor.

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Misamis Occidental
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Apr 2, 2011

Considered as the aquamarine center of the Philippines, Misamis Occidental has a long coastline and two sheltered bays that are spawning grounds for crabs, shellfish, and prawns. The province is also home for the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP), a rescue center for dolphins and other marine animals surrounded by a thick mangrove forest.

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The Northern Outdoors
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
Apr 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – There is a whole lot more of great destinations in the North.

And tourists – both local and foreign—are given the chance to know more about these wonderful places through the two-day 3rd North Luzon Expressway Outdoor Travel fair held in Shell Balagtas, Bulacan, organized by the Manila North Toll ways Corporations (MNTC).

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Hearts for San Sebastian Church
Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
Apr 2, 2011

"Is this really where you want to get married? Is this the church?” expressed the groom to his bride-to-be, as he watched the Basilica Minore de San Sebastián slowly come into view at the eastern end of Claro M. Recto Street in Quaipo, Manila.

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