ourphilippines.tv newsNEWS - MAY 2011


Work and play at Summit Ridge Tagaytay
The Philippine Star
By Julie Cabatit-Alegre
May 29, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Summit Ridge Tagaytay has more things going for it than just the view — although even that’s a good enough reason to book a room in the hotel. Every room has a balcony overlooking Taal volcano and lake, Tagaytay City’s top tourist attraction.

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Flying closer to the sun
Manila Bulletin
By Malou E. Rosal
May 29, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- At first act, Icarus falls from the sky, his exquisite beauty poignant in distress, clutching on to the last two feathers that were left after his audacious flirtation with the sun.

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Davao del Sur’s hidden wonders
Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
May 29, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- There’s a tempting getaway from the stress of the urban hub in a matter of two hours or 96 kilometers south of Davao City.

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Helping keep Boracay the way it was
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Louie Cruz
May 28, 2011

As the growing influx of tourists inevitably requires resort owners in Boracay to keep building, no one seems more determined to keep their island the way it’s been the last few decades – despite the growing demand for development – than the owners of Pearl of the Pacific Resort, Greg and Marilou Sanson.

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Pangasinan’s secret getaways – yes, there’s more than one
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
May 28, 2011

With its four cities and 44 towns, the storied, populous province of Pangasinan recently celebrated its 431st Founding Anniversary (Agew na Pangasinan) with a myriad of activities.These included a song-and-dance beach party, a grand ball and a civic parade around the stately Capitol grounds with street dancing, walking contingents caparisoned in imaginative costumes and a float competition.

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Enduring Camarines Sur's adventure trail
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
May 26, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Not until recently did people pay attention to the province of Camarines Sur. What was once an impoverished and calamity stricken land has now become one of the top tourism destinations in the country. Attracting both foreign and local tourism alike, CamSur has done so by developing facilities around the province suitable for adventure sports.

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Resilient and raw in Catanduanes
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
May 24, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos are known for having positive attitudes. Whether they play their cards right, or when they are dealt with the wrong cards, they pick themselves up and move on.

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Ayala and Floirendo team up for Davao’s biggest mixed-use mall
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Alex Y. Vergara
May 24, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—The mixed-used concept combining shopping, residential and business establishments in one integrated complex has finally arrived in Mindanao, with the recent opening of Abreeza Mall in Davao City.

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Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival marks 5th year
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By David Guison
May 24, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—Boracay once again hosted the biggest international water sports event in the country, the Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival held April 28-30, presented by the Department of Tourism, organized by the Boracay Island Paddlers Association (BIPA).

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Quezon's merry month of May
Manila Bulletin
By Chit Aldave-Tribiana

MANILA, Philippines -- If people from Pampanga are called Kapampangans, those from Batangas are Batangueños, and natives of Ilocos are Ilocanos, what do you call those from Quezon province? This trivia question posed by Cristina Decal, tour operator and guide like no other, stumped media practitioners on their first leg of the San Isidro Festivals Cultural Trail.

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Magayon Festival
Manila Bulletin
By Reinerio A. Alba
May 22, 2011

MANILA, Philipppines -- Not even the rain was able to stop Albayanos in witnessing the revelry in their midst enlivened by the sounds of makeshift drums, a spectacle made more engaging by the sight of colorfully-clad and serotonine-charged dance groups from around the Bicol region in the “9th Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals.”

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Seair offers the lowest fares to Macau
The Philippine Star
May 22, 2011

MANILA, Philippines- South East Asian Airlines (Seair), the Philippines’ premier leisure airline, is offering Macau fares for as low as P1,499 all-in per way until May 25. Promo is valid for limited seats and for travel on May 27 to Oct. 25.

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Angel's Wings and other delights of Capiz
The Philippine Star
By Ed Maranan
May 22, 2011

Roxas City celebrated Capiztahan 2011 with a trade fair, a regional development forum presided over by Capiz Governor Vic Tanco, the inauguration of a historical marker in honor of the late president Manuel Roxas, and the much-awaited Electric Parade or Parade of Lights.

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Leisure living south of the metro
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By PJ Enriquez
May 21, 2011

With our fast-paced lifestyle these days, more and more people are looking to get away to a short yet relaxing weekend getaway.

Fortunately, a two-hour drive from the Makati business district lie three property developments that cater to their needs: Ponderosa Leisure Farms, Peninsula de Punta Fuego and Terrazas de Punta Fuego. Developed by Landco Pacific Corporation, they typify leisurely living.

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The ‘baluartes’ of Gumaca–all decked out for the San Isidro feast
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Kelly Austria
May 21, 2011

In May, parishes in different parts of the country pay homage to St. Isidore, patron saint of farmers, peasants, day laborers and rural communities. In Quezon alone, carabaos kneel before the church in Pulilan, Colorful kiping decorate homes in Lucban, and goodies are showered on people in Agdangan.

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San Juanico Golf Hotel: A paradise for golfers
The Philippine Star
May 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The San Juanico Golf Hotel, a 30-room hotel with breathtaking views of verdant, rolling hills and the engineering marvel that is San Juanico Bridge is now open for guests and golfing enthusiasts.

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3,000 reasons to stay at Sofitel
The Philippine Star
May 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Sofitel Philippine Plaza has released its most indulgent accommodation package yet, entitled “3,000 Reasons to Stay at Sofitel” which includes a complimentary P3,000 food and beverage or spa credit.

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Echoes of the living past
Manila Bulletin
By Noel F. De Jesus
May 19, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- By plane, the trip takes an hour and a half. By land transport, the journey lasts a minimum of seven hours.

Through history, however, you’ll be travelling over four-and a half centuries back in 1572. This was the year Captain Juan de Salcedo “discovered” this northwestern coast of Luzon during a reconnaissance mission. The captain from Castille was attracted by the region’s topographical similarity to his hometown. He thus decides to make Vigan his second home.

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Preserving Oslob's heritage
Manila Bulletin
By Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.
May 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- The southern town of Oslob, located 125 kilometers off Cebu City, is working doubly hard. As a heritage town, it is working to preserve its antique items and various heritage sites spread around the town to keep these from further destruction and to allow future generations to catch a glimpse of the town’s early settlers.

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Puerto Galera rediscovers its roots
Manila Bulletin
May 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- When 16th-century Spanish navigators found a secure mooring for their ships against storms in the coves of northern Mindoro island, they named it Puerto Galera to mean “port of galleons”.

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An extreme, wild and fun adventure in Davao with Airphil Express
The Philippine Star
May 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Parasailing, canopy walking, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, ziplining and whitewater rafting are just some of the must-do’s in Davao, the world’s biggest city and one of the most progressive cities in Southern Philippines.

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Movenpick Resort and Spa Cebu: Passionately Swiss
The Philippine Star
By Büm D. Tenorio Jr.
May 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Affix the word “Swiss” to anything and it will result in something worthy and valuable. Say “Swiss knife” and already you imagine a tool that “can build a house.” Mention “Swiss chocolate” and you salivate at the thought of pure, fine food. The concept of “Swiss watches” connotes unparalleled precision in watchmaking.

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Sagada: Heaven on Earth
Manila Bulletin
By Noel F. De Jesus
May 10, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Lately I find myself thinking more and more of Sagada. I’ll always remember Sagada with fondness.

The trip to “heaven on earth” is a grueling, bone-rattling 14-hour stretch. We traveled 300 kilometers to the tiny ancient village at the heart of the Gran Cordillera mountain range.

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Shop talk for tourism
Manila Bulletin
By Maan D'Asis Pamaran
May 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- True story: In a recent trip to Aklan, a metropolis-based tourist went to a sari-sari store to purchase her cellphone load. When she politely asked the tindera if they offered loading services for her particular SMS provider, the latter smirked and replied, “doon sa Maynila, may load.” Of course, this somewhat marred the tourist experience, which was blissfully saved by the beautiful sights of the countryside. This leads to the question of how the locals of tourist hotspots now treat their visitors. They are probably so used to tourists that they have become blasé and indifferent, affecting the world-famous image of Philippine hospitality.

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Banaue breathes
Manila Bulletin
By Vince G. Lopez
May 8, 2011

BANAUE, Philippines -- The zigzag road seemed endless. But, as every traveler knows, the journey plays an important part in savoring the true beauty of a destination.

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The Merry Month of May
Manila Bulletin
By Reenalyn M. Mangilin
May 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Colorful native decorations along the streets, a band of musicians playing an upbeat tune, lovely maidens walking under bamboo arches and smiling while waving their hands to spectators, houses adorned with fresh fruits and vegetables, water buffaloes genuflecting before the patron saint, and more.

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Beguiling Baguio
Manila Bulletin
May 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Bursting with flavors, colors, interesting history, stunning mountain views and cool weather, it is easy to be swept off your feet by Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines and also known as one of the industrialized cities in the North.

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Flip and flop with Airphil's Boracay freebies
The Philippine Star
May 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - What better way to enjoy the pristine white sands or azure blue waters of Boracay than walking freely against the soft summer breeze in stylish flip-flops? Airphil Express, the country’s fastest growing budget airline, is giving away a pair of Reva flip-flops upon check- in at NAIA Terminal 3.

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There's more to Legazpi than Mayon
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
May 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - That was what we discovered. For as soon as we landed in Legazpi City in Albay, we were promptly brought to Hotel St. Ellis, a stylish 40-suite hotel in the heart of the city. We also immediately fell in love with the hotel’s welcoming staff and its minimalist design, clean lines, white and cream hues, wide spaces, intimate atmosphere, and an almost retro feel that we could not shake off. It was truly a very pleasant surprise to find a hotel like this in the Bicol region.

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In Ricky Yabut’s Calatagan, the ‘bahay-kubo’ reimagined
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Leah C. Salterio
May 8, 2011

WHEN WAS the last time the native bahay-kubo became an inspiration for a concept housing project?

While the lowly nipa hut is recognized a basic and distinct symbol of Philippine architecture, it has never been developed into something more upscale or modern. But businessman and sportsman Ricky Yabut goes against the old trend with his latest construction project, Luna Encanta, which showcases the bahay-kubo as a present-day edifice for contemporary country living.

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You can now go on yacht cruises in Subic
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 8, 2011

“IT’S THE BEST place on earth—next to Disneyland,” Johnny Valdes says with a naughty grin.

Yet you get the feeling this businessman, known for his trailblazing Johnny Air Cargo, wasn’t totally kidding as he talked about Subic. He meant it, except perhaps for the Disneyland part.

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Santiago City’s Pattaradday Fest: Unity in Diversity
Manila Bulletin
May 5, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- The City of Santiago in Isabela celebrates unity in diversity as it holds the 12th Pattaradday Festival from May 1-7 and its 17th Cityhood Anniversary.

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'Bancarera' adds excitement to the Sarangani Bay Fest
The Philippine Star
May 1, 2011

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – One of the most exciting and breathtaking events in the yearly Sarangani Bay Festival is the “bancarera” organized by Bombo Radyo-General Santos.

The bancarera is a racing contest of motorized small boats manned by a single racer in an oval-shaped track race about a hundred meters away from the coastline.

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Plantation Bay is pool of surprises
The Philippine Star
By Mirava M. Yuson

MANILA, Philippines - Having previously visited Plantation Bay twice (once during childhood and then as a teenager), wondering whether a third time would be too much proved to be an unnecessary concern upon arriving at the resort. Truthfully, what remained etched in my memory — from 1999 — were the lagoons.

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