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Following Pepe
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynn A. Oiga
June 26, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Last Sunday, National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal took to Twitter to chronicle his busy day during his 150th birthday celebration—he thanked everyone for their warm greetings, tweeted about coming to the Mi Ultimo Adios Hall in Fort Santiago for his party, and even complained about a hangover the next morning.

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Sun, sand, sea in Cebu
Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
June 26, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- If you still haven’t had enough of the sun, sand, and sea, why don’t you pack your swimwear, take a trip to Cebu, and explore its many pristine white beaches and other wonders?

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Summer getaway
Manila Standard Today
By Bob Zozobrado
June 25-26, 2011

I just discovered a perfect summer getaway and I’m so thrilled, not so much as to where it was but more, importantly, when it was!

I’ve made many out-of-town trips during summer, to several domestic destinations: Cebu, Baguio, Boracay, Iloilo, Tagaytay, Ormoc, Batangas, etc.,

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Siargao: Nature’s ongoing canvas
Manila Standard Today
By Nickie Wang
June 24, 2011

When our boat reached the islet called Naked Island I though I was in paradise. The clear turquoise waters were so calm and inviting. A full 360-degree view gave nothing but a scene of the waters kissing the blue sky while clouds of every imaginable form floated aimlessly.

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Extreme Adventure to the max
Manila Bulletin
By Jims Vincent T. Capuno
June 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Dahilayan Adventure Park in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon is one of the most visited places in the country. It lies at the foothills of Mount Kitanglad Range which is declared as a national park and is more than 4,000 feet above sea level.

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Discovering the Ericulture in Palawan
Manila Bulletin
By Rowena Bautista-Alcaraz
June 19, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- After 11 years of being a radio technician in Libya, Helen Martinez Quijana finally decided that it's time to go home. The plan was to put up a business of her own. What kind? That was for her to find out. But rearing silkworms in the districts of Puerto Princesa, Palawan to produce hand-loomed, handwoven, and hand- knitted scarves was certainly far from her mind.

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Innocent Paradise
Manila Bulletin
By Lucci C. Coral
June 19, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- There are signs when a beach is untapped—one of these is the presence of stark naked children frolicking in its waters. And my latest find in this fantastic country of ours is the amazing municipality of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental.

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'Dialogo' exhibit at One Tagaytay Place
The Philippine Star
June 19, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - In celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary, Verve Gallery at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites is mounting an exhibit entitled “Dialogo” today.

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More work needs to be done for the Cordilleras
The Philippine Star
June 19, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - They may be unknown, ordinary individuals when they joined the 2011 Globe Cordillera Challenge held in Baguio City recently. But as soon as they crossed the finish line at the Benguet provincial capitol in La Trinidad, they became instant celebrities.

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Destination Tagaytay
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
June 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The establishment formerly known as Taal Vista Lodge — now called Taal Vista Hotel — brings back great memories of Tagaytay City. It was here where we marveled the view of the world-renowned Taal Lake and volcano for the first time many years ago. That alone was enough memory for us, as taking in that view was the best feeling ever. Fast forward to the present and we, frequent Tagaytay visitors, know that a trip to this city is never complete without paying Taal Vista a visit.

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Bulusan natural park: A conservation success story
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Augusto F. Villalon
June 13, 2011

There are many conservation success stories in the Philippines. Most of them are unknown. Bulusan Volcano Natural Park in Sorsogon is one of those unknowns.

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A shower of June festivals
Manila Bulletin
By Charmaine Torres Dalisay
June 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Rainy days cannot beat the festive spirit of the Filipinos. Across the archipelago, we continue to celebrate a series of festivities throughout the month of June. St. John the Baptist leads other patron saints in festival commemoration mostly culminating with street-dancing parades and religious processions.

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The lure of The Manor at Camp John Hay
The Philippine Star
June 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Embrace the serenity of nature, the majesty of the highest and largest mountain range in the Philippines and bask in fresh, cool highland air all year long. The Manor at Camp John Hay is the place to experience a delightful, relaxing holiday.

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Relive the magic of Varekai
The Philippine Star
June 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The circus is coming to town. Presented by Manila Hotel, Varekai by Cirque du Soleil will run from June 22 to July 24 at the Quirino Grandstand.

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Identifying with the Supremo
The Philippine Star
June 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - “Ang Supremo,” a statue distinctively sculpted by Ben-Hur Villanueva as a tribute to Andres Bonifacio, constantly relives a poignant heroic act extremely significant to Philippine Independence.

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La Laguna Festival of Life
Manila Bulletin
June 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- It was a fun-filled summer as the province of Laguna recently celebrated its colorful culture and crafts in the first La Laguna Festival of Life.

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The Three Feasts of Albay
Manila Bulletin
June 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- It will be another colorful celebration of culture, craft, and cuisine as the province of Albay marks three festivals in Tabaco City and the towns of Camalig and Polangui this June.

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In Search of Culion’s Native Cuisine
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Maida Pineda
June 11, 2011

I still have a delicious caramel tan from my trip to Isla Culion, Palawan.

For nearly nine decades, the island was the designated home of the country’s leper patients. But with leprosy now treatable at home, the island has embarked on a new chapter as a tourism destination.

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Samar Solstice: Unexpected and lesser-known getaways
Manila Bulletin
By Thaddeus C. Hinunangan
June 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – For most people, hearing the word “Samar” unfairly conjures up images of election-related violence, or perhaps New People’s Army hidden in the jungles. Little do they know of its hidden treasures: a paradise known to only a handful of people.

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The paradise islands of Batanes
Manila Bulletin
By Noel F. De Jesus

MANILA, Philippines -- Green rolling hills, massive boulders and cliffs, black or white sand beaches, exuberant flora and fauna, flourishing marine life—unspoiled and preserved by the friendly Ivatans.

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Charms of the Old World
Manila Bulletin
By Noel F. De Jesus
June 5, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Time-locked Ilocos is a broad, hardy country blessed with impressive wide highways and stretches of narrow cobblestone roads, antiquated towns dominated by heavily buttressed grand churches and Antillan ancestral homes and a brave people who, by sheer industry, harnessed a formidable terrain industry into a source of sustenance.

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Boracay, Singapore: Top travel destinations
Manila Bulletin
June 5, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- The travel season is far from over, at least for Filipinos. According to Yahoo! Search Trends, Filipino holiday makers plan their vacation by searching for their favorite local and overseas destination as well as accommodations.

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PH Gets Diving Thumbs Up
Manila Bulletin
June 5, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Foreign and local participants to the First Philippine Dive Seafari raved about the success of the project and thanked the Department of Tourism (DoT) for the privilege of experiencing the center of marine biodiversity in the world up-close.

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Amazing Aqua Park bash at Playa Azalea
The Philippine Star
June 5, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - It was an unforgettable summer for guests and residents of Playa Azalea — Samal Island’s first world-class, master-planned island resort community.

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Treats for dads
The Philippine Star
June 5, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park celebrates all fathers on June 19. Dads who spend Father’s Day in Island Cove with their families can receive gifts and get a chance to win exciting prizes.

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Island of magic
The Philippine Star
By Gina Lopez
June 5, 2011

I have never been to an island as awesomely beautiful as Sibuyan. Maybe because it’s so inaccessible. And while this inaccessibility has contributed to their poverty, in a very direct way it has been a blessing because their resources are largely still pristine. The only way here is to take a plane to Tablas, Romblon. Then you take a two-hour ride on a pump boat to the island. If one wants to travel in comfort, then one takes a chopper — and that’s not a path open to everyone. There is no airstrip — and that’s the problem.

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Untold stories in the city of the Seven Lakes
The Philippine Star
By Tonette Martel
June 5, 2011

It is one of the oldest cities in the country yet San Pablo, Laguna and its environs remain unfamiliar to many of us who live in the metropolis. I had not heard of its attractions until Cora Relova, a native of Laguna and a culture and heritage enthusiast, enticed me to come down for an afternoon to visit Lake Sampalok, Casa San Pablo and Sulyap Restaurant.

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Blooms and Bliss
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Kara Santos
June 5, 2011

If you’re looking for a country house surrounded by pine trees and a sprawling lawn that’s perfect for an intimate garden wedding not too far from Manila, Casa San Pablo in Laguna might just be your best bet.

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The Feast of Arana't Baluarte
Manila Bulletin
By Anselmo V. Talagtag, Jr.
June 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Festivals in Gumaca, Quezon Province are now becoming favorite tourist attractions.Founded in 1582, Gumaca is one of the oldest towns in the Philippines. It is the birthplace of three national folk dances, such as Jotabal, La Jota Gumaquena, and Del Pilar.

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