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It's all here in Davao
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
July 31, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - If experiencing thrills by land, water, and air does not convince you to choose Davao for your next destination, then we do not know what will.

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Compostela: A valley of promises
The Philippine Star
July 31, 2011

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley ,Philippines — Think of a gold rush in Mindanao and Diwalwal comes to mind. This highland mining village notorious in the past for its “wild, wild west” moniker is, in fact, part of Monkayo, the northernmost town of Compostela Valley province and 120 kilometers north of Davao City.

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Playa Azalea unveils Aqua Park
Manila Bulletin
July 31, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Already famous among locals and tourists alike for its crystal clear waters, the Island Garden City of Samal now boasts another amazing “body of water” in its first-ever river pool with infinity edge, an amenity found in the newly blessed and launched Aqua Park of Playa Azalea.

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Daluyon: Living the good life
Manila Bulletin
By Mae Lorraine S. Rafols
July 31, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Life’s a beach.

There’s probably no other line that best describes the paradisiacal atmosphere that defines the shores of Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort in Sitio Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Its idyllic setting of both crystalline sea and lush mountains invokes the most fantastic image of the good life.

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200 travel agents from 18 countries to join PHITEX 2011
Manila Bulletin
July 31, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Some 200 travel agents from 18 countries around the world are joining the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) 2011 to do business with the various sectors of the local tourism industry.

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PH: Home to the world
Manila Bulletin
By Paul Edward P. Sison
July 31, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — A wise old man from Liwasang Kalayaan in Marikina Heights, who we shall call Mr. T for purposes of anonymity, always says, “Sa Pilipinas lang genuine ang ngiti natin sa mga bisita. Sa ibang bansa, fake lahat yan.”

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Chasing Lumbalumba
Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
July 31, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Lumbalumba was a term I learned in Indonesia when I worked with marine biologists and environmentalists in 1995. During this period in my life, I stayed near a beach front in Manado, North Sulawesi, famous for its spectacular underwater sanctuary in Bunaken. I’ve seen these lovely creatures cavorting in the waters, in and around boats, while fishermen ignored them. Lumbalumba was how dolphins were called in Filipino, Indonesian and Malay dialects.

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Roughing it out Bohol style
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
July 24, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Floating down serene rivers? Check. Driving along a stunning coastline? Check. Obligatory photo by the Chocolate Hills? Check. Poking your way around Tarsier sanctuaries to see the cutest known primates in the world? Check. Sauntering by the white sandy beaches of Panglao? Check. Think you’ve seen all you need to see in Bohol? Nope. Not even half of it.

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DoT unveils new tourist spots
Manila Bulletin
July 19, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- True blue adventurers and nature lovers will find more reasons to visit Eastern Visayas as the Department of Tourism – Region 8 recently unveiled its new “Exciting Ventures” in its drive to position the region as an eco-tourism capital.

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The Cagayanos' Days of Faith
Manila Bulletin
By Reinerio A. Alba
July 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The image of Our Lady of Manaoag in a procession with the images of Our Lady of La Naval, and Our Lady of Piat? In June this year, Cagayanos and visitors to Tuguegarao City witnessed anew the parade of 12 famous Marian icons from the northern part of the country during the “3rd Marian Voyage of Peace and Love” from June 28-30.

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BORA BORA: It’s Not Just For The Rich And Famous
Manila Bulletin
By Edwin Yaptangco
July 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Flipping the remote one evening in the early ‘90s, I came across Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Robin Leech was in the middle of a countdown of the world’s most beautiful island destinations. I tossed the remote and waited for No. 1.

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Romantic Philippines
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
July 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Imagine sitting on the beach at dusk watching the sun drift on the horizon, or having an outdoor massage after a whole day of frolicking by the ocean. Then retire to a secluded exotic honeymoon hideaway where tiny cabanas dot a lush peninsula edged by white-sand shore.

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Balayan's rousing and roasting parade
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
July 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos have always had a penchant for lavish celebrations and over-the-top feasts. Despite trying times and less than fortunate circumstances, almost every region in the country has their reasons to rejoice and be merry.

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M'ranao Festival
Manila Bulletin
By Ayo Grande Gunting
July 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — American poetess Elizabeth Bishop once pondered in her poem Questions of Travel: “Is it lack of imagination that makes us come to imagined places, not just stay at home?”

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Under the shade of the Acacia in Anilao
The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
July 17, 2011

Too much reflection destroys spontaneity.” Applying this maxim to wanderlust and sudden travel, and you may just find yourself with even more fulfilling sojourns than thoroughly planned itineraries.

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Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera and his Lipa
The Philippine Star
July 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Lipa gives me a sense of home be-?cause I have a lot of acquaintances ?and childhood friends here,” Na-?tional Artist for Literature Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera speaks about his hometown with fondness.

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Pranjetto Hills: Worth the trip
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
July 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - It might be daunting for some to drive all the way up to Tanay, Rizal. We, however, advise you to try anyway and be amazed by the sights along the way. It might be new territory to some (including us), but trust us on this one. The surprises one finds in Pranjetto Hills Resort & Conference Center are well worth the trip.

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Festive Filipino ways at Mabuhay
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
July 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Mabuhay Manor is not just a balikbayan hotel by heart but also by stomach. See, balikbayans have missed the Philippines so much that they would want to experience Filipino life again in their own country, by way of festive Filipino dishes.

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Playa Laiya is home in a tropical paradise
The Philippine Star
July 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - One no longer has to travel to a faraway island to enjoy surf, sun and sea at a world-class beach resort. The luxurious beach at Playa Laiya leisure community in San Juan, Batangas is the perfect beachside residence and leisure destination to go with family and friends — it’s only two hours and 30 minutes away from Metro Manila.

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Tourism Congress, open skies and branding
Manila Standard Today
By Mila C. Espina
July 15, 2011

The 21st Tourism Congress held during the Cebu Chamber of Commerce Cebu Business Month packed the ballroom of Marriott Hotel, June 24. Some 600, more or less, stakeholders, local government officials, media, academe and foreign visitors engaged in lively, sometimes heated, discussion with speakers and panelists, former Tourism Department Undersecretary Phineas Alburo, Naitas chairman emeritus Bobby Joseph and Camilla Taylor, general manager, Cathay Pacific Airways, on the open skies policy, or liberated aviation policy; with panelists Russian Consul Armi Garcia and British Consul Moya Jackson, travel writer Kristin Lerin of Sun Star and tour guru Cecille Saa, on how to brand Cebu to be distinctive and competitive.

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Can't get enough of Bicol (Part 2)
Manila Standard Today
By Diana A. Uy
July 15, 2011

Our exploration of Bicol’s inspiring landscapes and yes, beauty, continued in Legazpi City, Albay.

This time around, we witnessed some of the highlights of the annual month-long celebration of the Magayon Festival: Mutya ng Magayon 2011, Magayon Bikini Open, and the heart-pumping 9th Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals Showdown sa Magayon Festival.

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A riverside home in Cagayan
Manila Bulletin
By Dennis Ladaw
July 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Imagine waking up to a view of a beautiful, pristine river with the sun slowly rising behind the picturesque hills of the Sierra Madre serving as the backdrop. And just across the river is one of the most wondrous tourist attractions in the country. The members of the Calimag family of Peñablanca, Cagayan Valley don’t have to imagine this. It's their everyday reality. Each morning, they wake up to this sublime sight.

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Celebration of Character and Unity
Manila Bulletin
July 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- The City of Santiago in Isabela showcased character and unity in diversity as it recently observed the Pattaradday Festival, a unique confluence of cultures and influences, in this crossroad in the Cagayan Valley.

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Sweet beginning for Pintos Festival of Bogo, Cebu
The Philippine Star
July 10, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - A popular delicacy made from ground corn and wrapped in corn husk and known as pintos, is the star of a new festival in Bogo town in Cebu. The Pintos Festival, which coincides with the town fiesta during the latter part of May, replaces the Kuyayang Festival, with its roots in a traditional courtship dance.

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'Tara Na Sa Norte' 2011 opens today in Manila
The Philippine Star
July 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Former senator and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Tourism Undersecretary for Planning and Promotions Daniel Corpuz lead government officials and the tourism industry in opening the Tara Na Sa Norte Travel Fair 2011 at the Robinson’s Ermita at 11 a.m. today.

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Fantastic Filipino flavors at Waterfront
The Philippine Star
July 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino cuisine takes the spotlight at UNO at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino this July.

UNO’s team of chefs led by Executive Sous Chef Archie Santok has prepared culinary delights that are as pleasing to the palate as to the eye.

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Century Park Hotel holds Bicol food fest
The Philippine Star
July 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The Kulinarya Food Festival was launched by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to create awareness of Filipino food and attract tourists, too.

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Lancaster Hotel offers 'Monsoon Madness' package
The Philippine Star
July 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Rainy days are here again. And even when the raindrops keep falling on your head, there’s great indoor fun to be had. Keep snug and cozy with a book or a movie and some hot cocoa on the side.

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20 int'l gurus head for Cebu to help boost MICE
Manila Bulletin
July 7, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- At least 20 experts from all over the world, including several top Filipino corporate moguls, are coming over to Cebu as guest speakers in the forthcoming Philippine Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions/Events Conference (MICECON) to help boost this sector of the country’s tourism industry to its utmost potential.

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‘Salud’ to Philippine-Spanish friendship marked in Baler
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Cliff Harvey Venzon
July 4, 2011

Baler, Aurora —A melange of Filipino and Spanish songs and performing arts highlighted the 9th Dia de la Amistad Hispano-Filipina (Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day) Cultural Night on June 29 at Sentro Baler in Baler, Aurora.

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Ifugao pride shines on 45th anniversary of province
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Lester G. Barbiera
July 4, 2011

Ifugao as a province is relatively young. But its culture and civilization dates thousands of years back: Its prime attraction—the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces—is believed to have been constructed 2,000 years ago.

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God's Paradise
Manila Bulletin
By Robbie Pangilinan
July 3, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Bohol, one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Philippines, deserves to be called God’s Little Paradise.

In a media familiarization tour organized by Stratos Public Relations and Travel Village, I had a taste of this paradise.

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It's Time to Come Home!
Manila Bulletin
By Maan D'Asis Pamaran
July 3, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Many Filipinos living in the country often talk about moving to foreign shores to leave behind all the traffic, noise, pollution, floods, heat, among other things. Yes, at present, there are so many things that will not be missed.

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Tourism firms coming to Manila to sell North Philippines
The Philippine Star
July 3, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - For the first time after three successful staging, the now famous Tara Na Sa Norte travel fair will be held in Manila to lure the city’s populace and visitors to go north.

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The gem of Antipolo City
The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
July 3, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Having been exposed for years to the usual faraway travel destinations outside of Metro Manila, people turn to places much closer to home — at the very least, one to two hours away — not just to save on gas and transport fare, but also not to bear the tedium that comes with having to sit four to six hours just to enjoy a vacation. MANILA, Philippines - Having been exposed for years to the usual faraway travel destinations outside of Metro Manila, people turn to places much closer to home — at the very least, one to two hours away — not just to save on gas and transport fare, but also not to bear the tedium that comes with having to sit four to six hours just to enjoy a vacation.

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Provence: A tale of two cities
The Philippine Star
By Manny Gonzalez
July 1, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - In the popular imagination, Provence is sometimes equated with Tuscany — both are regions that don’t really have a specific top-drawer tourist attraction (no Futbol Club de Barcelona, no red-light district with prostitutes in display windows), but where you can live in a converted farmhouse with 1930s plumbing, the food is good, and the countryside is scenic.

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That Bohol magic
Manila Standard Today
By Lito Cinco
July 1, 2011

Hotelier and resort Henry Chusuey is the man behind the famous Boracay Regency Beach Resort and hotels in Boracay. His three hotels in the island—Boracay Regency, Boracay Garedn Hotel and Regency Lagoon Resort—account for over 600 guest rooms.

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