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Seven New Wonders, a hundred million votes, one underground river
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Aug. 21, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Stretching 32.7 kilometers, Palawan’s Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is currently regarded as the longest underground estuary in the world. On November 11, 2011, it could be known as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN) – if every Filipino cell phone user would be willing to send a mere P2.50 text message to vote.

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A no-frills way to access Southeast Asia and the world
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Walter Ang
Aug. 14, 2011

Air Asia will be opening Philippine offices by the third quarter of 2011, with an initial offering of regional flights as it studies the viability of domestic flights. Meanwhile, Air Asia Berhard (the mother company based in Malaysia) has been flying out from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (aka Clark Airport) to locations in Southeast Asia.

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‘Hot’ resto in Cebu—and not only because of the jalapeño
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Kaye G. Luym
Aug. 14, 2011

What do you prefer—good food in a hole-in-the-wall resto, or a swanky place that forces you to eat again when you get home?

At Cebu’s dining and evening hotspot, Maya Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Lounge, you shouldn’t have to choose between the food and the ambiance.

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The heroes of Philippine tourism
Manila Bulletin
By Paul Edward P. Sison
Aug. 14, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Have you seen the latest Tara Na, Biyahe Tayo! music video?

Like many Filipinos, whether here or abroad, I get goose bumps whenever I hear the song or watch the video of the original Tara Na, Biyahe Tayo! music video featuring 21 top Filipino artists.

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Crab Capital
Manila Bulletin
By Julius P. Vicente
Aug. 14, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Time stands still as soon as you set foot on the rustic island of Catanduanes.

Visitors to the island feel like they have travelled back in time because this slice of island paradise remains concealed due to its geographic location. Catanduanes is located in the easternmost part of Luzon and is isolated from the Bicol peninsula.

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Bohol: Beyond the Chocolate Hills
Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
Aug. 14, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Aling Irma Bunachita wasn’t trained in any jewelry school. She didn’t even take any course in designing. But she could create fine pieces of jewelry using the traditional “stamping” technique which she had learned from her mother and grandmother, which they, in turn, learned from their forebears.

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CamSur now the country's top tourist destination
The Philippine Star
By Mayen Jaymalin
Aug. 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Is Boracay, the country’s primary tourist destination, already losing its popularity?

Data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) show that Camarines Sur appeared to have overtaken Boracay and other favorite tourist destinations in the country in popularity among local and foreign tourists.

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57 artists join DOT's 'Pilipinas Tara Na!' music video
The Philippine Star
By Mayen Jaymalin
Aug. 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - What do Aiza Seguerra, Barbie Almabis and Billy Crawford have in common?

The three young artists are among the 57 leading musical artists who have joined the “Pilipinas Tara Na!” video and became promoters of domestic tourism.

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'Survivor' town remote but not isolated
The Philippine Star
By Althea Aragon
Aug. 12, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Mention Camarines Sur, and instantly Naga City and Pili town come to mind. Naga is known for Peñafrancia, the biggest Marian festival held in September, while Pili, the provincial capital, is home to the CamSur Watersports Complex, venue for wakeboarding competitions.

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The Festival of all Festivals
Manila Bulletin
By Jims Vincent T. Capuno
Aug. 7, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Every third week of August, Davao City comes alive as it celebrates Kadayawan Festival. Now on its twenty-fifth year of celebration, it has become Mindanao’s festival of all festivals.

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Pilipinas, Tara Na! Biyahe Tayo!
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne Oiga
Aug. 7, 2011

ANILA, Philippines — In 2004, the Department of Tourism, DoT came out with the tourism promotional song and music video entitled, “Biyahe Tayo!” which went viral on local TV and radio stations. However, because the country has so many attractions, a lot of them were left out in the song.

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In search of Angono’s art treasures
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Carlos Santos-Viola
Aug. 7, 2011

Instead of spending the last days of summer on the beach, we opted to explore one of the oldest towns of Rizal Province, Angono.

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DOT's Pinoy Homecoming drive lures Filipinos from US, Canada
The Philippine Star
Aug. 7, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - “Expect Americans and Canadians with Filipino roots swarming the country in the months ahead and taking advantage of discounted airline tickets, tour packages, hotel accommodations, shopping, dining and other incentives.”

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Cebu Pacific renews partnership with WWF
The Philippine Star
Aug. 5, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Pacific (CEB), one of Asia’s most innovative airlines, has renewed its partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) for its Bright Skies for Every Juan, a climate adaptation program to fight global warming.

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All smiles in Bacolod
Manila Bulletin
By Robbie Pangilinan
Aug. 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Bacolod City, known as the City of Smiles, is truly a place of happiness. I experienced this first-hand when I flew to Bacolod on the invitation of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., former Senator Nikki Coseteng, Bacolod City Mayor, PSL Head Susan Papa and Jake Piccio to witness the 2011 Governor’s Cup National Swimming Competition at the Panaad Stadium.

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