ourphilippines.tv newsNEWS - October 2011


A traveler's guide to Banaue and Sagada
The Philippine Star
Oct. 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Next time, take a few days off and make Sagada number one on your must-visit list. Few places deserve to be labeled “breathtaking” as that quaint village in the Mountain Province. And yet for all the beauty and challenge of Sagada, the journey going there is as unforgettable as the destination itself.

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Dayaw 2011: A celebration of cultural richness
The Philippine Star
Oct. 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - A grand celebration and gathering of indigenous Filipino cultures recently concluded in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, where about 40 indigenous groups and clusters performed and discussed issues, exhibits were mounted, traditional games and dishes were showcased and vernacular architecture was displayed.

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CentaRA Hotel opens in Manila
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Oct. 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The opening of Centara Hotel Manila on Oct. 23 is bound to add color to the city’s already exciting tapestry. Located in the culturally rich district of Malate, Centara Hotel Manila promises to enhance and enrich the local hotel scene with its unique blend of contemporary design and comfortable accommodations.

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North Phil cashes in on 2011 tourism growth, readies expo
The Philippine Star
Oct. 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The regional offices of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in North Philippines are staging a grand exposition to attract more tourists and ensure their share in the country’s growing foreign visitor arrivals, which rose by 11.83 percent to 2.3 million in the first seven months of 2011 from 2.04 million in the same period last year.

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Camiguin: Tiny Hot Spot of Wonder
Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
Oct. 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- The smallest island province in Northern Mindanao is shaped like a pear with its land area measuring only 29,187 hectares. An estimated population of only 75,000 locals ranks it the second smallest province in the Philippines. But this small wonder is filled with a rich historical past, and a territory replete with a pristine ecosystem, shaped from the natural course of volcanic movements.

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This restaurant blooms in Baguio
Manila Bulletin
By Malou E. Rosal
Oct. 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Up there in Baguio, the air is crisp and bracing. To escape the stifling lowland heat and stress, many Filipinos still pack up to make the climb to this mountain city. But through the years, change has inevitably crept in.

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La Laguna festival wins best tourism event of 2011 award
The Philippine Star
Oct. 14, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Laguna Gov. Jeorge ‘ER’ Ejercito Estregan, together with his wife League of the Municipalities of the Philippines-Laguna Chapter president and Pagsanjan Mayor Maita Ejercito, receives the Best Tourism Event of the Year award for the first-ever ‘La Laguna Festival-The Festival of Life’ during the 12th annual convention and general assembly of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) last Oct. 3-6 in Roxas City, Capiz. Also in photo are (from left) the governor’s chief of staff Carlos Dolendo; provincial administrator Atty. Leonardo Ragaza Jr.; LTTCATO head Mike Abarquez; provincial architect Mansly Kimhoko; and international relations and trade officer Bong Arcanghel.

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PH is Top Honeymoon Destination
Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
Oct. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Around 30 delegates from the Philippines attended the recent China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM) 2011 held in Beijing, China. Last year’s CIBTM 2010 saw record-breaking attendance, and this year’s event topped it. Most of the delegates came from Davao City, for an important reason.

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Sails up!
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Oct. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — In England, a regatta is a prestigious seasonal, river rowing event where gentlemen wear their best jackets and ties while the ladies fashion their down-to-the-knee dresses, custom made hats, and designer hand bags. The Brits can be so uptight sometimes.

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Lechon in Iceland? Are you kidding?
The Philippine Star
By Ethan Belmonte
Oct. 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Pinoy cuisine, as delicious as it is, is seldom represented around the world. Sure, you might find a Tito Rad’s in a Filipino-populated neighborhood in Queens, NY, or a Jollibee or two in a few suburbs in San Francisco, CA. But compared to prominent Asian culinary counterparts China, Japan, or even Thailand, Pinoy food, undeservingly, falls behind the rest on the international buffet table.

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Around the Philippines in 80 plates
The Philippine Star
By Ching M. Alano
Oct. 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - So here we are, brimming with excitement and curiosity as we’re about to embark on a trip around the Philippines.

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The fright is right at Ocean Park
The Philippine Star
By Lai S. Reyes
Oct. 9, 2011

Trick or treat? Or a real good scare? Come Halloween, step into some of the scariest places on earth — the haunted houses at Ocean Park Hong Kong, which has been transformed into a Republic of Halloween.

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The perfect fit
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Oct. 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Drifting to the Islands Souvenirs outlets in our travels is a hard habit to break. We catch ourselves raiding the racks for witty and colorful Island Souvenirs shirts either as pasalubong for friends or for personal keepsakes. Either way, their outlets evoke everything that is festive and vibrant about the Philippines, something we all deserve any day.

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The best in the south
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Oct. 7, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - When we think of the south of Manila, our thoughts turn to Vivere Hotel in Alabang. Vivere probably best represents what’s great about the south: the irresistible charm, the undeniable elegance, and the laidback lifestyle.

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Davao dazzles foreign travel agents
The Philippine Star
Oct. 7, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Members of the 81-man delegation of travel agents from 14 countries received a warm welcome at the Davao International Airport before the start of their tour.

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Baysay Borongan
Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
Oct. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- The “stars” arrived on festively decorated pedi-cabs, tricycles and motorcycles at the town plaza of Borongan, Eastern Samar. Like models dressed in the latest haute couture parading down the catwalk, they were styled to perfection.

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Cruise Compass
Manila Bulletin
By Isabel C. De Leon
Oct. 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Imagine a huge world map with tiny lights marking the spots where cruise ships are located and there should be hundreds of them scattered all over bodies of water. Cruising, indeed, has become a global phenomenon.

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Pampanga’s 7 centuries-old churches meld religion with tourism
BusinessMirror
By Joey Pavia
Oct. 1, 2011

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—It’s easy to build structures, but it’s hard to maintain them. Pampanga’s seven old churches are not an exemption.

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Sem break at Mt. Apo at 10°C
BusinessMirror
By Keith Bacongco
Oct. 1, 2011

KIDAPAWAN CITY—While many travelers and mountaineers prefer an adventure trek to the country’s highest peak during summer time, many also dare climb Mt. Apo even during this relatively cold month of October.

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Bacolod has much more than the annual Masskara fest
BusinessMirror
By Joy Flores-Ablanida
Oct. 1, 2011

KNOWN for its Masskara Festival celebrated every October, Bacolod City, also known as “the City of Smiles,” also boasts of tourist attractions and delicious delicacies.

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