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Rediscovering life within hidden cities
Manila Bulletin
By Malou E. Rosal
Nov. 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — In the beginning, Anthony Morse wanted to teach theology. “I had always been fascinated with the idea of faith,” he admits. And so he took his studies at Hope International University seriously, while at the same time earning a spot on the list of the 2002 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Adventurous and daring, Anthony’s idea of fun is all things moving, and moving fast, as exemplified by his favorite activities written on his info sheet: deep water diving, cross-country motor biking, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, cliff diving, and if given the opportunity, sky diving too. But somewhere along the line, his eyes turned towards the window, far from the confines of four walls, out there where he can “fly”.

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The Masters of Wonder Tainment
Manila Bulletin
By Amyline Quien Ching
Nov. 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Women suspended high above the air, with only a gossamer piece of fabric to support them. Handstands and somersaults with only an upright steel pole for leverage. Icarian artists who would juggle another acrobat with his feet. Balancing acts using rollers and boards, several feet above ground.

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Tourism prevails – rain or shine Jimenez gives a brighter perspective on tourism and climate change
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Nov. 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — In time for the global celebration of Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week, the ever optimistic Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said that in spite of the looming threats of climate change, Filipinos should look at this global issue with a brighter perspective.

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Getting into the coffee trail
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
Nov. 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Have you ever wondered where your morning cup of coffee comes from? Of course it came from the coffee machine and before that it was bought from the store. But how does it get from being picked from the wild to this sweet bitter brew that caffeine junkies love so much?

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Coron: Alone in paradise –with Pedring
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Alva B. Honasan
Nov. 19, 2011

Welcome to Paradise,” said Dirk Fahrenbach to me with a smile—a wonderful welcome, except that at that moment, as we stood in front of Dirk’s well-equipped Dugong Dive Center at Club Paradise Resort on Dimakya Island in northern Palawan, Typhoon “Pedring’s” violent howls were drowning out the conversation.

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Halong Bay: One feels lost in a painting
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Ino Manalo
Nov. 19, 2011

There is a scene from a famous film where a couple evades the turmoil of their country by taking a boat trip through a fascinating archipelago. For countless hours, the lovers lie ensconced in their vessel as it glides past a fairyland of forest-covered peaks rising from the sea.
The fantastic setting of this unforgettable episode is actually Halong Bay in the northern Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh, an easy two- to three-hour ride from Hanoi.

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Explore Bohol
Manila Bulletin
Nov. 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Beyond the Chocolate Hills and the beaches in Panglao, is there actually more to Bohol than what ends up in travel brochures and high school textbooks?
Rep. Arthur Yap (3rd District, Bohol) answers a resounding yes—animatedly talking of a yet-to-be-explored side of Bohol that awaits the eager, adventurous tourist.

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Travel A-Z: Antique
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Nov. 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- A land of enchantment with a kick of adventure is what makes Antique an eccentric destination in Western Visayas. A coastal province where the mountains meet the sea, Antique holds its own amongst other destinations in the region (including the beautiful Boracay Island in Aklan) with its rich history, majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls and white sand beaches.

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PH: Next big M.I.C.E destination
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Nov. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Making the cue from their global clientele, American and European meeting and incentive travel planners are looking at the Philippines for their future meetings, incentive travel, conventions and events/exhibitions (MICE).They trooped to the Philippine pavilion and met with Philippine representatives at the 2011 Incentives, Meetings and Events Expo (IMEX) held at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Beyond Mati
Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
Nov. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Mati City, the capital of Davao Oriental province, was once a quiet seaside community now laden with beach resorts lining coconut-filled shores, offering amenities and island banca tours to islets and secret coves. It has now become a most visited destination three hours away from Davao City.

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A tropical paradise on Earth
Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
Nov. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- How do you describe paradise?
To some, paradise is a state of the mind. It is the counter image of the miseries of the human civilization. It is about happiness, peace and contentment, but not necessarily about luxury and idleness.

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A business traveler's dream
The Philippine Star
Nov. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Who says old means outdated? Not when you’re talking about Cebu City. It may be the oldest pocket of civilization in the country, but this certainly doesn’t mean the Queen City of the South has been kept in the Dark Ages when it comes to progress. In fact, it is as sophisticated and vibrant as any modern destination in the world. With several developments in place, including resorts, convention centers and malls, Cebu City has made the transition from laidback country getaway to a cosmopolitan hub of commerce and recreation that is every business traveler’s dream.

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Eurotel Baguio: No-nonsense hotel
The Philippine Star
Nov. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Baguio, often referred to as the country’s summer capital, is in reality a year-round destination. Besides the cool climate, it offers a number of leisure activities, attractions, and delicious food that make people keep going to the city anytime of the year.

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Nenaco keen on domestic tourism, youth sector
The Philippine Star
Nov. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Negros Navigation Co. (Nenaco), the country’s largest sea carrier company, is tapping the country’s youth sector as one of its target segments as it expands aggressively into the market for domestic tourism.

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US, European planners eye Phl as MICE destination
The Philippine Star
Nov. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Taking the cue from their clients all over the world, 83 American and European meeting and incentive travel planners met with Philippine representatives at the recently concluded 2011 Incentives, Meetings and Events Expo (IMEX) held at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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RWM introduces budget-friendly Remington Hotel
The Philippine Star
Nov. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Resorts World Manila (RWM) introduces its newest addition to its lodging brands for the discerning traveler.

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How to enjoy Taal Volcano best
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Bibsy M. Carballo
Nov. 12, 2011

Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos’ recent suggestion to construct a sign “Batangas” on Taal Volcano, similar to the sign “Hollywood” in Los Angeles, was met with anger, laughter and disbelief.
Of course, the issue only served to confirm that not many knew that the volcano is in Batangas, not under Tagaytay’s governance. “We are not claiming ownership,” says a Tagaytay ridge hotel owner, “but like it or not, we still have the best view of the volcano.”

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Travel industry opens NorthPhil Expo in Clark today
The Philippine Star
Nov. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The international and local travel industry will kick off the North Philippines (NorthPhil) Tourism and Travel Expo 2011 at the SM City Clark at 4 p.m. today, with Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez leading the opening rites.

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Food with a capital
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Nov. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - When we first met Best Western Premier F1 Hotel general manager Chad Davis, he promised that their flagship restaurant called F would aim for culinary offerings of the strictest quality.

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Nature's Wonder
Manila Bulletin
By Jims Vincent T. Capuno
Nov. 10, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- One of the top natural attractions in the Philippines. An excellent scenic spot to visit. A spectacular limestone karst landscape with its underground river. These are just some of the words used to describe the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR).Actually, the amazing subterranean waterway is part of the larger Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, which was established in March 26, 1971. The National Committee on Geological Sciences declared the place as a National Geological Monument on December 11, 2003. Earlier, on December 4, 1999, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated it a World Heritage Site.

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Albay bags national tourism awards
Manila Bulletin
Nov. 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- Albay has once more proven that there’s more to Mayon’s perfect cone as it recently bagged a series of national awards in tourism, governance and disaster preparedness.The province won two Best Tourism Practices Awards at the national convention of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) held in Roxas City.

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Oracle Hotel: Luxe for less
The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
Nov. 6, 2011

Distance isn’t always a gauge of a beautiful destination or an unforgettable journey. Truth is, you need not travel far to embark on a gratifying vacation. Sometimes, those spontaneous impulses to spend some quality time with your family, friends or even yourself can prove to be truly rewarding.

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Tourism Congress, DOT agree to amend IRR of Tourism Act
The Philippine Star
By Mayen Jaymalin
Nov. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The controversial implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Tourism Act are finally undergoing some revisions.

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Shangri-La's Mactan to host Go Green Cebu Fair 2011
The Philippine Star
Nov. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu has been recognized for its environmental initiatives, having twice won the ASEAN Green Hotel award.

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City Garden offers early Christmas treat
The Philippine Star
Nov. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - An early Christmas treat awaits guests at City Garden Hotel Makati.

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Albay bags national tourism awards
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Nov. 5, 2011

Albay recently bagged a series of national awards in tourism, governance, and disaster preparedness.

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Tutuban Commercial Center's Night Market: The best place for shopping
The Philippine Star
Nov. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - If it’s the best place for your holiday shopping you are looking for, then look no further.

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Foreign travel agents to tour North Phl
The Philippine Star
Nov. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Foreign travel agents who will promote the Philippines to their clients back home will have their own first-hand experience of the country’s finest tourism destinations, attractions, and exciting activities across the northern segment of the archipelago.

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2nd ASEAN Spa Standard Project Group Meeting held in Boracay
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Nov. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- One of the reasons why Asia is well-positioned to be a global leader in wellness tourism is that in an increasingly artificial world, Asian spas are able to offer traditional treatments and remedies which provide some measure of distinctiveness and authenticity for its mostly Western visitors.

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Bulacan: A walk in time
Manila Bulletin
By Noel F. De Jesus
Nov. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- The best part of a recent weekend in Bulacan was spent on a hanging bridge, on hundreds of steps that went up and down a mountainside, and inside mysterious caves, oh so many of them. Our guide brought us to Biak-na-Bato in San Miguel, site of folklore and history. One of those caves served as Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo's hideout against the Spanish forces. Records say that on Oct. 7, 1897, leaders of the country's revolutionary government established the First Philippine Republic at Biak-na-Bato. It was also there, on November 1, 1897 that the Constitution of Biak-na-Bato was established.

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Antarctica NatGeo thrills for P300
Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
Nov. 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- In the late 1940s, the unpolluted skies were always blue and the distant mountain ranges of eastern Rizal Province were clearly visible from our barrio Pulanglupa. Our pre-school gang, with no travel experience beyond the towns bordering ours, thought those were the snow-clad peaks of America which we were familiar with only through Hollywood movies shown in the urine-smelling, non-airconditioned movie house in Parañaque.

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Tacurong's Talakudong
Manila Bulletin
Nov. 1, 2011

MANILA, Philippines -- If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can't it paint a thousand birds and a thousand smiles as well?
Tacurong City, home to the Baras Bird Sanctuary and the colorful Talakudong Festival, was the fitting subject of the Igpat Sang Kamera photo competition for the city's growing community of photographers as part of the city's recent 11th city founding anniversary.

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