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New Year's Eve treat at St Giles' BayLeaf
The Philippine Star
Dec. 25, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - BayLeaf Restaurant and Bar Lounge is the newest hip place to dine and unwind in the heart of Makati City.

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Holiday flavors at G Hotel
The Philippine Star
Dec. 25, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - This festive season, what could be more meaningful than spending it with family and friends in a repast at G Hotel.

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Shangri-La's Mactan offers holiday delights
The Philippine Star
Dec. 25, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu has a host of holiday delights for the entire family to enjoy this season.
The resort recently expanded its children’s pool, adding an Aquaplay area with three colorful water slides, a baby bungee and a rainbow shower.

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Feasts and delights at Manila Pavilion
The Philippine Star
Dec. 25, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Ignite your senses to a fascinating and flavorful gastronomical feast in an international buffet and charge up the energy of fellow party people with dance grooves in an electrifying live band jam.

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'Tis the season of giving at Island Cove
The Philippine Star
Dec. 25, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Make the most out of the remaining days of 2011 with these promos at Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park. Indulge in relaxing treatments at the Island Spa. Receive great deals on diamond peels, massages, body scrubs, foot spas, and aroma facials with the Last Quarter Promo, which runs until Dec. 30.

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Yuletide delights at Best Western Premier F1 Hotel
The Philippine Star
Dec. 25, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Whether you are celebrating with family and friends or preparing for company celebrations, the first hotel in The Fort puts the merry back into Christmas.

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Celebrate the joys of the season at Malayan Plaza Hotel
The Philippine Star
Dec. 25, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - It’s that time of the year again when spending quality time with family and loved ones is the best gift you can give and receive. The Malayan Plaza Hotel values love and togetherness this season, and has created a neat little package that ties in everything you need for a fun-filled Christmas vacation.

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A sparkling New Year celebration at Diamond
The Philippine Star
Dec. 25, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - On Dec. 31, add sparkle to your celebration as Diamond Hotel Philippines lights up its way to a luxurious and dazzling new year.Get ready to party all the way to 2012 with Rebirth Band performing on stage while a sumptuous buffet dinner is served at Corniche Restaurant for only P2,012 ++ along with a glass of Moët & Chandon Rosé, party favors and fireworks set to delight guests.

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Tutuban Center brings out the Christmas cheer
The Philippine Star
Dec. 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - They say Filipinos celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world. That’s for good reason, because Pinoys love the good times. No matter how horrible the year has been, the holiday spirit will wipe away all that.

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Party this season at City Garden Makati
The Philippine Star
Dec. 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - This holiday season, City Garden Hotel Makati has a range of offers to suit party requirements of any budget. Gather family and friends to a bash with its festive Christmas package.

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Holiday getaway at Crimson
The Philippine Star
Dec. 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Treat your family to a luxurious holiday getaway at Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan. For a minimum of two nights, indulge in its ultimate Villa package for only P16,250 ++ per night and enjoy its exclusive facilities and amenities.

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CEB brings back dancing crew on special flights this season
The Philippine Star
Dec. 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The country’s largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific, brings Christmas cheer on select flights until Dec. 31 with special performances by its world-renowned dancing cabin crew.

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More Than Just the Smiles
Manila Bulletin
By Raneil Antonio Ibay
Dec. 20, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Where do I begin? A question I’ve been wracking my brain with since coming from Bacolod. I am stumped on how to begin writing this article, so here it goes.
Bacolod is dubbed “The City of Smiles” because of its mardi gras-like MassKara Festival, and also probably because everyone we’ve met, including our hosts Philip and Janet Loyola. are wearing the genuinely “Ilonggo smile” But our group didn’t come for the MassKara Festival but for the equally colorful Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental.

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Travelling with safety in mind
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
Dec. 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Travelling usually begins with a destination in mind. Looking forward to sights and sounds, people and places is what makes planning for a trip exciting. But of course, there’s more to a journey than the ultimate prize of a dream destination. More so with road trips, where most of the actual time away are spent behind the wheel.

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Bohol: Cradle of Caves, Corals
Manila Bulletin
By Emmie V. Abadilla
Dec. 18, 2011

ANILA, Philippines — My ears thrummed in the silence as I crouched inside the maw of Panglao’s forbidden cave and shone my headlamp in its dark abyss.

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The City in the Forest
Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
Dec. 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Puerto Princesa, the capital and only city of Palawan, was historically named by Spanish colonizers after Princess Eulalia who was born in 1864 to the reigning Queen Isabel II and Dr. Francisco de Asis of Spain. After the princess died, the city was changed to Puerto de la Princesa, and eventually, Puerto Princesa as it is known today.

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Amazon Rainforest: New 7 Natural Wonder (First of Two Parts)
Manila Bulletin
By Edwin Yaptangco
Dec. 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Fying from Iguazu Falls to the Amazon Rainforest, my wife and I had no idea they were to become two of the provisional ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’. The seven-hour flight traversed over a third of the South American continent northward, but it was just a domestic flight in the sprawl of Brazil.

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Taguig Delicacy
Manila Bulletin
By Maan D'Asis Pamaran
Dec. 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Everyone has a favorite childhood treat that they yearn for. Those who grew up in the municipality (or even the vicinity of) Taguig and Pateros mention two delicacies that they will gladly blow their diets for: The Ube Kalamay and the oddly-named Inutak. The former is a thick sweet paste made from purple yam, akin to what is found in many townships around the Philippines, while the latter, is a dish that Taguig/Pateros residents can proudly call their own.

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Best of both worlds at Boracay Gardens
The Philippine Star
By Scott R. Garceau
Dec. 18, 2011

My wife and I did the math during a recent short, breezy flight to Boracay on Seair: we’ve been to this jewel of an island nine times already. So how do you keep reinventing the Boracay experience?

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Believing in Belenismo
The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
Dec. 18, 2011

How are you holding up this Christmas? Can you feel the holiday spirit in the air, in your homes, in your hearts or do you feel an emptiness, a yuletide yearning longing to be filled? How would you like to experience the joy and peace of Christmas every waking hour?

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Chasing champions in Corregidor
The Philippine Star
By Tanya T. Lara
Dec. 18, 2011

For the most part of the year, even with tourists around, Corregidor island is quiet. So quiet it’s easy to imagine ghosts lurking in the ruins of the Mile-Long Barracks or inside Malinta Tunnel, which witnessed some of the most miserable conditions during World War II, having been turned into a 1,000-bed hospital with only one toilet.

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A new chapter for Punta de Fabian
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Dec. 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - It was more like a reunion, a renewal of friendships during the recent inauguration of Punta de Fabian Resort in Baras, Rizal. Its founder, Teresita Fabian Pamintuan, called the event “one of the happiest days of my life as a cancer survivor.” How could she not, when the people who matter to her were there?

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Marriott offers festive holiday experience
The Philippine Star
Dec. 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - This Christmas, nothing can be more festive than spending a feast filled with joy, events, and gourmet food for the table. Look no further; celebrate the holiday in high spirits as Marriott Manila makes Yuletide a heartwarming tradition for the whole family.

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Home for the season is Midas Hotel & Casino
The Philippine Star
Dec. 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Do something fabulously different this year. Make it at Midas Hotel & Casino.

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Holiday elegance at Eastwood Richmonde
The Philippine Star
Dec. 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - This season, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel invites everyone to experience a holiday filled with extravagance and excitement.

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Azalea Residences opens in Baguio
The Philippine Star
Dec. 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The first all-suite vacation residence has finally opened in Baguio City. Azalea Residences presents Baguio holiday-goers the full services and amenities of a serviced apartment, complete with living, dining and kitchen facilities in all its rooms.

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A hotel in Baguio that blends with environment
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Matikas Santos
Dec. 17, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – A brand new hotel built in the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City, has hit the sweet spot by offering vacationers a nature experience without changing nature.

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Why not a Noche Buena in Bora?
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Gibbs Cadiz
Dec. 17, 2011

At Boracay Garden Resort, specifically, which bills itself as “the only property in the island where guests may take leisurely walks around the breezy, tree-lined property.” That luxury, quite scarce in Boracay where most establishments consist of tightly packed concrete structures, comes courtesy of the resort’s enviable size—some 1.5 hectares of open space big enough to accommodate three swimming pools side by side with landscaped gardens, cabanas, a poolside bar, and wide patches of either grassy or tiled open space for walking around.

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For the country’s first green hotel, sustainability makes good business
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Marge C. Enriquez
Dec. 17, 2011

Snuggling between fresh Egyptian cotton bed linens and goosedown duvets in a springy bed is an extravagance by today’s standards. While many upscale accommodations provide the standard linens with 200 thread count, this boutique hotel in Quezon City ups the ante with its 400-thread count linens, pillows whose supportive core is surrounded by soft down, and a mattress with pocket springs that follow the contours of the body. Likewise, the bed’s antibacterial memory foam wards off dust mites that breed allergies.

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Taal’s genteel old houses are surviving with grace
The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Ino Manalo
Dec. 17, 2011

Many are unaware that Taal is the name of a genteel town filled with heritage architecture. Many people confuse it with Tagaytay. I guess it has to do with that magnificent view.

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The resort that restores
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Dec. 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Trust us on this one: A change of scenery does you good. Nothing could be truer than getting away from the harsh urban jungle and finding bliss outside the city.

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Holiday in Corregidor & Manila Bay
Manila Bulletin
Dec. 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Christmas is in the air and in the seas. To make this year’s festivities extra unique, why not try cruising your way to Christmas in historic Corregidor and scenic Manila Bay.

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Some Things I Don't Understand
Manila Bulletin
By Howard Belton
Dec. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — There’s a song in that wonderful musical My Fair Lady entitled “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” The musical is set more than a hundred years ago on the other side of the world in England but Henry Higgins’s question is still relevant here and now.

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P-Noy at Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party
Manila Bulletin
By Deedee M. Siytangco
Dec. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The best is still to come…” was the happy sentiment in the Bulong Pulungan Media Forum pre-Christmas party at the Sofitel hotel last Tuesday, even with the grand raffle which convenor Donnie Ramirez conducted with great gusto.

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Simply enak!
Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
Dec. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Would you like some kecap with that?” asked the Indonesia lady who were dining with us during our recent trip to Indonesia. Believing that Indonesians know their food too well, thus know the best way to eat their dishes, I gave in and said a simple ‘Thank You.

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Bazaar shopping for a cause
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
Dec. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Christmas is a time for giving (and receiving!). It is also the season that gives us a feeling of financial invincibility or a general ease in spending our hard-earned cash.There’s no better place to part with your money than sifting through a variety of good and reasonable finds in bazaars, particularly in the most awaited one of the year — the 11th World Bazaar Festival at the World Trade Center Manila.

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Breathing Life Under the Sea
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
Dec. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has over 36,000 kilometers of coastline and, subsequently, most of the culture and practices of the Filipinos depend on the waters that surround them. From the bountiful harvests of marine resources and wildlife to the destructive storms and typhoons that hit our lands, everything is brought on by waves from the depths of the sea.

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Here is what I discovered in Boracay
The Philippine Star
By Raya Mananquil
Dec. 11, 2011

There are folks who wear their hearts on their sleeve, and then there are those who place their hands on their hearts.
This is the emblematic gesture made by the staff at Discovery Shores Boracay, which has almost become their own equivalent of India’s namaste salutation: palms pressed together, with a slight bow.

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Coffee, tea or Girlie Ty?
The Philippine Star
By Ching M. Alano
Dec. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - They say the best part of leaving is coming home. That’s exactly how Girlie Ty must have felt when she came home recently to assume the plum post of country manager of United Airlines in the Philippines after her stint in Vietnam where she was United’s general manager of airport operations.

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Quezon: A true haven
The Philippine Star
By Nicole Denise Zoleta
Dec. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Imagine a place where you hear the flapping wings of birds in the morning, feel the fresh mountain breeze like a soft blanket on your cheeks, hear the peaceful waves of beaches nearby and the warmth of sand under your feet. Alongside roads, tons of coconut trees offer shade. They all have tall graceful trunks crowned by long feathery leaves that bear fruits of life.

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Cathay Pacific marks 65th year as premium carrier
The Philippine Star
Dec. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Cathay Pacific celebrates its 65th anniversary this year with a series of milestones and accomplishments that aptly further its vision to be the world’s best airline, as well as uphold the company’s commitment to service and product excellence and innovation.

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Discover, explore and taste the world with 'L+A Travel'
The Philippine Star
Dec. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Take a deep breath and go on an adventure you have never gone before. Leisure + Adventure Travel gives you a dose of inspiration from amazing features from around the world: a Fly and Sail Cruise around Singapore and Malaysia with the SuperStar Virgo, Christmas markets in Germany, an enthralling trip through the colorful cities, sandy deserts and alluring seas of Morocco, a winter road trip through Europe, an exciting passage through Vietnam’s Cu Chi Tunnels and an adventurous food trip in Penang.

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San Juanico Golf Hotel: A holiday paradise beckons
The Philippine Star
Dec. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Enjoy Christmas and vacation trips at a holiday paradise with families and friends. The San Juanico Golf Hotel, a 30-room hotel surrounded with breathtaking verdant landscape of flat and gently sloping greens, panorama of endless rolling hills and mountains, offers world-class amenities and accommodations to those visiting Eastern Visayas.Guests at the hotel get an exquisite view of the San Juanico Bridge, a historic structure and an engineering marvel that spans two kilometers across the strait that connects Samar and Leyte provinces. It is considered the most beautiful sea-spanning bridge in the Philippines.

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The thrill of adventure in Philippine hot spots
The Philippine Star
Dec. 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Three running enthusiasts recently had the time of their lives when they each won an all-expense paid adventure package to three of the country’s most exciting exploration hot spots. Kyle Labrador, Ricardo Sirot Sr. and Wilson Pelingen visited Cagayan de Oro City, Bohol and Mt. Province, respectively, courtesy of Rexona Men Adventure.

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Home up North
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig

MANILA, Philippines - Laoag City is home to some of the country’s most visited tourist destinations and landmarks: Saint Williams’s Cathedral, the Sinking Bell Tower, the Malacañang of the North, the Museo Ilocos, and many others. The city is also popular for being the location of Northview Hotel, a property that has, since its opening in 1997, become second home to countless locals and visitors.

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Anda: The Road Less Travelled
Manila Bulletin
Dec. 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — As a tourist destination, Bohol is replete with exotic sights and languid shores. But on the eastern side of the much-visited province is a small peninsula that only an intrepid few have experienced.

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Airphil Express brings growth to Gensan
The Philippine Star
Dec. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The newly opened Airphil Express routes from Manila to General Santos City and vice-versa continue to bring visitors, who travel for the purpose of business and leisure, to resource-rich Southern Mindanao.

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Within the Walled City
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Dec. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Who would have imagined that a hotel like this exists in Intramuros?
That was our first thought the moment we stepped inside The Bayleaf. See, whenever one mentions Intramuros, our thoughts automatically connect to the word “historic” for pretty obvious reasons. So when we found ourselves admiring the splendid interiors, the well-appointed suites, and the hospitable staff, we realize that The Bayleaf is writing its own history.

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Cirque de Soleil returning to Manila in 2012
The Philippine Star
By Patricia Esteves
Dec. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Cirque du Soleil’s big top production Varekai drew a record number of 80,000 Filipino fans during its two-week run at the Quirino Grandstand last July, according to Hoopla Inc., the event promoter/sponsor of the show.

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Summit Circle Hotel: Every business traveler's dream
The Philippine Star
Dec. 4, 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.

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1st Asian underwater photo competition held in Cebu
The Philippine Star
By Helen Flores
Dec. 4, 2011

CEBU CITY ,Philippines — Some of the world’s top underwater photographers gathered in this city this week for the first Asian underwater photo competition.
A total of 75 photographers from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Russia, and Hong Kong participated in the first Asian Underwater Federation Photography Championships organized by the Philippine Association on Underwater Activities (PAUA), in coordination with the Department of Tourism.

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Eco-Rescuer's Live-Aboard Adventure Diving in Calatagan, Puerto Galera & Apo Reef
Manila Bulletin
By Emmie V. Abadilla
Dec. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The chill screaming current blasted me as I heaved my fourth 176-pound block single-handed on top of Calatagan’s artificial reef.
Never before have I manhandled anything heavier than my body weight 60 feet down the sea floor. But this dive, which begun my first live-aboard adventure, was both for service and pleasure.

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The Boom in Tagum
Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
Dec. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — An hour’s ride away from Davao is the fast rising phenomenon of a small urban city packed with exemplary governance and a harmonious lifestyle by the locals.

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Taking off with the wind
Manila Bulletin
By Bryan B. Garcia
Dec. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Harnessing the power of nature is something that ancient man has learned in order to further the advancement of civilization. Be it for necessity or pleasure, there is perhaps no greater feat than that of taming nature’s forces and wielding its power for practical use.

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Intramuros turns a new leaf
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Dec. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Towering above the historic Walled City of Intramuros, the Bay Leaf hotel is easily a destination in itself. A stone’s throw away from historical gems like the San Agustin Church, Manila Cathedral and Fort Santiago, the nine-story hotel pays homage to its illustrious neighbors with elegantly archaic architectural motifs complemented with sleek, modern interiors that encapsulate its unique brand of comfort.

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Iguazu Falls: New 7 Natural Wonder
Manila Bulletin
By Edwin Yaptangco
Dec. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ very own Puerto Princesa Underground River is in good company, in very good company. I know since my wife and I had seen two of the provisional ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’ up close and personal — Iguazu Falls and the Amazon Rainforest — both in Brazil.

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Gift to end poverty, terrorism
Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
Dec. 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Boracay is not the most beautiful island in the Philippines; El Nido in Palawan is not the most breathtaking collection of islets and coves. The most heavenly beaches in the Philippines, maybe even the whole world, abound in Southern Mindanao, south of Basilan. Among them are the twin islands of Lugus and Tapul, Siasi and Simunul.

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A life's fulfillment
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Dec. 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Amazing how things turn out. Before Punta de Fabian came to be, its founder Teresita Fabian Pamintuan was recuperating from her breast cancer operation. At the time, she found consolation in her faith, family, and friends. It was her way of healing herself, a restorative process that involved looking inwards.

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