ourphilippines.tv newsNEWS - January 2012


Biñan 2nd Puto-Latik Festival
Manila Bulletin
By Anthony Giron and Ferdinand F. Castro
Jan. 30, 2012

BIÑAN CITY, Laguna, Philippines — This city is now celebrating its 2nd Puto-Latik Festival, which coincides with the city’s 67th Liberation Day.

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Cabadbaran Gears For 'Dagkot Festival'
Manila Bulletin
By Mike U. Crismundo
Jan. 30, 2012

CABADBARAN CITY, Philippines – Tourists and “Balikbayans” from around the world started arriving in this city to actively participate in the “2012 Dagkot (lighted) Festival” slated on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Tagaytay Highlands: A top wedding destination
The Philippine Star
Jan. 29, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Tagaytay Highlands has evolved into a preferred destination for, not only honeymoons, but also weddings.

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What's better than traveling? Simple: traveling for free
The Philippine Star
By Enrico Miguel T. Subido
Jan. 29, 2012

Adventure, culture, history and recreation: what would true a vacation spot be without any or all of these?

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Secret paradise in Palawan
The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
Jan. 29, 2012

I just stumbled on a precious find and initially deliberated whether to share it or just keep it to myself. Like prophetic good news, my conscience dictated that an ethereal sanctuary like this is a joy forever and ought to be shared. Truth is, “passionate desires to fulfill one’s dreams are the reason for this secret.”

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A 'suroy' to Cebu's Southern Heritage Trail
The Philippine Star
By Maria Eleanor Valeros
Jan. 29, 2012

CEBU ,Philippines — After successfully inspiring conservation of natural and tangible resources as well as exhorting a sense of cultural pride, the seven-year-old tourism initiative of the Cebu provincial government, with Gov. Gwendolyn Pilar Garcia on the helm, has ridden on the winds of change as it has been transformed into a contest.

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Enjoy special Chinese New Year menu sets at Hotel H20
The Philippine Star
Jan. 29, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - To welcome the Year of the Dragon, Hotel H20 offers several special menu sets until Jan. 31 at the Makan Makan Asian Food Village.

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Discovery Shores Boracay among world's best
The Philippine Star
Jan. 27, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Travel + Leisure Magazine’s T+L 500’s 10th Anniversary Collection ranks Discovery Shores Boracay as among the top-rated 500 hotels in the world, as selected by its readers.

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Waterfront Mactan has new hotel manager
The Philippine Star
Jan. 27, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino welcomes its new hotel manager, Ma. Theresa Fernandez, a notable expert in the field of operations and financial control.

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Amazing Sablayan
Manila Bulletin
Jan. 24, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — The resort town of Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro unveils its fun side as it celebrates its 110th founding day and Dugoy Festival this month of January.

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Tourism. It's more fun for Ramon Jimenez
The Philippine Star
By Bianca Gonzalez
Jan. 22, 2012

A married couple left the agencies where they were employed to start their own agency. From zero, they built a local advertising agency that grew to become the largest multinational advertising agency in the Philippines, even larger than the companies they used to work for. Two weeks ago, the man whose name that ad agency bears presented the new tagline for Philippine tourism: “It’s more fun in the Philippines.” And boy, have people been having fun thinking of ways to promote that line. Here are 10 things you should know about our Department of Tourism Secretary, Ramon Jimenez.

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Overseas Pinoys discover why it's more fun in Phl
The Philippine Star
Jan. 22, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - They have stayed long enough in foreign lands to know what is fun and what isn’t. And more fun it seems to become every time they return even for just a short vacation.

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More Chinese New Year Treats
The Philippine Star
Jan. 22, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Celebrate success and happiness this auspicious Year of the Dragon as Pan Pacific Manila offers you its luxurious rooms and suites with personalized butler service.

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Join the fun this Chinese New Year at F1
The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Jan. 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Festive mood, fresh food, fantastic service, fabulous rooms, fun amenities. These make for a great Chinese New Year. The good news is, they are all available at Best Western Premier F1 Hotel’s Chinese New Year celebration.

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'Year of the Dragon' welcome treats
The Philippine Star
Jan. 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Usher in the Year of the Dragon in abundance. The Chinese New Year lunch buffet promo of Centara Hotel Manila on Jan. 23 features a mouthwatering, tummy-filling selection of authentic Chinese cuisine at the World Restaurant.

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Ongpin goes car-less on the day before Chinese New Year
The Philippine Star
Jan. 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The otherwise busy street of Ongpin, situated in the heart of Chinatown in Manila, will be closed to vehicular traffic on the day before the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

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It's more fun in the Philippines because...
The Philippine Star
By Mons Romulo-Tantoco
Jan. 15, 2012

Early last week the new slogan of the Department of Tourism, “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” caught on like wild- fire throughout the country. It was pleasant news for a lot of us. The slogan perfectly describes what tourists and balikbayans can expect when they visit our country! It’s a great slogan, great start, great news looking forward to more tourist arrivals in 2012.

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The Nest
Manila Bulletin
By Lucci C. Coral
Jan. 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — I have a collection of previous misconceptions about some Philippine destinations—like I could run up and down the Chocolate Hills as I once did with piled gravel, bathe under Maria Cristina Falls and remain alive and that El Nido is just a resort in Palawan.

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Cebu City's South American mission
Manila Bulletin
By Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.
Jan. 15, 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The powdery white sand beach of the world-famous Copacabana stretches to as far as the eyes can see. Here, millions of beach lovers from around the world make their pilgrimage every year even as the waters are not fit for swimming due to the freezing, huge waves. Just across the beach, hundreds of bars and establishments dot the avenue where thousands of party lovers spend the night in a festive mood.

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A soldier's retirement house becomes Pagudpud's premier tourist destination
The Philippine Star
Jan. 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - On Christmas Eve, Danish national Rasmus Faber, a house builder from Copenhagen, traveled to his next Philippine stopover after Baguio in darkness and under pelting rain. What he particularly remembered about the trip was having to negotiate more twisting roads on mountain slopes; and approaching his destination, he caught a dazzling display of lights not too far ahead. That was where he and his Filipina law-student girlfriend were headed for.

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Rediscover Boracay on Airphil Express
The Philippine Star
Jan. 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Now more than ever, many Filipinos are traveling by air to soak up the beauty of the country’s scenic spots, like the pristine beaches of Boracay, which arguably is still the favorite summer destination of many Filipinos. In the past, travel discounts could only be enjoyed during off-peak seasons. But now you can stretch your budget even during “high-tourist” summer fiestas with the latest air travel promos that can take you to more tourist destinations throughout the country.

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Yummy Ormoc finds
The Philippine Star
By Lucy Gomez
Jan. 15, 2012

As I write this I am on Day 8 of the Master Cleanse yet again. I started a few days after the New Year and I am staying faithful to it if only because I really indulged decadently over the holidays. This is my attempt at a balancing “yin” to all the “yang” that Christmas and New Year proved to be.

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Sun, fun & Saujana
The Philippine Star
By Ching M. Alano
Jan. 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - When you’re tired and retired (which could mean you’re twice tired), where do you go to repair aching bones, soothe frazzled nerves, and boost flagging spirits?

Before, the senior citizens didn’t know where to go. Now, thank God for Saujana Premiere Medi Spa Resort & Residences in Silang, Cavite, baby boomers have a place they can call their very own.

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Birthdays. More fun and fearless in Sibuyan
The Philippine Star
By Gina Lopez
Jan. 15, 2012

Using my birthday (Dec. 27) as the hook, I was able to cajole my family to come to this island I had fallen in love with for three days. It was a major operation because, as of yet, the island has no operating airstrip. The game plan was to take the plane to Caticlan (all 26 of us!) and then go by the Sarimanok yacht to the island. My mother was in town so I was very much looking forward to our time together.

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Welcome the 'Dragon' at Crowne Plaza
The Philippine Star
Jan. 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Breathe fire into Chinese New Year festivities at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria on Jan. 23.

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Shangri-La's Mactan offers refurbished rooms
The Philippine Star
Jan. 13, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - As a reflection of its commitment to provide consistently outstanding facilities for its guests, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu has announced the completion of the first phase of its refurbishment program. Seventy-five luxurious rooms in the Shangri-La Wing are now available.

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Cebu's Pari-an: 300 years of history online
The Philippine Star
By Elijah Mendoza
Jan. 13, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan (Those who don’t look back whence they came won’t get to their goal).” The old Filipino saying may well refer to Pari-an, a tiny district of Cebu City, for centuries a mere concept in popular history books but now surging ahead on the wings of modern telecommunications technology.

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Ilocos Sur: From Laid-Back to Thrill-Seeking Adventure Zone
Manila Bulletin
By Jinky Jorgio
Jan. 12, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — Bagnet. Empanada. Longganisa. Kalesa. Spanish-era houses. These are the pictures that come to mind when Vigan, Ilocos Sur is mentioned. But there’s more to Vigan than meets the eye (or the stomach for that matter). Through the efforts of Governor Chavit Singson, local and international tourists visiting the province are now in for a lot more fun and adventure.

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Mactan's Manny O & Movenpick: Quite a pairing
The Philippine Star
By Alfred A. Yuson
Jan. 8, 2012

The last time I stayed at this wonderful hotel with a good beach on Mactan Island, it was still the Mactan Hilton, with twin pink towers providing balconies with a terrific view of the channel, Olango Island across, and the tip of the historic atoll, called Punta Engaño, towards the east.

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Baguio cooks up most wanted attraction in Te Quiero
The Philippine Star
Jan. 8, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Baguio City is blessed with a topography that includes zigzagging through the Cordillera Central mountain range amid pine trees and a cool climate. Indeed, Baguio is undoubtedly one of the must-go places in the Philippines.

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The good life gets better at Playa Laiya
The Philippine Star
Jan. 8, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Lot owners of Playa Laiya, the premier luxury leisure-residential development in San Juan, Batangas have one more reason to be happy about their residential tropical paradise: the exclusive Playa Laiya Beach Club is now open to give them more relaxation and fun in the sun.

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Microtel Baguio Opens Tapas Bar
The Philippine Star
Jan. 8, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Microtel Inns and Suites Baguio recently opened the Te Quiero Tapas Bar & Restaurant, the new ‘in’ place in the City of Pines. Te Quiero offers everything from Spanish tapas to local comfort food as well as an impressive selection of imported wines and spirits. It is located on Upper Session Road.

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YEARENDER: A good but challenging year for tourism industry
The Philippine Star
By Mayen Jaymalin
Jan. 6, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - A good but challenging year.
This was how Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez described the local tourism industry in 2011 despite a series of natural calamities and problems encountered by the department.

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Your Sinulog guide to Cebu
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Cybill Gayatin and Kaye G. Luym
Jan. 7, 2012

With only three days in Cebu to take part in Sinulog, inarguably the city’s biggest revelry, here is our 3-day guide on where to sleep and where to spend all your waking hours because while Cebu has become synonymous with lechon and mangoes, there’s more to cherish in this city than those.

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How to navigate the Sinulog Festival–a photographer’s guide
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By PJ Enriquez
Jan. 7, 2012

It is a celebration of the Cebuano’s acceptance of Roman Catholicism symbolized by the image of the baby Jesus, or Senyor Sto. Nino to the locals. It also represents one of the biggest and most well-attended photography contests in the country.

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Centara extends room promo
The Philippine Star
Jan. 6, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Start the year on a high note with Centara Hotel Manila’s extended room rate promotion.

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Tango Fire due in Manila
The Philippine Star
Jan. 6, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - For two nights only, the world-renowned Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires will perform at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila (RWM) on Jan. 17-18, at 8 p.m.

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Welcome Year of the Dragon at Pavilion
The Philippine Star
Jan. 1, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Welcome the prosperous Year of the Black Water Dragon and experience a grand accommodation package of your choice at Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel.

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Grandiose feasts beckon at G Hotel
The Philippine Star
Jan. 1, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Grandiose feasts await everyone this Year of the Dragon at G Hotel Manila.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu marks 1st year
The Philippine Star
Jan. 1, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, the first Radisson Blu in the Asia-Pacific, turned one-year-old recently and hosted a Cotton Club-inspired revelry attended by Cebu’s business leaders, socialites and media personalities.

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