ourphilippines.tv newsNEWS - April 2012


Beautiful Balesin , Exploring a Luxurious Island Destination
Manila Bulletin
April 22, 2012

Who would’ve thought that somewhere, within the typhoon-battered province of Polilio Quezon, lies one island that will soon be a world-class destination? But that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it? It’s like a secret paradise. It’s not hidden from plain sight but only a privileged few can set foot on its enchanting territories.

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Vivid dreams are woven in Mindanao
The Philippine Star
By Tonette Martel
April 22, 2012

It seems remarkable and almost otherworldly how a group of tribal women from a remote region in the Southern Philippines holds on to a weaving tradition that spans centuries; their crafts move beyond our shores to the swanky home and design fairs in Milan, Paris and Frankfurt, then gain notice in the Asia–Pacific region, Europe and the United States. It couldn’t have been part of their wildest dreams. Even in their most vivid dreams, the T’boli women of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato would see intricate patterns the stylized images of nature, animal and plant life or, in some cases, the states of the human imagination. Such images were said to come to them through the goddess Fu Dalu who appeared in their dreams or that of their ancestors. These patterns, of which hundreds still exist today, are translated into designs that may be indigenous in spirit but have a striking contemporary appeal.

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Seair flies twice daily to Hong Kong for P1,750
The Philippine Star
April 22, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Due to increased demand from tourists and business travelers, South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) recently announced that it will offer two daily flights from Clark to Hong Kong and vice versa starting Oct. 28. It currently flies 10 times weekly to Hong Kong.

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A heritage tour of Cavite
The Philippine Star
By Ana Marie Pamintuan
April 22, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo, now a shrine to commemorate the Declaration of Independence, looked exactly the way it did the first time I visited it ages ago.

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ZamROA, RP Energy train lifeguards
The Philippine Star
April 22, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - In its aim to save lives and make the beaches of Zambales “drown-free,” the Zambales Resorts Owners Association (ZamROA) and the Philippine Life Saving Society (PLSS), sponsored by RP Energy and Zambales local government units, recently finished another round of its free Beach Lifeguard Training Course.

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Business success abounds with Inang's Tinapayan
The Philippine Star
April 22, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Working as an employee is sometimes barely enough to get through each day. And most of the working class take every opportunity there is just to earn a little more than what they get from their wages, while others take tremendous risks to work abroad for greener pastures.

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1st Pagcor national art competition launched
The Philippine Star
By Helen Flores
April 22, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) is calling for entries for its first national art competition with the theme “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” the country’s new tourism slogan.

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Summer sensations at Tutuban Center
The Philippine Star
April 22, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Summer’s here and the season calls for soft, flowing and refreshing clothes that are not only fashionable but also comfortable. From the latest trends to the future fads, you need not go any farther than Tutuban Center.

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Bellissimo bellevue
The Philippine Star
April 22, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - There’s more to great Italian dining than pasta, pizza and panini. Let The Bellevue, the five-star hotel in southern Metro Manila, take you closer to the sprawling wineries and quaint cities of Italy for an authentic Italian dining at its main dining outlet Café d’Asie. Experience a gastronomic journey around Italy and discover the cultural flavors of each of its 20 regions in an Italian food festival dubbed ‘I Love Italy’ from April 26 to 30. For just P1,390 nett, you can avail of this special lunch and dinner buffet that go along with a free glass of hearty Italian red wine. For inquiries, call 771-8181, 0917-8718181 or 0918-8718181.

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Diamond opens Cake Club at BGC
The Philippine Star
April 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - City dining has become more delicious and exciting as Diamond Hotel Philippines opens The Cake Club at the posh Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

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Richmonde Café offers Chef's Exclusives for April
The Philippine Star
April 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Changing weather notwithstanding, you can always be given assurance of a three-course treat in a gourmet’s haven right at the heart of Ortigas Center.

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Summer madness at Manila Pavilion
The Philippine Star
April 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - As the heat reaches fever pitch, say hello to summer at Manila Pavilion Hotel.

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Happy summer days at Lancaster
The Philippine Star
April 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - During the summer season, people usually run to the beach or the mountains to cool off. After all, the city can be a veritable oven, especially with the sun bearing down on stone and cement.

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Legendary Mayon In Magayon Festival
Manila Bulletin
April 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — Everyone who has been to Bicol has been awed by the perfect of cone Mayon Volcano, reputed to be the world’s most beautiful peak. Best viewed from the Cagsawa Ruins Park in Daraga, Albay, it is one of the world’s most restive volcanoes due to its frequent eruptions.

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CamNorte’s Bantayog Fest
Manila Bulletin
April 16, 2012

MANILA. Philippines — Camarines Norte, gateway province to the Bicol region, bursts into color as culture and adventure come together in the 8th Bantayog Festival in observance of its 92nd founding anniversary.

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Baguio Getaway? Choose Le Monet!
Manila Bulletin
By Leo Ortega Laparan II
April 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — While a majority of Baguiodom was busy celebrating the annual Panagbenga Flower Festival along sizzling Session Road and in all of the summer capital’s downtown area, others eagerly witnessed the unveiling of the latest addition to Camp John Hay’s edifices of class.

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What's not to love about Bohol?
The Philippine Star
By Jim Paredes
April 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - I have been to Bohol four times in the past. Fifteen years ago, I went diving in Panglao. And I came back three more times with the APO for shows where we arrived the day of the show, performed, stayed overnight and left the next morning, seeing nothing except the drive from and to the airport, the concert venue and our hotel rooms. This year, I was determined not to let the summer of 2012 pass without visiting Bohol again, this time as a real tourist.

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Sleeping under the trees & stars at Brookes Point
The Philippine Star
By Gina Lopez
April 15, 2012

Brookes Point, here we come. This is it. It’s breathtaking, the speed at which things are unfolding. I have an absolutely spectacular team headed by Kate Capulong. Kate is this amazing person with really perky energy. I gave her something “impossible” to do. In the back of mind, when she nods and says, “Yes, ma’am, I will take it on, we will make it happen by summer,” I am thinking: “My God, she is taking it on! She is going to do it!”

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Ice cream galore at Diamond
The Philippine Star
April 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Diamond Hotel has been known for its delectable lineup of pastries and delightful desserts. This year, a refreshing addition to the hotel’s signature array of sweets is its homemade ice cream.

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Treasure-laden Puerto Princesa
BusinessMirror
April 14, 2012

ON March 4 Puerto Princesa in Palawan celebrated the Balayong Festival, which also happened to be the city’s foundation day. As a backgrounder, the inspiration for the festival is the balayong flower, which is endemic to the city and is likened to Japan’s cherry blossoms. A lot of events happen during the weeklong celebration and this year’s premier event was the MP Turbo Offroad Challenge, which featured a weekend of 4x4 races, motocross, enduro time trials and mountain bike trials, all held in a very scenic valley right behind the city hall.

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Escape to (or from) White Beach
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Karla Vizcarra
April 14, 2012

About six years ago, I wrote a piece on Puerto Galera. I was in love with a French intern in Tabinay, and my article was peppered with lines like “a sea as blue as Paul Newman’s eyes,” and dreamy voyaging and sap and wanderlust.

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All the Philippine Festivals in one Aliwan Fiesta
The Philippine Star
By Aaron Erick Lozada
April 13, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – A rare spectacle of vibrant colors, majestic costumes, and festive celebrations has hit the metropolis as 22 cities and provinces across the nation bring forward their best cultural performances at the 2012 Aliwan Fiesta.

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DOT names 'Bok' as Phl envoy to Korea's Yeosu Expo 2012
The Philippine Star
April 13, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) has named “Bok” as the new Philippine ambassador of goodwill in Korea.

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Skyrunning Course To Mt. Ugo
Manila Bulletin
By Anselmo V. Talagtag, Jr.
April 10, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — It’s more fun to skyrun to Mt. Ugo in Itogon, Benguet. Why? It is not simply a mountaineering adventure called “skyrunning” or high altitude running above 2,000 meters, it has amazing benefits as well - it is healthy, it provides you nature’s feast for the eyes, food for the mind and inspiration for the soul.

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Aliwan Festival: More than just revelry
Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
April 9, 2012

Aliwan Fiesta is more than just a festival. It is more than just the dancing, the merriment and/or the parade. Aliwan is about harnessing the power of the Philippine festivals to showcase how religion, culture and traditions are intricately woven into our very existence.

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A Tale Of Two Cities: Batac And Tabuk Up North
Manila Bulletin
By Lualhati Perez
April 8, 2012

If famed novelist Charles Dickens were to contextualize in contemporary Philippine set ting his well-loved 1800s novel “A Tale of Two Cities,“ he would perhaps be talking about two new northern cities on the rise--Batac, Ilocos Norte and Tabuk, Kalinga.

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Summit Circle Cebu: Rebranding for the 21st century
The Philippine Star
By Julie Cabatit-Alegre
April 8, 2012

Comfort and convenience. These are two of the most basic requirements a traveler would look for in a hotel. At Summit Circle Cebu, these two qualities are so easily found.

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asianTraveler reveals 'Best of the Philippines'
The Philippine Star
April 8, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - asianTraveler Magazine, the Philippines’ premier travel publication, unveiled its choices of the country’s finest destinations through the launch of its latest issue, “Best of the Philippines,” held recently at the Privé Luxury Club at The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City.

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Showdown of champions in 2012 Aliwan Fiesta
The Philippine Star
April 8, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Just as easily as they party, Filipinos find an excuse to dance — for leisure or entertainment… as a manifestation of worship or as a social valve for relationships. For this year’s Aliwan Fiesta — the 10th annual cultural extravaganza organized by Manila Broadcasting Co. and the Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with the cities of Manila and Pasay — dance in its myriad forms once more takes center stage, as interpreted in the festival context by contingents from various regions all over the country.

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Skewer Saturdays at Manila Pavilion
The Philippine Star
April 8, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - its summer and Manila Pavilion Hotel is all revved up to give everyone the best dining venue this season.

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'My Easter Family Holiday' at Pan Pacific
The Philippine Star
April 8, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Enjoy that much-needed Easter holiday break today at the first and finest butler hotel in Philippines.

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Summer fun at Golden Sunset in Calatagan
The Philippine Star
April 8, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Just a two-hour drive from Makati, the Golden Sunset Village Resort and Spa in Calatagan, Batangas assures a fun-filled summer excursion for the family.

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The Moryonan Festival of Marinduque
BusinessMirror
By Recto Mercene
April 7, 2012

FOR the last 205 years, Marinduque has been celebrating a quaint Lenten tradition called the Moryonan/Morionan Festival. The lowland towns of Mogpog, Boac, Gasan and Buenavista are the sites of festivities, until well into the 1970s, when the upland towns of Sta. Cruz and Torrijos joined the merriment.

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DOT to add more fun to Phl exhibits at Yeosu Expo
The Philippine Star
April 1, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) will add “more fun” to the Philippine exhibits in the forthcoming Yeosu Expo 2012 in South Korea by including the amazing high-end products unbelievably crafted by the country’s poorest of the poor.

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