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Baguio Binge!

Manila Bulletin
By Maan D'Asis Pamaran & Malou E. Rosal
June 30, 2012

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. So, when we got the assignment to go to Baguio to search for food finds that are off the beaten track, (read: not restaurant chains that are also found in Manila) we readily agreed and packed our appetites along for the trip.

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Viva Pampanga!

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
June 30, 2012

Pampanga is probably one of the richest, if not the richest province in the Philippines; which explains the Kapampangans’ penchant for dressing up and panache. Close family ties, as with any region in the country, is also very prominent in the region, while its rich culinary heritage and prolific craftsmanship are world-renowned.

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Filipino Chinese Friendship Village Rises

Manila Bulletin
June 30, 2012

The General Consul of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Zhang Wei Guo, (center with corsage) recently inspected the second batch of 150 houses imported from China which are now in their final stages of completion. This is part of the 300 houses that were earlier pledged by the Filipino Chinese Community in Cagayan de Oro for typhoon Sendong victims who lost their dwellings last December 2011.

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Gov. Gwen In Social Action

Manila Bulletin
By Deedee M. Siytangco
June 30, 2012

ANGEL THOUGHTS

“Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner; instead, do your work, and then step back. That is the path to serenity.”

— Tao Te Ching

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The Baguio way of celebrating

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
June 29, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Yes, some of us actually go up to Baguio for reasons other than summer. It could be a birthday celebration, a christening or a wedding. In some instances, it’s a seminar or a meeting. Venue is very much part of the equation, as it is crucial in setting the tone of the occasion.

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Value-for-money buffet dinner at Traders

The Philippine Star
June 29, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Traders Hotel, Manila’s dinner buffet at Latitude caters to even larger groups with its latest “4+1” promotion.

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Manila travel expo drawing big names in global tourism

The Philippine Star
June 29, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - A travel expo slated in Manila next month is attracting big players in the global tourism industry, immediately turning it into a popular international event that it is designed to be.

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Rest and relax at Manila Pavilion Hotel

The Philippine Star
June 29, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Find relief from the day’s hassle and enjoy a relaxing stay at Manila Pavilion Hotel. For inquiries or reservations, call Manila Pavilion Hotel at 526-1212 extension 2345 for Food & Beverage, 1-800-10-WFRONT8 (9376688) for room reservations or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph. Manila Pavilion Hotel is located at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa St., Ermita, Manila.

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The ultimate ‘vacay’ at Plantation Bay

Manila Standard Today
By Joba Botana
June 28, 2012

There is a joke that goes: when you tell people in Korea that you’re from the Philippines, the first place that comes to mind for them is Cebu. They can be forgiven for thinking that way. After all, Cebu is one of the most-visited cities in the country, famous for picturesque islands like Camotes, Bantayan and Moal-Boal.

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Ian Sommerhalder visits El Nido

Manila Standard Today
June 28, 2012

Ian Somerhalder, of The Vampire Diaries recently stayed at El Nido Resorts Lagen Island for a local clothing brand’s photo shoot. Somerhalder who eventually fell in love with El Nido posted on his twitter account—“Reporting live from some beautiful island in the Philippines where it’s, on my time schedule, impossible to sleep past 5AM SO beautiful here.”

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SEAIR offers 85,000 seats at 70% off

Manila Standard Today
June 28, 2012

South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) announced today that it is offering 85,000 seats starting at P 299 or up to 70 percent off in its biggest lean season sale.

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In danger no more

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
June 28, 2012

On Tuesday, the World Heritage Committee announced that the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras in Ifugao province have been officially removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The update also removed the Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Pakistan.

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Bohol Aims For The Top

Manila Bulletin
June 27, 2012

The province of Bohol is out to reclaim its post as the top tourist destination in the country.

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Anawangin Again

Manila Bulletin
By Augusto H. Diamante, Jr.
June 27, 2012

So much has been written about Anawangin Cove that this by-word destination doesn't intrigue me anymore. Well, with still a pinch of curiosity left in me, I still managed to explore the site and not only that, to my surprise, uncovered the hidden treasure isles of Zambales!

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The party place

Manila Standard Today
By Bob Zozobrado
June 26, 2012

The past few days have been pleasantly hectic, thanks to fun happenings in different parts of the metro, which certainly continues to live up to its reputation as “the party capital of Asia.” Here’s why.

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In The Sweet By And By

Manila Bulletin
June 25, 2012

"In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore.”

When lyricist Fillmore Bennett wrote this well-loved religious hymn in 1868, little did he know that his classical work would not just be referring to the Great Beyond prepared by the Almighty.

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Bobby Mañosa's fave destination is his bahay kubo

The Philippine Star
By Edu Jarque
June 24, 2012

Bobby Mañosa is bahay kubo. Bahay kubo is Bobby Mañosa. Architecturally speaking, that is.

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DOT gears up tourism industry for PATA Travel Mart in Manila

The Philippine Star
June 24, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) is gearing up all sectors of the industry for the country’s hosting of the international travel mart of the 2,000-member Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) this year.

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Richmonde gets TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

The Philippine Star
June 24, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site that offers trusted advice from real travelers, recently awarded independent Philippine hotel brand Richmonde Hotel Ortigas with a Certificate of Excellence for consistently achieving outstanding traveler reviews on the site.

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Lyceum-Manila rules MAFBEX 2012

The Philippine Star
June 24, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Students of the College of International Tourism and Hospitality Management of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU)-Manila campus romped off with the most awards during the recently concluded Manila Food and Beverage Expo (MAFBEX) 2012 at the World Trade Center.

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3M Pizza: Satisfying the Filipino palate

The Philippine Star
June 24, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - 3M Pizza outlets, now with almost 50 located in strategic areas, have maintained their traditional Pinoy pizza offerings with an assortment of snack fare and meal delights, all appealing to Filipino consumers from all walks of life.

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Lancaster fetes dads until June 30

The Philippine Star
June 24, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Lancaster Hotel Manila knows how you love and appreciate your dad, so it is ready with special gifts for him from Jockey, GQ Barber Shop, Nails.Glow Hand and Foot Spa this month.

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Celebrate Karimbaran Sa Ranao 2012

Manila Bulletin
Ayunan Grande Gunting
June 23, 2012

Take part in the annual festivities that will highlight the heritage of the Maranao people, who have shared their culture through legends of the Lake Lanao, sophisticated weaving techniques, artworks, metal crafts and wood carvings.

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Sangyaw Festival

Manila Bulletin
By Robbie Pangilinan
June 23, 2012

Tacloban City’s Sangyaw Festival promises to be a big event this year, bigger than the celebrations of the past four years.

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The Allure of Zambo Sur

Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
June 23, 2012

The Province of Zamboanga del Sur is a delightful discovery for someone like me who hails from the biggest city in the island (or country, for the matter), and yet remains immersed in a laidback and refreshing provincial lifestyle everyone seem to hanker for nowadays.

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DoT Gears Up For PATA

Manila Bulletin
June 23, 2012

The Department of Tourism (DoT) is gearing up all sectors of the industry for the country’s hosting of the international travel mart of the 2,000-member Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) this year.

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A place for every Juan in Palawan

Manila Standard Today
By Joba Botana
June 22, 2012

Any person who has been to Palawan, particularly its island beaches, would agree that the largest province in the Philippines (in terms of land area) is not only rich in natural resources but also breathtakingly beautiful. Palawan boasts of the world’s most scenic natural frontiers, impressive diving-spots and majestic beaches and islands. The place is indeed paradisiacal.

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Cebu's Suroy-Suroy tour: A model for local tourism

The Philippine Star
By Garry Lao
June 22, 2012

CEBU, Philippines – “A great example for local tourism.”

This was what political leaders could say after they joined the two-day Suroy Suroy countryside tour of the Cebu provincial government dubbed “Exploring the Midwest” that traveled through towns in the third district last June 11-12.

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Globe Love Bus, Love Boat: A journey to remember

The Philippine Star
June 22, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Over 19,000 passengers enjoyed a unique and memorable summer experience after riding the Globe Love Bus and Love Boat, taking them to the season’s top hotspots for free complete with exclusive freebies from Globe Prepaid.

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The Trusting Bo

Manila Bulletin
By Paula Anntoneth A. O
June 20, 2012

Of all creatures great and small, I have always been devoted to the family where the King of the Jungle belongs to. It is heaven to feel their sleek and soft bodies. Their soft purr and gentle meows are like music to my ears. Their intelligent, penetrating eyes could melt anyone’s heart hardened by life’s misadventures.

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Camiguin, Your One-Stop Island Of Wonders

Manila Bulletin
June 20, 2012

Camiguin may be a complete destination but it opens up to nearby isles that you can also explore with your travel group. You will experience a constant push-and-pull of emotions as you journey aboard a motorboat because of the playful waves and pristine waters. After several minutes of boat ride, you will feel the excitement rise as the outlying white sand islands begin to emerge in your view.

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Boracay beckons anew

The Philippine Star
By Victor S. Sevilla
June 20, 2012

VOTED time and again by various international travel magazines and tour associations as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Boracay continues to lure visitors from all over the world.

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An eco-adventure on Samal Island

Manila Standard Today
By Diana A. Uy
June 19, 2012

Every summer since 2007, Acer organizes a sports adventure activity for select members of the press to determine their survival skills when engaged in multiple grueling mental and physical challenges. These players from the media are brought to a secret, amazing destinations that are revealed only on the day of the contest itself.

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Lamitan Fest

Manila Bulletin
June 18, 2012

The rich Yakan culture and best-kept secrets of Lamitan City, Basilan come to life as it showcases its heritage in the Lami-Lamihan Festival on June 23-27.

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The day I stalked the whale sharks in Sumilon

The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
June 17, 2012

Every now and then, we are blessed with moments of the surreal and spectacular and our lives are never the same again. Being whisked off to a paradise of eco-luxury, we feel much closer to the one who created it all.

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Gourmet Farms is now an 11-hectare eco-tourism attraction

The Philippine Star
June 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Gourmet Farms, purveyor of organic produce and recent SGS certification awardee for its coffee and tea production, celebrated its 25th anniversary under a canopy of moon and stars.

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Explore the urban jungles of HK and Macau with Cebu Pacific

The Philippine Star
June 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Hong Kong and Macau offer a wide range of exciting urban thrills and activities for visiting travelers, from extreme sports to gravity-defying attractions. Fortunately, Cebu Pacific offers the best deals and most flight options for every Juan looking for adventure in Asia’s best concrete playgrounds.

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Byaheng Victory goes Baguio food-hunting

The Philippine Star
June 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - One great motivation for Filipinos to love eating is the fact that food surrounds them. The streets, nearby offices as well as living settlements like condominiums all are flocked with street vendors, carinderias and diverse restaurants serving their own kinds of cuisines. Of course, there are fiestas in every town and resisting an invitation from dear friends or colleagues is not in most Filipinos’ upbringing.

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Explore the other side of China with ZestAir

The Philippine Star
June 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - China is like a vast fairyland waiting to be fully explored. There are many provinces and countries that are seldom talked about but are goldmines of exotic spots. For instance, the world’s only surviving Manichean temple can be found in Jinjiang in the Fujian province.

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Meet Marriott Manila's new GM

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
June 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The recent appointment of Scott Sibley as the new Marriott Manila general manager promises that the hotel’s best things are on their way.

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PH Pavilion guests surge to over 10,000 daily at Yeosu Expo

The Philippine Star
June 17, 2012

MANILA, philippines - The number of visitors to the Philippine Pavilion at the ongoing Yeosu Expo 2012 in Korea is surging to over 10,000 daily, affirming the country’s brand image of having more fun for tourists. The most popular attraction is Philippine mascot ‘Bok,’ a personified replica of the country’s giant clam with whom the visitors take photos for souvenir.

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Yoshinoya '10tastic treats'

The Philippine Star
June 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Yoshinoya Philippines, a leading quick-service Japanese food joint, has launched the ‘Yoshinoya 10Tastic Treats’ to indulge its loyal diners with its special 10th year items for an awesome deal of P10 each.

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Pilgrimage Season

Manila Bulletin
June 16, 2012

The Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew in Parañaque through its Rector/ Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Rolando Agustin and the Tripartite Council has designated the months of June, July and August as the pilgrimage season in honor of Nuestra Senora Del Buen Suceso, the Patroness of the City of Paranaque.

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WILD DAYS

Manila Bulletin
By Alvin Bulaong Cruz, Sonny Sacdalan
June 16, 2012

Go with the flow. Let go. Live on the edge.

These cliches took on a whole new meaning for me when I ventured into an unexpected journey to Mindanao during the Holy Week. In spite of the fear the recent kidnappings down South had initially evoked, I decided to join my brother and his friends to spend a few days of tranquility of body, mind and soul. Imagining myself on a paradise island with sandy white beaches, I immediately booked a red eye to Davao. Though they were going there to climb Mt. Apo, I had my own itinerary, to take the more familiar road of rest and relaxation in a less threatening environment. Comfort and safety first.

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All Tourism Sectors Join Hands For Travel Madness Expo 2012

Manila Bulletin
June 16, 2012

All the sectors of the tourism industry are joining hands for a Manila-based international travel trade event that can help ensure year-round high-volume sales, particularly during the low season.

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DOT Sets Musical In Yeosu

Manila Bulletin
June 16, 2012

OVER 10T VISITORS SWAMP PHL PAVILION DAILY AT YEOSU EXPO 2012. The Philippine Pavilion at the ongoing Yeosu Expo 2012 in Korea is being swamped by more than 10 thousand visitors daily, affirming the country’s brand image of having more fun for tourists.

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Modern living the Elan way

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
June 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - There was a time when we limited Greenhills to shop-till-you-drop expeditions. Since our introduction to Greenhills Elan Hotel Modern, we have looked forward to spending more time and purpose in Greenhills than we originally intended to.

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Koreans find more fun in Phl

The Philippine Star
June 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - As of end-2011, the government estimates the annual number of incoming tourists from Korea to be at around 700,000 with the figure seen to even double by 2013.

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Travel fair poised to make 'all roads lead to North Phl'

The Philippine Star
June 15, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - A grand and colorful travel fair is briskly being prepared in the heart of Manila to figuratively make “all roads lead to northern Philippines.”

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Tourism Congress tackles basic issues

Manila Standard Today
By Mila C. Espina
June 14, 2012

The Cebu Chamber Commerce and Industry Tourism Congress, scheduled at 8 a.m. to 5:30 pm, Thursday, June 28, at the Cebu International Convention Center; and the Tourism Congress Night, 6-10 p.m., June 28, at the Marco Polo Hotel, will look into Cebu’s basic services and issues needed to support the MORE FUN IN CEBU promotions.

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Demystifying Burot Island

Manila Bulletin
By Remigia Trinidad
June 13, 2012

Most people would say that words are not enough to describe an awesome experience. But for me, the single word “lucky” would already suffice. I must admit that the term is quite odd. It may not sound right to express the adventure I had as merely a stroke of luck. Probably, others can understand where I’m coming from once they get to see and experience the magnificent island of Burot in Calatagan, Batangas.

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Festivals Galore In Bountiful Bicol

Manila Bulletin
June 11, 2012

Summer may be officially over with the onset of the rainy season, but the fun still continues this June in the bountiful Bicol region with its colorful array of festivities to bring to the fore its rich cultural legacy.

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Father's Day treats

The Philippine Star
June 10, 2012

Manila, Philippines - It does not matter what he is called — Daddy, Dad, Papa, Tatay. There is simply so much you have to thank him for.
So this Father’s Day, why not break out of the mold and treat your dad to a memorable experience at the country’s historic Manila Hotel?

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Take a trip down Tutuban's FoodStreet

The Philippine Star
June 10, 2012

Manila, Philippines - Street dishes are all the rage in the world’s culinary capitals, but these informal food feasts originated from Asia.

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Finding your Roots and your inspiration

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
June 10, 2012

Manila, Philippines - Good thing the weather cooperated when we decided to take the long road to the famed Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan. We had heard so much about Las Casas Filipinas from friends and strangers, and almost always the response was the same: that the place felt like a history book come alive. Those words were enough to convince us to take the trip. After all, how many places do you know fit that description?

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DOT sets fun musical show in Yeosu Expo

The Philippine Star
June 10, 2012

Manila, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) will stage a grand musical extravaganza at the ongoing Yeosu Expo in Korea to show to the world why it’s more fun in the Philippines.

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A Filipino feast at Eastwood Café

BusinessMirror
By Roderick T. Abad
June 9, 2012

ARE you craving for scrumptious Filipino dishes perfected for your palate? Fret no more as Eastwood Cafe has a spread just for you. Available all Thursday nights until June 28, gorge on a buffet of local cuisines served with bottomless refreshments.

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An astonishing ‘VUE’ from the top

BusinessMirror
By Roderick L. Abad
June 9, 2012

CHOICES. Making choices can be daunting, especially when you are presented with equally outstanding options. But more often than not, there will always be that one choice that stands out from the rest. Dining at The Bellevue Manila takes the guesswork out of enjoying a meal. With so much on offer and with each outlet serving a unique menu in an ambiance purposely created for the best experience possible, there simply is no reason to look elsewhere.

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MICROTEL asserts leadership

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
June 8, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The first half of 2012 is something Microtel Inns & Suites Philippines will positively remember. Just recently, Microtel unveiled its latest brand name and received multiple accolades from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website.

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Pacman fight at InterCon, Acacia Hotel

The Philippine Star
June 8, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - InterContinental Manila is offering sure knockout treats for the Pacquiao-Bradley fight.

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All tourism sectors join hands for Travel Madness Expo 2012

The Philippine Star
June 8, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - All the sectors of the tourism industry are joining hands for a Manila-based international travel trade event that can help ensure year-round high-volume sales, particularly during the low season.

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Boundless and extraordinary

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
June 5, 2012

Many of us dream of a house in the country with Tagaytay as a favored destination. Blessed with the cool mountain air, Tagaytay weather is characterized by having relatively low temperatures, low humidity and abundant rainfall. But many are also decrying the commercialization of Tagaytay, with the increase in mid and high-rise developments in the city known as the Philippines’ second summer capital.

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Traders Hotel offers treats for dads on Father's Day

The Philippine Star
June 3, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The man of the hour is in for a treat as Traders Hotel, Manila celebrates dad’s special day on June 17.

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Get ready for grandeur at Waterfront Cebu City

The Philippine Star
June 3, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - In early 2011, Waterfront Philippines Inc., the country’s largest first-class hotel operator, announced that it would embark on a multimillion-peso renovation program geared toward further improving its flagship property in Cebu, the grand and stately WaterfrontCebu City Hotel and Casino.

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3 hotels earn prized Best Western Plus Antel brand

The Philippine Star
June 3, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Best Western The A. Venue Suites and Best Western Antel Spa Suites shall be collectively named Best Western Plus Antel Hotel to strengthen their brand presence in the local and global tourism market.

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SEAIR taking advantage of economic boom

The Philippine Star
By Perseus Echeminada
June 3, 2012

BORACAY, Aklan, Philippines - The president and chief operating officer of the South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) is confident that with the ongoing economic boom, they could target at least 500,000 passengers with their weekly promo fare to various destinations in the country.

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Scene Stealer: It’s Hagonoy On My Mind

Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
June 2, 2012

Hagonoy Island is one of Mother Nature’s ideal prototypes for a refreshing commune- with-nature getaway from the mainland, less than an hour away by boat.

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Mövenpick goes to Cebu

The Philippine Star
June 1, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - A Swiss luxury hotel company found its new home in the Philippines, a fresh investment in the property and tourism industry.

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