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Toast to good times at Hotel H2O

The Philippine Star
August 31, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Hotel H2O, the country’s only marine-themed integrated urban resort, treats wine connoisseurs to a hearty dose of vintage reds and whites with its ongoing promotion dubbed “Wine Radiance” at its popular F&B outlets.

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Malaysian culinary treasures featured at Diamond

The Philippine Star
August 31, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Malaysia offers one of Asia’s finest cuisines with its wide variety of cooking styles and flavors, mainly influenced by its three major races: Malay, Chinese and Indian, as well as the myriad of ethnic groups from its different regions.

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DOT collecting golds for Phl in world events

The Philippine Star
August 31, 2012

LA, Philippines - The Philippines is getting to be known as the cultural arts and design capital of the world, not only in terms of lifestyle exports, but also in award-winning tourism exhibits in global events held in both the eastern and western hemispheres.

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Hospitality is in his blood

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
August 30, 2012

You could say that Ryan Chan is no strangers to hotels. His maternal grandfather Joseph Yu built the first two serviced apartments in Metro Manila—Tropicana on Guerrero Street in Malate, Manila, and Copacabana on EDSA extension in Pasay City.

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Eastern Visayas’ pride

Manila Standard Today
August 28, 2012

Eastern Visayas’ first Travel and Lifestyle magazine, 8 Magazine,e releases its latest issue with poet, rock star, TV host, and all-around Eastern Visayan icon Lourd de Veyra on the cover. De Veyra shares and reminisces his journey back to his own hometown region.

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The best places to visit before you die

Manila Standard Today
August 28, 2012

Everyone has a bucket list—the ultimate checklist of things to do and places to visit. Travel lets you indulge in these dream destinations and exciting escapes with their Bucket List issue.

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Maja Olivarez-Co's love affair with markets

The Philippine Star
By Edu Jarque
August 26, 2012

Best known for her role in the rehabilitation of the century-old Paco Market in Manila into — as was described in a CNN television feature — a doable “model market for the country,” interior designer Maja Olivares-Co is also an avid world traveler. Perhaps her many global jaunts, which began with a family trip to Hong Kong when she was 10, and have since extended to dream voyages to Fuji, Bhutan, Morocco and beyond, have developed within her a master’s eye for what is beautiful and timeless and, more importantly, what works.

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The Malayan Plaza Hotel: A step beyond

The Philippine Star
August 26, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - What do guests look for in a hotel? Guests are driven by different personal requirements and preferences to suit their purpose of travel and make them return time and again. What makes a hotel experience worth it could be as varied as the guests themselves.

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Holiday Inn celebrates 60th year

The Philippine Star
August 26, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Holiday Inn turns 60 this month, and everyone is invited to join in the worldwide celebration for this iconic brand at Holiday Inn Manila Galleria.

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Tourism sector urged to help protect nation’s tourist spots

BusinessMirror
By Jonathan L. Mayuga
August 26, 2012

SECRETARY Mary Ann Lucille Sering of the Climate Change  Commission on Sunday called on the tourism sector to join hands in protecting the country’s tourist spots from natural and man-made calamities in view of the disastrous effects of climate change.

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A Sizzling Tuna Festival In GenSan

Manila Bulletin
August 26, 2012

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Mention the word “tuna” and Gen. Santos City easily comes into mind because of its rich bodies of waters which has been the breeding ground for some of the tastiest tuna that has tickled the world’s taste buds. As early as 1970, the city has been regarded as the tuna capital because its daily catch can surpass the tuna yield of all the country’s fish ports combined.

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More Than The Rice Terraces

Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
August 25, 2012

"Manong, hinto!” we chorused. All four of us shouted instantaneously, followed by several loud taps on the metal roof of the jeepney we were toploaded on as we traveled around the different towns of Ifugao.

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The Colors of Kadayawan 2012

Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
August 25, 2012

I am lucky to have spanned a decade of covering Mindanao’s most colorful and biggest festival in the islands. Through my work in the media as a TV anchor, columnist and photographer, I have been able to document more than a bird’s eye view of the dazzling pomp and spectacle that is Davao’s Kadayawan Festival, which earned its prestige as one of the most beautiful ethnic celebrations in the country.

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Kalivungan Festival Showcases Culture, Nature

Manila Bulletin
August 25, 2012

The rich tri-people culture and the allure of nature come together as Cotabato Province celebrates the colorful Kalivungan Festival from Aug. 24 to Sept. 1 in observance of its 98th Founding Anniversary.

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All In A Day’s Rest

Manila Bulletin
By Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio
August 25, 2012

Tomorrow is yet another holiday! It’s been two consecutive long weekends and virtual walls show Pinoys having lots of fun. Some followed the sun and sand of Boracay, others rummaged through different bazaars, while I personally caught up with loved ones I don’t normally see on hectic seasons. I think the whole country has had a way or two to somehow take a break, refresh, and rejuvenate! Although there is only one more night and day to go before you clock in and trudge back to work again, here are a few more things you can squeeze ‘all in a day’s rest’.

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How to do Ilocos Norte in six hours

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Marge C. Enriquez
August 25, 2012

Fresh from medical school in the early ’60s, Joven Cuanang took his backpack and toured the world. While sightseeing in the Mediterranean, he noticed the brick and stucco houses that reminded him of his origins in Ilocos Norte.

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PHL reaps 3 awards at YEOSU EXPO

The Philippine Star
August 24, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Organizing Committee Commissioner General Domingo Ramon Enerio III (right) receives the gold award for Best Creative Design from Yeosu Expo vice secretary general Park Young Dae during the awarding ceremonies culminating the just-concluded 2012 International Exposition in Yeosu, Korea.

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Feast of SEA flavors at Traders

The Philippine Star
August 24, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Traders Hotel, Manila takes diners on a culinary journey with a fusion of flavors and cultural diversity in a Southeast Asian buffet at Latitude until Aug. 31.

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Albay: Fun beyond the volcano

BusinessMirror
By Benjamin Layug
August 22, 2012

ANOTHER major destination in our three-province romp across the Bicol region (the others are Sorsogon and Camarines Norte) with other media representatives was the province of Albay, known for its 2,462-meter high Mount Mayon, the volcano with the perfect cone. The volcano may be its biggest draw but it’s not its only one as the province boast of beautiful black-and-white sand beaches, a bevy of Spanish-era churches, the beautiful offshore islands of Cagraray, Rapu-Rapu and San Miguel, and world-class resorts.

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The ultimate food trip

Manila Standard Today
By MST Lifestyle
August 21, 2012

Appetite offers a regional Filipino issue, crossing boundaries to share recipes and dining spots from Pampanga, Quezon and Ilocos Norte.

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IT’S BACK TO BAGUIO: A NATURE, CULTURE AND ART ESCAPADE

Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Christina Padilla-Sendin
August 20, 2012

Something new. Something refreshing. That’s how Baguio is to me, a city where my deep enchantment with Mother Nature was born. And where my hibernating love for the Arts was rekindled.

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Zest Air partners with Abacus

The Philippine Star
August 19, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Abacus International, Asia Pacific’s leading revenue partner for airlines, recently entered into an exclusive partnership with Zest Airways that will see Abacus-connected agents sell Zest Air content and drive e-tickets through the Abacus eTAT platform.

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Slots available for healing pilgrimage to Tarlac

The Philippine Star
August 19, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Green Faith Travels announced the extension of payment deadline for its second healing pilgrimage to Tarlac up to Wednesday, Aug. 22.

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Lucky Chinatown gets luckier after Noynoy dots dragon's eyes

The Philippine Star
August 19, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno S. Aquino III led the grand opening of Lucky Chinatown — the biggest redevelopment project and tourist destination to rise in Binondo in the past two decades. VIPs from the local Chinese-Filipino community joined the president and Megaworld Corp. chairman and CEO Andrew Tan in the festive celebration.

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A Makati hotel that won't cost an arm and a leg

The Philippine Star
August 19, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Picture this: You arrive early morning at your hotel, in a rush and so badly wanting to freshen up for a midday appointment. But the front desk tells you, sorry, your room is still being prepped up and please wait for the fixed 2 p.m. check-in time.

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Amorsolo portraits say ‘Ganito Kami Noon’ at Ayala Museum

Manila Standard Today
August 19, 2012

MUSEUM visitors can revisit the idyllic past of the country with the exhibition Ganito Kami Noon: Amorsolo Portraits of the Filipino, which opened Aug. 9 at the Ayala Museum Third Floor Galleries.

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Early R&R–on a not-so-slow boat to Boracay

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Linda B. Bolido
August 18, 2012

If you are going to Boracay and have time to spare—when the monsoon is no longer dumping tons of rain all over the archipelago, of course—you may want to consider taking a not-so-slow boat (ship, actually) and begin the “rest” part of your much-needed R&R (rest and relaxation) even before you get to the popular holiday destination.

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Going Beyond Crocodiles And Beaches

Manila Bulletin
By Eugene Y. Santos
August 18, 2012

Not all cities have an urbanized and gentrified vibe as Manila's. One notable example is Puerto Princesa, a key city of Palawan best known for its relaxed lifestyle and natural spots that travelers can visit for a chance to interact with nature closely. After all, the city has been talked about for its scenic frontiers and paradisiacal beaches, plus the fact that it is where the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is found.

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Grandeur arrives at Waterfront Cebu City

The Philippine Star
August 17, 2012

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

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Resorts World Manila launches special bus programs for provincial folk

The Philippine Star
August 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Resorts World Manila (RWM), the first and only one-stop and non-stop entertainment and leisure complex in the country, has launched a series of bus programs for locals outside the metropolis to enjoy its many attractions and superlative entertainment with the utmost convenience.

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Asiana is best airline in Asia

The Philippine Star
August 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Asiana Airlines (OZ) has been selected as the Best Airline in Asia at the 2012 Skytrax World Airline Awards held recently in Farnborough, England.

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Hotel puts luxury twist on mushroom-hunting trips

The Philippine Star
August 16, 2012

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — Mushroom hunting has never been as easy — or comfortable — as this.

For $200 a person, the Four Seasons Resort Vail is sending out guided expeditions in luxury SUVs to look for mushrooms. The Mushrooms & Mercedes program includes a lunchtime break with wine, cheese and prosciutto, and ends with a three-course mushroom-themed meal back at the hotel.

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After-work indulgence at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s The Lounge

Manila Standard Today
By MST Lifestyle
August 16, 2012

At Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s The Lounge, 6:00 pm signals not just the end of the work day, but the start of a delightful sale of its baked goodies. From yummy bread items like Doughnuts, Danish, Croissants and Ensaymadas; to heavenly desserts like Blueberry Cheesecake, Banoffee Pie and Nutty Fudge Cake; and lip smacking sandwiches like Philly Cheesesteak and Country-Style Chicken; all items available at The Lounge’s counter will be sold at 40 percent off until closing time at 7 p.m.!

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A new lifestyle landmark

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
August 16, 2012

Those of us who were high school students in the 1980s will remember Magnolia Ice Cream House as a place to enjoy ice cream treats and hang out with friends. Banana Split, Peach Melba, Black and White, and Ernie and Bert are only some of the ice cream delights we enjoyed there. My friend recalls that the nuns in their school would call Magnolia Ice Cream House and ask the staff if there are girls from their school there. If the staff says yes, the nuns will ask them to please tell the girls to go back to school.

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Awesome rainy day treats at the B Hotel

Manila Standard Today
By MST Lifestyle
August 16, 2012

Don’t let a downpour dampen your vacation or holiday plans. Business and leisure travelers on a budget can enjoy affordable accommodations at the B Hotel with its discount promo ongoing until September 30.

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Holiday Inn celebrates 60 years

Manila Standard Today
By MST Lifestyle
August 16, 2012

Holiday Inn turns 60 this month, and everyone is invited to join in the worldwide celebration for this iconic brand at Holiday Inn Manila Galleria

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Roughing It Out In The Challenge Route to MAYON VOLCANO

Manila Bulletin
August 15, 2012

Ogling at the perfect cone of Mayon Volcano on a perfectly sunny day is among the must-dos of every true-blue wanderer.

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POST SUMMER VACATION?

Why not? - It's Never Boring At Boracay: The World's Number One Manila Bulletin
By Daisy Lou C. Talampas
August 13, 2012

My family is globally separated --- my husband Jun works at the UAE, our son LM is Qatar-based, while I am here in Manila. Quite understandably, time management plays an essential part in our vacation times. We exert extra effort for the precious moments when we are together.

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Passion for travel brings Sole Sisters on Southeast Asian adventure

The Philippine Star
August 12, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - One of the best ways to educate oneself and one of the best investments one can make in life –– this is how Lois Yasay sees traveling, one-half of the duo behind We Are Sole Sisters, one of the country’s top travel blogs.

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'Saltimbanco' by Cirque du Soleil takes outstanding acts to Manila

The Philippine Star
August 12, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Cirque du Soleil has been delighting people of all ages around the world since 1984, and in the last 20 years, its signature show “Saltimbanco” has been showcasing the vibrant spirit of the global entertainment company at its best.

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Bringing Ilocano food, delicacies to Metro Manila at affordable prices

The Philippine Star
August 12, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The doors of Comida Ilocandia opened as tropical storm “Gener” entered the country, but foodies, business associates, and close friends of fashion designer-turned-chef Danny de la Cuesta and his four partners were undaunted and pushed through with the occasion.

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Palawan charms 'Bourne Legacy' director

The Philippine Star
August 12, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Off-season travelers seeking getaways that have that warm, sunny touch of summer can find them all year-round in Palawan, described by the Hollywood director of action film The Bourne Legacy that had its premier showing in Manila last week, as the “most beautiful place I’ve been to.”

“Palawan is a sunny and a staggeringly beautiful place,” movie director Tony Gilroy unabashedly proclaimed.

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‘Let’s protect Boracay’

BusinessMirror
By Claudeth Mocon
August 11, 2012

NINETY kilos of nonbiodegradable and 400 kilos of biodegradable waste. Items in a junkshop? No, the junks were collected in Boracay, one of the best beaches in the world.

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I came. I ate. I conquered. (A food trip at the Araneta Center)

BusinessMirror
By Cesar M. Cruz Jr.
August 11, 2012

A RECENT media event at the Araneta Center made me feel like a gladiator of sorts. But unlike the gladiators of Rome who were pitted against men or beasts for mere entertainment of its spectators, my quest is that of man versus, well, food! I was to sample the signature dishes from six food establishments in four hours! I could hear my stomach echo the famous line, “Let’s get ready to rumble!”

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A Sweet Time In The Maldives

Manila Bulletin
By Alvin Bulaong Cruz
August 11, 2012

When I signed up as a volunteer worker for an international non-governmental organization (NGO) a few years ago, I knew exactly the personal sacrifice and commitment that volunteerism required of me. So I made sure I had the right motivation for doing volunteer work and the proper training (which was so efficiently handled by the NGO's Manila-based staff) before journeying into my place of assignment- the Maldives.

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The GRAINS From The Terraces

Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
August 11, 2012

Ever since I set foot on this rustic place, I had always wanted to go back and walk among the rice terraces, Ifugao’s most famous landmark. I have always felt that there is more to this world wonder than meets the eye. Traversing the high rice fields once is not enough to learn its many secrets.

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Las Piñas’ Water Lily Festival

Manila Bulletin
August 11, 2012

Now on its 7th year, the Las Piñas Water Lily Festival has never been more popular. Thanks to the attention gained by the livelihood enterprises including the Water Hyacinth Basket Weaving Enterprise of the Villar Foundation led by its Managing Director, Cynthia Villar, Former Representative of Las Piñas.

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It’s Always Sunny In PH

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
August 11, 2012

There’s always sunshine somewhere in the Philippines,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said during the opening of the 23rd Philippine Travel Mart (PTM).

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PATA Members Worldwide are Bound For ‘More Fun In PH’

Manila Bulletin
August 11, 2012

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) members worldwide are bound to experience why it’s more fun in the Philippines than in many other tourism destinations elsewhere.

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A taste of authentic Thai cuisine at Centara Hotel's Ginger & Lime

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
August 10, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - There are truly a few precious opportunities to taste authentic foreign dishes — the kind whipped up by chefs who know what they are doing and who are truly familiar with a particular country’s homegrown recipés.

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Lancaster Hotel offers 3rd Quarter Shower package

The Philippine Star
August 10, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Lancaster Hotel Manila shares the warmth of sunny days even when it’s stormy outside. It’s conveniently located on Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City, a few hundred meters away from the busy intersection of Crossing along EDSA.

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Travel madness a phenomenal success

The Philippine Star
August 10, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The officers of Travel Innovators Inc. (TII) pose for a souvenir photo marking the phenomenal success of the recently concluded Travel Madness Expo 2012, an international event supported by the various sectors of the local and global tourism industry. Organized by the TII, the Travel Madness Expo was designed to help tourism industry players surmount the lean months from June to October by enabling them to offer under one roof all the huge discounts and ‘unbelievably priced’ travel and tour packages to the consumer market and members of the supply chain.

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In Praise of the T'Nalak

Manila Bulletin
August 6, 2012

Mention South Cotabato and immediately the exquisite t’nalak weaving comes to mind, and for good reason.

The province is home to the exotic T’Boli mountain tribe which populates many of the towns, most notably the municipalities of Lake Sebu and T’boli. This indigenous people’s group is credited for producing the elegant fabric which is sought-after in the four corners of the globe.

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Tourist arrivals up in first half

The Philippine Star
By Mayen Jaymalin
August 5, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - More and more foreign travelers are having fun in the Philippines.

A record high of over two million foreign tourists visited the country in just the first half of 2012, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported on Friday.

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Eat, sail and shop!

The Philippine Star
By Joy ANgelica Subido
Ausgust 5, 2012

It’s strange how perceptions change. When you’re young and a dunce in math, it is impossible to believe that numbers and calculations can be fun. “Why do we need all this when the basic operations should do?” you secretly complain while squirming, sweating and suffering in your seat during every algebra, trigonometry and calculus exam. But a couple of decades later when you’re out at sea on a cruise ship, sitting out in your cabin’s private balcony at sunrise while having your first cup of coffee for the day, you catch yourself saying a prayer of appreciation for those numbers nerds you covertly (and jealously) derided.

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Experience Shanghai through Zest Air

The Philippine Star
August 5, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Being the financial and commercial hub of modern mainland China, the city of Shanghai is truly a must-see international destination. Among its most popular attractions is the historical Yangtze River; The Bund or the waterfront area in central Shanghai along Huangpu River; the pedestrian walkway in Nanjing; and the monumental skyscrapers in the Pudong area such as the Shanghai World Financial Center, which is ranked among the tallest in the world.

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The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases joins Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2012

The Philippine Star
August 5, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Davao City finds itself at its liveliest every August when it offers a spread of activities to celebrate the Kadayawan Festival.

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A delicious way to get started in the food service industry

The Philippine Star
August 5, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - With the hype on all things Korean these days, Korean food is something that has widely attracted the interest of customers as of late, prompting the mushrooming of various Korean food stores and restaurants.

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Island Hopping In The Philippines: Spells A Lot Of Fun

Manila Bulletin
By Noel B. Pabalate
August 4, 2012

Is it indeed more fun in the Philippines? The nomad in us got us packing to explore parts of Central Visayas, particulary the magnificent islands of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor just to be able to find the answer.

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El Nido: Playground In Paradise

Manila Bulletin
By Emmie Abadilla
August 4, 2012

Today, we feed the fish.

On Miniloc’s dock, our guide introduced us to their “resident” giant trevallies – half a dozen thugs on fins making the water boil as soon as people toss in meat scraps.

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Stylish escape to CEBU

The Philippine Star
August 3, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu is one of the places in the country that never fails to enchant. With its breathtaking beaches, amazing culture and cuisine, colorful history and friendly locals, Cebu is a traveler’s paradise.

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Thunderbird rocks!

THe Philippine Star
By Vernon Go
August 3, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Thunderbird. Perhaps an unlikely name for a resort, and probably more often than not associated with automobiles or some long dead legendary American Indian chief. In the Philippines however Thunderbird is often only one of two things: a top end chicken feed for fighting cocks or the resorts group that currently manages two properties: one in Rizal and one in La Union.

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Legazpi City Relives Ibalong Legend

Manila Bulletin
By Lualhati Perez
August 1, 2012

It will be a legendary celebration in Legazpi City, quite literally, as it relives the epic legend Ibalong Festival this month.

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