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Long live the ‘Queen’

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
September 30, 2012

IT’S not difficult to comprehend why Cebu City, the capital of Cebu province in the country’s Visayas region, is known as the “Queen City of the South.”

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Expo to highlight tourism growth in North Phils

The Philippine Star
September 30, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Tourism is staging an exposition that will mark the unprecedented rise of visitor arrivals in North Philippines.

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Youths gather at Lyceum for World Tourism Day

The Philippine Star
September 30, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The PATA 2012 Manila Youth Forum, hosted by Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) and Taylor’s University of Malaysia, celebrated World Tourism Day last Thursday.

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Skechers Streetdance Battle 8 kicks off with a big bang at Mall of Asia

The Philippine Star
September 30, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Everyone’s energy was on a high as 21 participating high schools showed their fiercest moves onstage in an epic streetdance showdown at the recent Skechers Streetdance Battle 8 kick-off party and the first of its elimination series held at SM Mall of Asia’s Music Hall in Pasay City.

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Binondo: Oldie But A Goodie

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
September 29, 2012

Every major city in the world has a Chinatown and according to Cable News Network’s travel website, CNNGo, Manila’s Binondo is one of the best.

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Beauty and miracles in Bohol

The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Karla Vizcarra
September 29, 2012

The trouble with staying in great hotels is getting so used to the treatment that you start expecting more of it at home.

I recently arrived from one such resort in Bohol, and upon disembarking from the tricycle with my bag of wooden back scratchers and whatnots, I was confused not to find my entire family lined up outside my front door, holding up welcome drinks and a stack of neatly rolled hot towels. Instead, my welcoming committee was made up of three disdainful cats and a room full of cat hair.

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The forest lodge for the frugal traveler

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
September 28, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Despite what you’ve heard, there’s still a lot that a vacationer can enjoy in Baguio City. The traffic and increased pedestrian activity serve as reminder that yes, the city is growing, evolving. Into what, the jury’s still out on that one. But there’s no denying the city is still the summer capital of the Philippines; it still has the chilly weather we all expect; and it still is the favorite destination of those of us who just want to escape and have a good time with friends or family.

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Monsoon adventures in Coron (Part 1)

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
September 27, 2012

Four days and three nights aren’t enough to experience everything Coron has to offer, especially when the monsoon keeps getting in your way. Storms don’t usually don’t pass through this part of the country, but they can make the amihan and habagat winds stronger. However, that didn’t prevent me and five others from braving the turbulent sea, exploring the beautiful islands and jumping into the ocean like we were on an episode of Survivor.

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The hotel for the modern traveler

Manila Standard Today
By Marane E. Plaza
September 25, 2012

One of the reasons why people love going to Baguio City is because there is always something new. Recently, Camp John Hay opened The Forest Lodge, introduces its latest gem that would surely make any traveler fall in love with the city all over again—The Forest Lodge.

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MICE, Spice and Everything Nice

Manila Bulletin
September 24, 2012

Where is now more reason to visit this charming City of Legazpi, provincial capital of Albay, than ogling at the perfect cone of Mayon Volcano.

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Oases of calm in sizzling Manila

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
September 23, 2012

IT’S more fun in the Philippines, so says the government’s new tourism marketing slogan.

Here at the BusinessMirror, we definitely agree.

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A prime slice of sun, sand, and sea in Mactan

The Philippine Star
By Kap Maceda Aguila
September 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - From our al fresco seaside perch at the Waves bar, we see fireworks light up and streak across the drizzly night sky. A black sea insistently crashes down below as we sip our Green Island drink — a delicious, frozen concoction of vodka, basil, and calamansi.

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Carlos Celdran walks - and travels - his way

The Philippine Star
By Edu Jarque
September 23, 2012

You might have seen him on television recently: a jolly mad- man plying the streets of the metro while brandishing an admonishing finger in front of a city bench, a waiting shed, a tiled walkway, a bridge railing, or a painted ambulance.

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Sprinklings of Palawan

The Philippine Star
By Gina Lopez
September 23, 2012

We had our first-ever Forest Guardian Training in Brooke’s Point Palawan. I loved it! It was a lot of fun and very, very inspiring. We have a MOA with the mayor and sanggunihan bayan. That’s what I do before going to any place: make sure our presence is legit.

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A vow to Davao

The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
September 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Like an intrepid follower of the explorer Marco Polo, I travel far and distant lands to share tales that regale beyond measure. Most places I visit once or even twice, but very few entice me to vow to stay longer, lest make me consider spending a lifetime there. Some exhilarating destinations like Davao prove to be an exception.

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Lancaster Hotel offers rainy day package

The Philippine Star
September 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - With the coming of the “ber” months, Lancaster Hotel Manila shares the warmth of sunny days and the onslaught of cooler evenings.

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PATA members to celebrate World Tourism Day in Manila

The Philippine Star
September 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Almost a thousand members of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) from all over the globe will celebrate the World Tourism Day on Sept. 27, not in Spain as designated for 2012 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, but in Manila.

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Mactan Magic

Manila Bulletin
By Malou E. Rosal
September 22, 2012

It's true.

Once you enter the front doors of Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa, you are transported into another world. Gone are the vestiges of Cebu's urban chaos, no loud jarring horns, no stupefying traffic. In fact, even at pick-up point from the airport, as the hotel car winds its way out of this international gateway, fresh cool towels are offered, perhaps in an effort to start the process of eliminating the stress of a flight, or the chronic affliction of metropolitan life. It is a prelude to what awaits, a very promising one indeed.

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SURF’S UP IN SURIGAO

Manila Bulletin
September 22, 2012

It’s surf’s up once more for the world’s top wave riders as the 18th Siargao International Surfing Cup happens on September 23-29, 2012 in the gorgeous town of Gen. Luna in Siargao Island.

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TREATS, JOBS AND CHIVALROUS CAVITEÑOS

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Jose Vanzi
September 22, 2012

SENIORS’ MONDAY TREAT — The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang Ilang was bubbling with activity from morning until evening last Monday, as hundreds of the Grand Dame’s patrons happily took advantage of the Senior Citizen Grand Treat.

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Get Out of the Queue

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
September 22, 2012

Shopping malls are not just for shopping anymore. Throughout the nation, malls provide different services and amenities to address the Filipinos’ many lifestyle needs.

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Luxury for less at Quest Hotel

The Philippine Star
September 21, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - There’s a new hotel in the Cebu hospitality scene, and it’s stirring buzz for good reason.

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New hotel suite-style seating debuts in Asiana

The Philippine Star
September 21, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Asiana Airlines (OZ), winner of the Best Airline in Asia from the Skytrax World Airline Awards, has announced that it has upgraded its first class seating to a new style that recreates a hotel suite stay.

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Home away from home

Manila Standard Today
By MST Lifestyle
September 18, 2012

Tagaytay’s makes it a favorite destination for those who want respite from the commotion of city life. Bringing its signature premier residential condominiums to the scenic city, SM Development Corp. presents Wind Residences’ McKinley Tower.

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Five stops for a whole new world

Manila Standard Today
By Marane E. Plaza
September 18, 2012

Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, with its top-of-the-line outdoor shopping havens, high-end clubs and charming dining attractions and open parks, is a favorite leisure of Metro Manila residents.

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Southeast Asia's No. 1 private villa found in the Phl

The Philippine Star
By Ruth Sandico
September 18, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - While nine out of the ten top private villas in Southeast Asia are found in Thailand and Indonesia, the top spot belongs to the Philippines' Ariara in the Calamian Islands in Palawan.

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Hats off to Talakudong

Manila Bulletin
September 17, 2012

Long before street festivals have become a national craze to attract tourists, the town of Tacurong has already been painting the town red, quite literally, with its colorful brand of merry-making since 1976.

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The lost horizon rediscovered

The Philippine Star
By Vernon Go
September 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - I have been here before. But now things seem renewed, as if everything had just been hatched from the imagination of some grand architect. Perhaps because of the frenetic speed and pace at which the year thus far has proceeded, or perhaps because we have come here just a few days after producing “Megadeth Live in Manila.” This place is miraculous. It’s clearly man-made, but it magically captures the serenity of nature and molds it into a luxuriant form that coddles the mind and body. The Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa is truly a paradise, especially vis-à-vis the rest of the island. Welcoming us at the lobby was Amit Oberoi, the GM of Shangri-La Boracay, formerly the resident manager of Makati Shangri-La. This quiet place is the saving grace of a once great nook in this sprawling archipelago.

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Marian pilgrimage of faith and heritage in Pangasinan

The Philippine Star
September 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - In celebration of the Holy Rosary Month of October, Green Faith Travels brings Marian devotees to Pangasinan for a “Pilgrimage of Faith and Heritage” to three major churches on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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The happy Filipino makes traveling to the Philippines more fun

The Philippine Star
September 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos are known to be among the happiest people in the world, and anybody who has been to the Philippines can attest that the Pinoy’s remarkable ability to face anything with a happy and positive outlook. Truly its what sets them apart from the rest of the world. When it comes to observing distinctly Pinoy quirks and sensibilities and highlighting the best of what the country has to offer, the insightful and humorous videos of YouTube sensation Bogart the Explorer always hit the spot.

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Welcome to the Armada

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
September 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Along a busy one-way street sits a hotel that shines like a jewel amid the heavy cultural atmosphere of Malate in Manila. Entering the lobby you feel calm — a stark contrast to the bustling street scene just outside the glass doors. The interiors project an earthy warmth that is both classy and sublime as you are greeted by the hotel staff with a smile, “Welcome to the Armada Hotel Manila.”

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Rediscover BGC on the HOHO tour bus

The Philippine Star
September 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - You may look at the 240-hectare sprawl that is the Bonifacio Global City (or BGC) in one of two ways: as an extension of the Makati City central business district, or a redux of the famous financial capital — a chance to start from scratch armed with the wisdom of hindsight.

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Buffet & beer all you can at City Garden's roofdeck

The Philippine Star
September 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The so-called “ber” months have kicked off. From gatherings to company parties to pulling an all-nighter in Manila, food and drinks are top priority at City Garden Hotel.

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Vigan:Traveling Back In Time

Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
September 15, 2012

Vigan used to be an island detached from the mainland by three major rivers - Abra River, Mestizo River, and the Govantes River. Established in the 16th century, this beautiful town is unique among the Philippine cities as one of the very few authentic Hispanic towns left and the only surviving historic city that dates back to the 15th century Spanish colonial period.

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Phl tourism campaign taking off

The Philippine Star
By Jess Diaz
September 14, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The government’s tourism promotion campaign “It’s more fun in the Philippines” is taking off, according to Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez.

“It’s going well. As of July, we already recorded 2.5 million foreign visitors. And the peak months are yet to come,” Jimenez told reporters last Tuesday on the sidelines of the House plenary session on the proposed P2-trillion 2013 national budget.

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Malaysian culinary treasures at diamond

The Philippine Star
September 14, 2012

MANILA,Philippines - Diamond Hotel Philippines recently launched Makanan Lazat: Malaysian Food Festival at the Corniche Restaurant. Featuring Chef Cheong Yan See of Enderun Colleges, the food fest featured a spectrum of Malaysian flavors at the buffet lunch and dinner. Opening the food festival at the Corniche Restaurant are (from left) Chef Cheong Yan See; Masrina Mohammed Bakri, director of Tourism Malaysia; Zakaria Nasir, charge d’affaires, Malaysian embassy; Lyn de Jesus, AVP for Fresh Robinsons Supermarket; Carmela Ang, Diamond Hotel; and Vanessa Suatengco, general manager, Diamond Hotel.

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New skal members

The Philippine Star
September 14, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Skal International Makati celebrated its 31st anniversary and 22nd SKAL Tourism Personality Awards with cocktails-dinner at the newly renovated New World Hotel Ballroom recently. Photo shows Skal president Consul General Robert Lim Joseph (left) inducting new members, namely (from second from left) Jacqueline Tan, vice president and owner of the Sheridan Resort chain; Tricia Sarabia, general manager and owner of Boracay Tropics and Celeste Hotel; Karl Chusuey, vice president for sales and marketing and owner of Hennan Resorts; Abed Chamli, president of Gulf Asia Travel Tours and Services Inc.; and Christine Dayrit, Philippine STAR travel columnist and owner of Miladay Jewels.

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The perfect weekend

Manila Standard Today
By Lito Cinco
September 13, 2012

San Pablo City, which is just over an hour away’s drive from Manila, has its seven lakes as a major attraction.

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Punta de Fabian: A resort with a cause

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
September 9, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Rest and relaxation are par for the course when you come to Punta de Fabian, the premier vacation spot in Baras, Rizal. The resort is well appointed with world-class facilities and amenities with a magnificent view of Laguna de Bay and the Sierra Madre mountain range. Guests are accepted exclusively by reservation, and only up to a hundred are allowed at most. This makes the resort one of the more intimate and personal experiences a guest can have from a luxury facility just outside of Metro Manila.

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PATA Manila Youth Forum set at Lyceum on Sept. 27

The Philippine Star
September 9, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the leading voice and authority on travel and tourism in the region since 1951, stages the PATA 2012 Manila Youth Forum on Sept. 27 at the JPL Hall of Freedom of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) in Intramuros, Manila.

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Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino launches grand lobby

The Philippine Star
September 9, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - A grand affair unfolded at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino as the flagship property of Waterfront Hotels Inc. unveiled its newest pride recently.

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Families of OFWs benefit from SM Global Pinoy program

The Philippine Star
September 9, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - As part of its continuing advocacy to provide modern ways for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to connect with their loved ones, the SM Global Pinoy Program, in partnership with Informatics, recently held a computer literacy seminar for SM Global Pinoy members.

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Shangri-La's Mactan hosts a marine sanctuary

The Philippine Star
September 9, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Among the many attractions at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu are its white-sand beach and pristine waters. Guests can enjoy the added thrill of swimming with the schools of tropical fish that make their home in the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary.

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Lancaster Exhibit

The Philippine Star
September 9, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Lancaster Manila Hotel recently launched its ‘8 Wonders’ exhibit at the lobby. Featured were the paintings and art pieces of movie actor Cesar Montano, together with those of renowned painters and sculptors Pancho Piano, Ral Arrogante, Ely Tablizo, Joei Pabilando, Joe Florendo, and Nilo Odiaman.

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TRAVEL TIPS

Manila Bulletin
September 8, 2012

Traveling has its highs but it can also turn into a challenging experience as a result of hurried packing and planning. So before you load your trolley into the trunk or catch your flight, take a few minutes to put together a checklist of travel essentials to ensure a worry-free and enjoyable trip.

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Of Travel And Travel Writing

Manila Bulletin
By Alvin Bulaong Cruz
September 8, 2012

St. Augustine once said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

I love to travel. I enjoy the feeling of anticipation and adventure in every journey I take, whether it's a short road trip to a nearby province, or a travel half-way across the globe. The destination is not as important as the journey itself, so they say.

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582 fi rms from 58 countries joining Manila-hosted PTM

The Philippine Star
September 7, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - At least 810 executives of 582 companies from 58 countries have so far confirmed their participation in the international travel mart to be held in Manila by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) on Sept. 25-28 at the SMX Convention Center.

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PAL flies high

Manila Standard Today
By Joba Botana
September 6, 2012

Philippine Airlines has many reasons to celebrate this year. The company welcomed its new president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang, who also heads San Miguel Corp. Recently, PAL marked another milestone at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La Hotel when it unveiled an addition to its fleet–the Boeng 777-300ER, a 370- seater twin jet set to elevate a passenger’s airline experience to greater heights.

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First class vacay at Plantation Bay

Manila Standard Today
By MST Lifestyle
September 6, 2012

A resort in a class of its own, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa was awarded by Trip Advisor for Business with a Certificate of Excellence for achieving a rating of 4.0. The first-class, vacation estate situated on a secluded area of Mactan Island, Cebu was cited for its high standards based on feedback from its well-traveled guests. Efficiently run by its general manager Efren Belarmino, Plantation Bay Plantation Bay Resort and Spa is known for its spacious and well-appointed rooms, courteous staff, abundant food choices, and fantastic in and out-of-the-water activities.

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Marriott Cafe goes Japanese

Manila Standard Today
By MST Lifestyle
September 6, 2012

Marriott Café come to terms with the fact that Japan will be forever loved for its culinary offerings with a classic appeal, the restaurant is adding a teppanyaki station, grilling only the freshest and meaty choices of seafood, fish, beef, pork, and chicken. If you’re in the mood to get filled with something like this, look no further as chef Meik Brammer makes everything tastier and satisfying in all aspects from the grill to the plate.

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Culinary treasures at Diamond Hotel

Manila Standard Today
By MST Lifestyle
September 6, 2012

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, experience Malaysian culinary diversity with Makanan Lazat: A Malaysian Food Festival, highlighting the culinary masterpieces meticulously prepared by guest Malaysian Chef Cheong Yan See of Enderun Colleges until Sept. 16.

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A hop-on, hop-off tour of Bonifacio Global City

The Philippine Star
By Ruth Sindico
September 5, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - There was a time when the mere mention of Fort Bonifacio would send shivers up one's spine. That has changed dramatically since the Fort Bonifacio Development Corp. (FBDC) has transformed the hectares of open space into one of the most bustling and exciting hubs in the metro.

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Juan for fun: Student backpackers edition

The Philippine Star
By Enrico T. Subido
September 2, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - From Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, five teams composed of 15 local university students are taking part in a five-day adventure around the Philippines they soon won’t forget. And all they had to do was submit a three-minute video answering the question: “How far will you go for a fun adventure?”

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Start your day right at The Strand Cafe

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
September 2, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At the newly opened serviced residences of One Pacific Place in Makati City, breakfast is not only important, it has also been made convenient and enjoyable at The Strand Café.

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Department of Tourism targeting 5.54-million foreign tourists next year

The Philippine Star
By Jess Diaz
September 2, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The government is aiming to bring in next year 5.54 million foreign tourists who are expected to spend a total of $3.8 billion or an average of $700 each.

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Look beyond Boracay, visit Antique

The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
September 1, 2012

The message was loud and clear. Forget Boracay; well, it wasn’t really phrased that way but you get the gist. The province of Antique in Western Visayas was being promoted as an alternative to much-ballyhooed Boracay.

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Surigao: City of Island Adventure

Manila Bulletin
By Bernard L. Supetran
September 1, 2012

There was a time when Surigao City, provincial capital of Surigao del Norte, was simply known for its vast nickel deposits, the most abundant in Asia. But beyond its abundant mineral deposits in the mountain’s bosom, Surigao is a virtual minefield of natural wonders which have been overshadowed by its once-vibrant mining industry.

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