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Unraveling Masbate’s tourism treats

Manila Bulletin
Oct. 29, 2012

Filipinos may not know much about Masbate, but this province in the Bicol Region occupies a conspicuous space on the Philippine map – right at the heart of the archipelago.

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Chilling in Tagaytay

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Oct. 28, 2012

TAGAYTAY City in Cavite has always been a sentimental favorite for short weekend jaunts for many Metro Manilans, but the simple pleasures that it offers may yet be unknown to fellow Filipinos living south of Luzon who go to the city but only for business or quick visits to their relatives.

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Tutuban Center Virtual Zoo opens

The Philippine Star
Oct. 28, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - There’s a new and unique attraction at the city’s premier shopping destination — Tutuban Center.

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Sentro's sinigang na corned beef: A tribute to restaurant's 10 years

The Philippine Star
Oct. 28, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - With a little imagination, fresh ingredients, and the right kind of meat, Sentro 1771 was able to make a unique spin on Filipinos’ ultimate comfort food.

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Cebu gov reopens Kawasan Falls

The Philippine Star
By Garry Lao
Oct. 28, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Here’s good news to local and foreign tourists.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has signed an executive order on the temporary lifting of the closure of the Kawasan Falls, which has become popular of its three-layered waterfall series located in the municipality of Badian.

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Expo on North Phl goes all the way to South Phl

The Philippine Star
Oct. 28, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The expo to be staged by the Department of Tourism (DOT) next month to showcase North Philippines appears expanding its coverage to feature destinations across the archipelago all the way to the south.

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Armada Hotel Manila reintroduces presence

The Philippine Star
Oct. 28, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Nothing is more exciting than a fresh start. For this hotel property in the pulsating cultural district of Malate in Manila, its re-branding spells new energy and beginnings.

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POSTSCRIPT: A THOUSAND TIGER KISSES(PART 3)

Manila Bulletin
By Emmie Abadilla
Oct. 27, 2012

The amber eyes of Nala glinted at me behind the dry scrub though the rest of her tawny half-ton bulk was perfectly camouflaged.

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Sagingan Festival

Manila Bulletin
By Ayunan Grande Gunting
Oct. 27, 2012

While Bicol boasts of the arresting perfection of Mayon Volcano, the two provinces of Ilocos the long stretch of Pagudpud's tranquil beach, Tubod, Lanao Del Norte would undoubtedly stand out for being home to at least 30 banana varieties, apart from the idyllic natural beauty of its terrain.

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AROUND PH IN 100 DAYS

Manila Bulletin
By Alvin Bulaong Cruz
Oct. 27, 2012

His catchy blog headline is enough to send travel-crazy wanderers either wondering in disbelief or drooling in envy: “I traveled around the whole Philippines for 100 days, non-stop, the cheapest way possible.”

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Holiday Road Travel In Comfort

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Jose Vanzi
Oct. 27, 2012

Almost everyone thinks of travel when faced with long weekends. Economic conditions often rule out grand sojourns in foreign lands; many are content with visiting Philippine tourist spots as close to home as possible.

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Boracay’s beautiful, not-so-secret garden gets a revamp

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Oct. 26, 2012

For students on a budget, going to Boracay means waiting for “piso” fares with friends and scrounging for the cheapest beachfront accommodations. But for those who have grown older and started working for a living, it’s now less about the action and more about rest and recreation, even if it means spending a little more than usual.

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Midas Hotel: Your new entertainment, gaming hub

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Oct. 26, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Just a few years ago it was known as the Hyatt, a straightforward luxury hotel along Roxas Boulevard near EDSA. The edifice, which was originally designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin, played host to many VIP guests, celebrities, and the best in entertainment this side of Metro Manila. And for a while the hotel closed. It lay abandoned, awaiting a return to its glory days. That time has come, with a brand new look and energy that welcome a new generation of clientele. Poised to become Metro Manila’s best gaming and entertainment center, this is Midas Hotel.

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Paddling in Leyte’s pristine waters

Manila Standard Today
By Roland Reyes
Oct. 24, 2012

Palompon—Mayor Ramon Onate hosts next month the second East Visayas 15-kilometer Kayak race in Leyte starting at Kalanggam island here.

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Heaven in Bohol

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Oct. 23, 2012

The Bellevue Hotel Manila in Alabang is my favorite hotel in Metro Manila. Saying that it’s my home away from home is not really accurate because the amenities in our house’s bathroom are not Acca Kappa and the beds are not king-sized. Okay, Bellevue, which means beautiful view, would be my home if I had the money to live in a hotel.

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Amisa: A slice of paradise

Manila Standard Today
Oct. 23, 2012

Everyone deserves a perfect holiday. But those rare windows for relaxation and rejuvenation—that much coveted picture-perfect vacation—are often marred by the hassle of booking rooms and flights, outrageous fees and seemingly endless queues at airports and terminals, that would do nothing but raise stress levels to all-time highs.

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Captivating Capiz

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Oct. 21, 2012

SEAFOOD capital of the Philippines. Aswang capital of the world. Now who can beat Capiz?

Okay, that bit about the aswang, a mythical Philippine ghoul, was a joke—I have never seen one, nor has anyone from the province I’ve spoken to. But if seafood and serious downtime are your game, then Capiz is for you.

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Tourism award for la Laguna festival

The Philippine Star
Oct. 21, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Laguna Gov. Jeorge ‘ER’ Ejercito Estregan and his wife, Pagsanjan Mayor Girlie ‘Maita’ Ejercito, rejoice after winning back-to-back the first place for the Best Tourism Event of the Year Award (Provincial Level) for 2012 for the La Laguna Festival-The Festival of Life during the 13th national convention of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) with the support of the Department of Tourism recently held at Dakak Beach and Resort in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte. Pagsanjan town won first runner-up for the Best Tourism Event of the Year Award (Municipal Level) for 2012 for its Bangkero Festival. San Pablo City was installed in the Hall of Fame in the Best Tourism Event of the Year Award (City Level) for its Coconut Festival.

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P999 buffet at Corniche

The Philippine Star
Oct. 21, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - It’s buffet madness at Diamond Hotel’s premier dining destination, Corniche.

Enjoy a sumptuous lunch or dinner for only P999 nett per person, inclusive of free-flowing lemonade or soda.

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Lancaster offers Halloween package

The Philippine Star
Oct. 21, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Halloween is a great holiday for families; little kids have lots of fun, and grown-ups get to act as kids. Halloween this year happens to fall in between two long weekends and families are looking forward to this.

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Youth leaders gather at the Sky Dome

The Philippine Star
Oct. 21, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - A thousand youth leaders gathered at the SM North Edsa Sky Dome recently for the Global Youth Summit 2012.

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When Ilonggo food beckons

The Philippine Star
Oct. 21, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - If you think Ilonggo cooking is nothing but chicken inasal and batchoy, then you have not been to Marina oysters.seafood.grill.

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Memories Of An Unforgettable Summer

Manila Bulletin
By Rowena Bautista-Alcaraz
Oct. 20, 2012

With the unpredictable torrential rains constantly battering people’s daily lives this time of the year, the slightest peek of the sun is such a welcome respite for everyone. As for this writer, the rains only make me want to go back to where I spent a perfect summer, a place where time seem to have stood still, an oasis for someone who is used to the hustle and bustle of city life, a place of refuge for the wandering soul. I'm talking about Batanes.

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Flight Stopover At Quan Spa

Manila Bulletin
By Heidi Ng
Oct. 20, 2012

Unknown to many people, the Marriott Hotel in Resorts World has a world-class spa that one should go and try. The prices are quite steep given the clientele that the hotel gets, but then the massage and the facilities are top rate.

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The rustic charm of Dasol

Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
Oct. 20, 2012

We often hear our old folks muttering about how their time was so different from ours. They would rave about how they had trees to climb, carabaos to ride on, and rivers to bathe in. They would continue on about how they would eat fruits and vegetables freshly picked from the trees or how simple yet self-sufficient their lives were back then.

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Ride The Waves To PAGUDPUD

Manila Bulletin
Oct. 20. 2012

The Surf & Music Festival 2012, happening from October 31 to November 3, 2012, is the only festival in the Philippines that puts together the advocacies for an active lifestyle, local tourism, and the practice of environmentally-aware travel front and center, and creatively combining them all using the ever-reliable tandem of music and action sports.

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Wicked Halloween Weekend' at Astoria

The Philippine Star
Oct. 19, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Astoria Plaza’s annual Halloween event is always a big hit and this year’s celebration promises to be another blockbuster party.

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Crimson birds at Crimson Resort & Spa

The Philippine star
By Grace Glory Go
Oct. 19, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - If you’ve been to Cebu more than a dozen times in the past few years, and have had the opportunity to take a break in one of the many resorts and spas in the island of Mactan, how about trying “a new expression of leisure” in Mactan?

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Come again to Camiguin’s Lanzones Fest

Manila Bulletin
Oct. 17, 2012

Lanzones is to Camiguin as strawberry is to Baguio.

So when this quaint island province off northern Mindanao decided to have its own cultural festival more than 30 years ago, it cannot be other than about this tropical seasonal fruit which is reputed to be the sweetest in the country. Thus, Lanzones Festival was born to mark the founding of the province when it was separated from Misamis Oriental.

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Land of the Howling Wind no More

Manila Bulletin
Oct. 15, 2012

There was a time when the comely island province of Catanduanes sported the slogan “Land of the Howling Wind” because of the frequent storms that pass its way. For Catandunganons who have been experiencing perfect storms since time immemorial, these are no Hollywood movie spectacles and there is no fun in highlighting this age-old scourge.

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Palawan: Tropical paradise

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Oct. 14, 2012

WITH its diverse ecosystem that largely remains unspoiled to this day, the province of Palawan has been dubbed as “The Last Frontier.”

It has abundant marine resources, a wide array of plant species many of which continue to be discovered, rare animals and other wildlife and lush first-growth forests. Indeed, Palawan is a tropical paradise.

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'Wicked Halloween Carnival' at Diamond

The Philippine Star
Oct. 12, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - As the skies grow dark and the moon glows bright, spend a bewitching Halloween at Diamond Hotel and enjoy thrilling treats for the whole family.

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'Terrorific Nights' at Lancaster Hotel

The Philippine Star
Oct. 12, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Halloween nights hold no terror but terrific good times ahead.

That’s what Lancaster Hotel Manila offers with its “Terrorific Nights” package. For as low as P3,500 net per night, book a junior suite from Oct. 20 to Nov. 30.

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Mountain-climbing and nature-tripping at Igbaras, Iloilo

The Philippine Star
By Ronnie Calumpita
Oct. 10, 2012

I can’t resist going back to the town of Igbaras in Ilolilo for its many natural attractions.

I went back to Igbaras for the third time last August, this time visiting Barangay Igcabugao. My trip involved climbing Mt. Loboc, visiting Butuan Falls and the Rafflesia Garden, and exploring Igcabugao’s underground river.

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A River runs through it

Manila Bulletin
Oct. 10, 2012

Rivers have been an integral part of the flourishing of civilizations, dating back to the ancient days. For many towns or villages, rivers provided a steady source of food and potable water and a vital mode of transportation.

For the townsfolk of Labo, Camarines Norte, the river does these things, it also reflects their identity.

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Vamos A Zamboanga Hermosa

Manila Bulletin
By Bernard S. De Alvarez
Oct. 8, 2012

This trademark folk song tells the story of a young lady warning her fiancé of not going too far away from Zamboanga—not because of the physical danger, but by the thought of being snatched by its natural allure and the charm of Zamboangueña maidens.

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Destination: Davao City

BusinessMirror
By Stella F. Arnaldo
Oct. 7, 2012

DAVAO CITY today is hardly recognizable from the days when it was just a sleepy one-note town with a lone hotel and a central shopping center filled with tribal handicraft, as visitors breathed in the air sweetened by the heady scent of ripened durian. And mind you, that was just less than 30 years ago.

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The time has finally come for Filipino cuisine

The Philippine Star
By Claude Tayag
Oct. 7, 2012

Having just entered the last quarter of the year, I can safely conclude that 2012 qualifies as a golden year of bountiful harvest for Philippine cuisine — in its promotion here and abroad, literary outputs with food history and culture as new fields of interest as seen by the popularity of food lore books, cookbooks, glossy food magazines, new food products on the market, food bloggers and TV travel and cooking shows. Of course, the proverbial proof is in the actual eating with the emergence of several upscale Filipino restaurants here and abroad.

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Marian devotion, heritage appreciation in Pangasinan pilgrimage

The Philippine Star
Oct. 7, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Marian devotees joining the pilgrimage of Green Faith Travels in Pangasinan on Saturday, Oct. 27, will appreciate not only the papal blessings they will receive from visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Dagupan City, but also the rich history of the heritage church of Calasiao.

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Zamboanga: A Paradox in Paradise

Manila Bulletin
By Neil Garcia
Oct. 6, 2012

Tourists and photographers would probably hesitate if you invite them to a place that will necessitate them to cross the boundaries of Visayas, like Mindanao. It is unavoidable. People are aware of the conflicts happening in some areas of Mindanao.

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Delighted At The New Chinatown

Manila Bulletin
By Heidi Ng
Oct. 6, 2012

I have fond memories of Chinatown. When I was young, my mom would always take me to Binondo so she can purchase jewelry, go to the Chinese doctor, or buy some herbal remedies. My take-home loot bag always came with the Fizz Wizz, a popping candy I loved, grape flavor mandatory; a serving of cured green mango that we buy from those Chinese groceries that sell dried plums, champoy, and dried tapa; and Yanyan, chocolate dipping pretzel sticks that are available at Binondo PX stores.

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Going Places

Manila Bulletin
By Eugene Y. Santos
Oct. 6, 2012

Seasoned travelers can probably attest that traveling gives one a wider perspective of the world. Its educational aspect lies in being able to experience other cultures—whether it’s in tasting different food, shopping for the best bargains, or being acquainted to unique customary traditions. And, with a plethora of affordable airfares, traveling has become more democratic, allowing people from all walks of life to go places without burning one’s pocket.

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Extra-sharp, extra-sweeping–Bengy Toda captures the Philippines ‘as it has never been shown before’

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Marge C. Enriquez
Oct. 6, 2012

She undressed for me. She gave it to me,” declared photographer-sportsman Benigno “Bengy” Toda III.

He wasn’t alluding to a woman other than his wife. He was referring to capturing the Mayon Volcano in all her full glory just a few hours before she was obscured by the typhoon.

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Diving into paradise

The Philippine Star
By Paulo Alcazaren
Oct. 6, 2012

The Philippines consists of 7,107 islands. Okay, just about 7,000 when the tide is high. All these islands are wonderful destinations, yet we and the world are familiar with only a few. That is all changing now with the focus shifting to other destinations like the languid and lush island of Panglao in Bohol.

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Of jeepneys & Manila's charm

The Philippine Star
By Nicholas Jones
Oct. 5, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - “You’re going to the Philippines?” people supposedly in the know would ask me before I arrived here. “Get out of Manila as soon as you can and head for the islands.”

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Victory Liner drivers get TESDA accreditation

The Philippine Star
Oct. 5, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - As Victory Liner celebrates its 67th year of bringing travelers to various North Luzon routes, the country’s all-time bus companion continues to get better when its drivers received accreditation from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

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Celebrate Oktoberfest at City Garden

The Philippine Star
Oct. 5, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Celebrate Oktoberfest at City Garden Hotel with its Roofdeck Bar & Restaurant promo.

Order one pitcher of San Miguel Beer Draft and get one glass free with complimentary bar chow of your choice for only P399+.

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