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Let’s Celebrate The New Year!

Manila Bulletin
Dec. 29, 2012

If you always spend New Year’s Day nursing a hangover while telling yourself “never again!”, it is time to put those words into action and start the new year as you mean to go on. Despite what many may think, it is possible to enjoy ringing in the New Year and feel healthier the next day. Here are our 10 alternative ways to celebrate the New Year while boosting your health and fitness.
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Spending leisure time in Tagaytay

Manila Bulletin
By Eugene Y. Santos
Dec. 29, 2012

There are moments in life when one gets tired of the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. And, for celebrations like the upcoming New Year’s Eve, a trip to Tagaytay City seems apt for a quick weekend getaway.
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Welcome 2013 with a bang

Manila Standard Today
Dec. 27, 2012

End your 2012 the right way and welcome 2013 partying like it’s the end of the world at some of the country’s luxurious hotels and resorts, as they invite everyone on December 31 to celebrate the year that was.
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Puppet fun at Eton Centris

Manila Standard Today
Dec. 27, 2012

Watch Puppets-a-Caroling and listen to the Merry Puppets as they sing the best holiday tunes that make Christmas truly merry for the kids and the kids at heart on December 29.
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Celebrate Christmas at Santa’s Village

Manila Standard Today
Dec. 25, 2012

The holiday season is a time for going to carnivals and bazaars as well as watching moving mannequin and musical shows in malls. There are also rare holiday spectacles worth experiencing to make the holidays memorable. Such opportunity comes at Eton City from Nov. 30 to Jan. 6, when the Santa’s Village opens to the public at the township project of Eton Properties Philippines. Inc. (EPPI) in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
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Savour the signature flavors of Romulo Café’s heirloom dishes

Manila Standard Today
Dec. 24, 2012

Known for its distinctly delicious—yet reasonably priced—dishes, hip and modern interiors, relaxed yet elegant ambience, and commendable staff service, Romulo Café makes for a great holiday destination for the merry season’s celebrations and special occasions.
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The greening of Christmas

Manila Standard Today
Dec. 24, 2012

The spirit of Christmas is in full swing again at Makati Medical Center as it brings festive holiday cheer to patients and visitors via its spruced-up facilities.
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Paskong Pinoy at Rizal Park

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Dec. 24, 2012

There’s no Christmas like Pinoy Christmas. And this year, Manila is set to be the heart of yuletide festivities in the Metro as Rizal Park opens Paskong Pinoy 2012, a month-long Christmas and New Year extravaganza that presents a series of events and concerts to re-establish Rizal Park as a safe and fun place for barkadas and families to celebrate this joyous season.
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Feast for the holidays at Traders’ Latitude

The Philippine Star
Dec. 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Celebrate the holidays and savor a variety of sumptuous dishes at Latitude’s holiday buffet offerings until Jan. 6, 2013.
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Richmonde Café serves festive buffets

The Philippine Star
Dec. 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The holiday season has always been a time for joyful feasts and bountiful meals and while some people choose to celebrate by serving up an extraordinary spread of homecooked meals, others leave it to the professionals to enjoy a mouthwatering fare of international cuisine.
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Holiday stayovers at Diamond Hotel

The Philippine Star
Dec. 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Take a relaxing escape amid the hustle and bustle of the Yuletide season and spend luxurious getaway for a few days in any of Diamond Hotel’s well-appointed rooms and select the best package that suits your holiday mood.
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Eastwood Café offers holiday indulgences

The Philippine Star
Dec. 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, the Eastwood Café, fills the season with indulgent feasts for unforgettable family celebrations.
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Christmas freebies at Lancaster Hotel

The Philippine Star
Dec. 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Lancaster Hotel Manila celebrates the Christmas season by giving freebies to its guests.
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Dazzle your Christmas on a budget

The Philippine Star
Dec. 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Who says you cannot share the joy and be merry when you are on a budget? Gone are the days when people live to cash out freely on Christmas gifts. But the hunt for great holiday presents lives on and choosing items that won’t put a hole in your pocket is the smartest, merriest way to go.
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Tourism industry gears up for Travel Madness Expo

The Philippine Star
Dec. 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Inspired by the tremendous success of the Travel Madness Expo 2012 that recently brought in huge business from the vast tourism consumer market, industry players from various sectors are now looking forward and gearing up for next year’s edition of the event.
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A room with a view at The Oriental Legazpi

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Dec. 23, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - So few sites in the country inspire awe like Mayon volcano. It is a massive natural wonder distinct for its iconic shape and solitary setting in the province of Albay. It is everywhere, especially in the city of Legazpi.
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A tribute to the Jeepney
Resorts World Manila glorifies RP’s ‘King of the Road’

Manila Bulletin
By Eugene Y. Santos
Dec. 22, 2012

The jeepney has come a long way in establishing itself as a ubiquitous Philippine icon, as it is one of the most popular modes of public transportation in the country.
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Spa-bulous Devarana

Manila Bulletin
By Heidi Ng
Dec. 22, 2012

When a place is award winning, one can expect nothing less than an experience so memorable, it is on top of the mind when one wants to get away. One of my getaway places in Manila is Devarana Spa. This platinum winner of Spa of the Year and signature spa experience in the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards 2011-2013 is a no-fail spa place for me if I want a relaxing experience.
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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place At Christmas

Manila Bulletin
By Alvin Bulaong Cruz
Dec. 17, 2012

Tis the season to be merry once again, and while the crowds rush to the malls, bazaars, and outdoor markets to find good bargains for their last-minute Christmas shopping, I have chosen to go the opposite direction for the time being, to refuse to give in to the tyranny of the urgent and instead take things in stride and enjoy a few moments of quiet solitude. But where on earth at this time of the year can one find momentary refuge and respite from the madding crowd and crass commercialism of the city?
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It can get only warmer in Iloilo

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Dec. 16, 2012

MAAYONG aga! (Good morning!) The first thing you will notice as soon as you arrive in Iloilo is that sing-song, caressing dialect of Ilonggos. It envelops you like a warm hug, making you feel like a long-lost friend. It makes you eager to find out what everyone is talking about.
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Holiday highs at Tagaytay Highlands

The Philippine Star
By Ching M. Alano
Dec. 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - So, where are you attending Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Well, if you want a High Mass (literally speaking), you can always hie off to Tagaytay Highlands where the air is nippy and everything is Christmasy and chirpy.
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The best of Belenismo in Tarlac

The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
Dec. 16, 2012

I whispered a prayer of thanksgiving as I watched a falling star streak across the northern skies recently. Being blessed with the opportunity to watch the glorious full moon shining high above the sky over the amazing masterpieces depicting nativity scenes is an answered prayer in itself.
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Memorable, meaningful Palawan: Holidays at Hotel Centro

The Philippine Star
Dec. 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - There’s no better way to usher in the holidays than to indulge in a perfect getaway. When thinking of destinations, Palawan easily comes to mind as an ideal location. Think sun, sea, surf and sand, exotic environs, friendly people, great food and accommodations.
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Bila-Bila Festival: Marinduque’s butterflies soar to greater heights

The Philippine Star
Dec. 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - If Blessing and numerous other prominent people out there, among them Miley Cyrus who popularized the song “Butterfly Fly Away” can drop good notes for the insect, the people of Marinduque have a unique way of paying tribute to this lovely creature.
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Tutuban center Christmas tree lighting

The Philippine Star
Dec. 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Amid the cool air and before an excited crowd, favorite shopping hub Tutuban Center held its annual Christmas tree lighting event at the open parking area recently. The moment the 35-foot Christmas tree’s hundreds of lights were switched on, the people clapped their hands in appreciation that the year’s most festive season has already started. The traditional Christmas tree lighting is the culmination of several exciting activities prepared by Tutuban Center for the day in celebration of Bonifacio Day. Shown during the lighting ceremony are (from left) Inigo Cruz, JM Lagumbay, Yayo Aguila, Tutuban Properties Inc.’s Business Unit head Gina Villamor, VP for special projects Stephen Yap, tenant relations manager Chris Sioson, and celebrity twins Kenny and Toffi Santos.
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It’s a wonderful Christmas at the PICC

The Philippine Star
Dec. 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - As the Christmas capital of the world, the Philippines prides itself as having the longest, most cheerful Yuletide celebration.
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A princess and a groundbreaking

The Philippine Star
Dec. 16, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Astoria Hotels and Resorts (AHR) is all set for the construction of its newest resort in Boracay in bustling Station 3. The emerging chain of hotels recently held a groundbreaking ceremony in its property to signal the start of the resort’s construction.
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Kinablangan, Baganga: Jewel of the Orient

Manila Bulletin
By Jhonie Marie C. Praxidio
Dec. 12, 2012

I was in Kinablangan, Baganga, Davao Oriental for some treasure hunting. Not for gems and precious stones, but the jewel itself that is the place. A walk in Kinablangan will reveal a number of treasures – the abundance of trees that give the place shade and verdant comfort; the rich marine life; the delicious food that is distinctly Davao Oriental in nature; and most of all, the warm people who welcomed us into their bosom.
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Catching tuna the responsible way

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
Dec. 12, 2012

Some methods of fishing, especially large-scale ones, are harmful to the ocean and rampant and exploitative practice of which can lead to the permanent damage of the ecosystem and the endangerment of its inhabitants. If you’re a manufacturer of processed seafood, you have to do your part to protect marine resources, not only as social responsibility, but for the sustainability of your business as well.
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Bicol Relives Christmas Folk Tradition

Manila Bulletin
Dec. 10, 2012

The Nativity or birth of Jesus Christ is reenacted during Christmas time in many rural areas in the Philippines, which usually involves dancing and singing. It goes by different names in various provinces, but is practiced more widely in the Bicol region as “Pastores” as an annual music festival.
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Manila Hotel gives back this Christmas

The Philippine Star
Dec. 9, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - In the spirit of Christmas, Manila Hotel gives its guests the opportunity to give a gift and help the kids of the House of Refuge Foundation Inc.
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Hot and Spicy Albay

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Dec. 9, 2012

ONE of the most spectacular welcomes that I have ever encountered in all my years of traveling around the Philippines or abroad is the majestic Mount Mayon Volcano coming into view of a plane’s window. The sight of the sweeping curvaceous slopes rising to a near-perfect cone puffing white wisps of smoke is enough to take one’s breath away.
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Of Culture, Crops, And Scarecrows

Manila Bulletin
By Nickky De Guzman
Dec. 8, 2012

If a scarecrow is meant to connote horrifying images and meanings, for the Isabeliños, the humble strawman or bambanti in their language, is a stately symbol of diligence and firmness; reflecting their enduring spirit despite relentless storms that wreak havoc on the province every year.
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Must-do things in October Bacolod’s MassKara joins NatGeo list of 12 festivals

The Philippine Star
By Danny Dangcalan
Dec. 7, 2012

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines — The international magazine National Geographic has chosen this city’s MassKara Festival as one of the 12 must-do things in the world in October.
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Boracay Garden offers peak season promo

The Philippine Star
Dec. 7, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Avail yourself of Boracay Garden Resort’s special peak season promo and get as much as 50 percent discount on room rates.
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Holiday feasts at Diamond

The Philippine Star
Dec. 7, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - This Yuletide season, Diamond Hotel Philippines offers its scrumptious selection of food choices for your holiday feasts.
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Will a new generation of tourists rediscover Baguio?

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Dec. 7, 2012

The Yuletide season officially started at The Manor with a recent Christmas lighting ceremony at the resort hotel’s Manor Garden. Dubbed as “Magical Christmas,” the event was hailed by Manor executives, led by German managing director Heinrich Maulbecker, as the first of its kind in the Baguio-based hotel’s young history.
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Timeless Christmas traditions at The Peninsula Manila

Manila Standard Today
Dec. 3, 2012

In Metro Manila, nothing can be more traditional (and comparatively “timeless” seeing that is has been going on for 29 seasons) than the annual “Christmas Concert at the Pen” – The Peninsula Manila’s annual gorgeous festive musical gift to the community.
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Hotel round-up

Manila Standard Today
By Bob Zozobrado
Dec. 2, 2012

I’m glad these luxury hotels in our midst always come up with some colorful events, adding more “zing” and “pow” to my social calendar. Here are a couple of events that certainly made life more dazzling for party animals hereabouts.
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One Greenbelt Hotel: Makati’s Newest hip boutique hotel

The Philippine Star
Dec. 2, 2012

One Greenbelt Hotel is Makati’s newest hip boutique hotel and is showing serious potential of being the boutique hotel of choice along the Arnaiz Avenue hotel stretch.
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Exciting shopping nights await at Tutuban Center Night Market

The Philippine Star
Dec. 2, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - When the mall closes but the shopping urge is still unsatisfied, troop to the Tutuban Center Night Market. It is the Philippines’ answer to the world-renowned night markets of Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
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Batanes bliss

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Dec. 2, 2012

The first time I went to Basco, on the main island of Batan in Batanes, none of the major cell-phone providers had reached it yet. And so, for four days, with my cell phone switched off, my friends and I were able to enjoy the quietude of this northernmost province of the Philippines. (Since that vacation, I haven’t switched on the SMS ringtone for my cell phone ever again.)
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Traveling With Bay San Pedro

Manila Bulletin
By Fr. Carmelo O. Diola
Dec. 1, 2012

Oh, what a coincidence, I am receiving a text for you,” Fr. Greg Gaston, amiable rector of the Collegio Filipino in Rome, told me when I chanced upon him at the porter’s room of the Collegio in the evening of Tuesday 22 October. Earlier, I had missed taking a flight to Cebu from Rome. Although scheduled for Friday with other pilgrims from my travel agency, I needed to go home earlier since my dearest mother, Elena, had died an hour after the Sunday canonization of the new Filipino saint, San Pedro Calungsod.
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