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Taal: Up close and personal

Manila Bulletin
By Alvin Bulaong Cruz
Jan. 28, 2013

How do I love Taal? I cannot count the ways, nor can I count the times I have seen Taal volcano, undoubtedly one of the country's most-visited and photographed tourist destinations. But a place like Taal can never be too familiar because there isn't just one way of looking at the beauty of nature.
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Cebu‘s party place

Manila Standard Today
By Bob Zozobrado
Jan. 27, 2013

The Queen City of the South hogged the front pages last week because of the fun, exciting, and very colorful Sinulog Festival, which pays tribute to its patron saint, El Señor Sto. Niño. This annual religious event, marked by a day-long parade of colorful floats and street dancers, highlights Cebu’s reputation as a favorite fun destination for many Filipinos and foreigners, aside from its being a culinary destination for many foodies with big appetites.
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Romancing the reefs with trouble in paradise

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Alya B. Honasan
Jan. 27, 2013

You never forget your first shark.

It was 1989, and I was a relatively new scuba diver on my first weeklong dive trip to Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea. It was a perfectly clear summer’s day, and I had barely righted myself after nervously back-rolling into the ocean from the rubber dinghy that ferried divers from the big boat to the dive site, when I saw it—a beautiful 6-foot white tip reef shark with beady eyes, undulating gills and the most graceful movements I had ever seen in an animal.
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Surf’s up and more in La Union

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Jan. 27, 2013

IN the 1970s until about the mid-1980s, La Union in the Ilocos region was one of those provinces where Metro Manilans would flock to during the summer for their beach escapades.
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One Pacific Place serviced residences: A grand launch in the year of the snake

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Jan. 27, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Working in Makati’s Central Business District just got a whole lot better with the grand opening of One Pacific Place Serviced Residences.
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A revolutionary dining experience

Manila Standard Today
By Arman Armero
Jan. 26, 2013

Magdalo Café was inspired by a rebellion. The restaurant took its name from a group of military officers who led more than 300 soldiers in a failed mutiny in July 27, 2003 at the Oakwood Premier Ayala Center (now Ascott Makati) and another uprising four years later at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Nov. 29, 2007 to protest against alleged corruption in the government and the military under then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
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PH, Still a Must Visit Beach Destination for Chinese Tourists

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Jan. 26, 2013

Territorial disputes aside, the increasing demand for short-haul beach holiday destinations among Chinese tourists firmly positions the Philippines as one of the must-visit countries in Southeast Asia, especially during the winter peak season and the coming Chinese New Year long holiday from February 9-17, 2013.
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My Square Meter

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Tessa Prieto-Valdes
Jan. 25, 2013

Now that it’s more fun in the Philippines, more hotels are being filled with local and foreign tourists. Hotel properties are appreciating, especially in Cebu. The transformation and reemergence of Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is a beautiful case in point. Mövenpick has created a hip and happening destination in Mactan. Located at the lush and tropical side of Mactan, the hotel has just opened its lifestyle doors after an impressive P500 million, five-month-long renovation.
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First Pacific Leadership Academy turns a new leaf in training business leaders

The Philippine Star
Jan. 25, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - There’s a new breeding ground for future global business leaders.
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Tides Boracay honors partners in AGOS Awards

The Philippine Star
Jan. 25, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - When it comes to travel, the Philippines is known as one of the top travel destinations in the world. From its beautiful surroundings to breathtaking sunsets, to having the most hospitable people, the Philippines takes pride in having countless vacation spots.
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New attraction at Manila Ocean Park

Manila Standard Today
Jan. 24, 2013

Manila Ocean Park’s newest attraction called the Birds of Prey Kingdom features one of the most stunning coastal raptors in the country, the Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus) locally known as Lawin in Tagalog and Banog in the Visayas region.
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A beginner’s guide to Binondo

Manila Standard Today
Jan. 24, 2013

One cool January weekend, I got together with a few friends to navigate Chinatown in Binondo, Manila, for an afternoon of pigging out. To make sure that we’re on track, we had a map labeled with the “must visit” dining establishments. We chose places that were highly recommended by friends and people who know their way around the area. And I thought I’d share the experience on this space today.
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Doll exhibit at The Podium

Manila Standard Today
Jan. 22, 2013

Mallgoers had the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of traditional Korean arts and craft when the Embassy of Korea recently held a Hanji Dolls Craft Exhibit at The Podium Atrium.
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Luzon Newsbits

Manila Bulletin
Jan. 21, 2013

TABUK CITY, Kalinga — Silent drill, acrobatic show, ballet performance and the Gangnam style dance craze will be new attractions in the upcoming 18th Kalinga Province Founding Anniversary and Ullalim Festival 2013 scheduled on February 14-17, in this capital town.
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Out-Of-Town Contingents Win Sinulog Titles

Manila Bulletin
By Tmars W. Mosqueda Jr.
Jan. 21, 2013

CEBU CITY, Cebu — Contingents from Tangub City and Alang-Alang in Leyte went home with the crown in their respective categories for this year's Sinulog Festival attended by at least an estimated 4 million revelers.
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Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival Prioritizes Aetas

Manila Bulletin
By Tara Yap
Jan. 21, 2013

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo — The integration of the indigenous Aetas has been prioritized by organizers of the 2013 Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City.
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Azalea Residences: Baguio’s family fun hotel, timeshare vacation club

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Jan. 20, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Baguio City is still proudly known as the nation’s summer capital and it does not fall short of accommodating the thousands of guests it receives on a yearly basis. Any family planning to go to Baguio and enjoy its always cool weather will not be disappointed.
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Lancaster Hotel offers ‘Upgrade on us!’ deal

The Philippine Star
Jan. 20, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Don’t settle for anything less this 2013.

Over at Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City, Lancaster Hotel Manila understands how persistence and determination can make dreams come true.
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’s more fun when you fly to Toronto on PAL

The Philippine Star
By Tanya T. Lara
Jan. 20, 2013

One of the best travel stories I have ever heard happened last Christmas. A friend was coming home from Los Angeles to spend the season with her family in Manila. Christmas being the season of homecoming, the only flight she could get was on the 24th, which meant she would arrive on Christmas Day, and miss noche buena with her family.
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Marinduque: Heart of the Philippines

BusinessMirror
Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Jan. 20, 2013

THE heart-shaped island of Marinduque comes to mind whenever Holy Week approaches.
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Environment-friendly aircraft lands in Clark

The Philippine Star
By Ding Cervantes
Jan. 18, 2013

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines — With the tip of its wings conspicuously curved upward, the world’s reputed first environment-friendly commercial aircraft arrived here yesterday from Malaysia, the first such plane to land in the Philippines.
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January blast at City Garden Hotel Makati

The Philippine Star
Jan. 18, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - City Garden Hotel Makati invites families and friends to a rewarding retreat to begin the year refreshed and re-energized and experience true hospitality as it welcomes the Year of the Water Snake.
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Diamond Hotel welcomes Year of the Snake

The Philippine Star
Jan. 18, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - 2013 is a year of good fortune. Welcome the Year of the Water Snake in luxury and invite prosperity, luck and power when you celebrate at Diamond Hotel Philippines.
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Boracay Garden Resort

The Philippine Star
Jan. 18, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Spend Valentine’s Day to remember in one of the best island destinations in the world. Book now at Boracay Garden Resort and avail yourself of the best room rates this season of hearts.
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Marriott Hotel goes Aussie on Jan. 26

The Philippine Star
Jan. 18, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Marriott Hotel Manila is kicking up January with a party and eating experience like a true-blue Aussie. Sashay your way to the land down under on Jan. 26, Australia Day, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., for a lavish poolside barbeque and wine party for only P2,500 net.
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InterCon offers ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ room package

The Philippine Star
Jan. 18, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - InterContinental Manila welcomes the Year of the Snake with the Gong Xi Fa Cai room package.
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Can’t say Goodbye to Baybay

Manila Bulletin
By Himaya F. Perez
Jan. 16, 2013

A pocryphal stories abound about how the beguiling city of Baybay in Leyte got its name.
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The House that Ice Cream built

Manila Bulletin
By Dennis Ladaw
Jan. 15, 2013

Along the busy stretch of A. Bonifacio Avenue in Balintawak is an eight-hectare property dubbed the Selecta compound. It’s named after the famous ice cream brand and it’s the place where Selecta’s products were made. The brand name has since been bought by a major conglomerate but the family that founded it continues to produce ice cream under a different brand called Arce Dairy Ice Cream.
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'Viva Señor Sto. Niño!’

Manila Bulletin
By Junjun Ablaza
Jan. 15, 2013

In contrast to the wealth of nativity scenes in art, depictions of Christ as a child are comparatively rare. There is no portrait of Jesus Christ painted or drawn from life; not even a brief physical description of him appears in the Bible. Nonetheless, artists have been portraying Christ in loving detail.
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'Binhi ng Kalayaan’ at Rizal Park spruced up, now a picnic spot

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Jocelyn R. Uy
Jan. 15, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Finally, families and couples visiting the 54-hectare Rizal Park in Manila will have a decent place for a picnic.

To mark its 50th founding anniversary, the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) formally opened to the public the Binhi ng Kalayaan Garden, on Monday, the latest attraction at the Rizal Park named after the bronze sculpture “Binhi ng Kalayaan” installed during the Philippine centennial in 1998.
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Sinulog Do’s, Don’ts Given Politicians

Manila Bulletin
Jan. 14, 2013

CEBU CITY, Cebu (PIA) - With the 2013 midterm elections a few months away, organizers of the Sinulog 2013 Festival are asking participating politicians to “behave” during the Sinulog festivities.
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Jazz in Baguio: Just what the doctor ordered

The Philippine Star
By Scott R. Garceau
Jan. 13, 2013

There’s something about Baguio during Christmastime that lends itself to cozy wood-frame hotels, warm fireplaces and tinkling ivories. During our recent visit there over the New Year’s holiday, we set ourselves down at Forest Lodge in Camp John Hay and were serenaded by a trio of singers led by a pianist who’s also a physician: Dr. Dennis Flores is lead arranger and ivory-tickler for On Call, a quartet (sometimes a quintet) whose vocal blend is superior to most hotel lounge entertainers you’ll encounter, even in the talent-heavy Philippines.
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A chic Ibiza lifestyle at Mövenpick Cebu

The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Darit
Jan. 13, 2013

There exists an intrepid explorer in each of us — eager to unravel something new or embark on something unique, audacious, magical and even life changing.
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Design, new Spanish cuisine meet in FOODJECTS

The Philippine Star
Jan. 13, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The new Spanish cuisine has revealed itself as one of the world’s most creative and surprising, a success linked to a culinary tradition as rich and varied as the country’s landscape.
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Davao City seen to rise as hub of meetings, events

The Philippine Star
Jan. 13, 2013

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The holding of an international conference on meetings, incentives, conventions and events/exhibitions (MICE) in this flourishing city may just be all that’s needed to start off its rise as the sector’s hub in this part of the Philippines.
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Raffles and Fairmont Makati: Un-identical TWINS

The Philippine Star
By Kap Maceda Aguila
Jan. 13, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Makati City has long held the distinction of being the financial capital of the country — a preeminent, most unalloyed version of a utopian city, at least as far as its wealthiest sections go.
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Richmonde Café serves fresh Chef’s Exclusives

The Philippine Star
Jan. 13, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Richmonde Café welcomes 2013 by preparing a healthy and inspiring three-course meal to give a wonderful beginning to an exciting new year.
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Rossetti: The way to one’s heart

The Philippine Star
Jan. 13, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - During the holidays, all the food and feasting was especially meaningful as family and friends gathered together to celebrate the season.
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Pre-anniversary buffet madness at Diamond Hotel

The Philippine Star
Jan. 11, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - In celebration of its 20th year, Diamond Hotel Philippines is offering a Buffet Madness promotion at Corniche.
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Is 2013 Philippine tourism’s moment?

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
Jan. 10, 2012

The Tourism Department’s comprehensive multimedia “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign is surely heating up and showing a lot of promise for 2013. Not only is its latest TV spot, “Sleepless Nights,” getting plenty of attention and praise here and abroad, but it definitely was instrumental in making the country more visible in the international tourism community.
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A la carte meal on sale

Manila Standard Today
Jan. 10, 2012

To celebrate the start of a brand new year, Gambrinus Bar at InterContinental Manila will have an a la carte dining sale from January 2 to 31.
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More than a party central

Manila Bulletin
By Eugene Y. Santos
Jan. 2, 2013

Long gone are the days when Boracay was an island with no electricity, where the few lodging places that existed there decades ago were only powered by generators. Through years of gentrification, Boracay has emerged as a party central from the virgin territory it used to be. A frenzied vibe has made Boracay a global melting pot, where visitors—both local and international—flock into the island for some warm luxurious days on the beach and nights of revelry.
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Pro-friends unveils first-ever condominium project

Manila Standard Today
Jan 1, 2013

The Property Company of Friends, Inc. (PRO-FRIENDS), one of the fastest growing real estate developers in the Philippines, has unveiled Ilustrata Residences, its first-ever residential condominium project in Metro Manila.
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