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More than your usual island haven

BusinessMirror
By Maui Daton
Feb. 27, 2013

CITY living can become nothing more than a blur of sleeping and waking up, of going to and coming from work, of chores and deadlines and countless other seemingly mindless tasks that make up every hour of our every day. Sometimes you want to get away from all these worldly cares, and just revel in being alive on this planet.
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A second look at Baguio

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Feb. 26, 2013

I have been to Baguio every year for the last four years, usually during the Panagbenga flower festival when there are too many people for us to have the opportunity to go around and enjoy what the city has to offer. I was sure that Baguio had more to offer beyond horseback-riding, shopping for fresh strawberries and peanut brittle in the market.
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Basilan: The Calm in the Middle of the Storm

Manila Bulletin
By Datu Ayunan G. Gunting
Feb. 25, 2013

The province of Basilan in Mindanao has often been overshadowed by the negative images attributed to it. Basilan, after all, is a place more popular for its notoriety rather than being an actual tourist destination.
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Be a caver for a day in Samar

Manila Standard Today
By Ricky Bautista
Feb. 24, 2013

Las Navas, Northern Samar—Cave tourism is gaining popularity in the Philippines, and particularly in Samar where the biggest caves are found.
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Ready for summer?

Manila Standard Today
By Bob Zozobrado
Feb. 24, 2013

It looks like we’re now experiencing the tail-end of the “cool season” and, one day very soon, if it hasn’t happened yet, we’ll wake up to a sizzling hot morning, a tell-tale sign of the onset of summer. Are you ready for it? Have you planned your fun escapade for the season?
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Leisure and history at The Oriental Leyte

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Feb. 24, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - As a traveler, it is imperative you stay in a hotel that is near many significant sights and discoveries. A good, luxurious stay is just one part of the equation — having somewhere to go beyond your hotel room is the other. When it comes to tourist attractions and a comfortable relaxing stay, you cannot go wrong with The Oriental Leyte.
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Thunderbird Resorts Rizal an R&R haven

The Philippine Star
Feb. 24, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Thunderbird Resorts Rizal has become a sought-after rest and relaxation spot for tired urban dwellers both on weekends and weekdays.
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Wafu holds Sushi Festival until March 31

The Philippine Star
Feb. 24, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The taste of sliced raw fish, often dipped in wasabi-flavored soy sauce, is one of the freshest in the world. If you have always been a fan of Japanese food, then indulge in your favorite sushi at Wafu’s Sushi Festival ongoing until March 31.
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La Isla Pilipinas offers Visita Iglesia tours

The Philippine Star
Feb. 24, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Visita Iglesia is one of the most pleasant traditions that Catholics observe during the Lenten season. And by going to the right churches, two things can be done at the same time — offer a solemn prayer, and immerse in culture kept alive within the walls of ancestral churches.
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Pangasinan–not just another pit stop

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Feb. 24, 2013

I must admit, as a kid, the province of Pangasinan meant nothing more than a pit stop for me on the way to Baguio City or the Ilocos region. It was only when I was working for the government in the late 1980s that I started discovering more interesting places to visit in Pangasinan, and I’m not just talking about the Hundred Islands there.
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Savoring Sand, Sun And Sea

Manila Bulletin
By Daisy Lou C. Talampas
Feb. 23, 2013

You have to say goodbye to a stressful life once in a while and exert extra effort in doing so. My family’s mantra every year is this – “Bye, bye stress; hello peace and relaxation.” This is because my husband, son, and I are separated geographically. I work in Manila while both of them work in the Middle East. So, once a year, they come home and the three of us go on vacation. We decided this year to try two places and one of them was Boracay, the world’s number one resort.
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Davao City rallies behind MICECON Conference 2013

The Philippine Star
Feb. 22, 2013

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mayor Sara Duterte has created a special body to prepare this city for the huge influx of local and foreign delegates to the forthcoming international conference on meetings, incentives, conventions and events/exhibitions (MICE).
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Mandy Navasero’s Batanes Photo Safari open again

The Philippine Star
Feb. 22, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The raw, stark beauty of Batanes always takes Mandy Navasero’s breath away.
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Special meals deals at the 1st Manila Food and Wine Festival

Manila Standard Today
Feb. 21, 2013

The country’s top hotels and favorite restaurants are declaring Feb. 22 to 25 as feast days for everyone, as they join the much-awaited “Restaurant Wars”—one of the highlights of the 1st Manila Food and Wine Festival.
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Up, up and away at hot air balloon event

Manila Standard Today
By Lito Cinco
Feb. 20, 2013

It will be a real visual treat for the more than a hundred thousand people who are expected to watch the four-day 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta from February 21 to 24 inside the sprawling Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
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Cagayan white water fun

Manila Bulletin
By Noel F. De Jesus
Feb. 20, 2013

The gang meats up at the Hapchang Restaurant on the West Avenue, rush through platters of food. Everyone gulps down Bonamine as insurance against motion sickness on the overnight ride up to Tuguegarao, jump off point for a weekend communing with nature.
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Chicken Soup Around The World

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
Feb. 20, 2013

It has been an exciting week fighting off the flu with the world’s most beloved cure: chicken soup. Not just any chicken soup, but the kind that takes one back to every grandma’s kitchen and the TLC of Mom’s late night chest rub with Vicks Vaporub.
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A new art and design destination: Seda Hotel opens quietly to oohs and ahhs

BusinessMirror
By Samito Jalbuena
Feb. 18, 2013

DESIGNED to be a canvas for local arts and crafts, Seda Hotel, which quietly opened recently, draws its pedigree from within the halls of Ayala Land which ensured that the properties of this new and wholly owned brand would adopt a streamlined aesthetic to complement the works of contemporary artists and artisans. It must be noted that Seda is Ayala’s first independent hotel concept that distinguishes itself from the conglomerate’s other hotel concerns that are partnerships with transnational hoteliers. Therefore, Seda is unique.
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Hip and historic QC

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Feb. 17, 2013

MOST folks have never thought of Quezon City as a tourism destination. I don’t blame them. It is mostly known as a shopping and dining capital, not to mention the location of most government agencies and educational institutions.
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Beachcomber for both seasons

The Philippine Star
By Alfred A. Yuson
Feb. 17, 2013

The Two Seasons Island Resort and Spa off Coron in Northern Palawan formally opened on the last weekend of January, with 42 cottage suites offering luxurious accommodations in different settings and styles.
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Panagbenga 2013 and the ‘warm’ spots in the City of Pines

The Philippine Star
By Gil Gacuma Jr.
Feb. 17, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Tis’ the season once again when Baguio City, dubbed the summer capital of the country, blooms in celebration of the annual Panagbenga Flower Festival this month.
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One Pacific Place: Truly a home away from home

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Feb. 17, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The prestigious central business district of Makati City is populated with a myriad of hard-working corporate individuals who are successful with their jobs and discriminating in their tastes. These CEOs, these tireless presidents and vice presidents, managers, supervisors and corporate heads, all have a common need: a place to recharge at the beginning of another day.
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Cebu’s relaxing ‘come-ons’

Manila Standard Today
By Bob Zozobrado
Feb. 17, 2013

One of the many things that make my life exciting is when I discover new mundane offerings that are sure to give pleasure to my senses, like these recent destinations I became familiar with. What make them even more appealing is the fact that they are right there in my hometown, ready for me, anytime I head back to my roots.
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Isabela opens ecotourism front

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
Feb. 16, 2013

The province of Isabela in the Cagayan Valley Region is the “Queen’s Province.” Specifically, it was named after la Reyna Isabela la Catolica who, along with King Ferdinand of Aragon, liberated Spain in 1492 from the Moors who had controlled the southern peninsula for centuries.
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Breathing easy in Coron, Palawan

Manila Bulletin
By Zherwin V. Perion
Feb. 16, 2013

When one is getting tired just thinking of doing the same thing on a regular basis, or being suffocated by the thought of daily commutes and horrendous traffic (and not to mention the ever present work-related pressures), we cannot help but dream of having a break of a day or two just walking slowly, eating slowly or just to take some moment to catch our breath. In the quiet town of Coron in Palawan, we got those and more.
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Valentine Feast

Manila Bulletin
By Heidi Ng
Feb. 16, 2013

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Philippines usually involves chocolates, roses, and romantic dinners. Those romantic dinners can get everyone braving the Valentine weekend traffic, but nothing is too inconvenient when it comes to impressing their dates, sharing indulgent food, and remembering what this day is all about.
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Celebrate the ‘love month’ with iFoods

The Philippine Star
Feb. 15, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - i-Foods, the homegrown food conglomerate that offers you a taste of cuisines from all over the world, has a number of packages to make your month-long celebration of Valentine’s a memorable one.
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Indulge your wanderlust with Trafalgar at 20th TTE

The Philippine Star
Feb. 15, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Trafalgar, a world leader in guided holidays, provides insightful European experiences from an insider’s perspective. Traveling is not just about the sights you see, but the unique and enriching local experiences that broaden the mind and bridge the gap between people and cultures.
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Islands of love

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
Feb. 14, 2013

Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2000 film, The Beach, might have been universally panned by critics but it was responsible for how teenage girls (and some boys) at that time defined paradise. Up until today, I know a few people who would still play All Saints’ “Pure Shores” (from the film’s soundtrack) when lounging at the beach and watching the sunset.
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Valentine’s Day dinner? Truth is, traditional fine dining is on its last leg

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Clinton Palanca
Feb. 14, 2013

Whatever happened to fine dining?

I wonder if I’m the only spouse asking this as we make secret (but noisily secret, to reassure my better half) plans for Valentine’s Day. It used to be fairly simple: On the 14th of February, we men would shake off our suits of mothballs and drive out with made-up and scented dates into the traffic jam, to make it in time for that difficult reservation in a restaurant with lots of candles, a waiter in a bow tie and exorbitant prices.
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In chilly Tagaytay, a culinary flame kept alive–especially on Valentine’s

The Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Raoul J. Chee Kee
Feb. 14, 2013

"You can take the chef out of the kitchen, but you can’t take the kitchen out of the chef.” So said Discovery Suites’ former corporate chef and now resident manager David Pardo de Ayala, prior to a recent lunch at the group’s property in Tagaytay.
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Ready, Jet-Set, Go!

Manila Bulletin
Feb. 13, 2013

This year is set to be the year of multi-trip holidays, as people plan to go on more out-of-town trips and spend more – regardless of their financial situation, the latest research from Skyscanner reveals.
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Fill your heart with warmth and love

Manila Standard Today
Feb. 12, 2013

PERK up your mornings with a selection of hot beverages which are blended with tasty muscovado sugar and real tablea, only at Pan de Manila.
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GenSan Sets Festival Of Cultures

Manila Bulletin
Feb. 11, 2013

The country’s tuna capital, Gen. Santos City, unveils its artistic side as it celebrates the multi-awarded Kalilangan Festival as part of its 74th founding day.
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The pleasures of Pampanga

BusinessMirror
By Stella F. Arnaldo
Feb. 10, 2013

PAMPANGA is not just your destination for the annual Good Friday procession of penitents, bloody from flogging their own backs with sharp bamboo sticks, before being crucified just like Christ Jesus (Barangay San Pedro Cutud, Mabalacat City).
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Find your next adventure at the 20th Travel Tour Expo 2013

The Philippine Star
Feb. 10, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Just minutes after Malacañang issued the list of holidays for the year in January, the Internet had bottlenecked at certain websites –– airlines, hotel booking services, travel agencies, everything that has to do with escaping from the reality that had just sunk in. It was back to work for everyone, but the promise of vacation was more than enough reason to celebrate. Three words were on our minds: Book, book, book!
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Punta de Fabian: A hilltop paradise

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Feb. 10, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - When Tess Pamintuan first set foot on top of the hill in Baras, Rizal overlooking the magnificent Laguna de Bay and Sierra Madre mountains, little did she know then of the significance of her discovery. Battling stage 3 cancer, she would periodically come back to this beautiful place — a lovely spot which afforded a picturesque, panoramic view of the province’s lakeshore towns — to relax and meditate. Her struggle against cancer, and subsequent victory over the disease, has become the inspiration behind Rizal’s premier vacation resort destination, Punta de Fabian.
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CAUGHT BETWEEN CORON IN PALAWAN AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Manila Bulletin
By Alvin Bulaong Cruz
Feb. 9, 2013

To kick off the Year of the Water Snake, I joined a three-day backpacking tour of Coron Island in Palawan organized by travel blogger James Betia. I'm not the superstitious type, nor do I practice Chinese astrology, but call it serendipity, or a fortuitous circumstance, that my first major tour of the year took place in Palawan's pristine waters off the coastal town of Coron.
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SAVING SUNSETS, AVOIDING TOXIC CHARMS

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Jose Vanzi
Feb. 9, 2013

On Tuesday, February 12, we will be joining thousands answering the call of Malate Church parish priest Fr. John Leydon, to watch the Manila Bay sunset from Roxas Boulevard. It is a peaceful assembly launched by the coalition SOS Manila Bay which is leading a war against what Father John describes as “a finance-driven project, which will benefit a few people, detrimental to the environment and will most probably add to urban decay.”
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Dusit Valentine

Manila Bulletin
By Heidi Ng
Feb. 9, 2013

When one enters Dusit Thani hotel, the Thai brand’s hotel in Makati City, a distinct smell of soothing lemongrass permeates throughout the lobby, signaling one’s mind to let go, relax and enjoy the hotel and everything it offers.
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Spend Valentine’s Day in history-rich Intramuros at Ilustrado

The Philippine Star
Feb. 8, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Intramuros, Manila’s Walled City enfolded the seat of governance, religion and education during the Spanish era. Its cobble-stoned streets once echoed with horse-drawn caruajes of the affluent and the ilustrados — the well-traveled, educated and enlightened Filipinos of the time.
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Welcome the ‘Snake’ at Richmonde Café

The Philippine Star
Feb. 8, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Richmonde Café welcomes the Lunar Year of the Snake with a weeklong celebration of abundance until today, as it fills its buffet with an assortment of Chinese-inspired dishes.
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Davao City girds for MICE

Manila Bulletin
Feb. 6, 2013

Davao City, Philippines - This city of bloom and boom, from islands to highlands, is briskly preparing for the massive influx of big corporate players from the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions/events (MICE) industry, including experts from all over the world.
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Oriental Aphrodisiacs Through The Ages

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
Feb. 6, 2013

It is the month for love, romance and all the accoutrements believed to enhance the experience. As in aphrodisiacs, highly sought after in my barrio were macho Pinoys typical of oriental men, who pride themselves in sexual conquest.
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Govt upbeat on local tourism

Manila Standard Today
By Othel V. Campos
Feb. 6, 2013

The government is keeping its initial 10-percent growth target in domestic tourism revenues for 2013 from an estimated 35 million tourists.
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Conquering Comval in Two Days

Manila Bulletin
By Henrylito D. Tacio
Feb. 5, 2013

I did the unthinkable. I recently joined a group of photographers and journalists from Davao City on a trip to the country’s 78th province, Compostela Valley – or simply Comval.
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For memories that will last a lifetime

Manila Standard Today
Feb. 4, 2013

Candlelit dinner, a walk in the park, a bouquet of roses, a box of chocolates… Rise above these conventional expressions and take this year’s Day of Hearts to the next higher level! This Valentine’s Day, GrantonWorld sets the stage to celebrate your love with memories that will last a lifetime.
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Philippines the 'Most Romantic Destination'

Manila Bulletin
Feb. 3, 2013

It’s most romantic in the Philippines, say readers of the Chinese news daily, the Shanghai Morning Post, in a consumer survey. The distinction, “Most Romantic Destination,” came on the heels of the “Best Tourist Destination” award for the country by another Chinese business and financial daily. The Oriental Morning Post, during its annual World Travel-Special Trips Award on January 9, 2013.
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Hotel Centro: Great things come from a grand vision

The Philippine Star
Feb. 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - In business and OTHER FIELDS, great things spring from a grand vision. Such is the story behind Palawan’s newest chain of hotel developments — Hotel Centro in Puerto Princesa City, Sophia’s Garden Resort in Coron, and Kamia Bay Resort in Luzviminda, Puerto Princesa — all springing from the grand vision of Green Mountain Phils. Corp., the company behind them.
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World’s top tourism experts coming over for MICECON

The Philippine Star
Feb. 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Twelve of the world’s top tourism honchos and experts in related disciplines will lead the foreign delegates to the forthcoming international conference on meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions/events (MICE) in Davao City.
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Celebrate Year of the Snake at Eastwood Café

The Philippine Star
Feb. 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Eastwood Café is preparing buffet lunch and dinner feasts on Feb. 9 and 10 to usher in prosperity this new lunar year replete with Chinese-inspired dishes for a scrumptious celebration with family and friends.
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Miss tourism international with Manila Rotarians

The Philippine Star
Feb. 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Miss Tourism International Rizzini Alexis Gomez (center) was a special guest at the Rotary Club of Manila, First in Asia, meeting held recently at the Manila Polo Club. She gave an inspirational talk on promoting tourism in the Philippines.
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Asiana is Airline of the Year anew

The Philippine Star
Feb. 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Asiana Airlines (OZ), which flies out of Manila, Cebu and Clark, now marks the fourth consecutive year of being named Airline of the Year.
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Zamboanga in bloom

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Feb. 3, 2013

ZAMBOANGA City is one of those areas in Mindanao that constantly gets a bad rap, and unfairly so. We are inundated by travel advisories by foreign embassies warning of the dangers of traveling to the region due to Muslim separatist rebels (or bandits), as well as election-related violence that seems to be erupting in several areas down South.
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Finding beauty in unusual places

Manila Standard Today
Feb. 3, 2013

“There is beauty in everything. You must learn to find it.” These are words that one would expect from an artist—so it’s a pleasant surprise to know that they were said by entrepreneur and Globe Business ambassador Leo Riingen, referring to his attitude about his photography, which is one of his passions since he was in his teens.
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Mactan resort wins multiple travelers’ choice awards

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Feb. 2, 2013

This year, internationally renowned Abacá Boutique Resort + Restaurant adds three more awards to its already full shelf, earning top honors on Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards 2013.
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Mt. Batulao

Manila Bulletin
By Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio
Feb. 2, 2013

Regular readers of my blog know I have a passion for climbing mountains. It’s been a while though since my last, as the activities of the latter part of 2012 have kept me quite busy. So I decided that even before my schedule begins to get out of control for 2013, I might as well call our good friend Pinoy Mountaineer Gideon Lasco for his recommendation.
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Taft Part 2 – Changing Lifestyles

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Jose Vanzi
Feb. 2, 2013

The national road that starts from the Tagaytay Rotonda junction in Cavite and ends at the Main Post Office along the banks of the Pasig River in Manila used to be the only land link between Southern Luzon and the rest of the island, before the South Super Highway (SSH) was built. In those days, the road had only two names: Taft Avenue from the Post Office to Pasay, and National Road from Pasay to Tagaytay.
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My Goody Quikstyle Spa Day

Manila Bulletin
By Heidi Ng
Feb. 2, 2013

Goody Philippines recently launched the newest brush to hit town. This time, the brush has the super absorbent power of a sponge! I was curious so I had to go to The Spa at Fort Bonifacio to find out what the fuss was all about.
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A Tour of 'The Rock'

Manila Bulletin
By Peter Imbong
Feb. 2, 2013

The island off the shores of Manila known for its giant guns and war memorials has long been known in history classes as having played second fiddle to more prominent historical locations in Philippine history. It is, after all, just an island. But a new walking tour seeks to explore the beauty and cruelty, the mysteries and conspiracies of the island once known as “The Rock.”
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Bohol, land of unexpected pleasures

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Malcolm H. Churchill
Feb. 2, 2013

Mention Bohol, and most people think of the Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers. Those seeking the latest resorts may know of Panglao Island, just offshore from Tagbilaran. History buffs may know of old Spanish churches or of the Dagohoy Rebellion of 1744-1829, the longest and most successful revolt against Spain. Bohol is all this but much more, with the unexpectedness of its attractions adding to the pleasure they provide.
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