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Seven suggestions for the Holy Week

Manila Standard Today
Mar. 25, 2013

The Holy Week is when we remember The Lord’s sacrifice for the redemption of mankind. A psalm in the Bible says, “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” But too often we get distracted from this truth and we search for things that give temporary pleasure. We go far and wide to search for The Bluebird of Happiness because it Trumpets away our woes; but sometimes all we need to do is to refocus our priorities to see that happiness is just within reach.
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Take a road trip to Manaoag this Holy Week

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Mar. 25, 2013

Five hours north of Manila lies the province of Pangasinan. Known for its delicious food—mangoes, boneless bangus and Calasiao puto—awe-inspiring beaches, marine parks and the Hundred Islands, Pangasinan is definitely a treasure trove for the senses. Most importantly, for the faithful Catholics, Pangasinan is also home to Our Lady of Manaoag.
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Summer fun in the country’s best beaches

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

SUMMER is officially on!

And with that announce-ment from our friends over at Pag-asa, there will surely be massive beelines to the country’s beaches, for some fun in the sun.
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Silliman meets Silliman

The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Darit
Mar. 24, 2013

Sometimes, the journey towards the future starts by revisiting the past. It is dawn as I bask in the silence and reverence of the Silliman University Church in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. As the sun rises, light streaks through the same colored windows as they have for over a century now. It makes me nostalgic to realize that way back in 1901, there was one compassionate and persistent benefactor by the name of Horace B. Silliman who believed that Dumaguete deserved to have a great institution of learning.
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The Luxent Hotel: A touch of class in Quezon City

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Mar. 24, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - At the heart of Quezon City, at the place where leisure and business converge, stands a hotel unlike any other. Like a drop of water in the urban desert it refreshes with its sleek, modern design — paying homage to contemporary art as it welcomes guests into its delightful interiors. Here, much work gets done. Here, families enjoy a vacation within the city sprawl. Aptly named, one can indulge in unique ways at the Luxent Hotel.
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Celebrate Easter with a zoo party at Diamond

The Philippine Star
Mar. 24, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Swing by Diamond Hotel for a wild Zoo Party on Easter Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Diamond Ballroom.
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‘Barkada’ bonding at Lancaster Hotel Manila

The Philippine Star
Mar. 24, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Summer is a great time to bond with the barkada. School’s out and there’s more time to hang out and have some much needed fun. But sometimes, the usual activities, like going out of town, are not as feasible as they used to be. There is that all-important budget to consider, so today’s hard times call for creative planning.
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A classy oasis in the heart of Manila

The Philippine Star
Mar. 24, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Whether for a weekend “staycation,” a relaxing abode for those on a business trip, even for long-stay purposes, Armada Hotel Manila provides the perfect home away from home for practical travelers.
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Mango takes center stage in Zambales fest

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Mar. 23, 2013

IBA, Zambales—It’s that time of the year when the aroma of freshly harvested mango wafts through Zambales, a coastal province facing the West Philippine Sea.
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In Butuan City, it’s Holy Week in no man’s land

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Mar. 23, 2013

When Holy Week unfolds next week, all roads in Butuan City will lead to Mt. Mahayahay, where devotees troop to the Stations of the Cross in Barangay Anticala, 24 kilometers southeast of the city proper.
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MICECON 2013: Tough act to follow, participants say

The Philippine Star
Mar. 22, 2013

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The people of this city have been reaping praises from around the globe for hosting an international event beyond the world’s expectation.
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Luxent Hotel prepares for ‘EGGSciting’ Easter

The Philippine Star
Mar. 22, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Easter bunny will be hopping in an “EGGSciting EGGStravaganza” at the Garden Café of Luxent Hotel on March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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I-Foods Card: The world’s flavors at your fingertips

The Philippine Star
Mar. 22, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Nothing beats going out to dinner and making a little extra at the end of your meal. That is one of the benefits diners would be getting with the newly launched IF card, the loyalty discount card that could be used at all restaurants of the I-Foods Inc. group.
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Best Western opens first Cebu hotel

The Philippine Star
Mar. 21, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Best Western International, the world's largest hotel chain, opened last Thursday its first hotel in Cebu, offering upscale accommodation and superb service in the Queen City of the South.
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Panagbenga turns 18

Manila Standard Today
By Bernadette Lunas
Mar. 21, 2013

Contrary to how most people outside the Northern Luzon spell it, the kankana-ey term panagbenga (a season for blossoming; a time for blooming) is actually written and pronounced as panagbünga. Government officials in Baguio, where this festival is celebrated, look forward to correct the spelling of that word.
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Celebration and silent retreat:
Hotel Easter promos

Manila Standard Today
Mar. 21, 2013

It’s that time of the year again when most people take advantage of the long vacation to bond with family and friends over fun activities and/or silent retreat to rejuvenate and reflect on the days passed.
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On top of Mt Pulag, you discover what you brought up with you

The Philippine Star
By Jim Paredes
Mar. 17, 2013

Our home at the camp before climbing the peak

My wife Lydia was excited and raring to go. I just nodded along when she presented the plans to climb Mt. Pulag with some friends. It seemed like something way off into the future and I was preoccupied at that time with other things. I agreed without really looking at the plans. I just knew we were going to set aside three or four days to do it.
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Palm Rock: A gem in a busy district

The Philippine Star
Mar. 17, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - It’s not every day that you find a peaceful, intimate place in an area with a high concentration of business and entertainment establishments nearby. That’s why Palm Rock Residences is a nice gem to be found in the city.
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A holy Week retreat, summer break in Palawan’s Hotel Centro

The Philippine Star
Mar. 17, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Are you making last-minute plans to maximize the Holy Week break? Do you want to experience not just meaningful holidays but also holy days? Are you looking for a place that affords an escape from the big-city crowd and buzz? Do you want to make sure you’re getting an out-of-town vacation that is equal parts peaceful and packed, stress-free and fun?
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Leyte: Witness to war and peace

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

LEYTE is rich in history and culture with a number of attractions both natural and man-made.

It figured in the Pacific campaign during World War II as US Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur staged his historic return to the Philippines, anchored on his “I shall return” promise, at Red Beach in Palo, Leyte.
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Dedon Island: Back to the land that time forgot

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Mar. 16, 2013

Dedon Island Resort in Siargao, Surigao del Norte, is all about the essence of travel. It’s all about spontaneity, childlike openness to new experiences, and bringing home happy memories.
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Cebu is still best choice for a peaceful retreat that’s close to the city

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Erica Paredes
Mar. 16, 2013

As much as I love to party and have something to do any hour of the day, sometimes congested beaches aren’t my thing, especially if I’m particularly stressed and need to get away from everything and everyone. At the same time, I’ve always been a concrete jungle dweller and like knowing that my beloved city vibe is close enough for me to be able whip out my heels for an evening of dinner and drinks if I’d like to, but far enough from everything for me to be able to tune the rest of the world out.
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Discovering Subic Bay’s hidden coves

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrerro
Mar. 16, 2013

Once a naval base that was the home of the US Seventh Fleet, the Subic Bay Freeport Zone is now a major tourist destination in the country. The fact that it is only a few hours drive from Metro Manila adds to its appeal.
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Dragonair unveils comprehensive enhancements

The Philippine Star
Mar. 15, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Hong Kong-based airline Dragonair, a member of the Cathay Pacific Group, has its biggest series of major new product enhancements since 2005 that will see the introduction of new Business Class and Economy Class cabins, together with a brand-new in-flight entertainment system named Studio.
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A grand launch for Microtel Gensan

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Mar. 15, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Only a few international franchises in the domestic hotel industry have experienced amazing growth as that of Microtel. In 10 years, the company has fulfilled its promise of establishing 10 hotels.
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Solaire Resort and Casino opens Saturday; promises ‘new tourism’

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Maila Ager
Mar. 14, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Unfazed by possible resistance from Church groups, Solaire Resort and Casino promised a “new tourism” for the Philippines when it opens its first casino-hotel complex on Saturday within the Entertainment City in Paranaque City.
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Feeling my family history in Iloilo and Guimaras

The Philippine Star
By Gina Lopez
Mar. 10, 2013

I've been doing a lot of traveling. This particular trip was especially touching for me because it is connected to my roots. I brought my eldest son, Roberto, with me so that he could have a sense of his roots.
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The sweet spots of Negros Occidental

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Mar. 10, 2013

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’ So hush, little baby; don’t you cry.…”

WHENEVER I think of Negros Occidental, I hear Ella Fitzgerald singing that song so languorously in my head, with Louie Armstrong at the trumpet.
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Away from the madding crowd

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Pocholo Concepcion
Mar. 9, 2013

It’s very tempting to do nothing and just laze away on Lagen Island, one of four high-end properties owned and operated by El Nido Resorts in Palawan. After all, this is as close as one can get to Eden—or its modern incarnation.
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Dole celebrates flower festival in Baguio

Manila Standard Today
Mar. 5, 2013

Last February 24, Dole Philippines entered the grand float parade that graced Baguio’s Session Road with the festival theme of “Blooming Odyssey.”
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Seda: A silky hospitality experience

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
Mar. 4, 2013

An urban lifestyle hotel can be described as a hotel whose features address the lack of real estate in an urbanized cosmopolitan setting, ensuring that the property maximizes every square inch of space it has. Its rooms are smaller, it only has one or two restaurants and it offers the most important amenities expected of a modern hospitality establishment; except everything is streamlined, edited and toned down.
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Start the day right at The Malayan Plaza

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Mar. 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - It goes without saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Warm breads, fresh eggs, a slice or two of ham, bacon or some sausages. How about a light salad instead? Or some fresh fruits straight from the market? Your wish comes true with breakfast made perfect at the Executive Lounge of The Malayan Plaza.
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Manila Hotel offers ‘Visita Iglesia’ room package

The Philippine Star
Mar. 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Visita Iglesia, which literally translates to church visitations, is an age-old tradition introduced by the Spanish colonizers. This practice can be traced back to the time when early Christians would go and visit the seven great basilicas in Rome.
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15,000 additional hotel rooms to open in 2014 – DOT official

The Philippine Star
By Helen Flores
Mar. 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) is optimistic the country’s tourist arrivals will hit five million next year with the opening of new hotels.
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A ‘green’ venture arises in Masinloc, Zambales

BusinessMirror
By Henry Empeño
Mar. 2, 2013

MASINLOC, Zambales —The bay of Masinloc has always been special to the residents of this coastal municipality.
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Legends come to life in Panagbenga

BusinessMirror
By Marilou Guieb
Mar. 2, 2013

FOUR murals depicting life in the Cordillera mountains were quietly moved to the center of the field that served as the stage for the Panagbenga performing street-dance competition.
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Panagb/Ə/nga Festival

Manila Bulletin
By Nickky P. De Guzman
Mar. 2, 2013

No, the title is neither misspelled nor altered for aesthetic purposes. This is how the widely-known festival in Baguio City is supposed to be pronounced—in schwa sound.
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El Nido Resorts

Manila Bulletin
Mar. 2, 2013

El Nido Resorts in the municipalities of El Nido and Taytay, Palawan, was recently named as one of 12 finalists worldwide in the 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards (TTA), one of the most prestigious and highest accolades in the global travel and tourism industry.
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The Breathtaking Betsy Westendorp Exhibit

Betsy Westendorp is the epitome of a gifted and sublime artist with a tireless work ethic and exemplary exhibits. With her cultural heritage and international background in the arts, Betsy has built a name as portraitist to the elite and royalty, such as Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, King Juan Carlos of Spain and The Duchess of Alba, to name a few.
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Taft Part 2 – Changing Lifestyles

Manila Bulletin
Mar. 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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Panagbenga: Youth on parade

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
Mar. 2, 2013

Let a hundred flowers bloom. Let a hundred schools of thought, este, schools of festival floats, contend.
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Let there be light

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Mar. 2, 2013

IMPOSING is the right word to describe the Nuestra Señora de la Luz (Our Lady of Light) Church in Loon, Bohol. The church, with interiors that are made of coral stones, is Bohol’s biggest church.
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Grandeur has arrived at Manila Pavilion Hotel

The Philippine Star
Mar. 1, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Manila Pavilion Hotel of the Filipino chain Waterfront Hotels & Casinos is unveiling today its newly renovated rooms and suites. Following months of meticulous work, the carpets have been rolled out, the beds have been carefully laid out, the curtains raised, and the commanding view of the bay awaits guests from this towering landmark.
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AirAsia bares innovations in customer care service

The Philippine Star
By Rudy Santos
Mar. 1, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - AirAsia, the country’s low-cost carrier with the youngest fleet, has announced significant changes in its customer call center with its new customer hotline number — 742ASIA or 742-2742.
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Two Seasons Coron opens

The Philippine Star
Mar. 1, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - A luxury resort in the beautiful island of Coron in Palawan opened its doors with its grand opening held recently. The father-and-son tandem of Victor and Jonathan Peñaloza capped another achievement with this development, following on the success of its original and popular namesake, Two Seasons Resort in Boracay.
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3+1 treat in Richmonde Café’s March Madness

The Philippine Star
Mar. 1, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - From March 4 to 22, make a mad dash to Richmonde Café with family and friends for another outrageous and exciting buffet offering.
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Eastwood Café salutes grads

The Philippine Star
Mar. 1, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Graduation marks an end to one part of life’s journey and the start of greater things to come.
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