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The Fort of art

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
Apr. 29, 2013

Metro Manila is known for a lot of things. Art is not one of them. But in the Bonifacio Global City, art can be found everywhere—just walk along the Bonifacio High Street strip and you’ll find installations and sculptures all over the place. And if you take some time to notice the surrounding areas, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find art in the least expected places.
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Topload or ‘mermaiding?’ Part 2

Manila Standard Today
By Angela De Leon
Apr. 28, 2013

If you are familiar with Mindoro because of Puerto Galera, chances are, you haven’t been to the other side of Mindoro—Occidental Mindoro.
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Art Events

Manila Standard Today
Apr. 28, 2013

Epic Summer at Resorts World

Resorts World Manila offers a one of a kind rock party every night with band performances from popular acts in the country starting on April 15 up to April 30. Bands such as Rocksteddy, Moonstar 88, Spongecola, Franco, Sandwich, Pupil, The Dawn, and many more are set to rock out New Port Mall. For RSVP, contact Karmina De Ungria at 0917- 8728736 or Joy Andrade at 0917-8630443. Show starts at 6 p.m.
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An island born of fire

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Apr. 28, 2013

SAY “Camiguin,” and at once, it conjures up images of the round, luscious, fleshy fruit called lanzones.
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The city at your doorstep at One Greenbelt

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Apr. 28, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - For today’s budget-conscious traveler, a good place to stay is just one part of the equation. What’s really important is the ease in accessing the many destinations you need to reach when you’re in a new place. Are you after shopping, entertainment and dining in restaurants? How about quickly reaching a business venue or meeting? Staying at a no-frills hotel that suits your budget and is in close proximity to all that the city has to offer is possible at One Greenbelt Hotel.
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Surfing Philippines gets stoked on a GoSurPH! Weekend

The Philippine Star
Apr. 28, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - On the first weekend of April, The La Union Surf Club and the StokedInc-La Union Surf School, gave free surf lessons to over 300 super-stoked Filipinos and foreigners in the first “Surfing Philippines GoSurPH! Weekend.” The two-day event kicked-off with a Land Rover roadtrip from Manila to La Union the Philippine surfing capital. Surf lessons were provided punctuated by a rockin’ Saturday night beach party at La Union’s premier Kahuna Beach Resort & Spa.
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Enjoying Taal Vista Hotel treats; ‘Haplos’ – caring touch for Hemophiliacs

Manila Bulletin
By Deedee M. Siytangco
Apr. 28, 2013

ANGEL THOUGHTS
“Temper is almost always
what gets us in trouble.
Pride is what keeps us there!”
– Pempe Rodrigo

Any day is a good day to drive out to Tagaytay, the city on the ridge in Cavite where any view of the lake–within-the–volcano-ridge is spectacular and the winds even at high noon on a scorching summer day are blessings! A full moon is not a full moon if not viewed and basked in from my Bella Vista garden, but give me dark cloudless nights with shining stars and I am at peace up there, too!
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A taste of Zambales

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
Apr. 27, 2013

The best-known product of Zambales—whose coastal towns are named after saints and alluring islands facing the West Philippine Sea—is the mango. The Guinness Book of World Records has declared the Sweet Elena mango from this province the sweetest in the world (though not recommended for diabetics).
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Pangasinan’s Pistay Dayat 2013 kicks off

The Philippine Star
Apr. 26, 2013

Lingayen, Philippines — Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. formally opened Pistay Dayat 2013 with a message dedicated to all Pangasinenses anchored on the remarkable transformation of the capitol, including its environs and specifically the beachfront where the opening program was held last April 19.
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Lancaster summer promo extended

The Philippine Star
Apr. 26, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The sun is up all throughout the day, the summer heat is scorching. Where to stay in a cool relaxing place? Check into a hotel that offers a cool respite, resort facilities like a swimming pool, good food, and Internet connectivity.
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DOT Chief visits Boracay newcoast

The Philippine Star
Apr. 26, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. recently visited Boracay Newcoast, the ongoing project of Global-Estate Resorts Inc. (GERI). GERI executive director Wilbur Chan is shown briefing Jimenez on the 150-hectare development that is seen to be the next exciting side of Boracay. Boracay Newcoast will feature luxury condominiums, international and local hotels, a residential village, ocean villas, a golf course, shop houses and a Santorini-inspired commercial district.
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Green leaf opening soon in Gensan

The Philippine Star
Apr. 26, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Green Leaf Hotel will soon be opening its doors in the most progressive city of General Santos, the country’s ‘tuna capital.’ It is managed by Asian Grand Legacy Hotels Corp. (AGL), which has many years of local and international experience in managing hotels and resorts. Photo shows (from left) Roger Begre, AGL VP for operations; Dexter Teng, the owner’s representative; Domingo Teng, president of GenSan Greenleaf and Development Corp.; Miguel Cerqueda, AGL president; and Liza Arbis, general manager of Green Leaf Hotel. For inquiries, visit www.greenleafhotelgensan.com or www.asiangrandlegacy.com.
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Upscale Japanese restaurant wows Greenhills crowd

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Apr. 24, 2013

Chris Oronce had lived most of his adult life in North America, where he studied culinary arts and worked at some of the most famous restaurants in the world, including Nobu in New York, until a tragedy forced him to come home to the Philippines.

“My child, who lived here, died in an accident,” says Oronce, who is the executive chef of Wafu in Greenhills Shopping Center.
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A hotel within a hotel

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Apr. 23, 2013

There are hotels and then there are those who make an effort to give guests an unforgettable experience.

Those who have been to The Bellevue Manila in Alabang, Muntinlupa know that the hotel makes sure that guests are pampered beyond their expectations.
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The return of the Queen

A P25-billion development is seen to revitalize the lifestyle and economic landscape of Iloilo
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Apr. 23, 2013

In 1896, ‘La Muy Leal Y Noble Ciudad de Iloilo’ or the ‘Most Loyal and Noble City of Iloilo’ moniker was bestowed by Queen Regent Maria Cristina of Spain to Iloilo to describe the city’s prominence and grandeur.
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Shop and win a trip to Amanpulo

Manila Standard Today
Apr. 22, 2013

The heat is on, with a sizzling summer sale and fab raffle prizes to be won at Power Plant Mall!

How about a relaxing vacation to complete your summer? Shoppers get a chance to win a complete travel package to Aman Resorts, Amanpulo. The three-day/two-night package includes a round-trip airfare, accommodation, massage, yoga class, snorkeling and other relaxing activities at the island. Make it a super summer as Power Plant Mall also raffles off two SUPER sunglasses care of L.S. Pascual.
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Dumaguete: Gateway to Negros Oriental

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Apr. 21, 2013

An eclectic mix of landscape, waters, historic landmarks, natural resources, culinary finds and the nicest, friendliest people - Dumaguete is a destination all its own. For all its diverse offerings, it’s a shame some Filipinos still can’t place it on the map.
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Oriental Mindoro: Beyond Puerto Galera

BusinessMIrror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Apr. 21, 2013

ORIENTAL Mindoro has got to be one of the most blessed provinces in the Philippines. It is rich in natural beauty with beaches so fair and fine, an abundance of marine resources, an incredible array of tropical flora and fauna, and gushing waterfalls that make their way through lush tropical rain forests that cover its mountains.
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Why you should pick Pico de Loro

The Philippine Star
By Gina Lopez
APr. 21, 2013

I just had a three-day and two-night stay in Pico de Loro. I decided to take advantage of the long weekend of my youngest son Benj. I was in the US for Holy Week. I take every possible chance I have to immerse them in nature. It’s good for the mind and good for the soul.
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Aliwan Fiesta sizzles with fun and colorful grand display

Manila Standard Today
Apr. 20, 2013

On its 11th year, the Aliwan Fiesta staged another cultural spectacle by gathering the country’s best street dancers, craftsmen, musicians, and the prettiest ladies in the recently concluded three-day extravaganza from April 11 to 13.
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More perks being readied for Travel Madness 2013

The Philippine Star
Apr. 19, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Even bigger and crazier deals are being prepared by the Travel Madness organizers, sponsors and exhibitors for the 2013 edition than what the tourism market ever thought possible during last year’s event.
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Relaxing, practical weekends at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

The Philippine Star
Apr. 19, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Summer getaways need not be far from home. Taking a quick weekend vacation, sans the complicated planning, tiring travel, and all the other stress that usually come with extended trips, will surely do wonders for your body, mind, and relations with loved ones.
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Tagaytay on my mind

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Apr. 18, 2013

There are so many reasons why Tagaytay is the ideal summer destination for people who prefer going to the mountains, where the weather is cooler, than to the beach.
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One-stop travel Web site

Manila Standard Today
Apr. 18, 2013

The Philippines was named by American magazine Condé Nast Traveller as one of the “top destinations to watch out for” in 2013.
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Making dreams come true

Manila Standard Today
Apr. 16, 2013

Dreams of vacationing in a luxury beach destination and traveling to exciting international getaways will come true for the 12 lucky recipients of the Filinvest Travel Rewards Program.
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El Nido Resorts in Palawan cops top global tourism award in Abu Dhabi

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Apr. 14, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Besting more than a hundred other tourism organizations from more than 46 countries, El Nido Resorts won a prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Award (TTA) during the recent 13th annual World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit held in Abu Dhabi.
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Pico de Loro now offers ferry services

The Philippine Star
Apr. 14, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Heading to Pico de Loro Cove this summer? Weekend ferry services are available for members and guests for the whole month of April. Ferry departs the Mall of Asia Jetty terminal at 8 a.m. on Saturdays with return trips leaving Pico de Loro Cove at 3 p.m. on Sundays. One-way tickets are at P500 for members and dependents and P600 for guests.
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Your vacation is the destination at Crown Regency Hotel & Towers Cebu

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Apr. 14, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - A good part of planning an out-of-town trip is making sure you have plenty to do at the place you’re headed. Most people go out of their way to visit a particular tourist site or spend time soaking up the local culture. Some visit a place because of what’s new. As a perfect destination crafted with the modern tourist in mind, the Crown Regency Hotel and Towers Cebu offers everything you want out of a great holiday vacation.
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Loving each moment this summer at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort

The Philippine Star
Apr. 14, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Summer breaks at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu are made more fun by sharing holiday moments with friends on online social networks.
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A taste of Tasmanian salmon at The Fireplace

The Philippine Star
Apr. 14, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Famous for its superior quality and fresh flavor, The Fireplace at Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila introduces Tasmanian Atlantic salmon with an exquisitely crafted menu by Chef Noel showcasing its fine texture and taste.
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Eastwood Café offers Weekend Family Buffet

The Philippine Star
Apr. 14, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - If filling your summer days with activities the entire family will enjoy is getting to be a challenge, then bring the folk and the kids to Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, the Eastwood Café, and have a delectable yet affordable feast that everyone will love.
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Genting: Cool mountain playground

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Pocholo Concepcion
Apr. 13, 2013

GENTING HIGHLANDS—It’s Baguio weather up here in the mountains between the states of Pahang and Selangor in Malaysia, where stands Resorts World (RW) Genting—the mother of all RW properties that include one in Singapore (Sentosa Island), another in the New York (soon in Miami), and the Philippines (Pasay City).
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World Costume Festival to be held in Vigan, April 26-May 2

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Apr. 13, 2013

The World Costume Festival 2013, to be held April 26-May 2 in the heritage city of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, is expected to be not only a pleasure trip but also an educational tour both for tourists and participants.
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Everything you need at Quest Hotel-Cebu

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Apr. 12, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - It’s an exciting time to be in Cebu City right now. The Queen City of the South lives up to its name, thanks to its robust economy and booming tourism industry. A major destination in the country for locals and foreigners alike, Cebu offers plenty of opportunities for businesspeople and vacationers all year-round. Answering the need for a perfect place to stay in the city is the Quest Hotel Conference Center-Cebu.
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It’s summer and it’s durian heaven in Tagum City

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Mozart Pastrano
Apr. 11, 2013

If summer were a fruit, it would taste like durian.

Ah, such heady creamy sinfulness! And the sticky thereafter of its telltale smell! Durian, a Malay word that means “the thorny fruit,” is summer’s harvest of danger and delight—what to relish and resist in the same, well, mouthful.
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Not your usual summer holiday

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
Apr. 11, 2013

Mainstream is out, uncharted is in. Everybody knows that there’s more to the Philippines than the fine powdery white sand of Boracay. Almost every island on the archipelago has its own little wonder—most of them undiscovered and just waiting to be explored and appreciated.
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A walk down memory lane

Manila Standard Today
By Lito Cinco
Apr. 10, 2013

Thirty years is a big marriage milestone and when a couple has been together that long, there are many shared things, events, occasions and unforgettable moments.
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Artist Delorme turns prewar structure into eye candy

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Marge C. Enriquez
Apr. 10, 2013

In its full Art Deco glory, La Maison Rose (The Pink House) is eye candy amid the chaotic urban center in Cebu City.
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Samal Island fast emerging as Davao’s ecotourism hub

Manila Bulletin
Apr. 9, 2013

The Island Garden City of Samal is fast emerging as the ecotourism hub of the Davao region, with the number of its resorts exceeding 70 and infrastructure development now going in full swing.
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The age of Discovery

The Philippine Star
By Scott & Therese Garceau
Apr. 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - How do you top paradise?
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Healing pilgrimage to Tarlac

The Philippine Star
Apr. 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Pilgrims of Green Faith Travels visit churches in Tarlac on Saturday, April 27, for its second healing pilgrimage to the province where past pilgrims experienced healing and blessing during the group’s first pilgrimage in May last year.
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Beguiled by Balesin

The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
Apr. 7, 2013

The greatest diamonds can be found in your own backyard. A new kind of luxury destination has invaded the Philippine shores and we have never been prouder to have such an unrivaled development in our country.
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Summer springs anew at Sol Y Viento Resort

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Apr. 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Laguna means happy memories by the poolside with friends, families and colleagues, especially during this summer. The province is well known for many resorts and places where recreation is in high prominence due to the abundance of natural hot springs. Above everything, this is a place where the sun and wind converge, offering a majestic view of Laguna de Bay and Mt. Makiling.
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Discover Quezon province this summer

The Philippine Star
Apr. 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - There are two ways to discover the sights, sounds and taste of Quezon province during the summer break.
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Primer Group takes part in Travel Tour Expo

The Philippine Star
Apr. 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Travel Tour Expo is organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association to showcase the products and services of its members.
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All about summer at Diamond Hotel

The Philippine Star
Apr. 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Summer is the time to take a break and bask in the warm sunshine. Whether you take a refreshing dip in the pool or chill out with your family in the comfort of your room, get into spectacular summer fun at Diamond Hotel Philippines which guarantees to keep the whole family cool and happy.
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First Pacific Leadership Academy nurtures future leaders

The Philippine Star
Apr. 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - What is a “corporate university” and why is it becoming a practical business approach among big companies around the world?
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Time off, time out… It’s the Aliwan Fiesta!

The Philippine Star
Apr. 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos are well-known for their exuberant festivals. While derived in part from ritual observances of the Catholic Church, Philippine fiestas now co-mingle indigenous and Western elements in their intense expressions of identity and ethnicity, while celebrating historical and religious events, a display of popular aesthetics, or simply releasing social energy.
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Sagada up in the clouds

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Apr. 7, 2013

MY most distinct memory of Sagada, Mountain Province—aside from the climate that chills you right to the bone—was my heart thumping so loudly against my chest I thought it would surely leap out. This, after a bit of hiking up some tree-lined hill and forgetting just how thin the air is up there. (That was the time I decided to give up hiking, so scared was I that I would drop dead from that experience.)
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Heritage Tour in Quezon

Manila Standard Today
Apr. 6, 2013

Explore the different historical and tourist spots in Lucban, Pagbilao, Tayabas and Atimonan, Quezon with Tuklas Kalikasan 2013. A series of heritage tours, lectures, field observations and demonstration will be held from April 10 to 13. For queries and further details, please call Mr. Roberto SP. de Ocampo at (02) 527-1175 or 0949-8300507 or Mr. Edwin Tadiosa at (02)527- 0291 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Best value-for-money destinations this summer

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Jill Lejano, Tatin Yang, Pam Pastor
Apr. 6, 2013

Baguio

How to get there: Take the bus from Victory Liner Cubao terminal; the fare going to Baguio is P445. If you’ll be coming from the Pasay terminal, the fare is P455. Deluxe buses with lavatories and more comfortable seats cost P715 one-way.
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It’s always a better stay at Microtel Baguio

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Apr. 5, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - As the original Northern Luzon vacation destination, Baguio City is a place renowned for its cold weather, familiar tourist draws and cultural landscape. Each year brings in new experiences to the city — once known for its quiet appeal — that now features one of the country’s most famous annual celebrations, the Panagbenga Flower Festival.
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A place fit for kings

The Philippine Star
Apr. 5, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Looking for a place that’s serene and quiet yet majestic enough to stay and live like a king? Then search no more.
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Philippines awarded as one of 2012's best leisure destination

The Philippine Star
Apr. 2, 2013

The Lifestyle Publication recently named the Philippines as one of 2012’s “Best Leisure Destinations”.
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Chinese daily names Philippine DOT one of most innovative for 2012

The Philippine Star
Apr. 2, 2013

The Beijing News, a major Chinese newspaper, awarded the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) as one of the “Most Innovative Foreign Tourism Departments” for 2012.
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General Santos celebrates tri-people culture

Manila Bulletin
Apr. 2, 2013

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