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Delightful dining at Microtel Batangas’ Millie’s

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
May 31, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Going on a long drive to your vacation destination has its drawbacks. The amount of time you take to get there must be proportional to the duration of your stay. Longer trips mean longer stays — and that’s why I often find sitting in a bus for six hours has me wanting to stay at least a week at the place I’m going to. Unless it’s the province of Batangas we are talking about. For citizens of Manila, this nearby province is practically an hour-and-a-half away. It has “weekend staycation” written all over it. And enabling you to enjoy what the province has to offer is Microtel by Wyndham-Batangas.
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A new hotel rises in Davao

Manila Standard Today
By Bernadette Lucas
May 30, 2013

Davao City is the perfect place for business and leisure, one that is known for its charming combination of cosmopolitan comforts and natural beauty.
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A holiday in paradise for Dad

Manila Standard Today
May 30, 2013

Show Dad how much he means to you this Father’s Day by treating him to a memorable stay at Boracay Garden Resort! Unwind in the island paradise of Boracay for only P5,471net per person. Based on twin-sharing, the package is inclusive of three days accommodation, buffet breakfast and dinner and roundtrip transfers via Caticlan. Travel period is until July 31, 2013.
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Island resort’s new luxurious face

Manila Bulletin
May 30, 2013

Discretion and a deep respect for the environment now figure among the top considerations of the luxury class traveler. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Pangulasian, El Nido Resorts’ top-end property on celebrated Bacuit Bay in Palawan.
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Alternative routes

Manila Bulletin
By Alvin Bulaong Cruz
May 28, 2013

More often than not, the purpose of travel is to seek new destinations that will leave a positive impact on the traveler. But is it also possible for the traveler to make a difference in the destinations that he visits?
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NGO offers Makati City tours

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Niña P. Calleja
May 28, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — If other foreign cities can have it, why not Makati City?

The Makati Tourism Foundation Inc., a non-government organization affiliated with the city government, is now offering tourists, balikbayan, and business people billeted at hotels its new city tour project, which showcases Makati City’s historical and modern landmarks, heritage sites, and prime shopping venues.
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Boracay promo for the whole family

Manila Standard Today
May 27, 2013

As if summer couldn’t get any hotter, here’s a fantastic family treat that will make your temperature really soar – with excitement!
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Ilocos: Tale of two provinces (Part 1)

Manila Bulletin
By Rica Peralejo
May 26, 2013

Nowadays, it’s just fly here and fly there, with great airfare deals causing people to frequent places that can be reached by plane only. And while this is good, I also somehow miss the good old days of land traveling. Days when Batangas and Bataan were our favorite destinations, as we haven’t exhausted their beaches and attractions yet. Then of course, there’s Baguio, loved for its year-round cool weather.
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The smiling land of beauty

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
May 26, 2013

THE province of Cagayan is known as a spelunker’s and game fisher’s paradise.

It has a number of caves that attract the adventurous who bravely go into their deeper recesses to gaze at formations that took millions of years to shape by dripping water.
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Paoay in the sky

The Philippine Star
By RJ Ledesma
May 26, 2013

I had come in search of authentic puki puki.

But to brave the 12-hour long drive to Laoag, the northernmost city in Ilocos Norte, for puki puki (an eggplant salad) is as close to water torture as it gets for someone with an overactive bladder like myself. Aside from having to stock up on adult diapers, the situation was further complicated by my wife’s motion sickness during the extended road travel, coupled with my yaya’s insistence on using the Google Maps application on her I-Pahd which she purchased from Divisoria. Given the bladder, the belching and the backseat driving, we would probably get to Laoag in about three years.
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Santacruzan of beauty queens at Nayong Pilipino sa Clark today

The Philippine Star
May 26, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - From a showcase of Philippine culture, history and nature, the Nayong Pilipino sa Clark Expo turns into a vanguard of Filipino tradition when it holds a santacruzan of beauty queens at 4 p.m. today.
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Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine at Raja

The Philippine Star
May 26, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - When it comes to offering the best regional fare at more reasonable rates, Armada Hotel Manila is proud to present hotel guests and local foodies alike, its in-house restaurant, Raja.
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Your ticket to a relaxing time at Armada Hotel Manila

The Philippine Star
May 26, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Stay more, save more when you stay at Armada Hotel Manila.
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The Malayan plaza goes a step further

The Philippine Star
May 26, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Creating quite a buzz in the hospitality industry nowadays are serviced residences. This specialized accommodation has become a popular and preferred alternative to booking at a hotel for that lengthy business trip, holiday or simply to relax.
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Acuatico Beach Resort: Getting a high five

The Philippine Star
May 24, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Acuatico Beach Resort has become one of the most instantly recognizable resorts in the country. Its infinity pool, Balinese-inspired villas, and floating bar have practically given the resort its signature look. Ask guests who have made the resort their choice getaway and they will always cite its personalized friendly service. This instant recognition is no small feat, considering that Acuatico opened its doors to the public only five years ago.
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Resorts on Samal Island on an upgrading frenzy

Manila Bulletin
May 23, 2013

Embracing the new role of the Garden City of Samal as the ecotourism hub of the Southeastern Mindanao region, the resorts on the island at the center of the Davao Gulf are embarking on an expansion and upgrading binge to cope with the phenomenal surge in their tourism volume.
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Music fest relives Bicol folk song

Manila Bulletin
May 21, 2013

Bicol takes pride in having a regional folk song which captures the character and aspirations of its people. “Sarung Banggi” is Bicol’s signature love ballad, and arguably one of the country’s most popular and well-loved folk songs.
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Another summer in Silliman

The Philippine Star
By Butch Dalisay
May 20, 2013

Last week had me enacting another familiar ritual sitting on the panel of the 52nd edition of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City. The oldest of all the country’s literary workshops, Silliman’s is also the longest at three weeks a format it has retained for many decades now, certainly since I was a fellow myself in 1981. Three weeks of poetry, ocean, and boozing by starlight may be a young writer’s dream escapade, but old geezers like us panelists can’t take that much time off from the more mundane claims of life, so we sign up for no more than a week, and this year I took the middle week.
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Excursions in history, culture and nature with Naga X

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
May 19, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Naga City is, without a doubt, one of the fastest emerging cities in the country today. It has a rich history dating back to when it was called Ciudad de Nueva Caceres by the Spaniards who established it as the third Royal City of the Philippines, after Manila and Cebu.
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The do’s and don’ts of traveling on a shoestring budget

The Philippine Star
May 19, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Going on an adventure is probably on every person’s bucket list — be it 100 days of traveling around the Philippines on a P50,000 budget, or cavorting with the family across Asia in a whirlwind tour. Backpacking may be an immensely popular concept, but many adventurous souls still need a push when it comes to actually planning their own itineraries and budgets. Travel bloggers and expert backpackers James Betia and Gay Emami share their insights.
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Cocina Filipina: Pinoy cuisine with a twist

The Philippine Star
By Donnabelle Gatdula
May 19, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - It’s traditional Filipino cuisine with a twist. And it’s part of the country’s campaign to raise global awareness of the Philippines as a tourism destination.
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Of rocks and things

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
May 19, 2013

AN ecotourist’s delight.

That’s probably the best way to describe Northern Samar.
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My (forced) Boracay summer of 2013

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Rina Silayan-Go
May 18, 2013

My first trip to Boracay was exactly 30 years ago. I stayed at the Pearl of the Pacific, Station 1. There was no electricity, no cold water even. But somehow you forgot all that as you viewed the beautiful, powder-fine white sand beach that seemed to stretch endlessly before you.
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Native sausages and more islands

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
May 18, 2013

The top tourist attractions in Pangasinan are religious, the miraculous Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine, for instance, and “secular,” like the Hundred Islands National Park, which the Philippine Tourism Authority has turned over administratively to the City of Alaminos headed by Mayor Hernani A. Braganza.
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Davao City to host Mindanao’s 1st integrated retirement facility

The Philippine Star
May 17, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Mindanao’s first integrated and world-class retirement facility will rise in Davao City.
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Traders’ Kitsho serves one of world’s deadliest fish

The Philippine Star
May 17, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Guests can take their palates to a little adventure by daring to try the most deadly fish currently known in the world, the stonefish, available until Sept. 30 at Traders Hotel Manila’s Kitsho Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar.
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Resorts on Samal Island on an upgrading frenzy

The Philippine Star
May 17, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Embracing the new role of the Garden City of Samal as the ecotourism hub of the southeastern Mindanao region, the resorts on the island at the center of the Davao Gulf are embarking on an expansion and upgrading binge to cope with the phenomenal surge in their tourism volume.
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Meetings made easy at InterCon Manila

The Philippine Star
May 17, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Take advantage of InterContinental Manila’s Meetings On Us room package in planning your next event.
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Dumaguete express, ‘fabada crispy pata, pinaasim na tilapyang malutong’–heritage Filipino dishes in Makati

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Raoul J. Chee Kee
May 16, 2013

The idea to open a restaurant in Makati serving Filipino food came about after the owners wondered why Filipino restaurants that open abroad are always greeted with much fanfare. “I’ve always wanted to push Filipino food, but many of the restaurants that offer Filipino fare here are of the carinderia-type, offering very basic dishes that keep well, and can be reheated and served on succeeding days,” said Sandee Siytangco-Masigan, vice president of Advent Manila Hospitality Group, Inc.
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Makati Tourism Foundation, Inc. launches ‘Soul of o City’

Manila Bulletin
May 16, 2013

Makati City, Philippines – “Soul of a City,” The Makati Tourism Foundation, Inc.’s city tour project showcasing the city’s historical and modern landmarks, heritage sites, and prime shopping venues will be launched soon on May 17, 2013. This is in line with its thrust to further promote the city as one great tourist destination, rich in both character and culture.
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Bayambang, Pangasinan is 400 years old

Manila Bulletin
By Robbie Pangilinan
May 16, 2013

On April 5, 2014, the town of Bayambang in Pangasinan will officially turn 400 years old.
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Raising the game at Networld Hotel & Casino

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
May 12, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The length of Roxas Boulevard has come to be associated with numerous hotel, dining and entertainment venues through the years. It’s still growing, evolving to suit changing tastes and needs. Making sure you have that memorable experience is Networld Hotel and Casino.
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Mother’s Day treats

The Philippine Star
May 12, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Moms are super women for taking on different roles in the eyes of their children. For someone who has been there as a sister, a best friend, a heroine, and a “mom” all at the same time, here’s a super thank you from Diamond Hotel.
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Stackers marks 5th year with Penthouse Tuesdays

The Philippine Star
May 12, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - It’s Penthouse Tuesdays at all Stackers Burger Café, as it celebrates five wonderful years.
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Oktoberfest at Sofitel

The Philippine Star
May 12, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - German Club Manila recently signed a contract with Sofitel Philippine Plaza for the Oktoberfest in the Philippines on Oct. 18-19. Sofitel Philippine Plaza is on its fourth year as the preferred venue of the German Club Manila.
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Flavors of Baguio tour: New way to enjoy the summer capital

Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 11, 2013

C Boutique Hotel, a new place to stay in Baguio, teams up with the blog site Our Awesome Planet to offer a new way to enjoy the country’s summer capital.
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POWER UP TOURISM!

Manila Standard Today
By Mila C. Espina
May 9, 2013

Excite Cebu! Power up Tourism!! The Tourism Team of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry will intensify the marketing brand of Cebu locally and internationally and share the best practices of countries like Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong, and, of course, the Philippines; hotels, resorts, airlines and travel group, as it moves up to the 25th Tourism Congress (formerly Tourism Forum in the late 80s), slated from 1-5 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel.
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Real estate developer stages football festival for kids

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
May 7, 2013

The last three years have seen a renewal of interest and support for Philippine football, thanks in part to the Younghusband brothers and other players who came from abroad to play in and for the country.
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Green Faith Travels celebrates Pahiyas Festival

The Philippine Star
May 5, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Green Faith Travels lets its pilgrims experience this year’s Pahiyas Festival, one of the country’s most colorful fiestas and perhaps the greenest faith celebration as the annual ecological pageantry honors the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro Labrador, on his feast day on Wednesday, May 15.
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A new surfing capital rises

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
May 5, 2013

EASTERN Samar isn’t one of those places that automatically pop into someone’s head when vacations are discussed. Unless you hail from that province, the idea of traveling to Eastern Samar in one’s lifetime is remote.
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Why Schiphol rocks

The Philippine Star
May 5. 2013

MANILA, Philippines - On a very long layover at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam once, I discovered two things: the locations of all the smoking areas in the huge airport, and how a room looks in a capsule hotel.
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One Pacific Place at your service

The Philippine Star
May 5, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Living in a serviced residence is becoming an increasingly popular option, considered by many to be superior to a conventional hotel. Such is the appeal of serviced residences to visitors staying in a destination for extended periods of time who naturally crave for a place that reminds them of home. This is where serviced residences like One Pacific Place in Makati come in.
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The Garden shines at BGC Offsite gallery

Manila Standard Today
May 5, 2013

The Offsite gallery of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) features yet another unique, whimsical installation for public’s enjoyment.
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PAL revs up expansion, kicks off 12 new routes

Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 4, 2013

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced the launch of 12 new routes in Australia, China, Malaysia and the Middle East, including a new domestic service to Northern Luzon, as part of the flag carrier’s expansion program.
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Best Western Plus Antel: Three towers, one distinct experience

The Philippine Star
May 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - When you are visiting Makati and its nearby areas, and you are looking for a pleasant and value-driven place to stay that offers a healthy balance of work and play, you can find your answer in Best Western Plus Antel Hotel.
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Making a splash in Aquaria

The Philippine Star
By Anjo Resurreccion
May 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - It was a great idea for me and a few friends to go to Aquaria — the new leisure resort in Playa Calatagan in Calatagan, Batangas. I heard a lot of good things about it from a friend but I never expected the place to be so cool. When I saw that giant water slide — they told me it was three storeys high — I knew that I had to conquer it.
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Best restaurants in the world

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
May 2, 2013

El Celler de Can Roca is the best restaurant in the world for 2013. This is according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, an annual list recognizing the cream of the crop in the international restaurant scene organized by Restaurant magazine in the United Kingdom. The eatery, located in Girona, Spain, was chosen by an Academy of 936 experts, including chefs, restaurateurs, food journalists and gourmands.
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