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Charming Dumaguete

BusinessMirror
By Stella F. Arnaldo
June 30, 2013

WHEN I was in college, I would always hear about Dumaguete from friends who were majoring in Literature. Then as now, Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental, is every Literature or English major’s dream vacation spot, because it is where writing workshops with the country’s finest literary minds are often held.
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All Hands Beach: Turtle-nesting site in Subic

The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
June 30, 2013

Nature has a language and a rhythm of its own. If we patiently wait to listen, we will inevitably appreciate its story.
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Japan, Thailand, Malaysia joining Travel Madness Expo 2013

The Philippine Star
June 30, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Three foreign governments, 18 airlines, 23 big travel companies, and 20 lifestyle firms, including international themeparks Ocean Park Hong Kong and Resorts World Manila, are among the many exhibitors to offer bargain deals at the forthcoming Travel Madness Expo 2013.
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Rosscapili at Ayala Museum’s ArtistSpace

Manila Standard Today
June 30, 2013

Nature’s Impulse’, Rosscapili’s latest show at the Ayala Museum’s ArtistSpace, explores deeply personal motives of freedom and tension reflected by nature which move the artist to create. This new set of paintings celebrate a renewed sense of creative purpose, and were completed using approaches entirely different from the artist’s usual milieu.
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Eiga-Sai” Japanese Film Festival returns

Manila Standard Today
June 30, 2013

In celebration of the Philippines–Japan Friendship Month in July and the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation anchored on the theme “ASEAN-Japan Partnership: Thoughts Connected – Future Connected”, a series of culturally-inspiring and artistically-stimulating month–long activities are to be expected from The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM).
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Taal Vista: A true heritage

Manila Bulletin
By Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio
June 30, 2013

History Wall has pictures to prove how long Taal Vista has been standing as the Pinoy getaway favorite!
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Momo Beach

Discover Panglao's Other 'Secret' Beach
Manila Bulletin
June 30, 2013

Each room in the beach house is infused with rich vibrant colors that shout summer all-year around.
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Finding Cebu

Manila Bulletin
By Jona Branzuela Bering
June 30, 2013

MAIN ATTRACTION. Although Kawasan has many falls, the first fall is the most accessible and crowded.
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Crown of Boracay

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
June 28, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - If there is a vacation app, people would just type Boracay and they would be zoomed instantly, in person, to the island. Well, one can dream, and dream about Boracay’s world-class beaches and blue waters. But how about finding a home away from home in Boracay? That would be even better. Everything’s within reach, without the insanity that the city brings. In fact, we are thinking of Crown Regency Boracay, and how it makes for an enticing stay.
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In the gateway to Eastern Visayas

Manila Standard Today
By Bernadette Lunas
June 27, 2013

For travelers looking for Philippine historical and cultural enlightenment, a trip to Tacloban City in the province of Leyte is a good way to start.
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A dining adventure in Baguio

Manila Standard Today
June 27, 2013

Baguio City is a sanctuary for those seeking a break from living in the city. For the rainy season, the City of Pines is also a great place for a food expedition.
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Food Crawl

Manila Standard Today
June 26, 2013

The best of American comfort food

With a wide array of choices meticulously researched from the most happening coastal towns of America, Maple brings the best of elevated American comfort food on the tables of their discerning diners.
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DoT's ACGTDT tour, a homecoming

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
June 25, 2013

This coming July, hundreds of Filipino-Americans and mainstream Americans are expected to arrive from the United States for the 8th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT). The group will visit the country to relax and enjoy themselves with their families and friends back home.
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Adventures in Cagayan De Oro

Manila Standard Today
By Lito Cinco
June 25, 2013

It was a writing assignment that in my younger years, would have been welcomed with great excitement. But, this time, I viewed it with a bit of that mixed with trepidation and questions as to whether I would be daring enough to accept the challenges offered.
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Mt. Hamiguitan in Davao expected to join World Heritage List

The Philippine Star
By Jovan Cerda
June 25, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The government expects Mt. Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental to join the list of the country's five world heritage sites following the nomination of the mountain range in the World Heritage List, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Tuesday.
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‘Galapagos of Asia’

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
June 23, 2013

THE first time I heard about Sibuyan Island was from my father. During World War II, as the Japanese military forces spread to the Visayan region, my father’s family left home in Capiz and took refuge on the island, in the province of Romblon.
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It is good for the world to do crazy things

The Philippine Star
By Jim Paredes
June 23, 2013

The afterglow still lingers.

I just came home from an overnight stay at Puerto Princesa to have dinner with 10 people I did not know.
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Sun shines at Le Soleil

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
June 23, 2013

Even if summer’s over, the fun does not stop at Le Soleil de Boracay. No wonder Le Soleil is one of the true favorite places to stay in the island.
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MNTC travel fair to spur tourism in North Phl

The Philippine Star
June 23, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The builder and concessionaire of the 84-kilometer North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC), is staging a travel fair in Manila to send its hordes of tourists flocking up north. “NLEX Tara Na Sa Norte 2013” is slated on July 12-14 at the Atrium, Robinsons Place, Manila.
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Room and buffet treats at Manila Pavilion

The Philippine Star
June 23, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Manila Pavilion Hotel brings out this June its special room rate packages and hefty buffet treats.
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Spend rainy days and Mondays at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

The Philippine Star
June 23, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The rainy season is here and although it is a welcome breather from the sweltering summer heat, the weather does seem to bring forth a little gloom. Add to that your Monday blues, and you have “rainy days and Mondays” that get you down, as the popular song goes.
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Blue sea, Bancas and beaches

Manila Bulletin
By Gerard Brennan
June 23, 2013

"… Hmmm… my third trip to Ang Pilipinas… or my fourth?” I pondered, as my taxi rolled smoothly along Roxas Boulevard.
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Friday night chill-out at microtel mall of Asia

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
June 21, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City has, in the past five years, gone all out to entertain thousands of visitors who flock there every month. The place has everything — a ferris wheel, bumper cars, a zipline, seafood restaurants, regular restaurants, an arena, convention center, church, a pirate ship and, of course, the shopping mall. What’s inside the mall? A museum, staging area, one of the biggest movie screens on the planet, and every type of food and shopping establishment you can think of. Giving visitors, both foreign and local, access to this wondrous retail paradise is Microtel by Wyndham Mall of Asia.
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PAL sponsors travel madness 2013

The Philippine Star
June 21, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Executives of Philippine Airlines (PAL) sign a sponsorship agreement with the officers of Travel Innovators Inc. (TII), organizer of the Travel Madness Expo 2013 slated at the SMX Convention Center on July 12-14.
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Wakeboarding makes a Big Splash

Manila Bulletin
June 18, 2013

Local adventure seekers who get kicks out of the rush of wind and waves hitting their faces, the surging water splashing underneath their feet, and defying gravity through breathtaking stunts have a new activity to satisfy their adrenaline fix.
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Puka Beach Pavilion to rise in Boracay

The Philippine Star
June 16, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The newest events and relaxation facility to rise on Boracay Island, Puka Beach Pavilion, resonates with all the pleasures of living the Alta Vista de Boracay way: stunning view of the sea and sunset, exclusive access to premier sites in the island, and comfort and privacy that evoke the atmosphere of a resort hotel.
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Wafu offers teppanyaki treat for dads today

The Philippine Star
June 16, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The month of June will not be complete without the celebration of Father’s Day. And today, Wafu rolls out a red carpet welcome with a teppanyaki treat for all dads.
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The queen of the North

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
June 16, 2013

NAMED after Queen Isabela II of Spain, the province of Isabela is known as the largest corn producer in the country. Most of the corn is harvested and sold to feed millers who, in turn, sell the feeds to poultry and livestock growers. Isabela is also a major rice-production area, and known as the Rice Granary of the North.
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Art events

Manila Standard Today
June 16, 2013

Buñuel’s film festival

“Luis Buñuel in Mexico”, a series of film screenings, will be presented by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).
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At ZamSur: Exploring the unexplored

Manila Bulletin
By Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio
June 16, 2013

It’s a travel and adventure kind of Sunday for me, and I want a show of hands for those who are ready to rough it! Because when I say travel, I usually pertain to something of a nice and dense experience, more cultural than it is really physical. And when I say adventure, I say that with the adrenalin rush of knowing that in what you are about to do, there shall be a real sense of danger. As author Mercedes Lackey puts it, it is what “you call it when everybody comes back alive.” Then I guess one has to think more than the average rough and tough trips if she puts it that way!
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Baliw-Baliw: Olango’s bizarre culture

Manila Bulletin
By Jona Branzuela Bering
June 16, 2013

GETTING CLEANED. Despite the murkiness of the swamp, some parents wade through the water with their babies.
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Pangasinan mosaic: Fiesta, food, churches and beaches

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
June 15, 2013

A whistle-stop, three-day tour of Pangasinan brought with it some surprises, as in agrotourism (animal farms) and potential medical tourism (the improved Pangasinan Provincial Hospital in San Carlos City, which is planning to build a swimming pool in its backyard).
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The new face of resort luxury

Philippine Daily Inquirer
June 15, 2013

Discretion and a deep respect for the environment now figure among the top considerations of the luxury class traveler. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Pangulasian, El Nido Resorts’ (ENR) top-end property on celebrated Bacuit Bay in Palawan.
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Renewable energy firm to bring Iceland’s Blue Lagoon experience to Oriental Mindoro

Manila Bulletin
June 13, 2013

Filipinos need not travel to far Iceland to have the world-famous “Blue Lagoon” spa experience as a renewable company energy finalizes plans to put up a hot spring and wellness center near a geothermal power plant in scenic Lake Naujan in Oriental Mindoro.
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All the classics for Daddy

Manila Standard Today
June 12, 2013

To stay firm and not to falter with the family members’ changing whims and demands make fatherhood classic. On Father’s Day, create classic and fond family memories for dad at Casa Armas. For this special occasion, culinary creations of a visiting chef from Spain are the featured Father’s Day offerings at Casa Armas.
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Lamitan showcases Yakan culture

Manila Bulletin
June 11, 2013

The Yakan is one of the most colorful and exotic, yet lesser known Muslim tribes in Mindanao. Inhabiting portions of the coastal and interior towns of Basilan, Yakans are noted for their intricate indigenous art, evident in their exquisite handwoven tribal apparel and brassware.
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10 reasons to love Delta’s heavenly bed

The Philippine Star
By Millet M. Mananquil
June 9, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Now who was it who said that we go on a trip because we are tired... and then, we come back exhausted.
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Seda Abreeza opens in Davao City

The Philippine Star
June 9, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Seda Abreeza in Davao City welcomes guests to its 186 guestrooms and suites at the heart of this popular Philippine tourist destination, dubbed the “crown jewel of Mindanao.”
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Brotzeit Day: A celebration of Bavarian cuisine in Manila

The Philippine Star
June 9, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Brotzeit Bier Bar & Restaurant located at Shangri-La Plaza Mall recently celebrated Brotzeit Day, the grand opening of Brotzeit’s 10th outlet in the world.
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It’s ‘rainy season’ with perks at Best Western Plus Antel

The Philippine Star
June 9, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - It’s a “rainy season” with perks galore at Best Western Plus Antel Hotel.
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Boracay welcomes Azalea hotels & residences

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
June 9, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The island paradise of Boracay is the perfect vacation getaway with its pristine, white sand beaches, summer activities, and a shoreline filled with restaurants and shops of every kind. For vacationers, the most important thing to settle is the accommodation. One does not just stay for a day in Boracay, or at the very least, stay for a night. There is a multitude of hotel and room options on the island and an upcoming industry player is bound to attract the most attention. Get ready to experience Azalea Hotels & Residences Boracay.
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Go Tacloban!

Manila Bulletin
By Nickky Faustine De Guzman
June 9, 2013

Tacloban, Leyte’s small airport was overflowing with tourists and locals to and from the city on a mundane Thursday afternoon. Some visitors, to an extent, had to go outside and waited to be accommodated. If the state of an airport is one of the portals that mirror a city’s status, then Tacloban is on the threshold of becoming an alternative tourist destination.
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Isabel Suites: Your home in North

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
June 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Ilocos Norte, with its unique culture and identity, is a favored tourist destination. Historical towns, churches, natural wonders and, of course, the food. All of these combine to make the province an all-in tourism wonder.
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La Placa: A tasty plate of fun

The Philippine Star
June 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The rainy season is just around the corner but there’s no reason to stop satisfying hungry tummy and cravings. The La Placa Food Fair is now serving hungry customers searching not just for good food, but also unique entertainment and dining experience at the Liberty Center open parking on Shaw Boulevard.
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Treat for Dads at Strand café

The Philippine Star
June 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Give dad the Fathers’ Day that he deserves by giving him a free gastronomic lunch or dinner treat and a special gift from The Strand Café in One Pacific Place Serviced Residences from June 10 to 16.
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Man of the hour

The Philippine Star
June 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - For being the pillar of every family, who ensures and provides for his children’s education and future, Astoria Plaza salutes him on Father’s Day. On June 16, pay tribute to your dad with a complete buffet lunch of special roast beef steak carving. Three World Traveler luggage trolleys will be raffled off as prizes for three lucky patrons. Continue the day with the man of the hour and proceed to Star City after the Astoria lunch because all fathers will receive two ride-all-you-can tickets to Star City. Astoria Plaza’s Father’s Day buffet lunch is priced at only P800 net per person. For reservations or inquiries, call 687-1111 extension 8064 or 8065.
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Jolly June in cool Bicol

Manila Bulletin
June 6, 2013

The jolly character of the Bicolandia lives on with its bountiful array of festivities to showcase its rich natural and cultural legacy despite the onset of the rainy season.
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Celebrating unity in cultural diversity

Manila Bulletin
June 4, 2013

For more than a decade now, the City of Santiago in Isabela, has been celebrating unity in diversity by bringing to the fore its unique confluence of cultures, and ethno-linguistic influences.
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Negros Occidental: The new frontier

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
June 2, 2013

Ask the average Filipino traveler what he knows about Negros Occidental and they’ll probably say: Chicken inasal, sugar plantations, Maskara Festival, piaya, or other things that don’t exactly scream paradise. But if you actually get the chance to visit the province (whether for work or leisure), try to find time to go outside its capital city Bacolod – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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Ilocos:Tale of two provinces (Part 2)

Manila Bulletin
By Rica Peralejo
June 2, 2013

Welcome to our second week of tracing the wonderful coastlines that stretch to as far as the tip of the north. Those patches of land that stay ever so near the daunting waters, which Carlos Angeles so perfectly captured in his poem, “It is the sea pursues the habit of shores.” It is that of the complex “browbeaten, industrious, cheerful” and somewhat “brave” people, that of both land in sea, that of the enigmatic Ilocos.
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‘Kiping’ faith

Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
June 2, 2013

There were three hunters from Majayjay, Laguna who were searching for food. From the plains at the northeastern foot of Mt. Banahaw, the hunters tracked some wild animals and followed their trail to the wilderness.
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Metro Naga eyes 20% hike in tourists by 2016 on higher infra spend

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
June 2, 2013

METRO Naga is projecting a 20-percent growth in tourist arrivals over the next three years, as it positions itself as a premier destination in the Bicol region.
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Travel Madness 2013 girds for influx of foreign carriers

The Philippine Star
June 2, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Members of the travel industry are gearing up for the increased volume of inbound and outbound tourists as they join the forthcoming Travel Madness Expo 2013 in a bid to have their share of the action.
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Sofitel pays homage to moms

The Philippine Star
June 2, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Sofitel Philippine Plaza recently paid tribute to moms on Mother’s Day starting with the presentation of Spiral’s master chefs of their mothers’ heirloom recipes, followed by a fashion show top-billed by celebrity mothers and their children.
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Travel to Puning Hot Spring & Sand Spa in Pampanga via Victory Liner

The Philippine Star
By Wendy De La Cruz
June 2, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - For those seeking a unique day of health, wellness and adventure in a picturesque setting not far from Metro Manila, Puning Hot Spring in Sitio Target, Barangay Sapang Bato in Angeles City, Pampanga offers an amazing travel and pampering experience.
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Punta de Fabian: Serenity on a hill

The Philippine Star
June 2, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - There is a resort in Baras, Rizal that literally brings one closer to the sky, with a panoramic view of the countryside that takes one’s breath away: Punta de Fabian.
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