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F1 Hotel Manila: From Buds to Blooms

The Philippine Star
July 31, 2013

The First, The Fort 1

No more than a decade, the Fort was considered as a military base, a wide piece of land stretched just across the popular business district of Makati. Fast track to 2013 — and it’s now an urban community where various modern residential buildings and giant firms are established. Towering buildings started sprouting street after street, making Bonifacio Global City a highly urbanized district in Metro Manila.
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Manila Bay Area
Asia’s next premier business, lifestyle hub

Manila Standard Today
By Roger M. Garcia
July 30, 2013

It has been a known fact that the most expensive real estate properties in the world are usually those located within and around the Bay Area of major cities.
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One-stop leisure and entertainment haven

BusinessMirror
By Jeahan Virda B. de Barras
July 30, 2013

The signs are everywhere. The new roads, business structures, hotels, shopping centers and entertainment hubs are proofs that the Philippines is being developed for something big. It is well on its way to becoming a hot tourist destination that will compete with established cities in Asia like Macau and Singapore, which both owe their economic success at present to their resort-cum-entertainment havens and gaming industry.
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Pilipinas kong mahal ---- Cebu

Manila Bulletin
By Robbie Pangilinan
July 30, 2013

I've been to many places abroad. USA, Canada, UK, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Morocco, Germany, Spain, Singapore, ….. But I must admit, our country is still the most beautiful.
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The Philippines on a plate

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
July 28, 2013

Good is one of the most compelling reasons for travel. It is as much an attraction in the Philippines as the sun and beach destinations, natural wonders and historical sites. It serves as a potent medium by which Filipinos can communicate who they are as a people to foreigners who visit Philippine shores.
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Santiago de Compostela is for seniors

The Philippine Star
By Cecilia Licauco
July 28, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - There are 10 pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The most popular is the French route, which starts in Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees and runs through the northern part of Spain.
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Quantum sees a bright 2013

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
July 28, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - “All the signs show it is going to be a good year.”

Thus declared Quantum Hotels & Resorts (QHR) president John Cole when asked how the company is faring in 2013. The statement comes with good reason, and it is more than just increases in revenue. For starters, there is the addition of a new property to its portfolio, Hotel Stotsenberg & Casino in Clark. Quantum is on a full sales and marketing arrangement with Hotel Stotsenberg, and although this latest agreement is just a couple of weeks young, Cole says they are confident that Quantum will be able to hit the hotel’s target revenues in the quickest time possible.
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Remington Hotel, Star Cruises offer ‘Stay and Cruise’ promo

The Philippine Star
July 28, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Resorts World Manila (RWM) and Star Cruises have joined forces with Allied Bank and the Philippine National Bank (PNB) for the ultimate Stay and Cruise promo this 2013.
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Tribeca: The first leisure resort destination right in Metro Manila

The Philippine Star
By Rose de la Cruz
July 28, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Tribeca Private Residences is the crown jewel of high-end lifestyle property developer Landco Pacific Corp. in the Muntinlupa area; it is a tourist destination in its own right. The property’s overall, master-planned design combines safe, secure, and quality home living with an eco-friendly, outdoors area for healthy active living.
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Metro Manila is top overnight tourist destination–DOT

BusinessMirror
By Jovee Marie N. dela Cruz
July 28, 2013

THE National Capital Region (NCR), or Metro Manila, remains to be the Philippines’s top overnight tourist destination, according to a Department of Tourism (DOT) official.
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Tourism group to visit, promote Pampanga churches this week

BusinessMirror
By Joey Pavia
July 28, 2013

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—A group promoting tourism sites in the provinces will be in Pampanga later this week, it was learned over the weekend.
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Govt policy, Internet helped boost Bohol as top ecotourism spot–official

BusinessMirror
By Oliver Samson
July 28, 2013

THE government’s open-sky policy, the World Wide Web and a sound tourism-development plan were instrumental in propelling Bohol province to become the Philippines’s top destination for ecotourism, according to a high-ranking Department of Tourism (DOT) official.
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Things to do and see in Bohol

BusinessMirror
By Oliver Samson
July 28, 2013

RATED the Philippines’s top ecotourism destination outside of Metro Manila by the Department of Tourism’s Product Research and Development Office, Bohol province features more than just the thousand cone-shaped knolls spread over a 50-square-kilometer forest known as the Chocolate Hills and the big-eyed primate that inhabits a 7.4-hectare forest reserve in Tagbiliran City called the tarsier.
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Cagayan freeport: A growing tourism hub

The Philippine Star
July 26, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The transformation of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP) into a vibrant, self-sustaining and fast-rising economic and tourism hub in the North has brought a steady increase in tourist arrivals over the past several years, from a mere 2,000 in 2006 to over 75,000 in 2012, as per information from the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 2 office.
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El Nido, Palawan lands the cover of Travel+Leisure magazine

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
July 23, 2013

Known the world over for its imposing landscape of coves, beaches, lagoons, razor-sharp limestone cliffs and the Puerta Pricesa Underground River, Palawan lands the cover of Travel + Leisure magazine for its August issue following the recent citation of the top Philippine destination as the “World’s Best Island” in the New York-based travel magazine’s annual “World’s Best Awards.”
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Intramuros: Home to Philippine history’s saints and sinners

BusinessMirror
By Alvin I. Dacanay
July 21, 2013

WHAT do you think of Intramuros?

Ask this question to grade-school students on their first field trip to the Walled City, and they would probably describe it as a new playground to romp in, as a newly discovered area to explore. Ask this question to lovers strolling leisurely or lounging on top of the centuries-old walls, and they would likely describe it as an almost fee-free dating venue, where they could bolster the foundations of their relationship or break down the barriers built to it.
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Searching for Wreckages at Malapascua

Manila Bulletin
By Jona Branzuela Bering
July 21, 2013

Logon?” An old man asked me—like others did—where I was going.

I shook my head.

“Leyte?”

“Malapascua,” I answered, somewhat tired of the guessing game.
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Pio Cesare Wine Pairing Night

Manila Bulletin
By Heidi Ng
July 21, 2013

It was a night to remember as I dined at the Tivoli at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for a sit down dinner with a table full of people who love Italy, Italian wines, and Italian culture. At the table where I was seated with Italian ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno and his lovely wife Agnes, we were entertained by the witty punchlines of Johnny Litton, the Italian lecture of renowned Italian winemaker Pio Boffa, fourth generation vintner of the legendary Pio Cesare winery of Piedmont, Italy, and good company of Cheryl Tiu, wine connoisseur Sherwin Lao, and businessman Patrick Cua.
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Sharing in dateline Ayala Alabang

Manila Bulletin
By Christian De Leon Espiritu
July 21, 2013

Sharing, doling and portioning, anyone will tell you, means one and one thing alone. In the past 15 years or so, Saint James the Greater in Ayala Alabang’s COPA which is also known as the Church of the Poor Apostolate unceasingly does that. But not a few deem the association ought to have a more appropriate sobriquet. They say, COPA members ought to be called modern Robin Hoods for doing their mission unwaveringly.
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The world of Networld

The Philippine Star
July 21, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - For 12 years, that corner of Roxas Boulevard and Gil Puyat (Buendia) Avenue houses the little secret of in-the-know travelers. That familiar space, Networld Hotel Spa & Casino, proves that unassuming is not a bad thing. Considering its rather compact size, the Japanese-oriented service boutique hotel is a complete package in itself.
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The Avenue Residences: Location, utmost convenience, affordability in one address

The Philippine Star
July 21, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Driven by its goal of providing quality homes and nurturing communities for every Filipino family, Land Group Inc. (LGI) continues to pursue projects that offer just that, enabling it to keep in step with other property developers in the country.
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A Kapampangan shines in Buenos Aires

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Margie Moran-Floirendo
July 20, 2013

What makes a good cook, and why are the best ones said to come from Pampanga?
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Summer never ends at Bahia de Baler

The Philippine Star
July 19, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Find out why summer never ends at the paradise destination of Bahia in the province of Aurora.
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Best of Western Luzon unveiled

Manila Bulletin
July 16, 2013

To a lot of people, the mass of land that sticks out from Luzon and into the West Philippine Sea is synonymous with mountain ranges, former military bases, and the majestic beaches that surround them.
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A Centro of attraction in Palawan

BusinessMirror
July 14, 2013

THERE’S no better way to enjoy the post-summer season than to go on a vacation. When one thinks of ideal vacation spots, Palawan easily comes to mind. Think about it: sun, sea, surf and sand all year-round; exotic surroundings; friendly people; and great food and accommodations.
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Kasbah Brunch

Manila Bulletin
By Heidi Ng
July 14, 2013

I love brunches. There is something magical about a lazy Sunday when I do not have to wake up so early. I enjoy my eggs; eggs Benedict is my favorite. A glass of champagne or mimosa won’t hurt either. I know the brunch lifestyle has yet to catch up in Manila but I am glad I discovered another restaurant willing to take on the challenge of offering this treat.
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The province ‘where adventure begins’

BusinessMirror
By Maria Stella F. Arnaldo
July 14, 2013

‘RUGGED beauty” is how Quirino province ought to be described.
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The art of living at The Farm at San Benito

The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
July 14, 2013

Whether it’s the fragrance of the forest after the rain, long evening walks in the expansive gardens, a soothing massage under the stars, reverent prayers in silence or joining the Art of Living course at The Farm at San Benito, time spent in this paradise can give you a renewed sense of peace and understanding.
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True shopping drive lives on at Tutuban Center

The Philippine Star
July 14, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - From sunrise to midnight, Tutuban Center has everything a certified shopper could want.
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Travel madness expo opens

The Philippine Star
July 14, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Tourism Assistant Secretary Benito Bengzon Jr. leads government and industry leaders in opening the Travel Madness Expo 2013 at the Halls 3 and 4 of the SMX Convention Center Manila last Friday. Representing Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr., Bengzon cited the huge crowd of visitors at the Travel Madness as proof of the country’s vibrant and growing tourism market.
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El Nido Resorts lands on the cover of Travel and Leisure mag

The Philippine Star
July 12, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - After Palawan stole the title of the world's best island for 2013 from Boracay, New York-based Travel and Leisure magazine chose El Nido Resorts to be featured on its August cover.
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Five star luxury at Acacia Hotel

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
July 12, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The southern part of Metro Manila is noted for its fast growth and exciting locales. Here, specifically at Filinvest City in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, lies the perfect travel corridor for businessmen and vacationers alike. This travel hub is easily reached via the Skyway and South Luzon Expressway, and it also provides the perfect jump-off point to outlying industrial and economic zones in Batangas, Laguna and Cavite. The district is peppered with hundreds of retail establishments, restaurants, entertainment venues, and companies in an upscale setting. At the heart of it all is a young, dynamic hotel that puts a premium on luxury and excellent customer service — The Acacia Hotel Manila.
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DOT, MNTC set to open ‘Tara Na Sa Norte’ today

The Philippine Star
July 12, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Top officials of the Department of Tourism (DOT), Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) and Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) will open the North Luzon Expressway’s “Tara Na Sa Norte” Tourism and Travel Fair 2013 at the Atrium, Robinson’s Place Manila today.
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Fun games, stage shows to kick off Travel Madness Expo

The Philippine Star
July 12, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Travel Madness Expo 2013 opens at Halls 3 and 4 of the SMX Convention Center Manila at 10 a.m. today with fun games and stage performances to enliven the ribbon-cutting rites by top government and industry leaders.
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PALAWAN: The country’s Best Island

Manila Bulletin
By Henrylito D. Tacio
July 9, 2013

The first time I visited Palawan was in 1996 yet. The trip was part of the prize I won for a media contest on climate change sponsored by then Senator Heherson T. Alvarez. My sister Elena, who is now living in the United States, accompanied me at that time.
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Nature comes first

Manila Standard Today
By Lito Cinco
July 8, 2013

When Ayala Land Premier conceptualized Anvaya Cove Beach & Nature Club, a seaside leisure community in Morong, Bataan, with its 470 hectares and featuring a 3.5 kilometer long beach front, it was very clear that preserving nature takes the first priority in the developmental planning.
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Peaks and Perks at Pico

Manila Bulletin
By Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio
July 7, 2013

Pico de Loro Cove is the first 37.5-hectare coastal community to rise in the Hamilo Coast that advocates an active coastal lifestyle. Eight mid-rise, low-impact condominium buildings along with an exclusive Beach and Country Club, and Pico Sands Hotel, comprise Phase I of Pico de Loro Cove. Believe me, I was almost about to leave when I finally understood the logistics of such a huge land and sea area, with facilities dynamically positioned all over the place.
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A Dining Expedition in Baguio

Manila Bulletin
July 7, 2013

Baguio City is a sanctuary for those seeking an idyllic break from the demands of metropolitan living. For this rainy season, the City of Pines is also a great place for a food expedition.
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A quickie tour of Manila

Manila Bulletin
By Noel F. De Jesus
July 7, 2013

Manila is an old city whose core, the Walled City of Intramuros, was built by the Mexican conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in 1521. However, he died three years after its plans were drawn up. His tomb can be found in Intramuros inside the San Agustin Church, a popular tourist destination in itself.
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Rest and relaxation at Pranjetto Hills

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
July 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Whether on a weekend or holiday, families are constantly looking for a great vacation place that’s near the city. The same goes for companies planning their annual corporate retreat or seminar. For years, people have turned to nearby Rizal to escape Manila’s frenetic pace — and for good reason.
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Be ready to get drenched in CDO

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Annelle S. Tayao
July 6, 2013

Travelers to Cagayan de Oro City should be ready for one thing, whether they visit during the summer or rainy season: They will get drenched, because in the “City of Golden Friendship,” water is the main tourist attraction.
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A quick Sagada sampler–who would have thought this is a food destination?

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By PJ Enriquez
July 6, 2013

Nestled high in the Cordillera Mountains is the small, sleepy town of Sagada. It’s funny that, despite its size and remote location, it is a popular destination for tourists and extreme sports enthusiasts.
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Landmarks of Bonifacio’s heroism

Manila Standard Today
By Flordeliza O. Espina
July 6, 2013

The 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, one of the country’s greatest heroes, will be celebrated on November 30, this year. It is a year-long celebration that already started last November 30, 2012 in commemoration of the heroic life of the founder and Supremo (supreme leader) of Katipunan, a movement that sought the country’s independence from Spanish colonial rule.
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From reef to ridge: A Sunday stroll through PHL’s latest Asean Heritage Park

BusinessMirror
By Philipp Gassner
July 6, 2013

PLUMMETING down a 500-meter deep valley on your Sunday trip is perhaps not the most tempting outlook for most readers. But once you become finally conscious about the fact that you are safely strapped to a reassuringly strong steel cable, spanning the whopping 1.5 kilometers between two mountain ridges, you might actually enjoy this unique zip-line experience in Misamis Occidental, Mindanao
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Shangri-La’s Mactan offers more perks for meet organizers

The Philippine Star
July 5, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu offers additional incentives for organizers to hold their meetings at the resort.
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Choose your night at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s The Gallery

The Philippine Star
July 5, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - “What’s your poison?” Bartenders often ask your drink of choice this way. Unless you are tight with the barkeep or have sat on his bar stool many a night, answering “the usual” just won’t cut it.
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Tourism Congress 2013 resolutions

Manila Standard Today
By Mila C. Espina
July 4, 2013

The ccci tourism committee chaired by Dr. Milagros C. Espina, over-all coordinator, 2013 cbm Tourism Congress, in coordination with ccci president Lito Maderazo; consul Antonio Chiu, vice president-eard, ccci,; the chairpersons of the 2013 Tourism Congress, Hans Hauri and Lita Urbina and the ccci tourism team, hereby presents the following resolutions, based on the collated issues and concerns discussed in the speeches and interactive discussions during the 2013 tourism congress held on June 21, 2013, Marco Polo Plaza Hotel, on the theme, “ Power-up tourism!”
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PH islands top globetrotters’ choice list

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
July 4, 2013

Boracay is no longer the best island in the world, according to Travel+Leisure magazine, which ranked the most popular resort destination in the Philippines number one last year, based on a poll participated in by the publication’s “discerning readers.”
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Boracay slips to 2nd spot as another Phl island declared world's best

The Philippine Star
By Jovan Cerda
July 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Boracay took a backseat as it slipped a notch from being the best island in the world last year, but Filipinos have no reason to be disappointed as another Philippine destination emerged out of nowhere to claim the top spot for 2013.
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The treasures of Taal, the town

Manila Bulletin
By Karl Aguilar
July 2, 2013

For many people, the name “Taal” would automatically be associated with that small volcano in Batangas found in the middle of the lake that also bears this name. Thus the mention of the existence of a town in Batangas called Taal, from which the volcano and the lake got its name in the first place, should elicit a lot of surprised reactions. The fact that the volcano and the lake was named after the town underscores the historical and cultural significance Taal has played not only for Batangas, but also for the whole Tagalog region and the country as well that not many people know about. This underrated gem has so much to offer that makes it worth the visit.
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