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Waterfront Hotels & Casinos: World-class Filipino Hospitality

The Philippine Star
Aug. 30, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Waterfront Hotels & Casinos is proud to be identified as the country’s largest Filipino-owned hotel chain in the country. It manages first-class hotels and has presence in the key cities in the archipelago.
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Lancaster offers Weekend Urban Escapade package

The Philippine Star
Aug. 30, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - It may be sunny outside. Or the city may be inundated with relentless rain and the inevitable floods. But no matter the weather, you can stay cool and comfortable in the cozy setting of a hotel room.
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PHITEX seminars seen to open road to booming travel & tourism business

The Philippine Star
Aug. 30, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) is out to make the country’s travel and tourism players learn new ways of maximizing client capture in choice markets across the globe.
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Dole celebrates with Davao

Manila Standard Today
Aug. 29, 2013

An example of the Filipino’s love for parties and celebration is the number of festivals all over the country.
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When in Davao

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Aug. 27, 2013

When my Mindanao-based relatives learned that I would be staying at the Marco Polo Davao Hotel for a familiarization tour of what is called the “fruit basket of the Philippines,” they were very excited. Some of them had not even entered the hotel, much less seen its rooms. My younger relatives understandably wanted a picture-taking session in the hotel while I was there.
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Quezon Province through the eyes of a painter

Manila Standard Today
Aug. 26, 2013

Visually impaired painter L. De Guzman, in partnership with the Sariaya Tourism Council and the Quezon Provincial Tourism Office, will showcase the quaint beauty of Quezon’s scenery and heritage structures in the upcoming exhibit “Gani-re Kami Di-ne; Twenty Views of Sariaya and Lucban”. Scheduled to run from September 6 – 16, 2013, the Opening Night will be held on September 6, 7 pm at Galeria Immanuel, Ground Floor S&L Bldg. Dela Rosa corner Esteban Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City.
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Almasor: Thrill Times Three

Manila Bulletin
By Nickky Faustine P. De Guzman
Aug. 25, 2013

Bicol Region goes beyond the world-renowned Mayon Volcano and its iconic cuisine Bicol Express—because it still has a lot to offer.

The creation of the Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon (Almasor) Tourism Alliance by the Bicol Regional Development Council spearheaded by Albay Governor Joey Salceda, aims to provide more tourist destination options to local and foreign tourists while harnessing the potentials of each province as sub-regions.
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Café 1771: Medley of Flavors

Manila Bulletin
By Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio
Aug. 25, 2013

Childhood throughout my young adult years, my mom had always been frustrated about two things: my excessive energy and inability to appreciate food beyond the spaghetti. Seems like my adventurous spirit was limited kinetically, and not much was left to be a foodie. But thank God for a husband who cannot live without tasting life to the full. Gastronomical endeavors hadn’t been more fun since Joseph came into my life.
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Kids get five-star treatment at Discovery Shores Boracay

The Philippine Star
Aug. 25, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Discovery Shores Boracay provides the best opportunity for parents to have quality time with their kids in the “5 Star Kids” package — a perfect treat for the tots.
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Making sustainable tourism a way of life

The Philippine Star
Aug. 25, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Palawan is now the last ecological frontier of the Philippines. It is home to 800 species of fish, five species of sea turtles, which are all endangered, various marine mammals like the bottlenose dolphin and dugong — not to mention 110 species of birds, 18 of which are endangered.
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The comforts of home at Grand Octagon Resort Hotel

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Aug. 25, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - A trip to the north is always a reward to anyone who appreciates the country’s Spanish colonial past. Nowhere is this truer than in Laoag, a city rich in culture and reflections of the Filipinos’ past. When you find yourself dropping by for an extended visit, make sure to book your stay at the Grand Octagon Resort Hotel.
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Cotabato province: Cradle of culture in Region 12

BusinessMirror
Aug. 25, 2013

THERE was a time when Cotabato was known as the largest province in the Philippines, having been carved out from what was then called Moro Province during the American colonial period.
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Direct flights to Davao seen to boost tourist arrivals

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Aug. 25, 2013

DAVAO CITY—Thanks to budget carriers increasing their flights and to new developments in the local hotel industry, Davao City is on track to reach its target of 1.32 million tourist arrivals for 2013.
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Looking Up at Vivere Hotel

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Aug. 23, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The first thing you notice, guaranteed as you gaze at the edifice, is a peculiar rooftop feature. The hotel is as normal as can be until you raise your focus on its summit, topped by a mix of odd-angled constructs and various knickknacks of purposeful design — some people have wondered if a whole other structure had actually landed right on top of it. In fact, that’s the beauty of this building as it stands out against other establishments in the area. Getting to the top is just one of many exciting discoveries at Vivere Hotel.
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Great deals to be had at PHL travelmart

ManilaStandardToday
Aug. 22, 2013

Capping the celebration of this year’s Philippine Tourism Week is the 24th Philippine Travel Mart. Very opportune, being preceded by the 1st Philippine Tourism Forum September 2-3 at SMX function room, where thorough discussion on ASEAN Integration and standardization of tourism services in the region.
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Proudly Made in the Philippines

Manila Standard Today
By Philip Paraan
Aug. 18, 2013

Travel opens up experiences and peculiar realities in new places. In the process, we learn about ourselves as we are exposed to novelties and revelations of a particular culture. From these immersions or fleeting encounters emerge an ineffable complex sense between the traveler and the destination.
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Tourism authorities support Eid al-Fitr Festival at SM North Edsa

BusinessMirror
Aug. 18, 2013

MATCHING Bulacan’s churches and caves in quantity are Department of Tourism-accredited resorts, hotels and clubs that visitors can retreat to for recreation and relaxation after spending the day touring historic and ecological sites in the province.
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Peace and fulfillment at Punta de fabian

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Aug. 18, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The long, winding roads of Rizal province stand as metaphor to the birth of the area’s premier resort destination. It was a journey fraught with uncertainty but, ultimately, resulted in a successful and beautiful endeavor. Thousands have come to know this place as the perfect vacation and seminar destination — however, for one individual, it is a labor of love and true inspiration. That is the story of Punta de Fabian.
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Top 10 things to do in Cotabato

Manila Bulletin
Aug. 16, 2013

It’s just a week before the Kalivungan Festival and the 99th Foundation Anniversary of the Province of Cotabato. But for those who are coming to the province days before the week-long festival, here are some thing you can do while in our province.
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Bright tourism prospects spawn int’l travel festival

The Philippine Star
Aug. 16, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Rising from a world economic recession in 2008, the global tourism industry is now gaining momentum for sustained growth, and so is the Philippines, powered by vacationing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and an increasing number of visitors from East Asian countries.
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‘All American Feast’ at Diamond Hotel

The Philippine Star
Aug. 16, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - America is a melting pot of different cultures and this can also be said of the rich diversity of its cuisine. Some can be traced from the roots of European, Asian, Caribbean, Latin and Mexican cuisine. Some of the all-time favorites are fast-food concoctions, while others are variations of ethnic dishes that Americans have created on their own.
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Asian Grand Legacy to manage Balayan Bay Boutique Resort

The Philippine Star
Aug. 16, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Premier hotel, resort and recreational property management company Asian Grand Legacy Hotels Corp. (AGLHC) has taken under its wing the operation and management of the Balayan Bay Boutique Resort, a new world-class, eco-tourism and dive spot in Mabini, Batangas set to open this year.
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From Kalibo to Boracay in 3 easy steps via Tigerair

The Philippine Star
Aug. 11, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Travel bonds families and friends, affording them ways to explore new places and experiences and share great memories together.

Tigerair Philippines takes this to heart as it launches the Tiger transfer service for passengers going to Boracay from Kalibo and vice-versa in three easy steps.
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Lasang Pinoy

Manila Bulletin
By Heidi Ng
Aug. 11, 2013

I have always wondered when Philippine cuisine can be as world famous as Thai or Chinese cuisine. Several hotels have been doing Filipino cuisine launches that have been just wonderful. I appreciate the efforts of these hotels so I make every effort to write about these launches. Diamond Hotel did a Chef Sau collaboration, now the Peninsula Manila’s all-day dining restaurant, Escolta, played host to visiting celebrity guest Chef Myrna Segismundo as she shared the rich flavors and culinary traditions of the Philippines’ 7,107 islands in a two week-long food festival aptly named "Lasang Pinoy."
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‘Unending fun’ in PHITEX 2013

Manila Bulletin
Aug. 11, 2013

Just exactly how much fun can foreign tourists enjoy in the Philippines?

This question is precisely what the forthcoming Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) 2013 will answer when the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) make the world’s wholesale travel agents come face to face with the country’s tourism industry players.
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Bulacan: ‘Gateway’ to historic caves and churches

BusinessMirror
By Ramon Efren R. Lazaro
Aug. 11, 2013

MATCHING Bulacan’s churches and caves in quantity are Department of Tourism-accredited resorts, hotels and clubs that visitors can retreat to for recreation and relaxation after spending the day touring historic and ecological sites in the province.
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Bohol fun–to an 8-year-old

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By PJ Enriquez
Aug. 10, 2013

‘Daddy, they look like Kisses'
It was a little over three years ago when I first visited the island paradise of Bohol just off the coast of Cebu. I was fortunate enough to have traveled with a colleague who showed me that traveling was, still is, always fun when you share the experience with someone.
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Pavilion to unveil Aquino Suite

The Philippine Star
Aug. 9, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - In commemoration of the 30th Ninoy Aquino Day on Aug. 21, Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino is unveiling its newly renovated suite named after former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. to give honor and recognition to all of his significant contributions in carving the nation and Philippine history.
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Richmonde weekends: Easy, relaxing & practical

The Philippine Star
Aug. 9, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Spice up the weekend and take a quick vacation somewhere not so far away from home. Why go through the hassle of planning, driving and all the other stress that comes with extended trips when you can experience premier deals for a memorable weekend getaway right at the heart of the city?
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Costa Pacifica opens in time for Baler fiesta

The Philippine Star
Aug. 9, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Costa Pacifica in Baler, Aurora opens its doors in time for the celebration of the Baler town fiesta on Aug. 19.
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Hear Tigerair roar

Manila Standard Today
Aug. 9, 2013

Tigerair is here and raring to make a difference by offering new target destinations, sincere service and safe and reliable flights.
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Al fresco dining by the bay

Manila Standard Today
Aug. 8, 2013

A fresh set of dining choices and entertainment offerings await families and friends at the Mall of Asia Complex’ newest lifestyle landmark, Prism Plaza.
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Eid’s more fun in PH

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Aug. 8, 2013

Today, after sunset, Muslims worldwide are celebrating Eid’l Fitr (also known as Eid-al-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr, Eid), the Feast of Breaking of Fast. The Eid is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal signaling the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting and prayer. Eid literally means festivity and after a month-long sacrifice, the feast is looked forward to as a period of merriment, sharing, and forgiveness.
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Davao prepares for Kadayawan

Manila Bulletin
By Amada T. Valino
Aug. 6, 2013

Activities for the Kadayawan sa Dabaw festival as well as the various committees that will handle preparations are now being finalized. This was announced by City Tourism Officer Lisette Marquez. Considered the festival of festivals, Kadayawan is celebrated annually starting on August 9 with highlights on August 16, 17 and 18, 2013.
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An after-summer affair with Puerto Princesa

The Philippine Star
Aug. 4, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Who says vacations are just for summer? There are many advantages of cruising, sailing or flying to destinations even when summertime is long over. For one, affordable deals are a lot more available, allowing one to stretch his funds to be able to book in a top-notch hotel, do more tours and stay a bit longer.
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Under the sea

Manila Bulletin
By AA Patawaran
Aug. 4, 2013

At Tessa Prieto Valdez’s aquatic-themed party, Swatch breaks the surface with Scuba Libre, a collection of divers watches.
Just when we were worried about the weather, raging against how one hour of rain at the height of the summer season could inundate our cities, Tessa Prieto Valdez opened up her Forbes Park home to remind us of our islands in the sun, surrounded by water, water, water — a myriad pleasures and beautiful beaches.
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Bulacan: ‘Gateway’ to historic caves and churches

BusinessMirror
By Ramon Efren R. Lazaro
Aug. 4, 2013

First of two parts
LOCATED just north of Metro Manila and called the “Gateway to Northern Luzon,” Bulacan is one province that takes pride in its rich historical heritage.
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City govt begins restoring Pangasinan’s Hundred Islands

BusinessMirror
By PNA
Aug. 4, 2013

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—The Alaminos City government, under Mayor Arthur Celeste, has started restoring the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) to bring back its former glory as the No. 1 tourist destination in Pangasinan province, if not in Northern Luzon.
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A Bicol triad: Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
Aug. 3, 2013

The place to stay in the whole of Albay is the hilltop Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City, the capital. It’s a classy, deluxe establishment in glass and metal, with white as the dominant color. The cuisine is highly recommended—local and international dishes with a distinct Bicolano flavor.
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