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Legazpi City to host national tourism convention

BusinessMirror
By Bernard L. Supetran
Sept. 29, 2013

ALL roads lead to Legazpi City in Albay province, home to the world-renowned Mayon Volcano, as it is set to host the 14th National Convention of the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines (ATOP) from October 2 to 5.
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Tourism players in Region 12 launch ‘12th paradise’ campaign

BusinessMirror
By PNA
Sept. 29, 2013

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—Tourism stakeholders in Region 12 (South Cotabato, [North] Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani provinces, and General Santos City, or Soccsksargen) have launched a massive campaign to promote the region as the country’s “12th paradise.”
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More upscale travelers awed by El Nido Resorts’ biodiversity

The Philippine Star
Sept. 29, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Eager to discover rare marine life, endangered species and undeveloped natural territories, upscale travelers mostly from the West are discovering El Nido Resorts in northern Palawan.
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Rediscover a Pinoy first with Sentro 1771’s new menu

The Philippine Star
Sept. 29, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - In 2002, Sentro 1771 exploded in the local culinary scene with its original modern Filipino cuisine. Executive Chef Vicky Pacheco brought Filipino cuisine to the next level by presenting local dishes in a chic and elegant setting, combining Swiss and French techniques with familiar Filipino flavors.
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Bohol: YOLO!

Manila Bulletin
By Nickky Faustine De Guzman
Sept. 29, 2013

How do you maximize and cram activities in a tourist destination with a lot to offer like Bohol province given a limited 48 hours of stay? You do YOLO!
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On the brink of strife

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Sept. 29, 2013

Think of a packaged vacation and Basilan likely doesn’t come to mind. Nor will Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Maguindanao, and now, Zamboanga City.
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Legazpi City hosts National Tourism meet

Manila Bulletin
Sept. 29, 2013

All roads lead to Legazpi City, home to the perfect-coned Mayon Volcano, as it hosts the 14th National Convention of the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines (ATOP) set on Oct. 2-5.
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Pristine ecosystem, a posh paradise

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Sept. 29, 2013

Rare marine life, endangered species, and undeveloped natural territories are luring more upscale tourists, mostly from the West, to El Nido, a world-renowned island destination and managed resource protected area in Northern Palawan.
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Introducing flood-proof homes – To meet the challenge of global warming

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
Sept. 29, 2013

Until the 1950s, all the houses in Barrio Pulanglupa had no ground floors. The living quarters were built elevated at six feet from the ground, and appeared to be set atop stilts. The lower level or silong had a compacted dirt floor and was often where the king of the manor kept his precious fighting cocks.
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More upscale travelers awed by El Nido Resorts’ biodiversity

The Philippine Star
Sept. 29, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Eager to discover rare marine life, endangered species and undeveloped natural territories, upscale travelers mostly from the West are discovering El Nido Resorts in northern Palawan.
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Rediscover a Pinoy first with Sentro 1771’s new menu

The Philippine Star
Sept. 29, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - In 2002, Sentro 1771 exploded in the local culinary scene with its original modern Filipino cuisine. Executive Chef Vicky Pacheco brought Filipino cuisine to the next level by presenting local dishes in a chic and elegant setting, combining Swiss and French techniques with familiar Filipino flavors.
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NorthPhil Expo to share wonders of tourism & water

The Philippine Star
Sept. 27, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - An international expo at the SM City Clark will share with the world the wonders of water and tourism in North Philippines (NorthPhil).
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Movenpick Hotel offers local residents’ rate

The Philippine Star
Sept. 27, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Look forward to sunny days and sultry evenings that invite utter indulgence. When you stay at Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, expect not only a white sand beach, but also stylish guestrooms, inviting recreation, nightly dinner shows, and memorable oceanfront dining.
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Boracay Garden offers ‘Barkadahan’ Package

The Philippine Star
Sept. 27, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - It’s time to gather your friends and soak up the sun in world-famous Boracay. Avail yourself of Boracay Garden Resort’s Barkadahan Package and get as much as 30 percent off on room rates and services.
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Sofitel gears up for Oktoberfest

The Philippine Star
By Donnabelle Gatdula
Sept. 27, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is hosting this year’s grandest celebration of the 75th Oktoberfest on Oct. 18-19 at its newly renovated Harbor Garden Tent.
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Tourism and Water: A global day for sustainability and travel

Manila Bulletin
Sept. 27, 2013

In line with the 2013 United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, the whole world celebrates today the 2013 World Tourism Day in Maldives with the theme – Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.
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World Tourism by the numbers

Manila Bulletin
Sept. 27, 2013

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations agency tasked to promote responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism, said that over the decades, tourism experienced persistent growth and deepening diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world.
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Boracay heeds call for sustainability

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Sept. 27, 2013

With so much coastline, plus 7,107 tropical islands, it’s not surprising that the Philippines is a country of pristine beaches known the world over, the most famous of which is Boracay Island.
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International travel fest set in December

Manila Bulletin
Sept. 22, 2013

Blame it on the country’s longest Yuletide season or the fun in the Philippines gaining global recognition, but all roads this early seem to lead to the SMX Convention Center Manila for an international travel festival come December.
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Camarines Sur: Where religiosity and recreation meet

BusinessMirror
Sept. 22, 2013

Conclusion

THE past several years have seen Camarines Sur province transformed into an up-and-coming leisure destination for adventurous and beach-loving local and foreign tourists, thanks to the discovery of its huge tourism potential and the development of tourist-friendly sites in several of its towns.
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When vacation becomes staycation

The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
Sept. 22, 2013

I always appreciate where my wanderlust takes me. Admittedly, one of the most relaxing vacations my dear friends and I had was the one we never took.
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Anya Resorts & Residences: A boost to wellness tourism

The Philippine Star
Sept. 22, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Anya Resorts and Residences in picturesque Tagaytay City will help boost the country’s wellness tourism. With its international standards of spa services, food, and accommodation, the development is expected to be one of the main attractions in the growing tourism industry
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PHITEX 2013 a success

The Philippine Star
Sept. 22, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. (left) and Tourism Promotions Board chief operating officer Domingo Ramon Enerio III share a light moment in front of the banner of the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) 2013 as they expressed their joy over its resounding success. More than 300 foreign and local participants flocked to the Travel Exchange (TRAVEX), the centerpiece of PHITEX 2013.
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Phl int’l travel fest lures global, local exhibitors

The Philippine Star
Sept. 20, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Blame it on the country’s longest Yuletide season or the fun in the Philippines gaining global recognition, but all roads at this early seem to lead to the SMX Convention Center Manila for an international travel festival come December.
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The perks of condo living

Manila Standard Today
Sept. 18, 2013

A cursory trip to Metro Manila will reveal a curious phenomenon: the frenetic, unstoppable construction of high-rise residences. From mid-rise to towering structures, they are transforming not only the urban fabric and the skyline but also the way people live, how they interact with each other, and their relationship with the city and its myriad opportunities.
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Say ‘Aum’

Manila Bulletin
By Heidi Ng
Sept. 15, 2013

The Aum Spa at the Crimson Hotel Resort in Mactan Cebu is an oasis that needs to be discovered. On my trip to Cebu, I was pretty amazed at how beautiful the spa is. It was just breathtaking.
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Capul: A once forgotten island

Manila Bulletin
By Ma. Glaiza Lee
Sept. 15, 2013

Once there was a thriving island named Capul. It served as the capital of Samar province from 1848 to 1852 and became the center of commerce. Busy and thriving, it was the last outpost of the ships engaged in the Acapulco-Manila Galleon Trade.
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Swimming with Samal’s Giant Clams

Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
Sept. 15, 2013

Tridacna is a genus of large saltwater clams, marine bivalve mollusks in the subfamily Tridacninae, the giant clams. In the Philippines, it is known as taklobo. Unfortunately, its global conservation status is listed as Vulnerable in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. All species of giant clams are listed in CITES (Convention on Inernational Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna).
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All points to Plaza del Norte

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Sept. 15, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - For those who never shrink back from new travel itineraries, perhaps a trip to Ilocos Norte would prove to be rewarding. Getting there could be an hour’s plane ride or hours of road trip.
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Going French in Davao

Manila Standard Today
Sept. 14, 2013

The idea of going to a French restaurant and ordering food you are not familiar with is intimidating. It is doubly so when the chef and owner is French. But Claude Le Neindre of the 17-year-old self-named French restaurant in Davao City is an exception. Claude has worked and lived in the Philippines for over 30 years, is married to a charming Filipino woman named Tess Villanueva and has three lovely children, one of whom joined an Asian reality show.
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Tours let travelers enjoy–and give back to the Philippines

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Joseph Daniel Lumain
Sept. 14, 2013

There is more to the Philippines than meets the eye, and Route +63, a travel company named after the country’s area code, aims to prove it.
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My Ilocano find in Quezon City
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Clinton Palanca
Sept. 12, 2013

“Poqui-Poqui orgasmic,” read the text message recommending the place to us, so off we trundled through weekend traffic, to a part of Quezon City where there are still leafy green trees forming a canopy over the road, and townhouses and condominiums are still a minority among houses that are shaped like actual houses rather than futuristic spas. It’s a place replete with old-fashioned verdant lawns and back gardens.
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Bigger and better

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Sept. 12, 2013

During my earlier trips to Boracay, I would see the facade of a hotel that seemed interesting although some people said it looked kitschy. The name of the hotel was Seraph and it was owned by Koreans.
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Discovering Cebu

Manila Bulletin
By Maan D'Asis Pamaran
Sept. 12, 2013

Cebu, as a hit tourist destination among locals and foreigners alike has, through the years, developed into a world-class urban zone. It now has sprawling malls and commercial areas catering to the whims and comforts of the world-weary travelers, leaving Manileños thinking that they have not left the big city after all. Fine dining establishments, along with familiar fast-food chains are a common sight, ready and waiting to cater to tourists’ appetites– all served with the friendliness and warmth that southerners are known for.
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Promoting Tourism: Philippine Travel Mart

Manila Bulletin
Sept. 8, 2013

This year is a good year for local tourism. According to the Department of Tourism, 2,380,593 visitors arrived from January to June 2013 compared to 2,143,506 in 2012. That’s an 11.06% increase in the first six months of the year alone.
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The budget beach resorts of ’Gapo

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
Sept. 7, 2013

The town of Subic and Olongapo City, lying along shimmering Subic Bay—with its marine life, deep natural harbor, beaches and coves—are resort country. The facilities range from upscale to budget.
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Sorsogon: Where whale sharks roam

BusinessMirror
By Oliver Samson
Sept. 8, 2013

FOUND on the southernmost tip of the Bicol Peninsula, Sorsogon province is located 631 kilometers south of Metro Manila and has a total land area of 818.15 square miles. It has one component city—Sorsogon City—and 14 municipalities, 13 of which are found on the coast; Irosin town is the exception. There are 541 barangays in the province.
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Jimenez opens TRAVEX 2013

The Philippine Star
Sept. 8, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. declares the Travel Exchange 2013 open before more than 300 foreign and local participants at the SMX Convention Center Manila recently. The centerpiece of the Philippine Travel Exchange 2013, TRAVEX brings together leading travel agents from all over the world to do business with local tourism firms.
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Negros: Sweet as sugar, warm like sunshine

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Sept. 7, 2013

I spent most of my growing up years in Bacolod City and was educated by the Benedictine nuns at St. Scholastica’s Academy. It was years after my family left that I realized how good I had it—I could go home for lunch and have a hot meal, we could have oysters practically anytime we wanted and resorts were just minutes away from the city. I was also fond of Silay City, where many of my friends lived. I would often sleep over at the house of a classmate, Doreen Alicia Gamboa, whose brother was also my brother’s batchmate.
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Beyond volcanoes and big fish

Manila Standard Today
Sept. 5, 2013

Albay and Sorsogon are the hallmarks of mainstream tourism in the Bicol region. Due mostly to Mt. Mayon in Albay and the whalesharks of Sorsogon, the two provinces rake in a huge chunk of the region’s visitors.
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Tuna and more fun in GenSan

BusinessMirror
By Heneral Bernard L. Supetran
Sept. 4, 2013

WHEN Gen. Paulino Santos landed in the fishing village of Buayan in the southern portion of the Empire Province of Cotabato, little did he know that, decades later, this will be a bustling metropolis to be named after him.
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Gensan sizzles with Tuna Carnival

Manila Bulletin
By Bernard S. Heneral
Sept. 3, 2013

Mention the word “tuna” and immediately, Gen. Santos City comes to mind because of the rich waters of Sarangani Bay, one of the breeding grounds of the tastiest tuna in Mindanao which has tickled the world’s palate.
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While in Davao

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Sept. 2, 2013

Many people visit Davao for the food, particularly the fruits like the infamous durian, the pomelo and the banana. Other fruits in abundance are rambutan and mangosteen. On the way to Eden, we passed by stalls selling marang, a fruit that is a cross between a jackfruit and an atis, for P20 per kilo (This is way cheaper than the P60 to P80 price in the city but then again, Eden is miles away so no competition there). It also has an odor that is less pungent than that of the durian.
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How Hennan Resorts Group's expansion helps Phl tourism

The Philippine Star
By Dexter Rodrigo Matilla
Sept. 2, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Henann Resorts Group, under which belong Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Convention Center, Regency Lagoon Resort, and Boracay Garden Resort, and Bohol’s Hennan Resort Alona Beach, has continuously shown aggressive expansion in the country.
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A pilgrimage at Monasterio de Tarlac

The Philippine Star
Sept. 1, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - A pilgrimage on the exposition and veneration of the Sacred Relic of the True Cross of Christ will be held on Sept. 21 at the Monasterio de Tarlac in San Jose, Tarlac.
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Island-hopping with a stormbringer

The Philippine Star
By Igan D'bayan
Sept. 1, 2013

I should’ve been spooked. My daily horoscope forewarned: “(This is) not a day to be traveling whether for business or pleasure, for things are not likely to go well..” Especially while reading those words strapped in a plane bound for Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Flying into the gathering gray. But — hell’s bells! — bits of horoscope mumbo-jumbo rarely do come true for me. One astrological reading proclaimed, “What a wonderful month to be a Sagittarius! A large chunk of money is on its way!” Along with it “real true (sic) love,” I presume. Stepping out from a paisley dream. Farting a trail of rainbows. Cue Robin Thicke singing a stolen song.
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Centro of attraction

The Philippine Star
By Igan D'bayan
Sept. 1, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - You should try cave-spelunking,” suggests Martin Aguilar, Hotel Centro guest service manager, once the weather clears up. “It’s basically rock-climbing. Once you reach the top, you go down via zip line.” Do impressions of the Man of Steel while at it.
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Join Sept. 21 pilgrimage to Monasterio de Tarlac

The Philippine Star
Sept. 1, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Seek God’s mercy and divine grace during the exposition and veneration of the Sacred Relic of the True Cross of Christ at the Monasterio de Tarlac in San Jose, Tarlac on Sept. 21, a Saturday.
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It's Christmas all the way

Manila Bulletin
By Nickky Faustine De Guzman
Sept. 1, 2013

It’s the “–ber” months again!

And with it, hopefully, will be the onset of “brrrrrrrr” colder mornings and a respite from the Habagat onslaught, the pork barrel scam and everything Napoles. It’s now the season for Natale and to be jolly!
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2013 Kadayawan Festival: Celebrating Davao’s cultural heritage

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Sept. 1, 2013

DAVAO City has always been one of my favorite destinations ever since I started going there in the late 1980s.
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Completion of hotels, casinos in Pagcor’s Entertainment City expected to boost PHL tourism

BusinessMirror
By PNA
Sept. 1, 2013

THE completion of six hotel-and-casino complexes in the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.’s (Pagcor) Entertainment City in Parañaque City can provide the opportunity to stimulate the Philippine tourism industry, a high-ranking official of the country’s leading real-estate services firm said recently.
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