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Movenpick cooks up the unique & exciting

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Jan. 31, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - When Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu general manager Knuth Kiefer declares that Movenpick is designed to deliver more than just a comfortable stay, we believe him. See, staying at Movenpick is not the hotel cliché that involves sleeping in, walking around aimlessly, and occasionally pausing for a selfie.
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Native Pinoy snacks reveal how Chinese we are

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
Jan. 30, 2014

When President Bill Clinton attended the 1996 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit hosted by the Philippines, he stayed at the MacArthur Suite of the Manila Hotel and immediately fell in love with Pancit Bihon, which he had as a light evening snack.
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Phl to launch ‘Drive Tourism' at int'l confab

The Philippine Star
Jan. 27, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Discover the Philippines' countryside charm and cultural gems through driving at the first Asia Pacific Drive Tourism Conference, Auto and Travel Show scheduled at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2.
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Victory Liner offers access to northern festivals and tourist attractions

The Philippine Star
Jan. 27, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Travelers limited to weekend getaways and short vacations can experience exotic fun with less than 24 hours on hand by going north of Manila. Colorful and quirky celebrations that don't require long travel time include the festivals of Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, Isabela, Pangasinan, and Benguet, offering festive music, boisterous merrymaking, vibrant spectacles, scrumptious food, and a dose of local culture with just a few hours of road travel.
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Drive through the Philippines’s tourism highway

BusinessMirror
Jan. 26, 2014

EXPLORE the Philippines’s countryside charm and cultural gems by getting behind the wheel at the first Asia Pacific Drive Tourism Conference, Auto and Travel Show, to be held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in Zambales province from January 29 to February 2.
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PHL hotels, resorts among the ‘greenest’ in Asean

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Jan. 26, 2014

FIVE Philippine hotels and resorts were recognized as “Asean Green Hotels” at the just-concluded Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) in the City of Kuching, Sarawak state, Malaysia.
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Mabuhay Festival Series: Highlighting Filipino culture, one region at a time

BusinessMirror
By Janica Monick Riego
Jan. 26, 2014

MABUHAY Restop welcomed 2014 by launching the yearlong Mabuhay Festival Series, which celebrates the rich culture, arts, food, products and tourist attractions of a particular Philippine region each month.
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Have chocolate, will travel

Manila Bulletin
By Noel B. Pabalate
Jan. 26, 2014

Think playing games on a road trip, competing for a bar of smooth and creamy chocolates.
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Private sector supports Bangon Tours

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Jan. 26, 2014

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is the latest private tourism stakeholder to signify support to the Tourism Promotions Board’s (TPB) Bangon Tours, a direct contribution to the government’s recovery and rebuilding efforts for the victims and survivors of the recent natural calamities in tourist destinations mostly in Eastern Visayas.
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Traveltour Expo at SMX

The Philippine Star
Jan. 26, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Tourism projects revenues from domestic tourism to hit P1.4 trillion in 2014, higher by P110.6 billion of the expected earnings from domestic tourism in 2013 due in large part to a forecasted increase in the daily expenditures by domestic tourists.
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Celebrate the Lunar New Year at One Pacific Place

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Jan. 26, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - The Lunar New Year is fast approaching and people are getting caught up in the celebrations. Admit it, anyone who remotely knows their Chinese animal sign secretly anticipates the horoscope for their life this year. However, here’s one fearless forecast for anyone who passes by One Pacific Place Serviced Residences in Makati City — a truly delightful gastronomic treat for the Year of the Wooden Horse.
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Ad Summit Pilipinas all set in Subic

The Philippine Star
Jan. 26, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - It’s all systems go for Ad Summit Pilipinas, the much-awaited event that is set to rock the country’s advertising and marketing industry this year.
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Your success and comfort come first at Crowne Plaza

Manila Standard Today
Carla Mortel
Jan. 25, 2014

WITH 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry from hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific, Australia and North America, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria welcome the appointment of its general manager, Ian Reid. Having worked with the InterContinental Hotels Group since 2006, Reid carries with him a remarkable understanding of the leisure travel business and market drivers, and an extensive experience in city hotels and resorts and operational management. Reid’s appointment comes at a time when the Philippine hospitality landscape is expanding with the rise of the tourism industry.
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Ride your luck in Year of the Horse at Crowne Plaza

The Philippine Star
Jan. 24, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria kicks off the Year of the Horse filled with exuberance and renewed passion. Celebrate the significant tradition of bringing the family together this Chinese New Year with enticing room packages and lucky feasts.
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Deals galore at TravelTour Expo

The Philippine Star
By Camille Bersola
Jan. 24, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - From as much as 80-percent airfare discounts to a variety of new holiday destinations on their list, the 2014 TravelTour Expo (TTE) is once again opening its doors to travel enthusiasts and give them a fairer share of local and international tourism’s bounty.
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Traveltour Expo 2014 to further boost domestic tourism

The Philippine Star
Jan. 23, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The aggressive marketing of the Philippines by both the government and travel agencies here and abroad have paid off with domestic tourism rising steadily, attracting both locals and overseas Filipinos to the different scenic spots and the least travelled beaches and hillsides of the country.
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Front desk: A night to remember

Manila Standard Today
Jan. 20, 2014

Acacia Hotel Manila rolls out the red carpet for the youngsters too. The hotel is offering a signature prom package geared to give attendees the most memorable night of their school lives. Acacia Hotel Manila has two ballrooms that are fitting for large gatherings such as proms.
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Leyte islet rises after ‘Yolanda’

BusinessMirror
Jan. 20, 2014

TACLOBAN CITY—Kalanggaman Islet, a tourist destination in the municipality of Palompon in Leyte province, has risen from the devastation caused by Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan).
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Celebrate the Year of the Wooden Horse at Sofitel Philippine Plaza

BusinessMirror
Jan. 19, 2014

WELCOME the Year of the Wooden Horse with fortune and abundance! Sofitel Philippine Plaza Executive Chinese Chef Mok Chee Wah has prepared a special 18 treasures-themed menu that will be available from January 20 to February 2 at the hotel’s Spiral restaurant. Enjoy Chinese New Year celebrations with delicious dishes from the different regions and cities of China (Canton, Szechuan, Shanghai and Peking).
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Airline best practices of 2013

BusinessMirror
By Aileen C. Clemente
Jan. 19, 2014

AS we look back at 2013, we would like to give credit to the airlines, which, despite the challenges confronting the industry, continue to achieve breakthroughs in providing various services to their clients, regardless of the cabin or class of service.
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When travel becomes the tie that binds

For the first time in a long while, travelling with my family has become a personal journey of many firsts
Manila Bulletin
By Alvin Bulaong Cruz
Jan. 19, 2014

There is more than one path that leads to the end of a journey. But when you’re travelling with your family, you end up almost anywhere but your destination, among other surprises.
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Masbate ranch tour: The next best thing in Philippine tourism

Manila Bulletin
Jan. 19, 2014

The Local Government of Masbate, the Rodeo Masbate, Inc. (RMI) and the Masbate Association of Hotel, Resort, Restaurants and Tour Operators or (MAHRRTO), have joined forces to promote ranch tour in Masbate as one of the new must-experience tourist activities in the country. The province of Masbate is known as the Home of Philippine Rodeo and the Cattle Capital of the country.
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Skyjet prides itself as a ‘leisure airline’

The Philippine Star
Jan. 19, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Advancements in aircraft development and the construction of runways in remote regions of the Philippines have led to the discovery of exotic locations which are now among the country’s leading tourist destinations.
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Traders treads to the future

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Jan. 17, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Change is good, and Traders Hotel knows it. Despite having kept its essentials intact, Traders Hotel has undergone changes that will impress loyal clients and new guests. See, it has been a significant presence in the bay area and with its stature as a top draw, surely the way to go is to tread further up.
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Free Sinulog Guide mobile app available

The Philippine Star
Jan. 17, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Tourists visiting Cebu for the Sinulog now have a handy guide to the country’s grandest festival with the release of Sinulog Guide, an Android app, Windows Phone app and mobile EWeb guide from Cebu-based startup InnoPub Media and Smart Communications Inc.
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Bigger, more diverse set of attendees seen at TTE 2014

The Philippine Star
Jan. 17, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - A bigger and more diverse set of exhibitors coming from the travel, hospitality and entertainment industries here and abroad is expected at the 21st TravelTour Expo (TTE) 2014 on Feb. 14-16 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
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The next big thing in Philippine tourism

Manila Standard Today
Jan. 16, 2014

The local government of Masbate, the Rodeo Masbate Inc. and the Masbate Association of Hotel, Resort, Restaurants and Tour Operators or (MAHRRTO), have joined forces to promote ranch tours in Masbate as one of the new must-experience tourist activities in the country. The province of Masbate is known as the Home of Philippine Rodeo and the Cattle Capital of the country.
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Philippines wins 'best tropical island' in China tilt

The Philippine Star
By Camille Diola
Jan. 14, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines was dubbed the "Best Tropical Island Destination" by Chinese daily Shanghai Morning Post, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced late Monday.
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Costa Cruises bullish on Phl market

The Philippine Star
By Donnabelle Gatdula
Jan. 12, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Cruise tourism is slowly gaining ground in the Philippines and is deemed to add “more fun” to the country’s tourism industry.
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Aziza, a paradise in Palawan

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
Jan. 12, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Aziza, so we are told, is associated with a nature deity. Well, that connection will be extending itself to mean the luxurious new hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan called Aziza Paradise Hotel.
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Local governments must exert efforts to improve PHL tourism, Jimenez says

BusinessMirror
By Azer N. Parrocha
Jan. 12, 2014

IN order for tourism in the Philippines to work, the government—both at the national and local levels—should exert its best efforts to improve it, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said late last week.
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Costa Victoria makes maiden call in Puerto Princesa and Boracay

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Jan. 12, 2014

On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, Italian cruise ship Costa Victoria, made its first ever port call on the pristine shores of Puerto Princesa in Palawan. More than a thousand guests from all over the world disembarked from the 75,000 ton ship to see the Puerto Princesa Underground River, Honda Bay, Batak, and Puerto Princesa City.
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Cebu-Cebu

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Jaime Picornell
Jan. 12, 2014

Christmas is just over, the new year has blasted in, the Three Kings have come and gone, but Cebu continues to be in the mood for celebration what with festivities already underway for the feast of the Santo Niño.
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Purely Personal

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Josephine Darang
Jan. 12, 2014

The country’s lone parish dedicated to the Virgin of the Poor, the Parokya ng Ina ng mga Dukha, in FB Tenement, Western Bicutan, Taguig City, will celebrate its fiesta today, Jan. 12, with a Mass at 10:15 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Mylo Vergara of Pasig and Fr. Simplicio Roxas, the parish priest. Procession was held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
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AMID CALAMITIES

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Tina G. Santos
Jan. 11, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Visitors from South Korea, the United States and China comprised the biggest chunk of the almost 4 million tourist arrivals in the country from January to October last year, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).
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A brief history of Sinulog

The Philippine Star
Jan. 11, 2014

Sinulog is a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Nino. The dance moves to the sound of the drums and this resembles the current (Sinulog) of what was then known as Cebu's Pahina River. Thus, in Cebuano, they say it's Sinulog.
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PICC: Still the finest venue in 2014

The Philippine Star
Jan. 10, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - In more than three decades of existence, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) remains as the ultimate venue of choice for a wide gamut of events: from conventions to corporate meetings, consumer events, wedding receptions, graduation rites, concerts, and even parties.
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PH among choice destinations for 2014

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
Jan. 9, 2014

“White-sand beaches, glorious landscapes and wildlife and, this month, a week-long fiesta of dancing and drumming.” This is how the UK's Telegraph describes the Philippines, categorized under “beach holidays,” in its list of “20 destinations for 2014.”
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The best Philippine mango is green and fermented

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
Jan. 9, 2014

Philippine mangoes are internationally famous for sweetness, brilliant color, absence of hairy fibers and remarkable size. Ripe mangoes, that is.
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Tri United 4 in Clark attracts 334 athletes

Manila Standard Today
Jan. 8, 2014

The rolling race route at the Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Park in Clark, Pampanga provided enough challenge for the 334 athletes who participated at Tri United 4 presented by Unilab Active Health and organized by Bike King.
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Where to stay in Cebu for Sinulog

The Philippine Star
Jan. 7, 2014

If you are going to Cebu to join the festivities of Sinulog, Cebu's grandest festival, here's a list hotels from Agoda.com that offer comfort, convenience, and luxury at discounted rates. Click on the hotel name to book directly.
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Unfazed by setbacks, tourism department has found new ways to meet targets

BusinessMirror
By PNA
Jan. 5, 2014

A SERIES of very unfortunate events may have taken its toll on Philippine tourism in 2013, but this has not prevented the Department of Tourism (DOT) from using new approaches to meet its goal of registering 10 million foreign-tourist arrivals and 56 million domestic-tourist arrivals before President Aquino ends his term on June 30, 2016.
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A bird’s eye view of Corregidor

The Philippine Star
By Scott R. Garceau
Jan. 5, 2014

Americans who visit Manila for any length of time are likely to find themselves taking a 40-minute ferry ride to The Rock — the tadpole-shaped island of Corregidor, which was the historical “last threshold” before invading forces could enter the city of Manila.
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Dancing to the music of home

Manila Standard Today
By Dheza Marie Aguilar
Jan. 4, 2014

Every performance of the Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Group is a hit with its mostly European audience. The London-based Filipino dance troupe showcases the extraordinary beauty of Philippine culture and tradition via dance.
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Movenpick Resort Cebu among hot new destinations in 2013 — Google, CNN

The Philippine Star
Jan. 3, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino-owned Movenpick Resort Cebu is the second most “googled” destination in the Philippines, according to Google’s 2013 year-in-review search list.
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Rising global interest in El Nido, other Phl sites

The Philippine Star
Jan. 3, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - The “last ecological frontier” of El Nido and other parts of Palawan are among the many destinations of the Philippines that are gaining unprecedented interest in the world market, according to tourism officials.
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Where to eat when you are in Davao City

Manila Bulletin
By Henrylito D. Tacio
Jan. 2, 2014

Mention Davao City and what comes to mind?

For some, it’s the country’s icons like the Philippine eagle and waling-waling orchid. Others associate Davao with fruits like the controversial durian, the seedless pomelo, and the mouth-watering mangosteen. Many people come to Davao because of the fun it offers – from islands to highlands.
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Best for 2013

Manila Bulletin
By Chef Gene Gonzales
Jan. 2, 2014

Thanks to the following for all the wonder “full” moments in terms of food and drink for 2013.
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DoT bent on wooing Indian Market

Manila Standard Today
By Lito Cinco
Jan. 1, 2014

At least, that is what the Department of Tourism and its new partner are hoping will happen in 2014. After all, every year, around 16 million Indians travel all over the world for business and leisure.
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