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Agoda.com Hotels for the Big Davao Fun Sale 2014

The Philippine Star
Feb. 27, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Calling out all shopaholics in the country! The first ever city-wide sale in the Philippines will launch next month in the biggest city from March 14 to April 16.
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'The best beach two hours from Metro Manila'

The Philippine Star
By Igo G.
Feb. 24, 2014

The relaxing sound of the sea caressing the light brown sandy beach; the warmth of a bonfire amidst the cool sea breeze; the sight of the full moon and a near-cloudless sky revealing the constellations above. These are a few of the wonderful things you'd experience staying even just one night at Montemar in Bagac, Bataan.
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TripAdvisor cites Discovery Shores Boracay

The Philippine Star
Feb. 24, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards for Hotels recently honored Discovery Shores Boracay with highly coveted awards in three categories: No. 2 among the Top 10 Hotels for Families in the Philippines; No. 6 among the Top 25 Hotels in the Philippines; and No. 7 among the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the Philippines.
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Siama: Sorsogon's newest jewel

The Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
Feb. 23, 2014

Traveling is like falling in love. It's about being completely enamored with a familiar sight as one sees it in an endearingly different light.
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Romancing Manila

Manila Bulletin
By Kamilla Hernandas
Feb. 23, 2014

February is the month when love goes on overdrive and Manila's romantics conjure many different ways to express it. Braving the traffic, men and women choose to celebrate and wear their hearts on their sleeves, with gifts and dates that help keep those embers of romance burning.
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PH Resort, among T+L's best places to travel in 2014

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Feb. 23, 2014

The Philippines has yet again been recognized as one of the best places for travel in 2014 by Travel + Leisure's (T+L) US and Southeast Asian editions, an influential travel magazine with a global readership of five million.
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Hobbies bond families, build fortunes, foster universal brotherhood

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
Feb. 23, 2014

Everyone has a hobby. Children start with collections of colorful pebbles and shells gathered during family vacations, or small plants found on a trip that are brought back home to be nurtured and propagated.
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Taal Vista Hotel: Strong and splendid as a diamond

BusinessMirror
By Joseph Cortes
Feb. 23, 2014

IN any book, 75 years is a long time. Few people live that long; even relationships are not ex-pected to last that long. But for many institutions, hitting 75 shows a rock-solid foundation, much-sought-after respect and recognition, and a maturity that is envied by newer establishments.
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More tourism facilities in South Cotabato eyed for DOT accreditation

BusinessMirror
By PNA
Feb. 23, 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY--In a bid to attract more tourists, the South Cotabato provincial government is pushing for the accreditation of more tourism facilities in the area by the Department of Tourism (DOT) this year.
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Father rediscovers Bohol with his little girl

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By PJ Enriquez
Feb. 22, 2014

The Philippines is famous for its New Year's Eve celebrations, especially when they're held by the sea or on the beach. We decided to go to Bohol and celebrate the crossover, and it seemed like the right choice.
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‘Tourists get value for money in Phl'

The Philippine Star
By Donnabelle Gatdula
Feb. 22, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has again been recognized as one of the top 10 places in the world to visit, where tourists get “value for their money."
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'Hidden valley' found in Laguna

The Philippine Star
By Gela P.
Feb. 21, 2014

If you want to experience nature at its finest, without having to think about or even prepare for anything, just grab your swimsuits and head down south to Alaminos, Laguna, and look for Hidden Valley. It's about a 1.5- to 2-hour drive from Quezon City.
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Hotel suggestions for Panagbenga weekend

The Philippine Star
Feb. 20, 2014

If you will be in Baguio for the Panagbenga festivities, here are Agoda.com's hotel suggestions for great discounts.
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A taste of art and good food in Vigan

The Philippine Star
By Millie & Karla Reyes
Feb. 20, 2014

MILLIE: Karla and I spent a lovely weekend in Vigan, a well-preserved 16th-century Hispanic town and the only World Heritage City in the Philippines cited by UNESCO. We came for the grand opening of Hotel Luna on Gen. A. Luna St., which is owned by the family of Rep. Eric Singson, who is originally from Candon.
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Where to stay in Puerto Galera for Malasimbo Music Fest

The Philippine Star
Feb. 20, 2014

Experience delightful stay and get big discounts from these hotels to complement all the fun at the Malasimbo Music Festival.
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Batanes: A brief glimpse of grace

The Philippine Star
By K. Montinola
Feb. 17, 2014

In the short drive from the airport to the inn, the beauty of Batanes is already obvious.

It is hard to imagine that a Filipino province made up of rocky islands partway to Taiwan could be lush and gorgeous, but that's what Batanes is. Our car rolls through the roads — well-made and well-maintained — bobbing with the hills, taking us through a picturesque scene of grassy hills and plains. Everywhere, as far as the eye can see: green and growing.
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Puerto Galera presents unique escapades via Summerscape

The Philippine Star
Feb. 17, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – What keeps us so excited for summer each year? The beach! The sun! The sand! Just a few of the usual answers you'll get from any summer junkie. But people are anything but usual nowadays – we're now in a world where summer gets us excited for other real world reasons: the air flight bookings, the windy boat rides, the beach activities. Each of us chases that unique escapade from the city, to a place where we can take pictures of ourselves obviously living a good life for all our Instagram followers to see.
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Phl hosts 5th World Ecotourism Conference

The Philippine Star
Feb. 17, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Marine ecotourism will be at the centerpiece of this year's 5th World Ecotourism Conference to be held on Feb. 20-22 in Cebu.
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Family music along Hamilo Coast

The Philippine Star
By Alfred A. Yuson
Feb. 17, 2014

Last week I detailed in part the start of a wonderful family bonding weekend at the Pico de Loro Cove of Hamilo Coast. This was on account of the presence of a couple of siblings who indulged in a balikbayan fortnight at about the same time — from Los Angeles and Chicago, respectively.
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Hot air balloon fest moving out of Clark

The Philippine Star
By Ding Cervantes
Feb. 17, 2014

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The Hot Air International Balloon Festival, which has become a much-awaited annual tourism event in this freeport, is moving out due to safety considerations at the Clark International Airport.
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Victory Liner goes to Panagbenga

The Philippine Star
Feb. 16, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - “The thing that makes the Panagbenga stand out from all the other Philippine festivals is that it offers a uniquely cool and comfortable backdrop for you to enjoy the events without the hot and sweaty environment you find in other festivals," explained Cedric Valera, managing partner of Travel Factor (travelfactor.org), one of the top adventure trip companies in the Philippines.
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Domestic tourism and Bangon Tours take centerstage at the 21st Travel Tour Expo

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Feb. 16, 2014

The domestic tourism industry gets a big boast in this year’s Travel Tour Expo (TTE) as the Department of Tourism (DoT) and its marketing arm, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) rally together to promote more participation to Bangon Tours, a domestic tourism project in line with the government’s rebuilding efforts in Eastern Visayas, among participating industry players and domestic tourists.
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PH hosts World Ecotourism conference
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Feb. 16, 2014

The Philippines’ rich marine biodiversity and marine ecotourism will be at the centerpiece of this year’s 5th World Ecotourism conference to be held on February 20-22, 2014 in the island-province of Cebu.
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Batanes: Picture-perfect province

BusinessMirror
By Estrella Torres
Feb. 16, 2014

A VISIT to Batanes, the northernmost and smallest province in the Philippines, offers a breathtaking experience one can always treasure.
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DOT: Region 12 posted 18-percent increase in tourist arrivals in 2013

BusinessMirror
By PNA
Feb. 16, 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—The number of tourist arrivals in Region 12 (South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani provinces, and General Santos City, or Soccsksargen) increased by about 18 percent last year as the improving peace-and-order situation there continued to attract more travelers.
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Heads up, travellers-'Drive Tourism' is here

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
Feb. 15, 2014

There are many kinds of tourism: Sports tourism, health and wellness tourism, "extreme adventure" tourism, dive tourism, cruising tourism, retirement tourism, and even English-as-a-second language tourism.
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An American in Davao

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Feb. 15, 2014

KIDS in the area call him “Uncle D.” To visitors, he is a foreigner who seems to love the Philippines so much that he decided to live here. To those who know him, he is a man passionate about what he does. But for the general population, he is D’Bone Collector, a title that is very Pinoy.
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Dampa Davao

Manila Bulletin
By Chef Gene Gonzales
Feb. 13, 2014

I found out about this relatively new restaurant on Tionko Avenue, near the Central Bank and was rather happy when I had a very quick and simple meal when I promised myself that I would be back to explore the menu of this restaurant.
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Guam in the spotlight in travel expo

Manila Standard Today
Feb. 12, 2014

A relaxing island experience is set to hit Philippine shores as Guam Visitors Bureau gives fair goers and frequent travelers a taste of what the US island paradise has to offer as they participate in the 2014 PTTA Travel Tour Expo, from February 14 to 16 at the Mall of Asia SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
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A Very Special Valentine's Date

The Philippine Star
Feb. 14, 2014

Love is in the air and Valentine's Day just got extended!

Just follow the mechanics below to join and get a chance to win this Valentine's Day treat from Philstar.com, Agoda.com, and Cebu Pacific Air:
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Experience paradise in Phuket with Cebu Pacific and Agoda.com

The Philippine Star
Feb. 13, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Phuket, the largest and most popular island in Thailand, is known for white-sand beaches, lush tropical forests, and majestic limestone formations, perfect for those planning a romantic holiday.
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Hotel suggestions for 7107 Music Festival weekend

The Philippine Star
Feb. 12, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - It's less than two weeks before the much-anticipated 7107 International Music Festival. We hope you've settled your transportation and accommodation. But in case you haven't, here are Agoda.com's hotel suggestions. Experience superb accommodation and, oh, these hotels are giving great discounts, too. Click the link to book directly and avail of great deals.
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Family music along Hamilo Coast

The Philippine Star
By Alfred A. Yuson
Feb. 10, 2014

We’ll long remember how we reassembled as a core family after two decades, and how the highlight of our siblings’ balikbayan fortnight was a delightful weekend on Hamilo Coast — enjoying togetherness in the sun, by the sea, with our kids and grandkids.
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Mall operators push for Davao City as Philippines's shopping hot spot

BusinessMirror
By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Feb. 9, 2014

DAVAO CITY--Five of the biggest mall operators here have banded together to promote the city as "the shopping destination of the Philippines," by holding a monthlong festival, dubbed "The Big Davao Fun Sale [TBDFS]."
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Bacolod: City of Sugar, Smiles

Manila Bulletin
By Jojie Alcantara
Feb. 9, 2014

Cebu Pacific Airlines celebrated another milestone as it launched its direct flights between Davao and Bacolod this January, linking Bacolod to another key Mindanao destination apart from Cagayan de Oro.
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What you need to know about the 7107 International Music Festival

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Angela V. Ignacio
Feb. 8, 2014

Furor, debate and speculations surround the 7107 International Music Festival (7107 IMF) which unfolds on Feb. 22-23 at the Global Gateway Logistics City inside the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. In an e-mail interview with Super, 7107 IMF executive producer Tina Herrera dishes out the details and addresses rumors about the event, which is so far the biggest music festival to be held in the Philippines.
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Experience Panagbenga' at Hotel Veniz

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Feb. 7, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - February in Baguio means time to plan for that trip to witness the annual Panagbenga Flower Festival, where the city's streets burst into the fervent colors of the region's flora. The famous celebration is known throughout the country as one of the most anticipated by tourists of all kinds. If you are scrambling to find a place to stay during this occasion, then nowhere is more perfect than at Hotel Veniz.
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The Henry and its unique charm as a hotel

The Philippine Star
Feb. 6, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - The Henry, a "unique" boutique hotel, is garnering positive reviews from local and foreign tourists.Proof of this is that The Henry has consistently ranked 2nd best hotel in Cebu City via TripAdvisor, the most trusted travel website around the globe.
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Welcome, 2014! Gong Xi Fa Cai

Manila Standard Today
By Mila C. Espina
Feb. 6, 2014

Cebu welcomed the Wooden Horse in various rites held at Imperial Hotel, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Shangri-la, Marco Polo Hotel and various resort hotels with the colorful lion and dragon dance, eye-dotting ceremony, coin tossing and firecrackers, with of course, rich Chinese meals.
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's time for Baguio's flower festival

Manila Standard Today
feb. 6, 2014

It's fiesta time! That's a phrase you can utter on any given day in the Philippines. There's always a fiesta going on at some part of the country.
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Hidden beauty of nature

Manila Standard Today
By Dexter A. See
Feb. 6, 2014

LUNA, Apayao--In old Spanish settlements along the river, in valleys, peaks and forests of six municipalities perched on high altitudes of the Cordillera mountain ranges, an ancient warrior tribe guard a natural environment, a hidden beauty of nature that has remained intact for hundred of years.
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Albay welcomes Chinese tourists

The Philippine Star
By Celso Amo
Feb. 3, 2014

LEGAZPI CITY , Philippines – Officials welcomed the first batch of Chinese tourists from Xia- men, China last week.
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DOT agency, AICI team up to promote PHL tourism to the Japanese market

BusinessMirror
By Azer N. Parrocha
Feb. 2, 2014

THE Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), announced last Thursday its partnership with the Asian International Community Information (AICI) Inc.
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Quiet respite

The tranquil South Palms Resort Panglao illustrates that in other parts, Bohol is well
Manila Bulletin
By Maan D'Asis Pamaran
Feb. 2, 2014

Sun, Sand, Sea, and Sky -- Those are the natural elements that greet visitors at the beautiful South Palms Resort in Panglao, Bohol. Those who crave a quiet respite from the stress of everyday life will definitely find solace and some semblance of solitude in the expansive property that offers enough breathing room even if the resort is at full capacity. This is an intriguing-slash-inviting mix, actually. Other seascapes in the country thatare fully-equipped with modern amenities draw large crowds of elbow jostlers and revelers, while those less crowded islands that offer more room to romp often have sparse accommodations at best.
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