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Celebrating a nation’s rich heritage

Manila Standard Today
Apr. 30, 2014

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts trains the limelight on our precious cultural heritage for the National Heritage Month this May.
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Rediscovering historic Manila Chinatown

The Philippine Star
By Wilson Lee Flores
Apr. 28, 2014

I'm astounded by people who want to “know" the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown. —Woody Allen

Who once said that the best way to a man's heart is through his stomach? When my editor recently asked me if I'd be interested to join a food tour of Manila's Binondo Chinatown area being organized by the 75-year-old Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom), to be led by famous tour guide Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks, I quickly said yes because I love food — especially Chinese food. I am also a history buff and Chinatown is like a giant living museum!
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Tawi-Tawi mountain is 1st LGU-administered protected area in ARMM

The Philippine Star
By Gregg Yan
Apr. 27, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Gruff and grizzled, the guardian stared with steely orbs the colour of flame – gauging our character and purity. Baring his yellow teeth, he holds out an upturned palm, barring us from going further.
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Fun 101 in Pangasinan

BusinessMirror
By Bernard L. Supetran
Apr. 27, 2014

THERE was a time when Pangasinan was almost synonymous with the Hundred Islands National Park, the province’s most famous tourist attraction and one of the Philippines’s earliest beach hideaways that has graced countless promotional posters and calendars.
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Isabela City woos tourists, wants to shed terror lair tag

The Philippine Star
Apr. 25, 2014

ISABELA CITY, Philippines - This island port city is finally shedding its image as a terrorism hotspot as it begins to woo tourists to sample its offerings.
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How to enjoy Buntod

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Apr. 23, 2014

The Buntod day tour is available at P1,400 per person, and includes the boat fare, port fees, guided tour and meals for the entire day.
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Time traveling in Baguio

Manila Standard Today
By Maan D'Asis Pamaran
Apr. 22, 2014

Those sweltering in the heat know that a trip to Baguio City, which is accessible via a 5- to 6-hour drive (give or take the traffic along Tarlac and Pangasinan), can ease the discomfort caused by the scorching-hot sun, at least for a few days.
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Travel Special: Family friendly hotels for summer

The Philippine Star
Apr. 22, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – From Manila to Cagayan De Oro, Philstar.com and Agoda.com compiled a list of hotels that can give the whole family a summer vacation to remember. Just click on the hotel name to view more amenities.
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Travel in your own country and enrich your soul

The Philippine Star
By Gina Lopez
Apr. 20, 2014

Please do not go out of the country this summer.

Not until you first explore the incredible beauty of this country — and glow with satisfaction when you directly help the communities through your visit. Take a Green Initiative trip — or give it as a gift!
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All set for 4th Bulihan Fest in Sampaloc, Quezon

The Philippine Star
Apr. 20, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Spirits are high as residents of Sampaloc town in Quezon province lay the groundwork for the 4th Bulihan Festival on April 23-26.
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Angono petroglyphs in danger of disappearing

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Agence France-Presse
Apr. 20, 2014

BINANGONAN, Philippines – On a small rock wall a short drive from the Philippine capital, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved.
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Guimaras: A province with potential

BusinessMirror
By Alvin I. Dacanay
Apr. 20, 2014

IF there’s a phrase that best describes Guimaras, it’s probably this: “the island of opportunities.” Tourism officials in the province think it is, since they adopted the phrase as their own and used it in their promotional materials. It’s easy to understand why: Guimaras—which is holding its annual Manggahan Festival this week and will celebrate its 22nd anniversary as a province on May 22—is not only blessed with fertile fields that yield what many say are the world’s sweetest mangoes, but also with emerald-green hills, pearl-white beaches and aquamarine waters that offer enterprising people the opportunity to develop them and help fulfill the province’s potential as a top tourist destination.
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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Hotel – “Like being transported to another time"

The Philippine Star
By Eric N.
Apr. 16, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - I love old houses and antique furniture. There's something about them that gives me a sense of history, culture, and heritage. If given the means and opportunity, I would love to live in such a house
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Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Jofel Joyce Lancion and Maricar Cinco
Apr. 16, 2014

BOAC, Marinduque—Don’t be surprised when you bump into a sword-wielding Roman soldier here these days. He or she is most probably a Marinduqueño behind the traditional centurion mask and the macho-looking armored costume of a “Morion.”
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Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
Apr. 16, 2014

LUCENA CITY, Philippines—For the rural folk of Tayabas City, one of the oldest localities in Quezon province, the religious art of palm frond weaving is a tradition that has to be sustained and passed on to future generations.
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Do you believe in Miracles?

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

Living in a country that is predominantly Catholic, we are not strangers to the belief that miracles can happen.
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Front desk: Easter escape in Metro Manila

Manila Standard Today
Apr. 14, 2014

Easter escape in Metro Manila

Holy Week not only gives us time to reflect on our priorities in life, but also allows us to take a break and enjoy a long, peaceful and enjoyable vacation in the province or outside the country.
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Alliterating in Albay

The Philippine Star
By Alfred A. Yuson
Apr. 14, 2014

A memorable highlight of our two-day visit to Albay a couple of weekends ago was a brief look-see at an impressive, century-old bahay na bato in the town of Tabaco. We were on our way to Mayon Resthouse on our second day when the elegant large structue standing on a corner of the road was pointed out to us as the former home of Angela Manalang Gloria.
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Time of the Season

The Philippine Star
By Igan D'bayan
Apr. 13, 2014

I am the Omega Man.

The setting is the peninsula of Malaroyroy, Coron, at the heart of a Sunday afternoon. No one else around (at least as far as the eye can see) in the sweet plushness of the Two Seasons resort. I walk — from the island-tip bungalow that I will call home for two nights, past the white sandbar that pushes toward an islet (island lite), up the hilly stretch of land marked with the generosity of trees (hill street greens), and down to the Sulu Restaurant where the staff would allow me to play elementary piano until sundown.

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Journeys to a glorious past

The Philippine Star
By Edu Jarque
Apr. 13, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - The desirable month of May – when most fiestas are celebrated and the more pleasant climate makes travel around the islands more convivial and fun – is also an ideal time to embark on a journey to the past, retrace our steps to experience in concrete ways the rich fabric of our ancestors' lives as we commemorate our cultural patrimony.
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Tourism helps Eastern Visayas bounce back

BusinessMirror
By Lualhati F. Perez
Apr. 13, 2014

MENTION the phrase “I shall return,” and US Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his momentous, game-changing landing in Palo town, Leyte province, in 1944 easily comes to mind. This landing signaled the start of the country’s liberation from Japan during World War II.
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Spectacularly beautiful churches in the Philippines you’d want on your IG feed.
Manila Bulletin
By Nickky Faustine De Guzman
Apr. 13, 2014

What makes a church beautiful? While all churches are stunning in their solemnity and grace, some are just majestically out of this world, featuring towering spires, historical architecture, and intricate carvings that have centuries’ worth of stories to tell. Here are the most touching, inspiring monuments to Catholicism we’ve ever seen in the country. Check if one of these is in your neighborhood.
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From mangilin to malling: Holy Week, then and now

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
Apr. 13, 2014

Two words aptly describe the Holy Week lifestyles and practices of families three generations and 65 years apart: mangilin and malling.
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CBCP updates Semana Santa website

Manila Standard Today
Apr. 12, 2014

The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) recently announced the improvements made on their Semana Santa website.
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What's Your Summerscape?

The Philippine Star
Apr. 10, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – It's suddenly so hot outside; it makes me wanna rip my shirt off. We all want the same thing during these stiflingly hot times, so let's cut to the chase.

Two words, Puerto Galera!
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20th Rodeo Masbateño boosts Bicol tourism

The Philippine Star
By Cet Dematera
Apr. 10, 2014

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – At least 100 heads of cattle were released into the streets of Masbate City yesterday and the challenge for the local cowboys was to safely herd them back to their corral.
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IN PHOTOS: Baguio still one of Phl's most romantic summer destinations

The Philippine Star
By Cris Cayanan
Apr. 7, 2014

Known as the "Summer Capital of the Philippines," Baguio is still one of the top destinations for tourist and local travelers with its cold climate and beautiful scenery suited for families and couples.
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Four CL areas proposed as Asean heritage parks

The Philippine Star
By Ding Cervantes, Ric Sapnu
Apr. 7, 2014

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga , Philippines – Four protected areas in Pampanga, Bulacan and Bataan have been proposed for inclusion in the list of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) heritage parks and reserves, the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here bared.
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Dedon Island: Shoeless luxe

The Philippine Star
By Cecilia Licauco
Apr. 6, 2014

As the plane hovered above Siargao Island, the stunning beauty of lush mangroves gave an indication of what we would experience at Dedon Island. Every positive superlative word used to describe it is totally true. The resort, owned by Bobby Dekeyser, famous for its namesake furniture, lives up to its promise: “A barefoot state of mind."
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Int'l hot air balloon fest to soar in Lubao

The Philippine Star
Apr. 6, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Lubao town in Pampanga will host the Philippine International Balloon Festival on April 10-13 featuring 35 colorful and specially shaped hot air balloons (cartoon character-shaped balloons like Simba, Angry Bird, etc) coming from different countries that most Filipinos have not seen in previous years. The event is said to be the biggest hot air balloon festival in the country.
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Pristine Palawan

Manila Bulletin
Apr. 6, 2014

For fashion buyer Katrina Tantoco-Lobregat, Amanpulo in Palawan is the ultimate beach destination. Amanpulo Resort occupies the whole island of Pamalican. It's a known holiday haunt of international celebrities and wealthy guests. Only 360 kilometers southwest of Manila, the low-lying coral island of Pamalican, with an area of 5.5 kilometers, is covered with a sandy jungle of shrub and thorn-bush thickets, and sparkling white beaches. Its waters are teeming with marine life.
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Five key elements to ensure successful tourism development

BusinessMirror
By Aileen C. Clemente
Apr. 6, 2014

WHEN a person thinks of tourism, he or she usually thinks of a resort, a beach, a waterfall or a shopping area. But really, these are just parts of an entire tour. Also, there are other elements that we take for granted that are just as equally important.
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An intimate nature escape at Acuaverde Beach Resort

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
Apr. 4, 2014

Sunny days and warm weather signal the start of summer. Picture yourself laying back on a comfortable sunlounger, blue sea waters ahead and a cool shade protecting you from the heat. This season it's all about you taking a break from the busy city life in favor of sand beneath your feet and a cool drink at your fingertips. It is the quintessential vacation experience, the kind of rest and relaxation you can get at Acuaverde Beach Resort.
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Pangasinan seeks to reclaim longest barbeque grill world title

Manila Bulletin
By Mary Rose A. Hogaza
Apr. 4, 2014

Pangasinan seeks to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest barbeque grill in the world this Friday, April 4.
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Magic of Mercedes’ 7-island paradise

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Shiena M. Barrameda
Apr 4, 2014

NAGA CITY, Philippines—Magical may not be the right word to describe the seven wonders surrounded by white sand scattered just off the coast of Mercedes town in Camarines Norte, but it sure comes close to it.
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Tourists from Asia-Pacific to become world's top spenders--report

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Agence France-Presse
Apr 3, 2014

SINGAPORE--The Asia-Pacific will overtake Europe as the region whose tourists spend the most money overseas within 10 years, a report said Wednesday, driven by an explosion in the number of Chinese travelers.
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San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Redempto D. Anda
Apr 3, 2014

SAN VICENTE, Palawan--Imagine trekking along 14 kilometers of unspoiled powdery white sand with nothing but the vast expanse of the West Philippine Sea and endless rows of lush forests and old coconut trees on both sides.
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Go on a road trip this summer

Manila Standary Today
Apr 3, 2014

Once in a while, we get the itch to travel, and the thirst for adventure becomes too much to bear. But weekends are short, and vacation leaves are limited. Where could we get some exotic fun, with less than 24 hours on hand?
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Another reason to make that Tagaytay trip

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Apr 3, 2014

Many people consider Tagaytay City to be the perfect place to live or go for a respite from the daily grind. Cool weather, rolling terrain and specialty restaurants are only some of the reasons why people like going to Tagaytay.
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The ultimate island escape

Manila Standard Today
Apr 3, 2014

Experience Paradise and escape to Club Paradise Palawan, the ultimate “Island Escape”! For three days and two nights, luxuriate in relaxing accommodations overlooking exquisite views while nestled in the cradle of the untouched tropical haven of Coron. Spend your days discovering the island along verdant hiking trails, experience the amazing coral jewels while snorkeling, and skim in a kayak across the sparkling turquoise waters of Palawan.
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