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One street, many eats

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Katrina A. Holigores
May 31, 2014

It takes roughly an hour to get to Cebu (not counting the long waits at the airport, in case you go through unexpected delays in air travel nowadays). In any case, it’s an ideal destination for a city girl wishing to have a brief escape.
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Emerald gem deep in Leyte forest

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Danny Petilla
May 31, 2014

BATO, Leyte—On a moonlit night, Gunhuban Falls, located deep in the heart of Leyte’s forest, shimmers like a silver-encrusted emerald ring with lush, bright-green shrubbery and vines around it.
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Beautiful Bohol

Manila Standard Today
By Krissy Supena Cabrera
May 29, 2014

Bohol is a destination full of natural treasures and a rich heritage. Travelers are fascinated with its famous beaches. Apart from Bohol's attractions, such as the tarsier sanctuary and Chocolate Hills as well as other must-sees, the locals are gracious and earnest. This is why tourists keep coming back.
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Travel awards and fellowhips

Manila Standard Today
By Mila C. Espina
May 29, 2014

Philippine Airlines under the able stewardship of Chris Lebumfacil, officer-in-charge, had a formal Black and White dinner for Awards 2014 at Radisson Blu. It was well-attended by PAL’S VIPs, travel stakeholders and media friends.
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Asia’s top parks

Manila Standard Today
By Ed Biado
May 29, 2014

There aren’t a lot of parks in Metro Manila where families can have Saturday afternoon picnics enveloped by trees and fresh air. Sure, there are pockets of greens scattered all over the metropolis, but they’re usually small and not quite as memorable or remarkable as, say, Manhattan’s Central Park. Except for one: Rizal Park in Manila.
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Sunup, sundown: Life a beach in Bagasbas

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Shiena M. Barrameda
May 28, 2014

DAET, Camarines Norte—From sunup to sundown, there is always something new to expect and something exciting to do on the huge waves and seemingly boundless shore of Bagasbas Beach here in Daet, whether it’s summer or not.
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Revisiting Intramuros

Manila Bulletin
May 27, 2014

It’s easy enough to just google “Intramuros” to know about the city “within the walls”. As the oldest district and bastion of Manila’s rich cultural heritage, Intramuros doesn’t get tired even for the people who work or live within its walls.
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So many islands, so many smiles

Manila Bulletin
By Raymund Magno Garlitos
May 26, 2014

Eight great islands, plus a hundred more! Cruising #GoingPlaces, Manila Bulletin’s monthly travel magazine, releases one of its most ambitious undertakings with its Gr8 Islands of the Philippines issue this May. From Luzon to Mindanao, the Cruising Team traveled to eight of the country’s must-watch-out-for-isles: Cowrie Island in Palawan; Cagbalate in Quezon; Agutayan in Misamis Oriental; Sumilon in Cebu; Marinduque, Camotes in Cebu; Gigantes in Iloilo; and Bantayan in Cebu. As an added bonus, in time for the magazine’s 15th anniversary in June, we added a hundred more, and by that we mean the 123 islets or so, off the coast of Alaminos City in Pangasinan—the legendary Hundred Islands!
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San Agustin Church: Not just one of those old churches

The Philippine Star
By Eric N.
May 26, 2014

The church that we see today is actually the third structure built by the Augustinians on the same site. The first was made of nipa and bamboo, and was the first structure of religious nature to be ever built in Luzon. Completed in 1589, it was destroyed by fire during the invasion of Limahong.
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I was born in the City of dreams

Manila Bulletin
By AA Patawaran
May 25, 2014

If the grand suite I was booked in at the Grand Hyatt in Macau, numbered 1110 as if to numerically represent my birthdate, were a dream, I’d sleep for all eternity.
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The return of Manila’s glory days and party nights

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
May 25, 2014

If Luneta Hotel were a woman, she would have the glamor of Isadora Duncan played by Vanessa Redgrave, the spunk of Shirley Maclaine, the mystery of Greta Garbo, and the quiet sensuality of Ingrid Bergman.
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Enchanted Kingdom: A spellbinding summer getaway

BusinessMirror
By Dorothy Joyce de Castro
May 25, 2014

SUMMER: that time of the year when classes are over, graduation caps are tossed in the air, families get together and most people—including me and my friends—are getting excited about their respective getaways.
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Exploring northern Luzon off the beaten track

The Philippine Star
By Ivo Sieber
May 25, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - I have to start with a disclosure — and an admission. No, I'm not really a travel writer, just trying my luck. And I happily admit that I love to drive, and occasionally do so in a way that gets me a reprimand for caution from my wife. So I used the recent visit of two unsuspecting Australian friends, Paulette and Gary Hay, to hoodwink them into joining me as my co-pilots and travel companions on a road trip “off the beaten track."
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Benguet: Where climbing peaks is an act of worship

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Maurice Malanes
May 25, 2014

BENGUET, Philippines—Not many may have heard of Mt. Tagpew and Mt. Oten, but that works just fine for outdoor enthusiast Rainiel Lee.
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Discover havens in 4 hidden coves

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Allan Macatuno
May 24, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, Zambales—The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 may have greatly altered the vast landscape of Central Luzon, but the coastlines of one of its provinces, Zambales, have become accidental beneficiaries of this deadly fury unleashed by nature.
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Bahay Nakpil Bautista’s centennial year

Manila Standard Today
May 24, 2014

Built in 1914 by famous Arcadio Arellano, Bahay Nakpil Bautista is a home that embodies of the sacrifices of our heroes written in blood: the 1872-1892 Propaganda Movement and the 1896-1898 Revolution. Called ‘The Tahanan ng Mga Katipunero’ (Home of the Katipuneros), the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista remains standing sturdy and powerful as a witness to the upheavals through generations.
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Perfect Moments at Pico de Loro — Part 1

The Philippine Star
By Featured Blogger Tina Santiago-Rodriguez
May 23, 2014

If you're a regular reader here, or follow my personal blog, you'll probably know that I'm a firm believer in making meaningful memories with the people we love.
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A transformation for the Grand Dame

Manila Standard Today
By Lito Cinco
May 22, 2014

Manila Hotel, the Grand Dame of Philippine hotels, will bank on a challenging combination of history and technology in a serious effort to transform itself and restore its eminent position among the country’s top five-star hotels.
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Experience aquadventure on pink isles

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Shiena M. Barrameda
May 22, 2014

MATNOG, Sorsogon—Lovers of adventure and cheap thrills will find a paradise waiting for them, after initially overcoming the challenges posed by Matnog’s tricky water currents.
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Swimmers, jellyfish interact in Sohoton

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Kirstin Bernabe
May 19, 2014

SOCORRO, Surigao del Norte— From afar, the islands of Bucas Grande look like a cluster of rolling hills rising above blue waters like carefully pruned shrubs.
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From the mall to the beach on the same day

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Cheche V. Moral
May 17, 2014

When the urban traveler embarks on a trip, any claims of wanting to detach completely from reality must be taken with a grain of salt. Chances are, even as the urbanite may want to briefly escape the madding rush, he or she will still crave for connectivity and the familiar comforts of the daily grind—say, that Starbucks run or the oh-so-crucial Facebook and Instagram fix.
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Include art discovery in your to-do list in Tagaytay

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Raoul J. Chee Kee
May 17, 2014

Day trippers to Tagaytay used to make the drive in time for lunch in their favorite restaurant that gives a view of Taal Volcano. After a leisurely meal and a few minutes spent haggling for fresh fruits at the stands lining the main road, they would make their way back to the city.
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Boosting tourism is ‘day-to-day tending,’ like in a garden–Jimenez

Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 17, 2014

“Never consider more than one day at a time. That’s Rule No. 1,” says Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. during a brief interview at the opening of the Orlina Museum in Tagaytay.
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Spiritual and wellness getaway in Antipolo

Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 17, 2014

A must-visit place that’s just a few kilometers from Manila is a farm resort in Antipolo.
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Discover gems of coral beaches

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Yolanda Sotelo
May 17, 2014

BANI, Philippines—There are less traveled places beyond Alaminos City’s much frequented Hundred Islands National Park in Pangasinan province, where the weary traveler can pause, relax and appreciate nature and the simple joys of rural living.
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Surfing, swimming, seeing: A travel diary through Baler

The Philippine Star
By K. Montinola
May 16, 2014

We meet at four in the morning. These days, it's always a bid to beat the traffic. Only the previous weekend, leaving at 5 a.m. for Zambales still gave us a lot of cars to work out of getting out of Manila. This time we figure it's a road less travelled, but we're not wasting any time.
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Exploring the beauty of Sarangani — its beaches and beyond

The Philippine Star
May 16, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - If the summer heat is giving you a travel lust you cannot shake off, go to Sarangani and explore its off-the-beaten-path wonders.
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Island Spa: “An island of calm and relaxation"

The Philippine Star
By Rachelle T.
May 14, 2014

I have discovered an island of calm and relaxation. I say "discover" because its location inside Resorts World Manila's Newport Mall is somewhat hidden. To get there, go to the top floor, turn left at McDonalds, and walk past Bruno's Barber Shop. Turn right at the first corner and head up the flight of stairs with a small fountain beside it.
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Beauty, power in city of majestic waterfalls

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Rex Godinez Ortega
May 14, 2014

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines—In a city with 23 waterfalls on its list—some say it’s actually 30—it would not come as a surprise if yet another is added to the number.
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Grand underwater theater stars corals teeming with fish

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Connie E. Fernandez, Carmel Loise Matus
May 14, 2014

ALOGUINSAN, Cebu—Where the river meets the sea in Barangay (village) Bojo here lies a grand underwater theater, where the main stars are colorful clumps of corals teeming with tropical fish.
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A new summer adventure

Manila Standard Today
By Mae Gianina C. Pascual
May 12, 2014

What else can you do in summer aside from going to the beach? You want to go on an adventure but the sand and the sea are not things you would usually choose. Why not try heart-pumping activities?
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Traveling on a budget? Let's Go!

The Philippine Star
By Scott & Therese Garceau
May 11, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Iloilo City is on the move. With business investors coming in, a nearby international airport, and a vibrant culture of food and festivals, historical churches and beaches, it's becoming a local destination people want to check out this summer.
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Dreaming of adventure with Microtel North Luzon

The Philippine Star
By Dandi Galvez
May 11, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - It does not take one too far to get a change of climate. While summer bears down on all of us, most go to the beach, and some grab a chance to get acquainted with our northern vacation spots where the air is cooler and there is still so much to discover.
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Fan rooms for P400–the best of Batanes on a budget

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By PJ Enriquez
May 11, 2014

Last February, I was at the Travel Expo in Mall of Asia’s SMX, trying to score cheap tickets to the US for our family vacation. I ended up with a round-trip ticket to Batanes.
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Sila Island: Hidden beach unspoiled, blushing pink

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Vicky C. Arnaiz
May 11, 2014

SILA ISLAND, Philippines—One of the prettiest beaches in the Philippines is tucked along the coast of Northern Samar province, away from prying eyes, nosy and noisy beach bums, and greedy tourist trap operators.
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Catanduanes Reef Break to help local surfers, tourism

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Camille Anne M. Arcilla
May 10, 2014

Surf’s up!

The majestic waves of Puraran in Catanduanes province are ready to help local surfers and boost tourism via the first surf music festival set on May 16 to 18.
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Lumad Basakanon reclaims Aliwan Fiesta crown with fourth win

Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 10, 2014

Five years after reaching Hall of Fame status in the Aliwan Fiesta streetdance championships, Lumad Basakanon representing the Sinulog of Cebu bagged the prize for the fourth time, besting contingents from around the country.
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Day of days in Pangasinan

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
May 10, 2014

A three-day media tour of selected (and rapidly urbanizing) towns in Pangasinan organized by the provincial tourism office brought a mix of familiar destinations (like the Hundred Islands and Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine) along with some surprises.
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Fish and music in Dagupan

Manila Standard Today
May 10, 2014

A LONG stretch of milkfish or “bangus” on the grill and live concerts were the highlights of the Bangus Street Party, which brought the month-long Bangus Festival in Dagupan City, Pangasinan to a close.
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At the heart of conservation of Tubbataha Reefs

BusinessMirror
By WWF-Philippines
May 10, 2014

A SCHOOL of spotted eagle rays glides into the blue yonder, oblivious to the team of awestruck divers hovering a few meters above. Minutes later, a parade of whitetip reef sharks on a hunting expedition emerges to prey on a school of Arabian snappers. Against steep, towering reef walls laced with sea fans, a lone hawksbill turtle preys on a giant barrel sponge.
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Fresh catch

These lesser known Pinoy fish varieties are enriching additions to your menu repertoire
Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
May 8, 2014

Majority of Filipinos, particularly those living in urban areas, know and buy only a handful of saltwater fish: bangus, tilapia, galunggong, tamban, lapu-lapu, and tanigue. Seemingly unaware of the rich marine biodiversity of Philippine waters, they’re at a loss on how to clean, cut, and cook other fish varieties, no matter how fresh and inexpensive.
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Paradise found on islands of giants

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
May 7, 2014

CARLES, Iloilo—Despite its name, travelers won’t find any giant in this group of islands in northern Iloilo.
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If these walls could talk

Historic hotels and landmark homes like Manila Hotel are bringing back the real spirit of travel
Manila Bulletin
By Amyline Quien Ching
May 4, 2014

Even when we come face to face with a landmark or a historical artifact armed with a chock full of trivia, there is still a disconnect, as if we are only scratching the surface, on the outside looking in. And no matter how many times we reach out and touch it, take pictures, or read the inscription, there’s an aura of separation, a wall that divides and differentiates
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Spend a fun-filled summer break in Antipolo

The Philippine Star
May 4, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Everyone's raving for a vacation spot this summer. A perfect season for water splashing, summer is also the best time to recharge your life batteries as you get away from the hustle and bustle of the metro life.
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Uncomplicating your summer vacation

Manila Standard Today
By Gianna G. Maniego
May 5, 2014

Summer vacations have become such complicated affairs.

Back in the day, it was a simple matter to hie off to the province and enjoy a weekend or two away from the pressures and stress of living in the metropolis.
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Loreland Farm Resort

BusinessMirror
By Abhie Lumugdan
May 4, 2014

IT’S already midsummer and many tourist destinations remain unchecked on our list of places to visit. Of course, most of us look for a place that will offer something new and exciting while we are there, a place where we can pamper ourselves and where we escape our hectic lives in Metro Manila, at least for the weekend.
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Spend a fun-filled summer break in Antipolo

The Philippine Star
May 4, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Everyone's raving for a vacation spot this summer. A perfect season for water splashing, summer is also the best time to recharge your life batteries as you get away from the hustle and bustle of the metro life.
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All too familiar truths and a hard pill to swallow ‘Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan’ Film

Manila Standard Today
May 3, 2014

We can all relate to the characters in Lav Diaz’s new opus “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan.” There’s a little of Fabian, Joaquin, and Eliza in all of us.
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Visita Iglesia from the air

The Philippine Star
May 3, 2014

One of the traditions of Philippine Holy Week is the Visita Iglesia. Until the mid-19th century, that meant walking or taking a short calesa ride to seven churches in the city. Most of Manila's major churches were within a two-kilometer radius of Intramuros, which itself was filled with several churches and convents.
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El Nido Resorts' newest luxury island now on the radar of world's affluent travelers

The Philippine Star
May 2, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - El Nido Resorts' Pangulasian Island was recently endorsed as a top destination in 2014 for affluent, frequent travelers by Travel + Leisure's US and Southeast Asian editions.
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