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These restaurants in Cebu are worth the trip to the queen city of the south
Manila Bulletin
By Chef Gene Gonzalez
July 31, 2014

One Clay Pot House

TASTES OF CEBU
Irie’s Angus Kebabs;

This is a charming, kitschy place with four tables that seems to be creatively coordinated, giving the eatery, a bright and happy feel to it. I went upon the recommendation of foodie Mark Luy, owner of Autolab, located a block away on Rosal Street, who enjoys the clay pot rice that arrives on your table scalding hot with its toasty rice aromas. The crisp rice crust mixed with the sauced steamy white grains and toppings makes hearty, soulful eating. Other dishes worth trying is their take on a noodles salad with fish sauce dressing much like a Thai yam woon sen.
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Time travel in Puerto Galera

Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
July 31, 2014

The sun was sinking behind Mount Malasimbo in Oriental Mindoro when a dead ringer for actor Morgan Freeman walked out of a clearing lugging two days’ worth of food for his family: a giant elephant ear taro called San Antonio, feathery clusters of wild mushrooms, edible leaves from towering forest trees, and dozens of tiny unripe green bananas.
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Callao caves: The well-kept secret mecca among trekkers and lovers

The Philippine Star
July 27, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Adventurous couples seeking a unique and truly memorable place to commune with each other, with nature and with God will appreciate visiting the famous Callao caves in Peñablanca, Cagayan.
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Beach, please

This farmer, yoga practitioner, and sun worshipper has devoted half his life in pursuit of the country’s most beautifully isolated beaches. Here, the five he wants you to see before the crowds descend.
Manila Bulletin
July 27, 2014

MAHABANG BUHANGIN

Calaguas Group of Islands, Camarines Norte

Like a bed of crystals, the turquoise water of Mahabang Buhangin sparkled when I woke up to the warm streaks of sunlight filtering through the mukabak trees, which swayed gently in the morning breeze.
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High on heritage

Why these Philippine heritage sites, the 'defining places of the Filipino soul,' should be on your travel bucket list.
Manila Bulletin
July 27, 2014

From north to south, east to west, the Philippines is home to many heritage sites you should tick off your bucket list. But first, what makes a heritage site, well, a heritage site? The United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO) categorizes heritage sites as natural, cultural, and mixed. A historical site shouldn’t just possess breathtaking inherent beauty but cultural significance. Here’s a few that should be on your must-go list:
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Lapu-Lapu City to rebrand itself as ‘Historic Resort City’

BusinessMirror
By PNA
July 27, 2014

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Lapu-Lapu City, one of the most visited cities in Cebu province, will be rebranded as a “Historic Resort City” and have the tagline “Free Yourself,” Mayor Paz Radaza said recently.
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Foodie’s mini tour

Manila Bulletin
By Anna Gamboa
July 24, 2014

San Juan City is home to a community of food lovers, who enthusiastically hop from dim sum eateries to konbini stores while still snacking on their craft burgers with their milk tea or coffee cups. While everyone has their favorites, the selection in this mini map we’ve compiled represents a very small slice of the culinary diversity that one can experience here.
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Leading cruise companies eyeing Philippines as favorite destination

BusinessMirror
By PNA
July 20, 2014

THREE of the world’s leading cruise companies—Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines—have expressed interest to help develop the Philippines as a cruise-ship destination, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., said recently.
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Misibis in motion

This is Albay in a time-lapse reel.
Manila Bulletin
By Ieth Inolino
July 20, 2014

Imagine the red View-Master you had as a kid with the image changing with every turn of the orange knob on the side. Whether it’s your favorite Disney characters or scenes from a movie, the 14 frames from the thin cardboard disks is a slide show of what you want to look at over and over again.
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What’s not to love in Bohol’s rendezvous called Amorita

BusinessMirror
By Roderick L. Abad
July 19, 2014

BOHOL is every traveler’s fancy. Why not? It has the best combination of allure, nature and adventure—day in, day out. And where else do you want your love affair with this naturally gifted province to begin than in Amorita.
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Tacloban businesses reap benefits of tourism boom

BusinessMirror
By PNA
July 14, 2014

TACLOBAN CITY—Tourism-related businesses continue to reap the benefits yielded by the arrival of humanitarian-relief organizations here, eight months after Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) wreaked havoc in the capital of Leyte province.
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The pampered traveler

Why top travel agents think selling Boracay to travelers is easy—and this resort even easier.
Manila Bulletin
July 13, 2014

Discovery Shores Boracay recently invited top travel agents and media partners for an appreciation party on the beachfront. The hotel management called it the Top Producers’ Night, under the theme “Life in Color,” which transformed what many consider the best part of Boracay’s world-famous four-kilometer stretch of powdery-fine, sugar-white sand into some kind of a Mardi gras affair for the night, whether in Venice or New Orleans, replete with harlequin masks, peacock feathers, fleur-de-lis beads, multi-color jewels, and, later, after desserts, firedancers in skin-baring gilded costumes.
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Double tap if you find these pretty #selfiEscolta

Nothing new about Manila’s Queen of Streets and that is what is best about her, but behold, you have new eyes to see her and fall in love with her all over again.
Manila Bulletin
By Marbbie Tagabucba
July 13, 2014

All this talk of architectural heritage and historical firsts along Escolta Street in Santa Cruz and I’m convinced Manila is fascinating, but first, let me take a selfie. Can you help me pick a filter? I’m trying to capture Capitol Theater, the country’s first and quite important because it was a masterpiece of National Artist Juan F. Nakpil de Jesus. The challenge is how best to take a snapshot of its ziggurat-like tiers framing art deco grillwork of mask-wielding Filipinas, lyre-wielding Filipinas wearing traje de mestizas and surrounded by local fauna—plus I want to look tanned. If this doesn’t work, there’s Lyric Theater, Capitol’s rival and sister, just two buildings away.
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President Quezon hometown proof God also had fun in PH

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Gabriel Cardinoza
July 13, 2014

BALER, Philippines—By bus, the trip from Metro Manila to this capital town of Aurora, Central Luzon’s easternmost province, takes at most five hours. By car, it can be an hour shorter.
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The magical beauty of Palawan’s Club Paradise

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Feliciano Rodriguez III
July 13, 2014

It was drizzling when we landed at Francisco B. Reyes Airport in Coron, Palawan. Good thing the SkyJet plane had umbrellas for each passenger. We then rode a van that would take us to Club Paradise.
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Green paradise rises in Puerto Princesa

Philippine Daily Inquirer
July 13, 2014

The paradise destination of Puerto Princesa offers a new haven of peace and adventure: Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa, the only five-star beach-front luxury resort on this stretch of Palawan Island, located only five minutes away from the Puerto Princesa International Airport.
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The Lures of Baguio

The Philippine Star
By Carlo Rivera
July 13, 2014

CEBU, Philippines - Sweet scent of pine trees and flowers, blue morning skies, foggy afternoons, and cold evenings. A city with various cultural and historical accents - and a never-ending string of scenic attractions. Baguio City!
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What really makes it more fun in the Philippines

The Philippine Star
By Scott R. Garceau
July 13, 2014

Yes, we've all seen the ads. The billboards and memes sprouting up everywhere. The clever visuals promoting Philippine destinations. Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. can obviously sell more than Champs and Chicken Joy, because people are starting to get the message.
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A tour of the breezy city that is Antipolo

The Philippine Star
July 13, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Homegrown hotels, resorts, and attractions are gaining ground in the uptown city of Antipolo.
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Leisure and nature

Manila Standard Today
By Maan D'Asis Pamaran
July 10, 2014

The province of Palawan is known as the last frontier. The beautiful beaches, forest trails and the breathtaking Puerto Princesa Underground River are only three reasons why one should visit Palawan.
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Kasaulogan sa Blue Water

Manila Standard Today
By Mila C. Espina
July 10, 2014

The ocean will sparkle with blue waves when the ‘Kasaulogan sa Blue Water’ celebrates an engaging Fiesta Filipiniana at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 with dinner event on the beach. It’s the 25th year of ‘Amuma’ of Blue Water Maribago’s decades of “caring, pampering, nurturing, and trending” which earned valuable commendation from tourists all over the world. There’s something unique at Blue —Water! It’s environment—friendly, restful, classy, and simply a ‘gift of nature’!
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Grill fish minus the hassle

Manila Standard Today
July 9, 2014

Every year, Dagupan in Pangasinan celebrates a festival dedicated to the province’s most prized resource—the milkfish or bangus.
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An enchanting visit in Surigao del Sur

The Philippine Star
By Jay Decenella
July 4, 2014

A crystal-clear water with cerulean tincture flowing quietly over a bottomless cave that is the riverbed, a group of islets dotting the turquoise blue water and a few sandbars that could be mistaken for the shore line all give the impression of picturesque tourist attractions common among the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas.
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Happiness in Vigan

The Philippine Star
By Lester Gopela Hallig
July 4, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Anything that speaks of happiness, we are sold on it. So when we experienced Hotel Felicidad, we knew that its name was no fluke. In fact, it has become quite the landmark in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. Everybody knows it because it is a happy place to spend one's vacation. If we were to go by the many loyal travelers who always insist on Hotel Felicidad, as well as the newbies who have heard - and tried - the hotel, then the happiness it trumpets is well justified.
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Tuba X molasses

The flavors, tastes, and history of Filipino-American food fusion
Manila Bulletin
By Sol Vanzi
July 3, 2014

In the hands of young, formally trained chefs, the term “fusion” often means food combinations that are picture perfect but too unfamiliar, with flavor combinations that do not naturally match. Such is not the case with Taal Vista Hotel chef Edwin Santos, whose kitchen history began literally at the bottom of the ranks before he rose to become executive chef of five-star hotels in the Philippines and overseas.
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