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6 Monsoon season destinations

Don’t let the weather rain on your parade
Manila Bulletin
By Angelo G. Garcia
Aug. 31, 2014

It’s raining and it’s the weekend and you’re probably cooped up inside your room reading a book while looking out the window wishing the sun would come out. Sorry, but it’s monsoon season and no song, no dance, no magic on earth can turn rain clouds into bright blue skies. Not even tomorrow, Annie.
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Cheers for Philippine tourism

Manila Bulletin
Aug. 31, 2014

If Philippine travel tourism is booming, it’s thanks to many people who make “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” happen. To award that recognition to these exemplary individuals in the Philippine tourism is the second oldest club in the Philippines, SKAL International Makati who will conduct its 24th SKAL International Makati Awards on Sept. 5, 6 p.m.
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Puerto Galera is not just a party place

Manila Standard Today
By Lito Cinco
Aug. 28, 2014

For foreign and local tourists, Puerto Galera in Mindoro, particularly Sabang and White Beaches, is a party place. But not everyone is out to party. Buri Resort & Spa is a haven that offers some peace and quiet for those who go to Puerto Galera to escape from city living.
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Where business leisure

Manila Standard Today
By MST Lifestyle
Aug. 26, 2014

After the weekday hustle, the weekend is a great time to clock in a couple more hours of sleep, stay in bed to catch up on your reading or your favorite TV series at the moment or engage in fun activities with loved ones.
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South Cotabato govt pushes devt of new tourism circuit

BusinessMirror
By Allen V. Estabillo
Aug. 24, 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated an initial P2 million for the development a new tourism cluster or circuit in the area, it was learned recently.
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Away from the crowd while enjoying Boracay’s natural beauty

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By PJ Enriquez
Aug. 24, 2014

Ever since Discovery Shores opened in Boracay, I had always wondered what was inside those “white” buildings, as we fondly referred to the resort’s light-colored, box-type architecture which was a stark contrast to the surrounding establishments.
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Cheap travels near the Metro for the long-weekend

The Philippine Star
By Alixandra Caole Vila
Aug. 20, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Another long weekend is almost upon us and our thoughts have turned to hitting places where we could take a little break from the demanding city life. Manila itself is thriving with many historically-rich spots, but if you want more, the nearby provinces can definitely give you what you want.
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Vigan: The wonder city

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

MANILA, Philippines - There is something about old houses and old cities that tap into our systems. It must be the sense of connection, silent and enduring, that binds us to these remnants of glories past. So when the invitation to visit Vigan was brought up, we just had to say yes.
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The Manila Hotel’s Cowrie Grill: New setting, same top standards

BusinessMirror
By Alvin I. Dacanay
Aug. 17, 2014

TO a certain generation of Filipinos—and, perhaps, expatriates of a certain age—the mere mention of Cowrie Grill, one of The Manila Hotel’s four reputable restaurants, does not only prompt lovely memories of appetizing soups and salads, tender and well-seasoned steaks, rich desserts and nourishing beverages being served by smartly dressed waiters. It also evokes a Manila that is cleaner, gentler, quieter and more respectful than the Manila of today.
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Travel the Philippines without boarding a plane

Manila Bulletin
Aug. 17, 2014

Since the introduction of budget airlines, air travel in the Philippines has boomed to great proportions. The downside of it, travelers have to fight each other for seats, especially during seat sales when airlines offer cheap fares. But there are other ways to travel around the Philippines.
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These expats are crazy about the Philippines

It really is more fun.
Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Aug. 17, 2014

One of my favorite things to do in the Philippines is hiking up Mt. Batulao in Batangas. I love the people I meet along the way, the beautiful scenery, and the fresh air. I also love trips to Tagaytay, or hanging out with friends at one of the many new malls popping up all over the place, eating at new restaurants.
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There’s always time for Baguio

Manila Standard Today
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
Aug. 16, 2014

My family started going to Baguio about 45 years ago. Part of our summers would be spent there. I remember my aunt driving her Renault on Kennon Road (which we called Zigzag Road then) with my mother in the passenger’s seat while my cousin, brother and I stayed in the back with the dog.
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Get a full-fledged weekend vacation–a few hours from the metro

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Feliciano Rodriguez III
Aug. 16, 2014

For a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, a quick trip to Holiday Inn Clark in Pampanga may just be the best idea for yourself or your family.
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Philippines ranks 5th in beachfront hotels

The Philippine Star
Aug. 16, 2014

BANGKOK - Experiencing a dramatic surge in tourism, Thailand has surpassed the United States in the number of hotels truly set on its beaches, while Philippines ranks fifth, according to a survey of more than 11,000 hotels in 109 countries released Friday.
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Leyte holds first post-Yolanda festival

The Philippine Star
Aug. 15, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Much has been written and said about the massive destruction and loss of lives brought about by Super Typhoon Yolanda to Leyte and neighboring provinces.
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Courts of lush resorts

The Philippine Star
By Alfred A. Yuson
Aug. 11, 2014

While I accept and love being MetroManileño through and through, from cradle to likely grave, like most of you of course my long tooth gnashes itself, all by itself, whenever confronted with insufferable traffic. Especially when this is largely caused by the left hand of government challenging the right hand to a wrestling match. As has been the case of late, given the eyeball contest between the MMDA and LTFRB.
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I believe I can fly in Sarangani

The Philippine Star
By Gina Lopez
Aug. 10, 2014

I first visited Sarangani in the early part of this year. Governor Steve Solon ran unopposed and if you meet him, you will understand why. You also have to meet his energetic and very charming wife, Michelle, and I am confident that you will probably come up with the same conclusion as I and everyone else does: they are a very good team - honest, committed and very efficient.
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Blogger Sabrina Iovino falls in love with the Philippines

The Philippine Star
Aug. 10, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Blogger Sabrina Iovino is getting to know the world one country at a time for the past four years. Since leaving her 9-to-5 job in her native Germany in 2008, the travel blogger behind the popular website JustOneWayTicket.com has never looked back. Now, 50 countries later, she continues to discover more places and go back to the ones that have captured her heart, including the Philippines.
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Iloilo City’s Calle Real declared as the Visayas’s newest heritage zone

BusinessMirror
By PNA
Aug. 10, 2014

ILOILO CITY—The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has officially declared Iloilo City’s central business district (CBD), also known as Calle Real, as a heritage zone and historical landmark, it was learned last weekend.
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8 Reasons to visit Bohol after the earthquake

Manila Bulletin
By Margaux Salazar
Aug. 10, 2014

In the aftermath of the Bohol earthquake last October, some people have been reluctant to visit the island. Has it been almost a year after the natural disaster? Led by Governor Edgar Chatto, the province is progressively bouncing back with the same vigor as before, if not more. Here are eight things you need to know about (the new) Bohol.
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Eden reimagined

Manila Standard Today
By Leo Balante
Aug. 7, 2014

It’s like a perfect marriage that combines nature and the arts. Family-owned and -operated Green Canyon Resort opens its doors with a brand new approach to Filipino hospitality. The brainchild of the Jose family, the 29-hectare development is located at the heart of Clark Air Field in Pampanga, which will be unveiled on September 2014.
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Laguna’s not so secret sanctuary

Manila Standard Today
By Bernadette Lunas
Aug. 6, 2014

Less than an hour's drive from Metro Manila is Laguna's not-so-hidden secret. Urban dwellers itching to take respite from the congested roads, crowded streets, pollution and monotony in the metro are now heading to Nuvali.
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More fun in Phl? Huffington Post lists top reasons to visit

The Philippine Star
By Charmie Joy Pagulong
Aug. 4, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - From a mind-blowing collection of natural wonders to unique modes of city transportation, a New York-based online news aggregator has listed eight reasons why a trip to the Philippines is the "best tropical vacation you could ever dream up."
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This is the (island) life!

Manila Bulletin
By Margaux Salazar
Aug. 3, 2014

Amorita Resort, set to complete its second development phase, gives you more reasons to visit Bohol.

Seven-year-old, 5.6-hectare Amorita Resort in Panglao, a consistent TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice and Certificate of Excellence recipient, is expanding its operations, bolstering its already impressive luxury leisure offering. Launching in September are 61 new suites (to be added to its 83 rooms; 14 villas—each with its own plunge pool), a fine dining restaurant, a wine bar, a second outdoor infinity pool, a spa, gym facilities, and a function room overlooking the sea.
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DOT 12 launches seven tour packages

BusinessMirror
Aug. 3, 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—The Department of Tourism in Region 12 (DOT 12) has launched seven tour packages to anchor the region’s enhanced tourism-promotion and marketing initiatives.
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From seafood to nightcaps, here are Cebu’s ‘bests’

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Erica Paredes
Aug. 2, 2014

I have always enjoyed my visits to Cebu. I love how it has all the comforts of a cosmopolitan city but the charm of a small town. As a Manila girl, it’s fantastic that, whenever I’m there, I could head to the beach in just half an hour.
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