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Dagupan launches island tours

Philippine Star
By Eva Visperas
Dec. 29, 2014

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan, Philippines - The city government launched island tours to coastal barangays here on Saturday in time for the city's fiesta celebration.
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Kapuluan Vista Resort: Wonderful waves and a whole lot more

Philippine Star
By Ida Anita Q. del Mundo
Dec. 28, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Kapuluan Vista Resort in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is a haven for surfing enthusiasts with its welcoming, laid back vibe, not to mention the perfect waves rolling constantly onto the beach that is their own front yard.
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Finding the Infant Jesus again at Belenismo sa Tarlac

Philippine Star
By Christine S. Dayrit
Dec. 28, 2014

The sun had just set and the cloak of darkness embraced the sky as bells of light started clanging for all to hear. As the sound became stronger and stronger, the wind kissed our faces. This is the experience that parish priest Christopher Lozano intended for spectators to feel once they chance upon the St. Francis Belen in the Parish of San Miguel, Tarlac, which is made of sustainable material that signifies the simplicity of Jesus, who remains the center of the Belen or crèche.
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A luxury underwater adventure

Manila Standard Today
By MST Lifestyle
Dec. 25, 2014

The unparalleled hospitality of Discovery Leisure Hotels, can now be enjoyed onboard Discovery Fleet, a luxury adventure for those who wish to bask in the above and underwater treasures of the Philippine islands.
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International horticulture trade show set Jan. 23-Feb. 3

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Dec. 24, 2014

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Quezon City, the Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. (PHS) will hold Horticultura Extravaganza on Jan. 23-Feb. 3 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.
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Christmas: It’s really more fun in the Philippines

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

Even with all the modern conveniences and latest technological advances available today, tradition still plays a large role in Philippine popular culture. Aside from the everyday values being practiced in the regular Filipino household, these traditions are even more evident when it comes to special events such as the Holy Week and the Yuletide season. Western concepts such as gift-giving and Santa Claus have been incorporated into the festivities, but these are modified and given a Filipino twist to help make this season truly extraordinary.
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Christmas with a view

Manila Standard Today
By Bob Zozobrado
Dec. 21, 2014

Every time I get invited to Tagaytay, for whatever occasion there may be, I make it a point to attend. In my book, the scenic and tranquil Taal Lake and Volcano is the best antidote to stress I could ever have, this side of my universe. That’s why, when Taal Vista Hotel sent out Invitations to their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, I blocked the date off in my calendar right away.
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Meeting Pampanga’s queen of heirloom recipes and making the trek to Mt. Pinatubo

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Feliciano Rodriguez III
Dec. 21, 2014

Pampanga’s deep historical and cultural roots become palpable as soon as you start the tour. For hundreds of years, the province has fed the growing city of Manila, which helped create the modest Spanish colony into a bustling city. Pampanga became prosperous as well.
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Pampanga beyond the kitchen

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Constantine C. Tejero
Dec. 21, 2014

When people mention Pampanga, you often think of food, particularly dainty sweets and saucy, oily dishes most Filipinos love. Or you think of those giant multicolor Christmas lanterns.
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Save up for this Island Getaway

In 2015, find blissful rest and refuge at the newly opened Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa, the one and only five-star hotel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. You know you deserve it, hard worker.
Manila Bulletin
By Irish Dizon
Dec. 21, 2014

The good: These are flush times for you, thanks to that much-deserved 13th-month bonus (and other year-end benefits). The bad: When your wallet is padded with extra cash, it’s easy to lose control and spend your money on regular eat outs and unnecessarily expensive gifts for loved ones. Our advice: After squirreling away a portion of your bonuses for your savings (financial experts like Francisco Colayco say 20 percent is ideal), allocate money for material things, sure, but also set aside some funds for meaningful experiences.
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San Nicolas town in Ilocos Norte banks on heritage for development

Local leadership seeks to sustain town’s ‘damili’ pottery tradition
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Edgar Allan M. Sembrano
Dec. 15, 2014

Realizing the value of heritage in development, the municipal government of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, has recently conducted a cultural-heritage mapping project aimed to preserve and promote the town’s rich heritage.
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Tarlac: The latest kayaking destination

Philippine Star
By Berlin Maynigo
Dec. 14, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - It used to be that enjoying the extreme sport of whitewater kayaking meant going all the way to the Chico River in Kalinga, or down south in Cagayan de Oro or Davao. These days, there is a quiet town in Northern Luzon that is fast gaining a reputation as a great spot for rapids, especially suited for beginners.
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A recyclable Christmas in Pangasinan

Philippine Daily Inquirer
By Gabriel Cardinoza
Dec. 11, 2014

STO. TOMAS, Pangasinan—If residents of this eastern town in Pangasinan province did not sell their recyclable materials to junk shops in the past few months, it was because they were saving them for giant Christmas lanterns at the town plaza here.
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Boracay Tropics Resort Hotel: A peaceful place in paradise

BusinessMirror
By Jeahan Virda B. de Barras
Dec. 7, 2014

AS recreational activities in Boracay get louder, larger and hotter with each passing year, there stands on Aklan province’s world-famous island-resort a peaceful haven surrounded by flour-ishing greenery: Boracay Tropics Resort Hotel.
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Back to Bohol

With the Visit Bohol 2015 launching tomorrow, MB gives you six great reasons to check this gem of a province. (And we promise it’s a trip you’ll never forget.)
Manila Bulletin
By Angelo G. Garcia
Dec. 7, 2014

Having seen most of the Philippines, I have to admit that Bohol is one of my favorite local places to visit. There’s just so much more you can do on this island. The province is blessed with out-of-this-world natural beauty like the unparalleled landscape of the Chocolate Hills and the lovely white sand beaches of Panglao. The island is also rich in history and culture, having seven heritage churches that are considered national treasures.
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