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The Beguiling Tuna Festival
Manila Bulletin
By HENRYLITO D. TACIO
Sept. 29, 2010

Tucked in the mouth of the Sarangani Bay on the southern edge of Mindanao, General Santos City used to be a backward fishing port before foreign buyers discovered the high quality and quantity of the tuna catch in the 1970s. A 20-year boom followed, with major canneries and export markets to Europe and the United States established.

“What makes General Santos unique is that the city is near tuna-rich fishing grounds like Moro Gulf, Sulu Sea, Mindanao Sea, and adjacent Celebes Sea,” explains Rienje B. Andrada, a fish port staff member.  “We have fair weather zone which is not normally visited by devastating typhoons or seasonal adverse weather patterns.”

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A Bit of the Old, a Bit of the New
Manila Bulletin
By RONALD G. JAYME
Sept. 29, 2010

Because of its picturesque natural landscape, the Ilocos region is understandably a popular tourist destination. Yet what makes this place even more interesting is the classic architecture of the man-made landmarks, most of which were built centuries ago during the Spanish era.

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Traveling A-Z: Laguna

Manila Bulletin
By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
Sept. 29, 2010

Popularly known as the proud birthplace of Philippine National Hero, Jose Rizal, the province of Laguna, which is brimming with natural wonders and cultural caches, is so much more than that. Just 30 kilometers southeast of Metro Manila, Laguna offers exciting and affordable options for leisure and travel activities for friends and families looking for some time off.

Since ancient times, Laguna has always been a fertile and verdant garden blessed with nature’s bounty: waterfalls, lakes, hot springs, and other fluvial charms that would capture the heart of every visitor. Nestled in the shadows of mystical mountains, Mt. Makiling and Mt. Banahaw, the province is a sanctuary for nature lovers.

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Subic Bay to Host National Tourism Confab
Manila Bulletin
Sept. 28, 2010

Subic Bay will once more showcase its natural charm that has made it one of the country’s leading tourist and business enclaves as it hosts the forthcoming 11th National Convention of the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines (ATOP) from October 3-6.

With the theme “Strengthening Domestic Tourism,” the convention will tackle the country’s gains in domestic tourism and how to consolidate them to further boost the industry.

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Private Paradise
Manila Standard Today
By LITO CINCO
Sept. 23, 2010

The town of Laiya in San Juan, Batangas, has recently been on the radar of a lot of local travelers in search of new places to explore and enjoy.

But even in the in the 1960s, people already knew of this beautiful beach town adjacent to Sigayan Bay, one of the cleanest bays in the country. At that time, the place was not conducive to tourists and Virgin Resort owner Butch Campos has an explanation for that.

According to him, the area was a drop-off point for smuggling goods into the country at that time and people controlling the smuggling operations there certainly did not want tourists getting in the way and so the access roads were not developed at all.

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Underground river now No. 1 in new '7 wonders' online vote
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Sept. 22, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Puerto Princesa Underground River has made it to No. 1 among the 28 finalists in an online search for the “New 7 Wonders of Nature.”

News of Palawan’s world renowned river surging to the top of the list has put Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn in frenzied campaign mode. He is calling on Filipinos here and abroad to help put his city’s prime tourist spot in the winning circle of the “New7Wonders” global online contest.

Votes can be cast online through www.new7wonders.com/n7w.

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The Other Side of the Mountain
Manila Bulletin
By ROWENA BAUTISTA-ALCARAZ
Sept. 22, 2010

Who doesn’t want to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life? A lot of times we just want to crawl into a hole and pull the hole in after us, if only it were possible. A more enjoyable solution would be a few days away in some secluded place, surrounded by the beauty of nature. The only trouble with that is that we have become so used to all our creature comforts that the serenity and beauty of nature simply can’t be enough for us now.

Last week, I got an invitation from a friend to go to a resort in Batangas. But who wants to go swimming on a rainy season? I don’t mind going out of town on a weekend but to travel for two hours just to take a plunge into a swimming pool, I’d rather stay home and curl up in front of my TV. Then I heard magic words ‘waterfalls, giant mudslide, trekking!’ I finally said yes to the invitation.

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Bohol: A Paradise of Views Divine
Manila Bulletin
By HENRYLITO D. TACIO
September 18, 2010

"Revisiting this calm, quiet and clean city is always a pleasure,” multi-awarded journalist Juan Mercado wrote recently in his widely-read column.  “This is the birthplace of President Carlos P. Garcia.”  The fourth Philippine president is very popular that countless streets, buildings, and even basketball courts are named after him.

If you are still in a quandary what place is being described above, it’s Bohol, an oval-shaped island province in Central Visayas bounded on the north by the Camotes Sea, on the west by the Cebu Strait, and on the South by the Bohol Sea.  One of the more than 7,000 islands, it is considered an anchor tourist destination.

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Enigmatic Catanduanes: The Island of the Howling Winds
Manila Bulletin

By EDWIN MARTINEZ
September 18, 2010, 7:23pm

A group of five individuals from different walks of life recently gathered together with one purpose: To capture the beauty of Catanduanes.

An island that is often hit by storms and typhoons, Catanduanes is located in Region 5 and is accessible by air or land. The island itself has been carved by storms and has a coastline as rugged as Batanes, crashing waves from the east and still waters in the west.

Our safari was jam-packed with five days of waking up at 4:00 a.m. shooting all day with a strict itinerary, practically shooting half of the island. It was both a fun and fulfilling activity.

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Casiguran Beach
Manila Bulletin
By DANNY JUNCO
September 11, 2010

The intrepid traveler sometimes longs for a destination so off the beaten track to enjoy the exquisite pleasures of solitude in the embrace of nature.  Such a spot under the sun is Casiguran, a town originally part of the province of Nueva Vizcaya.  Here, the crystal waters of Casiguran Sound offer an ideal romping ground for surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

But as progress breaks through the provincial idyll, this remote town, 355 kilometers north of Manila, has recently completed its breakout from isolation when an air-conditioned passenger bus made the first direct trip to Pasay City, while another bus took a reverse course.

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Chinese Travel Agents Vow Support for RP Tourism
Manila Bulletin
By JACKY LYNNE A. OIGA, VINCE G. LOPEZ
September 11, 2010

Various travel agents from China have committed to promote the Philippines’ tourism products and destinations to their countrymen upon returning home from a trip to one of the country’s prized destinations — Palawan.

Kelly Jiao from Shanghai, who led the Chinese delegation to the 10th Philippine Travel Exchange (Phitex) held recently at the Manila Hotel, said they were  so impressed by the warmth and hospitality of the Filipinos that they immediately enjoyed their brief stay in the country.

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