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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
(Last Part) Photos by Brad Geiser Old world preserved: Where to stay. Accomodations are a study in contradiction; the government of Cuba runs most of the grandest hotels in the city. We stayed in a number of places. The first place was the best: an adaptively reused Andalusian-inspired Mansion from the 1800s. The courtyard...

Coming home to Cam Norte

Story & photos by Bernard L. Supetran UP until the late-1990s, commuters to the Bicol region consider Camarines Norte a pit stop for a toilet break to the passengers and a free meal to the bus crew in a run-of-the-mill roadside eatery. I myself spent my younger years repeatedly passing what...
THE Philippine hospitality industry remains in good shape today, primarily due to robust tourist arrivals—both local and international—according to a group of hoteliers in the country. Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) Charter Director Rose Libongco said accommodation business, in general, is doing very well as shown in the continuous...
THE creature blended in with the corals almost invisible at about 2 inches. Adorned with spikes from head to tail, it waltzed along with the waves of the soft corals, which it calls home. Found along the coast of Dauin was the first ghost ornate pipefish I have ever seen...
Story and photos by Bernard L. Supetran IT was indeed my lucky week in mid-May, when the distant planets of the universe conspired and brought together three of my favorite things—diving, caving and jazz music (in that particular order). The fact that it happened in the charming resort city of Miri...
Story by Cedrix S. Hay | Photos by Faye Pablo IN pain, you gain strength—basically, that’s how you'll survive a day or two at Mount Daraitan. I wouldn’t have had the slightest hint of its existence if not for my friend—my colleague to be exact—who further planned this journey. We were...
(First of two parts) Photos by Brad Geiser WHAT if I told you that the Philippines has a parallel soul sister where the similarities and differences are unnerving. That place is Cuba. In my work designing tourism branding campaign strategies for places like Mindanao and areas that carry the most risk, my take...
Passionate about traveling, and getting the most out of your money when booking a flight or a hotel room? Now you can now plan a budget-friendly trip without the hassle thanks to the Traveloka App. With over 10 million downloads, Traveloka has become Southeast Asia’s go-to online booking app for cheap...

Fly high with FoilaFly

ARE you living your life to the fullest? Do you wish you had more freedom? Or do you wish you had more adventure and more time to do them? There are just too many things that we want to do, don’t we? Like exploring our country’s 7,100 islands other...
Story & photos By Bernard L. Supetran LONG before street dancing became a fad to mark a festival, the province of Pangasinan has been celebrating the bounty of the sea with the Pistay Dayat, a summertime tradition held at the Lingayen Gulf, one of the country’s biggest and richest bodies...
PEOPLE travel for a host of reasons—whether one does it to commune with nature, satisfy one’s spirit of adventure, explore culinary delights, or simply have a better understanding of our culture. South Cotabato, as this writer has experienced, is a treasure trove of wonders ready to delight even the...
LUCKY for us, the recent Asean Summit and Labor Day gave us a prolonged weekend getaway where we can enjoy the scorching heat of the sun at our own beloved local tourist spots. But as late as it was declared, searching and saving for a cost-friendly hotel/resort reservation become...
COOL, calm, collected and impeccably dressed—this is how I can best describe Margarita Munsayac, Rose Hilario-Libongco and Christine Ibaretta, the three lovely women who carry a pillar behind the Philippines’s Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA). A few weeks ago, at their third General Managers Meeting of 2017, I had...
Story & photos by Bernard L. Supetran IT is the dream of every tourist destination to be a byword for travelers and go trending on social media. Surigao City, one of northern Mindanao’s emerging escapades, has become an overnight media sensation of sort because of a 6.7- intensity earthquake that struck...
Story & photos by Rizal Raoul Reyes AFTER her meeting with entrepreneur Imelda Precion, Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell pursued her advocacy to the next level.  She joined Precion to establish Isla 7107, a company that promotes tourist attractions and festivities of the Philippines through slippers. “The business is about promoting...
MANY Filipinos combine religion and summer vacation to get a relief from the stress of daily living. To help get the best of Holy Week, real-estate web site MyProperty recommended some of the must-go sites even after Holy Week that might be less crowded and just perfect for the...
IN the inspiring words of Pierre Bernardo, “To travel is to evolve”, Bohol is on its way to make transformative journeys happen, not only for travelers seeking its beauty, but also for the locals of the charming province themselves. In my previous column, I mentioned how the Philippine tourism industry...

A-fishing we will go

ASK every middle-aged adult and, chances are, he or she has heard or hummed this nursery rhyme which goes “A-fishing we will go, a-fishing we will go, hi-ho the merry-o, a-fishing we will go”. Down in the charming island of Siargao, fishing is no child’s play, as the world’s top...
"WE travel to see the beauty of souls in new landscapes,” influential Ghanaian writer and youth advocate Lailah Gifty Akita once said. Nothing can be truer than this, for when we travel to new places, we not merely stand in awe at the eye-catching landscapes but also bask in...
WITH its 7,641 islands, the Philippines is one of the ideal places for sailing and yachting in the world. Moreover, the Filipinos are known to be passionate about water sports, and the country is regarded by travel authorities as one of the best cruising sites in the world. This...
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