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Friday, March 24, 2017
Story & photos by Marky Ramone Go Most travelers see Thailand as a nation teeming with culture and historical relics that extend to its numerous ancient cities—where iconic temples and reclining Buddha statues abound. To some, a shopping haven; to the younger generation, a multitude of islands ripe for an abundance...
The Sunday coffee date with select friends from the media and blogging community was one memorable experience, if only because we would be tasting coffee in Antipolo. Horray! Tayo na sa Antipolo...known for its manga, suman and kasuy. If you have not been to Antipolo for the last 10 years, like my...

A sanctuary by the sea

Story By Jonalyn Fortuno / Photos John Michael Magdasoc For the past 20 years, Anilao in Mabini, Batangas, has been on the forefront of the country’s diving industry, holding over 60 dive sites that mirror a healthy and thriving underwater ecosystem. Divers and underwater photographers from across the world would flock...
Story & photos by Gretchen Filart Dublin One balmy and bleak Thursday dawn, the Omni Aviation complex gates opened to throngs of spectators, all excitedly taking their spots on the grassy field. As early as 4 a.m., people lined outside the gates in anticipation of the opening of this year’s...
The Department of Tourism (DOT) will launch a new travel initiative to tap into the Japan niche market following the recent beatification of a Japanese martyr who died in exile in 1615 in the Philippines. The life story of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon has stirred a growing interest, particularly in...

CebGo flies to Masbate

Travelers will get to discover the “Rodeo Capital” of the Philippines as Cebgo, Cebu Pacific Air’s wholly owned subsidiary, launched its maiden flight to Masbate on February 15. Flight DG 6177 flies daily from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 at 8:20 a.m., and returns as Flight DG 6178 at...

A Feast for the Republic

The Filipinos are known for their religious fervor, evident in the fiestas dedicated to patronal saints, where they put their best foot—and food—forward to celebrate them. But in recent years, a new fiesta has taken shape to pay homage not to a territorial patron, but to the birth of the...
On February 1, 1814, Mayon Volcano registered its most destructive eruption killing over 1,200 persons in the town of Cagsawa in Albay, and destroying its poblacion, or town proper. The Cagsawa Ruins, where only the church belfry stands, is what remains of the Spanish-era town whose population relocated to higher and safer grounds in present-day Daraga. Since...
Set to expand in the next three years in various Philippine locations, the Ayala Hotels and Resorts Corp. hospitality brand Seda is counting on innate Filipino hospitality and international levels of service efficiency to maintain its overall guest satisfaction rating of 90 percent that it currently enjoys. The wholly owned Filipino brand has 817...
Story & Photos by Gretchen Filart Dublin Everybody can be rich in Batangas”, said Batangas Gov.-elect Hermilando Mandanas during the Batangas Development Summit (BDS) on January 27. Spearheaded by First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, this year’s BDS was held at the Lima Park Hotel and gathered 500 luminaries from the...

Spain: A country of heritage

By Euden Valdez In history, Filipinos know of Spain as the country that colonized and Christianized the Philippines for about 300 years. But in tourism, Filipinos have a lot to discover about the country that influenced much of their culture. As such, Turespaña, the Spanish Tourism Office, continues to “reintroduce” Spain...
Some travel to discover themselves, others travel to escape. For travel show host Milo Anzo, traveling can be a little bit of both and more. Born to a poor family in Pandacan, Manila, Anzo had initially thought that traveling was only meant for the opulent. He said the farthest he...
In celebration of the rich musical and cultural tradition of Las Piñas City, the Bamboo Organ Foundation celebrates its annual Bamboo Organ Festival from February 16 to 22 at Saint Joseph Parish, Las Piñas. Now on its 42 year, the festival showcases the musical festivities of local and foreign artists,...
The wonders of traveling are figuratively a click away for today’s youth. It is more apparent that the millennials, with their spending capability and insatiable thirst for exploring and sharing their experiences, are in the position to redefine the face of tourism as we knew it. Social media abounds with...
Story & photos by Euden Valdez The Philippines has proven time and again that it is a resilient country, one that is able to rise from different adversities and recover from natural calamities. This trait as a nation, the province of Isabela has recently showcased in a local level. After suffering...
Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo is thrilled over the inclusion of the Great Santa Cruz Island (also called Isla de Santa Cruz) in Zamboanga City on the list of the 21 Best Beaches in the World by the international publication National Geographic. “We are so proud about this citation and happy about...

Negeri Sembilan swing

By Bernard L Supetran If you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur, and you have time to spare before your evening flight, swing by the neighboring state of Negeri Sembilan. Situated less than an hour away from the airport, Negeri Sembilan, as it is fondly called, packs an eclectic charm, especially...
When it comes to travel for leisure, recreation and holidays, the Philippines is undoubtedly among the top destinations in the world.  With sprawling beaches, underwater gardens, mountains and historical sites, the country is a tropical haven brimming with natural wonders and rich culture; perfect for tourists, vacationers and adventurers. Undoubtedly,...
Story & photo by Marky Ramone Go Notwithstanding sans a honeymoon mate, I walked toward the gigantic ship bootlegging the swag of Mark Renton at the end of Trainspotting. Only this time, I am ship-spotting. Unflappably sliding my feet over the smooth carpet of the hallway of Harbour Front in Singapore,...
Story & photo by Gretchen Filart Dublin Manila is now officially a cruise home port for Star Cruises as SuperStar Virgo fleet makes its first homeport deployment to Manila. The 13-storey cruise ship will sail from Manila’s south pier onward to Laoag, Kaohsiung in Taiwan, and Hong Kong during a six-day...