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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Story & photos by Gretchen Filart Dublin In addition to its existing dungeons, promenades and ruins, visitors now have more reasons to visit Fort Santiago as it opened two new historic sites recently—the Paseo Soledad and Plaza Moriones. The sections were redeveloped by the Department of Tourism (DOT), as part...
A new tourism destination, which combines a scenic river, amazing natural attractions, varied flora and fauna, an interesting agricultural community and a colorful festival, is beginning to draw a lot of visitors in Cagayan province. Casagan, an agricultural village first inhabited by Aetas in Santa Ana, Cagayan, is now known...
Story & photos by Bernard L. Supetran It is the time of the year when the Filipinos’ sense of patriotism is rekindled as we observe the declaration of Philippine Independence from the 333-year rule of Spain. From the prominent display of the flags of the 1896 Revolution, to the music...
Traveling for almost three decades as a journalist, Bicol has always been on my bucket list. I want to see the world-famous perfect-coned Mayon Volcano for myself up-close. But the nearest I could get to Bicol was a travel in Daet, Camarines Norte, more than 10 years ago. Thus,...

The trip to Busan

The zombie-action flick Train to Busan made the second-largest city after Seoul familiar to local movie fans.  Now, it is about time that Filipino tourists get to know more of Busan as a “City of Action”, destination. Day and night fun spots Busan is the largest coastal city of South Korea,...
Watching Korean period dramas let you peek into the old Korea. For your next trip to the “Land of the Morning Calm”, care to step into its storied past? Gyeongju City, in Gyeongsanbuk-do province, sits in the southeastern area of the Korean Peninsula. With natural landscapes and coastline, Gyeongju is...
Story & photo by Marky Ramone Go It was 4 a.m. when we arrived at the converging place. I instantly felt the cool morning air starting to diminish as the hour inches its way to sunrise. Members of the Philippine Armed Forces, war veterans, their families, sociocivic groups, government employees,...
Travel industry leaders, tourism ministers from other countries and conservation groups, journalists and representatives from the World Economic Forum, as well as former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, gathered together at the 17th World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Summit held in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 26 and...
The United Nations World Tourism Organization has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development to highlight ecotourism, a vital concept in the booming industry in biodiversity-rich countries. In line with this global observance, the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), together with the Department of Tourism, is...
Story & photos by Gretchen Filart Dublin For more than 300 years, Spain and Philippines shared a deep history in food. Colonizing the Philippines from 1521 to 1898, the Spaniards brought to the country not only Catholicism but also its cuisine and meticulous cooking methods, something that is still evident...
Story & photos by Marky Ramone Go Believed to have originated even before the arrival of the Spaniards, the Guling-Guling Festival morphed into a religious practice in the 16th century, when the Spanish friars attached it with the celebration of the Lenten season. Happening a day before Ash Wednesday, guling, the...
Story & photo by Lorenz S. Marasigan Conclusion Cagayan Valley welcomed us with a breakfast of native food. I helped myself to two helpings of pawa—steamed ground glutinous rice filled with peanuts—and a few pieces of Ybanag longanisa, which is the local version of sausage filled with garlic, and eggs. The locals...
By Carla Mortel-Baricaua On April 8 140 cyclists pedaled their way to visit seven churches, completing this year’s edition of Bisikleta Iglesia. The heritage and pilgrimage tour that started early morning in Lima Park Hotel covered 52 kilometers of hilly and winding roads of Balete, passed through the busy streets...
Story & photo by Lorenz S. Marasigan First of two parts Our call time’s at 4:30 a.m., so I hurriedly lugged my backpack on, and booked a ride to Victory Liner bus station in Cubao, Quezon City. Our five-day itinerary for the trip was packed, as usual. With only two hours of...
In its continuing effort to raise awareness on environmental conservation and sustainable development, cause-driven MUNI Cultural Creatives Inc. staged its annual two-day MUNI Market and meet-ups event at the Capitol Commons Park in Pasig City on April 8 and 9. This year, MUNI Market adopted the theme “Beyond Conscious Consumerism,”...
Story & photo by Gretchen Filart Dublin In keeping with its credo of inspiring communities that “now everyone can fly”, AirAsia recently announced its new biweekly travel webisodes (web episodes) in an intimate media gathering held at the Venice Grand Canal Cineplex. Red Talks with Daphne are webisodes hosted by multiawarded...
Hop on over to Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila, on April 15 and 16 to experience an excellent Easter weekend celebration. The Angry Birds-themed Easter offers an array of enjoyable activities to keep the kids and the whole family entertained during the two-day fete. Angry Birds Eggcellent Easter Spend Easter Sunday...
Story & photos by Joshua Berida Romblon is a province that you visit to watch time flitter by. Its rustic charm and idyllic vibe are much like the slow lapping of the waves on its powdery sand beaches and the slow, controlled movements of the clouds as they turn from...
Since the first Muni Market in 2014, it was always the goal to create an enriching experience and connect a community for mindful living. More than a marketplace for healthy, local or eco-friendly products, the Muni Market allows cause-driven creatives of all kinds to meet like-minded individuals, united by...
‘Happiness and kindness is something if you give it away—then it comes right back to you,” the song reverberates harmoniously inside the classroom as the pupils of Ogo-og Elementary school sing in unison. A few minutes more and we will be distributing the school-supply kits to each one of...
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