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Sunday, August 20, 2017

A homage to history

I HAD seen Rizal Park Hotel somewhere, but I can’t quite remember where. If I may hazard a guess, it might be in a picture-perfect postcard lost in a pile of its kind, gathering a veneer of permanent dust. Because, at the outset, the hotel is an item from another...
Seasoned travelers have compared the topography of Batanes to that of New Zealand and Scotland. The northernmost group of islands in the Philippines remains a top-of-mind destination of avid Filipino travelers. For this reason, the Rediscover Batanes Caravan by the Philippine Tour Operators Association (Philtoa) was a rousing success. Consumers,...
Tour de Cebu, the country’s only 1,000-kilometers touristic and historic sports-car rally for vintage cars, returns to the bucolic province of Bohol from October 20 to 22 for its fourth edition. Dubbed Touristic Rally, Across the Visayas, the motoring event is inspired by Italy’s Mille Miglia rally which gives emphasis on time accuracy over...
Story & Photos by Recto Mercene China will give you stiff neck ogling at those tall buildings that have sprung up all across the eastern seaboard of this vast country since its economy was opened up to the world some 30 years ago. Thirty years ago the tallest building I...
Aeta tribal elder Dominador Liwanag, more popularly known as Tata Kasoy, was presented with an award and certificate of appreciation for his “lifetime work in preserving the rain forest and culture” at the recent Subic Ecotourism Festival. The 67-year-old leader of the Pastolan tribe at the Subic free port’s Pamulaklakin Trail serves...
Get ready for “Japanese invasion” in the days and years to come, as the Department of Tourism and its marketing and promotions arm, Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), have partnered with the leading Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) to put together “I Travel Philippines 2017 (ITP 2017)”, the largest familiarization tour for...
Story & photos Gretchen Filart Dublin "Would you like to wear a unicorn onesie?” we were asked as we sat down on a candy-colored bunk. Kids in tow, we immediately turned awe-inspired at the flurry of pastel tables, cushions, ponies and other decorative items. It was Sunday and at 11...
Quezon City has always been known as the “City of Stars”, as it is home to the country’s largest TV and film networks and production outfits for decades. But with the recent first Quezon City Tourism Stakeholders’ Summit, the city government has been clear with its goals of adding...
I love Mindanao. Just the fact that my mother hailed from Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte, and my father was once an adopted son of Mindanao—made me love this home of my lineage. It was there where Tatay met and fell in love with my Nanay. Growing up in a quite...
SUCCEEDING the establishment of its brand of hotels in the country’s main cities, Best Western International opens its newest addition in the relatively bustling—at the same time laidback—city of Pampanga. Called the Bendix Hotel, the property was the fruition of the partnership with local enterprise Hilcres Consolidated Corp., a...
Sarangani might be synonymous to its favorite son, boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, but not everyone knows that one of his diversions when not training for a fight is diving around Sarangani Bay’s best-kept dive spots. Kept under the radar of many divers, this rich body of water is a secret...
MACTAN, CEBU—As the Department of Tourism (DOT) positions the country as the Freediving Capital of Asia, famous freediver and Philippine Freediving Ambassador Guillaume Néry will be at the forefront of the charge. “I feel very proud and very honored to be the ambassador, but it’s also a responsibility. The Philippines...
The city of Baybay, Leyte, recently opened the 16,000 Blossoms park, a mountain-top garden adorned by 16,000 LED lights, as part of its 10th cityhood day. Located at the Lintaon Peak, the city’s highest point, the park is comprised of white and red roses embedded in the grassy meadow...
Joining a caravan offered by the Philippine Tour Operators Association (Philtoa) will always have its perks that are hard to top. For this particular caravan, the local delicacies of Southern Tagalog may be the main draw, but there is so much more to it. Aside from eating or watching how...
Filipino travelers in search of fascinating new destinations are treated with a visually stimulating preview last month, when the ABS-CBN News Channel’s Asian Air Safari showed a two-part episode of their feature on Ethiopia at the Shangri-La Cineplex in Mandaluyong. A land of diversity Containing two episodes: “A Cradle of Mankind”...
PALAWAN, home to two United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) World Heritage sites, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (also called the Underground River) and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park both in Puerto Princesa, was one of the sites for United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO)‚ officials...
Story & Photos by Marky Ramone Go As soon as the clock stroke the 4 p.m. mark of the opening day of the five-day World Street Food Congress and the gates finally opened, legions of foodies eager to chow down some of the world’s finest culinary delights conceived for the...
Story & Photos by Marky Ramone Go Under a canopy of dark midnight sky dotted with a few observable stars, and a wary moon hiding beneath thick clouds, we started our hike over a narrow trail speckled with loose rocks. As scorching as the wind was when we arrived at Saint...
Seda Hotels, a wholly owned and operated brand of Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts, recently announced the appointment of Brett Patrick Hickey as group general manager for the newly opened Seda Vertis North and the upcoming Seda Lio Resort in El Nido, Palawan. With 21 years of experience in the...
The province of Pangasinan recently celebrated the bounty of the sea with the Pistay Dayat, a traditional festival held in May at the vast stretch of historic Lingayen Gulf, one of the country’s biggest gulfs and longest beaches. The highlight of the celebration is the Banca Parada fluvial parade at the Agno River, which...
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