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Friday, January 20, 2017
By Leony R. Garcia Folk dances reflect the traditional life of the people. All over the world, folk dances are showcased and used as a form of cultural exchange among nations. Folk dancing is usually associated with social activities. That’s why no fiesta or festivity in the Philippines is complete without folk...
In 2014  Metro Manila was named as among the world’s 10 Fastest-Emerging Global Cities by The World Post because of its eclectic lifestyle, metropolis vibe and world-class shopping. The Metro Manila Tourism Forum (MMTF) will rediscover the tourism gems of the 16 cities and one municipality and gather government and private stakeholders in...
Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation Inc. (ETFFI) will hold an international symposium from February 27 to March 2 at the President Osmeñ a Theater in Ayuntamiento, Intramuros, Manila. This event will bring in renowned experts in the heritage field from Asia and Spain to share their expertise and technical skills in the...

All set for Sinulog 2017

Cebu, the Queen City of the South, is holding the grandest festival in the Philippines, the Sinulog Festival, today. Now on its 37th year, the Sinulog Festival, which bears its original slogan “One Beat, One Dance, One Vision”, and this year’s 452nd Fiesta Señor celebration in honor of the Child Jesus...

Two days in Shanghai

Story & photos by Henrylito D. Tacio What do these Hollywood movies have in common: Empire of the Sun, The White Countess, Ultraviolet, Code 46, Fearless, Mission Impossible 3, The Last Tycoon, Looper, Skyfall, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ? If you can’t guess,...
Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo assured that concerns about security, vehicular traffic, airport and immigration procedures, transport and accommodations have been addressed by the Miss Universe hosting secretariat in continuous preparations to welcome 87 delegates of the prestigious pageant from across the globe. “Everything is in place, we just...
Hilton announced the signing of a management agreement with Victory Hotel Joint Stock Co., which is part of the BRG Group, for a 610-room dual-branded hotel. Owned by BRG Group, and to be managed by Hilton, the dual-branded property will feature Hilton Hanoi West Lake, with 240 rooms and suites,...
Philippine Airlines (PAL) opened 2017 with the launch of a new route, Clark to Incheon (South Korea), that began on January 1st. The daily service using the 199-seater Airbus A321 jet will allow passengers from Central and Northern Luzon to fly to Incheon without passing through Manila. Last December 16 PAL started operating out of Clark International Airport in...
Story & photos by Euden Valdez Considered as the country with the longest Christmas celebration, holiday in the Philippines is just about to end this January. Definitely, streets, establishments and even households are still bedecked with decorations, simple or grand, but always glowing from Christmas lights and lanterns. But while dazzling...

Surf, sea and spring

Embraced by the Pacific Ocean and the West Philippine Sea, the Philippine archipelago is a surfing haven. Depending on the season, both seaboards offer exhilarating rides on the ocean waves. Lanuza town in Surigao del Sur is one of the less heralded surf sites on the Pacific side, which can...
Niccolo  &  Marco  Polo  Hotels  swept  up  the  most  awards  of  the  night by any single hotel group, with five big wins at the industry’s most prestigious occasion, The  BMW Hotelier Awards 2016. Dr. Jennifer Cronin, president of Niccolo & Marco Polo Hotels,  was awarded  The Asia Pacific Corporate...
The 65th edition of Miss Universe pageant activities kicked off with the rousing visit of beauty titlists from 12 countries recently, who, altogether, provided a fitting climax to this year’s Philippine tourism program. “It gave a sneak-peek of the Philippines’sbest-kept secrets as a world-class tourist destination, an ideal and safe haven...
By Marane A. Plaza From bangin’ island parties, stylish yacht cruises, sunbaking sessions on its famous white sand to adrenaline-infusing water sports, Boracay is, indeed, the world’s 24/7 island. Its pristine beach matched with fine white sand is surely a delight for global and local travelers alike, but more than anything,...
Christmas in the Philippines is truly a unique experience. With the longest Christmas season in the world, from September to Epiphany or The Feast of the Three Kings in January, the Philippines definitely has Christmas spirit. What’s more, every region has something to offer when it comes to making...
Breakaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and schedule a year-end holiday reward at the Pearl Farm Beach Resort, where you and your family can spend the season in high spirits with its special Home for the Holidays Packages covering the dates from December 23, 2016, to January 2,...
Nostalgia for the putative golden age of aviation is constantly being renewed as photos of glamorous passengers with their top of the line suitcases and accepting drinks while on a flight in the 1950s to 1960s have captured the imaginations of many. It’s no wonder that until now, many...

Getting lost in Central Japan

Story & photos by Joshua Berida When we visit Japan, the places we visit or revisit are Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. These three destinations have their charm; they are rooted in the country’s history and culture. The confluence of the past and present is prevalent in these locations; the towering skyscrapers,...
An integrated network of highway and vehicular ferry routes connect the major islands of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, the roll-on, roll-off (Roro) vessels allow tourists to travel from one island to another to enjoy the destinations as it enhances the accessibility of the prime tourist destinations in the...
COLOR Manila, the country’s most aggressive “concept fun-run” organizer, just capped 2016 with the Color Manila Blacklight Run held at CSI The City Mall Dagupan City, Pangasinan, on December 10.  More than a thousand participants participated in the night run, which was also made possible in cooperation with CSI The City...
Story & photos by Gretchen Filart Dublin In 2013 Supertyphoon Yolanda—Haiyan to the rest of the world—brought with it a storm surge that swept away over 6,300 people in Eastern Visayas. In the Palo Metropolitan Cathedral mass grave—just one of many across Leyte—only a few hundred are identified. Many remain missing...