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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...
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...