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Guimaras: A province with potential

IF there’s a phrase that best describes Guimaras, it’s probably this: “the island of opportunities.” Tourism officials in the province think it is, since they adopted the phrase as their own and used it in their promotional materials. It’s easy to understand why: Guimaras—which is holding its annual Manggahan Festival this week and will celebrate its 22nd anniversary as a province on May 22—is not only blessed with fertile fields that yield what many say are the world’s sweetest mangoes, but also with emerald-green hills, pearl-white beaches and aquamarine waters that offer enterprising people the opportunity to develop them and help fulfill the province’s potential as a top tourist destination.

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Tourism helps Eastern Visayas bounce back

MENTION the phrase “I shall return,” and US Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his momentous, game-changing landing in Palo town, Leyte province, in 1944 easily comes to mind. This landing signaled the start of the country’s liberation from Japan during World War II.

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Five key elements to ensure successful tourism development

WHEN a person thinks of tourism, he or she usually thinks of a resort, a beach, a waterfall or a shopping area. But really, these are just parts of an entire tour. Also, there are other elements that we take for granted that are just as equally important.

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Iloilo City: Where the past and present meet for the future

FOR first-time visitors, Iloilo City may seem like a place where the classic, the colonial and the contemporary not only co-exist, but also complement one another. True, this could also be said of other cities established during the Spanish colonial period that continue to flourish in the 21st century, but the co-existence of features of this vibrant Western Visayan city’s past and present never really feels awkward or forced. In fact, it feels rather natural.

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