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President Quezon hometown proof God also had fun in PH

HIDDEN PARADISE  The pristine Dicasalarin Cove, a secluded white-sand beach, is one of the tourist attractions of Baler town, Aurora. WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

By bus, the trip from Metro Manila to this capital town of Aurora, Central Luzon’s easternmost province, takes at most five hours. By car, it can be an hour shorter.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Hidden gems abound in E. Pangasinan

ZIPPING OVER HILLS A 1.4-kilometer zip line soaring over hills and trees offers an exhilarating view of Balungao town’s verdant fields and mountains, one of the hidden treasures on this side of Pangasinan. WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

An extinct volcano has become a major tourist attraction in this eastern Pangasinan town, revealing nature’s hidden treasures to visitors seeking a weekend breather.

Posted: June 25th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Travel | Read More »

Benguet: Where climbing peaks is an act of worship

CHANGING COLORS The rice terraces of Kibungan town in Benguet province usually start to turn yellow as harvest time nears. Farther up the mountains, however, the hue is a constant green. Approaching the peaks and the gigantic rocks in the clouds makes one feel insignificant against nature. Climbers say it’s a humbling experience to realize the power of nature. SONNY CRUZ/INQUIRER CAMERA CLUB

Not many may have heard of Mt. Tagpew and Mt. Oten, but that works just fine for outdoor enthusiast Rainiel Lee. Except for an occasional post or two in social networking sites, these two peaks have not quite made it to local guidebooks—yet.

Posted: May 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Travel | Read More »

Discover gems of coral beaches

ON THE ROCKS Visitors are offered a spectacular view of the mysterious Paratec Beach in Burgos town, Pangasinan province, perched on the  jagged black rocks atop a hill. EV ESPIRITU/Inquirer Northern Luzon

There are less traveled places beyond Alaminos City’s much frequented Hundred Islands National Park in Pangasinan province, where the weary traveler can pause, relax and appreciate nature and the simple joys of rural living.

Posted: May 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Women invade mine; one runs 100-ton truck

BIG JOB FOR SMALL WOMAN.  Marina Bartolome, who stands 4’11”, is dwarfed by the large-scale haul truck she drives every day to the open-pit mine of OceanaGold Corp. in Barangay Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya province.  RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

On any day about a year and a half ago, Marina Bartolome, 30, would be tending her three children, ages 6 to 10, while her husband operated a bulldozer at the gold project of OceanaGold Corp. in the mining community of Didipio here.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »