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How about a rice terraces mountain adventure?

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BANGAAN. PJ ENRIQUEZ

It’s officially summer, with temperatures hitting the mid-30s. Many will most likely be heading to the beaches, as we have some of the best in the world. But how about going to higher ground instead to explore the Cordillera Mountains, site of our world-famous rice terraces?

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Travel | Read More »

PH top 5 dive sites still world’s best

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UNDERWATER ATTRACTION A diver marvels at the color and beauty of the corals at the bottom of the sea off Coron in Palawan province, whose attractions include 12 “diveable” shipwrecks. This one is in the Culion area.  YVETTE LEE/CONTRIBUTOR

Scuba divers will never stop telling you: The Philippines is one of the best places in the world to dive. Just ask dedicated locals as well as visitors from all over the world, including award-winning underwater photographers and marine biologists, who come for stuff big and small.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Bulgari donates 1.5 million euros to Rome for Spanish Steps’ renovation

BULGARI CEO Jean-Christophe Balbin (left) and Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino in Rome City Hall at ceremony marking the donation

Luxury brand Bulgari has signed an agreement with the City of Rome to donate 1.5 million euros to renovate the Spanish Steps, the landmark that has drawn millions and millions of tourists to the Italian capital the past century.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Panas: A village of crystal-clear waterfalls

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HEAT-BUSTER There’s more to this three-level gushing, crystal-clear waterfall, lagoon and catch basin in Panas’ inland resorts in New Corella town, Davao del Norte province. OLAN FERNANDEZ EMBOSCADO/CONTRIBUTOR

It would be a pity if picnickers and nature lovers miss out on this gem. A 10-minute drive from the center of this agricultural town, Panas, is an idyllic mountain resort tucked deep in a forest and nestled between the hills, replete with natural multitiered waterfalls that cascade to a lagoon where intrepid swimmers can take a dip in its soothingly cold, crystal-clear waters.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Fast facts: Palaui Island

Scuba divers enjoy the waters off Cape Engaño on Palaui Island in Santa Ana town in northern Cagayan province. The place was ranked by CNN 10th among the Top 100 beaches in the world in 2013. It highlights a well-preserved beach and a Spanish lighthouse on top of a hill.  Chen Reyes-Mencias/Contributor

Barangay: San Vicente   Municipality: Santa Ana   Province: Cagayan   Original name: Palami   Distance from Luneta Park in Manila: 642 kilometers   Surrounded by: Babuyan Channel in the north, west and south; Pacific Ocean in the east   Width: 5 km   Length: 10 km   Total shoreline length: 30.56 km   Declared: [...]

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

More to see in Santa Ana, Cagayan

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Scuba divers enjoy the waters off Cape Engaño on Palaui Island in Santa Ana town in northern Cagayan province. The place was ranked by CNN 10th among the Top 100 beaches in the world in 2013. It highlights a well-preserved beach and a Spanish lighthouse on top of a hill.  Chen Reyes-Mencias/Contributor

Visitors who have been enchanted by the sights on Palaui Island may also want to check out the nearby natural attractions of this town, mostly known for its white sand beaches, clear waters and pristine coral formations.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Palaui Island: ‘Raw beauty’ in Cagayan

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Scuba divers enjoy the waters off Cape Engaño on Palaui Island in Santa Ana town in northern Cagayan province. The place was ranked by CNN 10th among the Top 100 beaches in the world in 2013. It highlights a well-preserved beach and a Spanish lighthouse on top of a hill.  Chen Reyes-Mencias/Contributor

For the adventurous who are willing to endure the more than 12-hour, 600-kilometer road trip from Metro Manila to Palaui Island, a piece of paradise awaits you in the Babuyan Channel in northeastern Luzon.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Mindoro’s dance festival stunning, a sight to behold

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GOLDEN girl muse

Apart from the captivating ambience of Puerto Galera, there is much to discover and experience in the province of Oriental Mindoro, an hour and 10 minutes ride via fast craft from the Port of Batangas City.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

What’s behind the surprise eviction notice of Casa Vallejo?

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BAGUIO’S heritage conservationists are fighting tooth and nail for the preservation of Casa Vallejo, the city’s oldest hotel, following a controversial ownership claim made by an indigenous family that said the land where the structure stands belonged to it “since pre-Hispanic times.” Vallejo regulars fear the claimants will demolish the property before selling the land to a condominium developer. PHOTO BY NIDA AVANCEÑA

Thank the exceptionally nippy weather here for cooling down tempers after the women running the century-old Casa Vallejo (or Vallejo Hotel) received an eviction letter telling them to leave on Jan. 14.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Jan.-Oct. 2013 tourist arrivals rose by 11%

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A group of Chinese tourists pose for pictures in front of the monument of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal at a Manila park. The Asia-Pacific will overtake Europe as the region whose tourists spend the most money overseas within 10 years, a report said Wednesday, driven by an explosion in the number of Chinese travelers. AFP FILE PHOTO

Visitors from South Korea, the United States and China comprised the biggest chunk of the almost 4 million tourist arrivals in the country from January to October last year, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Holiday destinations

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DEDON Island Resort

If you need a break from the stress of the holidays (especially if you’re the one doing all the cooking and Christmas shopping) and just want some serious family time, here are some destinations for you to discover.

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Travel | Read More »

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