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Ever heard of HydroBob?

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THE HYDROBOB can descend up to 10 feet
underwater. PHOTO COURTESY OF TWO SEASONS CORON

At the northern tip of Bulalacao Island in Coron, Palawan, sits every beach lover’s haven—where the sun, sky and sea are inescapable.

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

A gem of ages: 7 island rock formations in Northern Samar

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ROCK STAR Carved to perfection for thousands of years by crashing waves, whipping winds, fierce storms and tectonic movements, orchestrated no doubt by the Hand of God, rock formations of Biri Island in Northern Samar dwarf the visitors who can only stare at its stunning beauty. VICKY ARNAIZ/INQUIRER VISAYAS

From afar, the rocks resemble walls protecting this island-municipality from the ferocious waves of the Pacific Ocean and the San Bernardino Strait.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Smart Travel Tips from your Smartphone


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When the smartphone was in its infancy and app stores were not yet operational, its best built-in app to help travelers was the Maps app. There were no walking directions provided, just a map that you needed to interpret to help you get to your destination.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Barefoot in India


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India: Love it or hate it. It is the liveliest place I have been to so far. The craziest. Cows in the middle of the road, the traffic, the honking, dust, garbage, vendors, Hinduism, motors, tuktuks, touts, crowded trains—the moment I started walking the streets of Delhi, this mix dazzled me at every turn. Walking was like negotiating a maze as I sidestepped cow pies without getting hit by a motorcycle or tuktuk or bumping into people. Locals, especially men, stared while touts and vendors hawked their stuff and beggars followed at my heels. Being a tourist, I found out, meant being the attraction du jour.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Magic of Mercedes’ 7-island paradise

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TOURISTS' CHOICE Canimog Island's fine white sane and clear waters  MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

Magical may not be the right word to describe the seven wonders surrounded by white sand scattered just off the coast of Mercedes town in Camarines Norte, but it sure comes close to it.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Tourists from Asia-Pacific to become world’s top spenders—report

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

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.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long

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LONG BEACH  This 14-kilometer stretch of shore covered with powdery white sand in San Vicente town, in the island province of Palawan, promises to become one of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations, as development continues involving the tourism industry’s big investors.  PALAFOX ASSOCIATES/CONTRIBUTOR

Imagine trekking along 14 kilometers of unspoiled powdery white sand with nothing but the vast expanse of the West Philippine Sea and endless rows of lush forests and old coconut trees on both sides.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | 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 »

Fast facts on new summer destination: New Corella, Davao del Norte

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

New Corella is a landlocked municipality between Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley provinces. The 2nd class town of 52,015 is one of Davao del Norte’s biggest rice producers.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | 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 »

Check out Davao this summer–starting with its ‘cabrito’ and goat cheese

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CLAUDE’S now occupies the Oboza Heritage House

The oven-roasted baby goat that greeted us at the Malagos Farmhouse outpost in Davao City was a treat we weren’t expecting but one we all welcomed. After all, the brand is known mainly for its range of exceptional goat cheeses.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

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