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Driving destinations in New Zealand steer tourists to wonderland. In every turn there’s always a surprise that waits somewhere, be it rolling hills, snow-capped mountains or glaciers. Then there are rocky coasts, subtropical forests, hot springs or winding hiking paths too! And there’s no better way to experience it...

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Is it just me or you feel it too that those family-run inns of the bygone times are now hard to find? Even in far-flung towns like Baler, once dominated by ramshackle surf huts, hotels have become so refined. But then, there’s Endless Summer Hotel that’s loosening up things...

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In 17th century, Spanish galleons braved the waves of Baler. But after 300 years, they surrendered the last Spanish garrison to the Philippine revolutionary forces & their regime ended. Today, more than a century after, brave ones still ride its waves. But not anymore on those huge expedition ships...

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Alright, let’s go straight to the point —- Victory Liner’s point to point bus service is awesome. No frills, no nonsense. Just quick & smooth ride connecting Clark Airport in Pampanga to Subic & Dagupan. Recently, I had to fly back to Luzon to join the Season 8 of...

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Neither Amai Manabilang nor its former name Bumbaran probably rings a bell to most Filipinos. But this small town in Lanao del Sur is rich in culture, natural resources & beautiful landscapes hardly anyone sees. Thanks to modern-day infrastructure developments, more places in Mindanao once just names on the map...

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Samar Island Natural Park is gorgeous on the surface, underneath the earth & high above it. But within its 450,000-hectare protected landscape, 840 hectares attract the most visitors — Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge Park in Basey, Samar. Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge Park is a maze of natural...

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Is it just me feeling that Boracay’s reopening did not lure the hordes of tourists back to the island? Or is it just warming up? Whatever there is, one thing is sure, its closure opened opportunities for other islands to steal the show. Take Islas de Gigantes in Carles,...

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The story of Ozamiz City is just like those places that started as tiny settlements & grew into big cities. However, many people find it a sour bite in the lip when it made national headlines. But others like me see it as a beautiful space that history has...

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Pampanga Christmas lanterns are more than just embellishments of the most loved season of the year. It is also about how the Kapampangans created the Filipino Christmas that we all enjoy today. In what might just be the most iconic symbol of Pinoy Christmas, the “parol” or lanterns flicker...

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Twice a year, Zamboanga Sibugay receives an unusual jam of international visitors from as far as the arctic hemisphere — birds! And in a tiny town called Siay, they’re received with so much shebang that they even get their own festival called World Migratory Bird Day! Yes, these migratory...

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All towns, malls & hotels have lit their showpiece trees. Homes & streets sparkle in the dark of night. And children’s carols fill the air. But does Christmas in your neighborhood look like the Christmas Symbols Festival in Tangub City? Yes, Tangub in Misamis Occidental doesn’t let Christmas pass...

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Thanks to Pasungko Festival because we are not anymore stuck in imagining the Subanen culture from textbooks that are most likely to be outdated. And thanks to the Province of Misamis Occidental for keeping it all alive because it is truly an enriching experience. Barely a decade old, Pasungko...

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At more than 800 years old, Ati-Atihan Festival had surpassed many human lifetimes, conquerors, presidents, wars, victories, calamities & what-have-yous. It inspired the creation of many lavish fiestas that happen everyday across the 7,000 plus islands in the Philippines. And it still continues to charm everyone to this day....

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If you only have a week to spend in the Philippines, planning a quick vacation could be a real challenge. To begin with, it is a nation with more than 7,000 islands beautifully littered with beaches, waterfalls, ricefields, mountains & rivers. Then there are fiestas that happen everyday, endless...

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Among the many cultural traits that Spain left the Philippines with in their 300-year rule is their love for fiestas. And nowhere is this Spanish carnival more felt than in Zamboanga Hermosa Festival. Si, from songs sang in Spanish-rich lyrics to graceful dances in traje de mestiza, it’s easy...

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Every mid-October, Sagingan Festival showcases what Tubod, the capital town of Lanao del Norte offers. From farm-fresh produce & delectable goodies to handicrafts & dances, everything goes all out for a week. But above all, it celebrates the bounty of its harvests, cultural traditions & the greatness of its...

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