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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Festival because we are not anymore stuck in imagining the Subanen culture from textbooks that are most likely to be outdated.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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It’s hard to think of Tangub City without imagining Dalit Festival. And it’s also harder to think of Dalit Festival without recognizing Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe. After all, these are among the attractions that shot them to fame & got everyone flocking to this small city every September. Yes, Tangub...

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LM Metro Hotel in Zamboanga is a bit of a happening spot in the city. With a restaurant, café, gym, event center & a huge pool, fun-loving Zamboangeños seem to make it their favorite place for staycation. But I felt the wonderful reasons too why everyone loves this homegrown...

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There’s nowhere else in the Philippines where Christians, Muslims & Lumads come together to celebrate the feast of a holy angel than in Iligan City. This is Diyandi Festival — the gathering of cultures into one festive space, rejoicing diversity bound by one adoration for St. Michael the Archangel....

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The sense of freedom that comes with embarking on that trip when you hit the open road is something special, particularly when exploring a new destination. But, when you are driving, as enjoyable and exhilarating as it may be, it is of the utmost importance that you stay awake...

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I have to be honest that getting to Merloquet Falls is not as easy as you imagined it to be. It’s far. Really far. And for all the right reasons, we were just as glad to have the trip arranged by iTravel Tourist Lane. Merloquet Falls is secreted away...

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Liloan, Southern Leyte is no stranger to frequent travelers driving from Luzon to Mindanao. Since the 1980s, Liloan Ferry Terminal has been one of the vital links that connect our archipelagic geography. And in between Eastern Visayas & Northern Mindanao, its port stands as the oldest known gateway to...

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Don’t leave your fantasies of flying only to your dreams because you can do it wide-awake by paragliding in Cagayan de Oro City! And through tandem flights with top-brass paragliders, you don’t even have to worry about committing to trainings or needing prior flying experience. Flying has always been...

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