Secret’s out: Asia’s most overlooked paradise
Nov20

Secret’s out: Asia’s most overlooked paradise

                        The Philippines is often overlooked by Australians in favor of other Asian destinations, but there’s no better time to get to know this tropical archipelago, writes Steve McKenna in this beginner’s guide. With 7107 islands and a feast of screensaver-perfect backdrops – from dreamy tropical beaches and smouldering volcanoes to mesmerizing...

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Undiscovered jewel of the Philippines
Jul31

Undiscovered jewel of the Philippines

Mention Apo Reef to seasoned Philippines travelers and chances are they will tell you about a distant diving paradise accessible only on expensive live-aboard trips. Mention Sablayan, a coastal backwater on the island of Mindoro that is the jumping-off town to Apo Reef, and most likely they will greet you with a blank stare. But thanks to greatly improved infrastructure on Mindoro, Apo Reef is now a lot more accessible. And fairly...

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Leading cruise companies eyeing Philippines as favorite destination
Jul23

Leading cruise companies eyeing Philippines as favorite destination

  THREE of the world’s leading cruise companies—Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines—have expressed interest to help develop the Philippines as a cruise-ship destination, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., said recently. In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia Jr. said officials of the three companies provided feedback on how the Philippines could...

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Manila shoots for place at Asia’s gambling table with new mega-casino
Jun14

Manila shoots for place at Asia’s gambling table with new mega-casino

  Manila’s newest and most luxurious casino has opened its doors, upping the ante in the Philippines’ drive to compete with Asian gambling hot spots Singapore and Macau. The US$1.2-billion Solaire Resort & Casino, an integrated resort on Manila Bay, is the first of four casino venues being built on prime, reclaimed land as part of a gaming and entertainment complex dubbed Entertainment City. Solaire’s 18,000-square-meter...

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Sofitel Philippine Plaza carves out medical tourism niche
Mar21

Sofitel Philippine Plaza carves out medical tourism niche

  SOFITEL Philippine Plaza is taking aim at the burgeoning medical tourism sector in South-east Asia by opening its own in-house aesthetic center. Vietura is a 20-room facility offering a range of customizable programs including face contouring, body sculpting, weight-management, and remedies for complexion problems and digestive disorders. It is helmed by chief practitioner Mary Jane Torres with a staff of 12 registered nurses,...

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PAL blazes new routes in Australia, China, Middle East
Mar21

PAL blazes new routes in Australia, China, Middle East

  PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) will roll out six new international flights over the next few months, upping its total number of international services to 34. The network expansion begins with the launch of four-times-weekly Manila-Kuala Lumpur flights on May 1. Thrice-weekly services to Darwin and Brisbane as well as four-times-weekly flights to Perth and Guangzhou are scheduled to begin on June 1. Finally, daily Abu Dhabi services...

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Boracay beats Asian favorites to take crown as top destination
Jan04

Boracay beats Asian favorites to take crown as top destination

  Singapore – BORACAY’S sunny shores have been voted as the best for unwinding on and the third best for night owls, according to a survey conducted by OTA Agoda.com. Based on feedback from over 113,000 customers, Boracay was the “clear top choice” for relaxation, stated the press release, trouncing the ever-popular Bali. The destination also ranked third for nightlife destinations, becoming the sole Philippine...

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The Philippines opens its skies to more Thai traffic
Jan04

The Philippines opens its skies to more Thai traffic

  THE Philippines and Thailand have entered into an agreement to increase the number of flights between Manila and Bangkok, following talks in the Thai capital last week (TTG Asia e-Daily, October 31, 2012). According to the Philippines’ Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), 1,480 seats will be added to the current 5,400 weekly seats connecting Manila and Bangkok, while both countries have given the green light to unlimited traffic...

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Cebu Pacific Launching Direct Manila-Bali Flights
Dec05

Cebu Pacific Launching Direct Manila-Bali Flights

  Indonesian Holiday Island Becoming 20th International Destination The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) is launching direct flights between Manila and Bali. The twice-weekly service to Indonesia’s most popular tourism destination starts on March 16, 2013 – in time for peak summer travel in the Philippines. “Air fares introducing the new service will start from USD90, up to 38% lower than other...

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Metro Manila Rising Top Destination
Dec05

Metro Manila Rising Top Destination

Metro Manila has been ranked fourth by international travel website, TripAdvisor, in its Top 10 Asian Destinations On The Rise, behind Jakarta, Indonesia; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Calcutta, India. Other Asian cities on the rise are Bangalore, India; Luang Prabang, Laos; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Kobe and Osaka, Japan.The top 10 list is part of TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2012 awards. The website had earlier ranked...

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