I Kid you Not, Bukidnon is Another Underrated Province

November 11, 2023


There’s only one option when going to Bukidnon from Cagayan de Oro, and that is the scenic route. Knowing about this from earlier visit to the province, I tried my hardest staying awake throughout our ride.  As soon as I saw the mountain ranges leading to the summit of Mount Kitanglad, I knew we were close to breathing the cool air and smelling the fragrant pine trees and the rest of the verdant Bukidnon forest.

Sarah Aldana
The woven works of the Tagolwanen weavers mirrors the vibrant culture of Bukidnon

Sagay City's Eco Destinations Shape Nature Conservation and Community-Based Tourism

November 10, 2023


Negros Occidental is home to another destination held up as an exemplar of ecotourism and community development, much like Danjugan Island in its southern part. Sagay City, perched on the northern tip of the province like an ice cream cone overlooking the Visayan Sea, is home to a number of eco-tourism hotspots that does wonders for both its community members and its natural environment.

Krisma Rodriguez
Carbin Reef

Island Hopping and Seafood Feasting Our Way Through Masbate

November 06, 2023


After getting a glimpse of the province last year when I visited Ticao Island for a couple of days, I immediately regarded Masbate as vastly underrated despite its central geographical location as gateway to Luzon and Visayas. That brief tryst had me making a vow of returning soon. As good fortunes had it, I was able to go back recently for a more extensive journey that took me to the mainland of Masbate, Burias Island and at Ticao once again.

Monina Sanchez
Animasola Island is formed like a fortress with a triangular sandbar

Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines Conducts Community Based Tourism Workshop for Weavers in Ilocos Norte

October 24, 2023


Unbeknownst to many, the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines (TPB), the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), has been conducting workshops on marketing enhancement with community-based tourism (CBT) stakeholders from several communities nationwide.

Some of the CBT participants with TPB's Alberto Gadia Jr.

Where to Stay in Samal Island | Discovery Samal

October 10, 2023


I’ve been fortunate to have stayed in two amazing properties during my previous trips to Samal Island. Chemas by the Sea captivated me nearly 15 years ago with its bungalow accommodations surrounded by a well-kept garden, a tiny pool, and a private beach. Last year, Pearl Farm, one of the island's well-known resorts, satisfied my long-standing desire to experience its brand of hospitality. 

Cola Nievera
The layout of the resort appears like a Y from the air. You can go around the property on a golf cart. 

The 2023 PHITEX in the City of Cebu Showcases the Philippines as One of the World’s Best Tourism Destinations

September 26, 2023


If the walls of the gleaming convention halls at Fili Hotel at Nustar Cebu could talk, they would recount the incredible numbers that provide a vivid picture of the phenomenal success of the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX 2023) this year. There were 164 Filipino vendors, 88 international purchasers, 296,000,000 pesos in negotiated transactions, and unending, positive word-of-mouth praise for the Philippines.

Anthea Ifurung
Tabletop meetings resulted in record deals for both buyers and sellers

Mammangi Festival in Ilagan, Isabela Honor the City’s Unsung Farmer Heroes

August 15, 2023


When discussing Philippine Festivals, several traditional revelries come to mind. These include the lively and energetic Sinulog in Cebu, the primal and rhythmic Dinagyang in Iloilo, the captivating drumming beats of Ati-Atihan in Kalibo, the vibrancy of Masskara in Bacolod, the flowery appeal of Panagbenga in Baguio, the cultural allure of Zamboanga's Hermoso, and the equally joyous celebration of Kadayawan in Davao, and the list goes on. However, upon further exploration, one can easily discover numerous jovial celebrations in smaller cities and even towns throughout the Philippine archipelago.

8 Contingents performed for the street dance competition

‘Fusion’ of Nature and Technology: Duking it out at El Nido’s Lagen Island

August 09, 2023


For over a decade, Epson, a global leader in innovative and sustainable technology solutions, has been organizing an annual thanksgiving gathering with members of the media — particularly those in the tech beat. This year, the 14th season of the brand’s Fusion event took place on Lagen Island in El Nido, Palawan.

This article first appeared on BusinessMirror

Calaguas Islands: A Return Long Time Coming | Camarines Norte

August 04, 2023


It has been over a decade since my ex-girlfriend, a friend, and I embarked on a memorable long weekend castaway trip to Calaguas Islands’ Mahabang Buhangin. During that time, the island was known only to avid backpackers. I vividly recall the confused expression on the fisherman's face when we approached him in the town of Paracale and shared our plan to journey to the island.

Calaguas Travel Guide
Why so pretty?

Inside the World's First Flying Casino on a Custom Boeing 777

August 01, 2023


The world of flying these days can be highly luxurious, with business and first-class seats offering a highly pleasant experience. However, the full potential of flying still needs to be explored, and one way to enhance a journey would be the addition of a casino to a custom Boeing 777. From exquisite dining and unrivaled exclusivity, coupled with a wide array of games and special offers, it is surely only a matter of time before a flying casino becomes a reality.