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Red hot and green: Are you ready for Chengdu

MANILA, Philippines — Mention China and immediately visions of Beijing pollution and Shanghai traffic come to mind, ringroads, lots of cars and construction everywhere. Well guess what? There is another side of China – and it seems to be succeeding in being a real green city. Welcome to Chengdu! I …

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The sun rises on new destinations in Japan

By now, globetrotting Filipinos are probably familiar with Japan’s Golden Route — the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto often visited by first-timers. To encourage them to come back and explore further afield, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is opening an office in Manila, and developing interesting new destinations for …

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A gem of a garden

MANILA, Philippines — It’s known simply as The Halifax Public Gardens, but this 16-acre oasis – one of the last surviving Victorian gardens in Canada – is home to 140 different species of trees and flowers with an impressive historical background in serene surroundings. Opened in 1867 – the year …

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Pack your bags, hue Boracay is ready

Just when you thought you’ve had one too many muffins and shakes and blazing tangerine sunsets, Boracay whips out something new to try: a cute thematic bar, a monster-sized club, a death-defying aqua sport. It’s what I love about the island — how it’s always almost unrecognizable with every visit, …

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Cruise ship to dock in Ilocos Norte starting December

MANILA, Philippines — Ilocos Norte’s tourism industry is anticipating high tourist arrivals with Star Cruises’ luxury ship Superstar Virgo docking again at the Currimao port this December. Gov. Imee Marcos has thus urged the development of more tourist destinations, saying, “I am hopeful that areas nearby like Batac, Badoc and …

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New hotels set to open in Camiguin

MANILA, Philippines — Camiguin province is poised to become one of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s most sought-after tourist and event destination as two companies are set to expand their hotel business here, Gov. Maria Luis Romualdo said over the weekend. Romualdo said two prominent hoteliers in Cagayan …

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A new member of the Accor group

MANILA, Philippines — Joy-Nostalg Hotel and Suites in Ortigas Center recently joined the Accor Hotels group, a French multinational hotel group that owns, operates and franchises some 3,700 hotels around the world. In the Philippines, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila was the lone Accor property for years, until it started rapid …

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