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Atimonan high: Lessons from the rocks

MANILA, Philippines — I had an awesome weekend. Super awesome! I spent it rock climbing in Atimonan, Quezon. We left the city at 3 a.m. and had breakfast in Lucena just before sunrise. We arrived in Atimonan and were on site by 7 a.m. A couple of groups were already …

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Looking for sea of clouds? Check out Tanay, Rizal

MANILA, Philippines — Experienced hikers and outdoor enthusiasts alike will attest that the Philippine mountains are some of the most beautiful in the world. Those who love nature and adventure have come to realize this — thus the increase in hiking tours in recent years. They too want to experience …

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Dumaguete’s got me!

MANILA, Philippines — This time, serendipity brought me to Dumaguete, a genteel town that has aptly called itself the “City of Gentle People.” It has also adopted a catchy tagline, DumaGetMe, which works very well because this capital of Negros Oriental certainly gets you, and gets to you. Many people …

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Beguiled by Beijing

If you look behind the wide boulevards lined with red roses, expansive hotels and high rises, you’ll still find many historical and cultural treasures. It was love at second sight the minute I arrived in Beijing. But because I did not recognize the city on my second trip here, it …

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Siargao: Surf & so much more

MANILA, Philippines — With “some of the most incredible waves” challenging surfers each day of the week-long competition, the 24th Siargao International Surfing Cup drew to an exciting close last Wednesday with Skip McCullough besting local legend John Mark Tokong in the prestigious Men’s Qualifying Series 3000 of the World …

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