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Baguio when it rains

MANILA, Philippines — Baguio, though rightfully the Summer Capital of the Philippines, is more than just a destination for the summer. There are hidden blessings brought about by the rainy season. Drive up, and you’ll be surprised. We left Manila close to midnight, when there was absolutely no traffic in …

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Two Filipinos in China, 600 years apart

One of the Philippines’ most accomplished journalists, former Time magazine and CNN bureau chief in Beijing Jaime “Jimmy” FlorCruz has covered the stunning economic resurgence and socio-political changes of China over the past 40 years, up until his recent retirement. He was a student activist who visited the then socialist …

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Passion-driven Singapore

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) puts the spotlight on the little red dot’s most treasured resource, but usually overlooked feature — its people — in its latest destination brand dubbed “Passion Made Possible,” which was launched recently at Infinite Studios in Singapore. A joint project with Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB), …

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Mövenpick focuses on Asia

MANILA, Philippines — THE “MOST DYNAMIC AND FAST-GROWING tourism market in the world” has caught the attention of the Executive Committee of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, who recently paid a visit to their key partners in the Phil- ippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, with a view of strengthening their …

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Welcome to Puebla

MANILA, Philippines — Mole poblano, chili poblano… Where in the world do these poblanos come from? I finally discovered they all come from Puebla in Mexico. I was fortunate to be invited recently to a coffee convention in Puebla. Located two hours’ drive from Mexico City, Puebla is rich in …

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Traveloka App makes booking adventures easy

MANILA, Philippines — In 2012, Traveloka launched as a site aimed at making booking flights easier for travelers. Five years later, Traveloka has expanded on that dream, allowing people to book not just flights but hotel rooms as well. It has established presence in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and …

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Air Juan: Getting there faster

MANILA, Philippines — You might be surprised to learn there are planes landing on the waters of Manila Bay, right behind the Folk Arts Theater in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex. Air Juan, the first seaplane operator in the country, has been growing steadily since it started as …

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Love Seoul? Sokcho and Pyeongchang also beckon

MANILA, Philippines — Without a doubt, Filipinos love to travel to South Korea. Driven by their love for K-pop, K-drama, bulgogi and kimchi, most would like to see the country where they originated. According to a recent survey of the Korea Tourist Organization (KTO), there was an increase of 37.9 …

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