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Quick summer family getaways

The city is scorching and there’s nothing more stifling than being stuck in the urban jungle for summer. Let’s not even mention the crazy cabin fever our kids get when they’ve been out of school for a few weeks and literally bouncing off walls! Everyone needs a break! Even if …

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Filipino Bed & Breakfast for everyone

The true measure of success is when one is willing to share one’s passion and knowledge so others may benefit from them. Success unshared, after all, is in itself a failure. The success of Sonya’s Garden Bed & Breakfast in Alfonso, Cavite — its style, its elegance, its sumptuous feel, …

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Tour to the beat of Ten Drums

Located in Tainan, in southern Taiwan, Ten Drum Culture Village offers visitors of all ages unique experiences that are off the beaten track. MANILA, Philippines — The five-hectare property features 16 refurbished and repurposed warehouses of a sugar refinery built in the 1890’s, during Taiwan’s Japanese era. The industrial feel …

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Ilocos museum opens in restored house

MANILA, Philippines — The Cariño ancestral house in Ilocos Sur was inaugurated recently as the Candon City Museum after going through restoration. The ancestral house built in the 1700s originally belonged to Don Miguel Cariño, the grandfather of revolutionary leader Gabriela Silang. “Given this historical background, this edifice stands as …

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Infinite escapes await from Summit Hotel Tacloban

The newly opened Summit Hotel is your jump-off point to paradise. From here, you travel to Palompon town where Kalanggaman island is only 45 minutes away by boat. Famous for its crystal-clear waters, lush palm trees and beautiful sandbars on both ends, Kalanggaman Island is a piece of paradise you’ve …

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My Sorsogon 2: Warm company, flavors of home

MANILA, Philippines — One of the joys of homecomings is to be in the warm company of relatives and friends. I was happy to see childhood and high school friends, former teachers and two of my godmothers who at 84 candidly shared the secrets of their longevity. Ninang Cora sticks …

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My Sorsogon

MANILA, Philippines — It was a long journey home. My nine-year-old nephew must have asked “are we there yet?” a dozen times. After a smooth and safe 12-hour road trip interrupted by occasional thuds on bumpy roads and sharp curves, everyone cheered, “We’re home!” Home is beloved Sorsogon, where our …

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