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‘Ikong’ becomes pride of this Pangasinan town

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IKONG the Carabao is the ambassador of goodwill for the meat industry in Mangaldan, Pangasinan.          MARKFIL TERSOL/CONTRIBUTOR

There is an instant celebrity in Mangaldan town in Pangasinan province. His name is Ikong ya Duweg (Ikong the Carabao), the official mascot of the Pindang Festival.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

DOT hires Tacloban’s tourism students

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Angel Mae Basibas, a 19-year-old tourism student of ABE College here, has found a way to continue her schooling after storm surges brought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” washed away her parents’ jeepney and store—the family’s sources of livelihood—along with their house and other belongings.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Tourism sector challenged ‘to go extra mile’

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President Benigno Aquino III and Secretary Mon Jimenez. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOS

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday challenged the travel industry “to go the extra mile to make tourists the happiest visitors to the Philippines.”

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

There’s ‘opportunity in tragedy’ in Bohol

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This hanging bridge over Sipatan River in Sevilla, Bohol, looks deserted after the powerful earthquake that hit Bohol on Oct. 15.  Bohol officials are hopeful business will rebound as soon as tourists return. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

“This way to the fault line.” Wooden signs that carry this message have risen in Inabanga town in Bohol to lead tourists to the fissure in the earth that released the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that brought this province to its knees nearly two weeks ago.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Another tarsier, boxed on a bus, dies in urban jungle

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CUTE, CUDDLY—AND COLD  A tarsier found in Quezon City, the second to be rescued in the metropolis since last month, lies dead when shown to the media Friday, a reminder that what thrives in the wild should stay in the wild. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

In another dose of bad news for wildlife conservationists, a tarsier was found in Metro Manila and died a few days later despite efforts to feed it and simulate its natural habitat at an animal rescue center, an environment official announced on Friday.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tarsier, ‘icon of PH tourism,’ sought out as pets–foundation

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Growing popularity and association with a top tourist destination in the country drive people to take them away from their natural habitat and make them their pets, the Philippine Tarsier Foundation Inc. (PTFI),said Friday after the death of a second tarsier rescued in Quezon City.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Sinulog: Keeper of the beat also keeps the faith

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She was known as the “Keeper of the Sinulog Beat” who hit the drums, sang Latin songs and led children and young adults in dancing to the traditional Sinulog steps come the third week of January.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Stop ‘wrong’ tourist road project, Sagada asks DPWH

The tourist town of Sagada in Mt. Province has asked Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson to stop the bidding for a tourism road project that was supposed to shorten travel to its most visited caves.

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

IN THE KNOW: Philippines, spelunkers’ delight

The Philippines has a number of caves that attract tourists from all over the world. The Puerto Princesa Underground River or St. Paul Subterranean River in Palawan is a navigable underground river that winds through a cave.

Posted: November 3rd, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Maniwaya: Marinduque’s tourism gem

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A sleepy island of fishing families in Santa Cruz town in Marinduque has awakened to become one of the tourism gems in the province.

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Politics behind Palawan explosions—police

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Police investigators are looking at political motives behind the blast that occurred Thursday afternoon almost simultaneously at two of Palawan’s prime tourist destinations located on opposite ends of the province and reportedly injured three persons.

Posted: April 7th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Blast rocks wharf near Puerto Princesa’s underground river

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A TOURIST boat enters an underground river in Puerto Princesa in this photo taken on Feb. 18. Despite threats, environmentalists pursue their campaign to safeguard the natural wonders and resources of Palawan island and other areas from being pillaged. AFP

A minor blast occurred near a parking lot where vans ferry tourists to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, but no injuries or damage were reported.

Posted: March 20th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Let the ‘fun’ begin: Netizens spoof, bash new tourism slogan

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FILIPINO HUMOR overwhelms Facebook and other social networking sites as netizens parody the new tourism slogan. But it’s good news for Philippine tourism, says DOT. itsmorefuninthephils.com

Netizens did have fun either defending or (nit)picking apart the country’s newest tourism slogan, “It’s more fun in the Philippines.” Filipino humor quickly found a new target and went viral over the catchphrase, giving it different spins which may or may not help the cause of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.

Posted: January 8th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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