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Those spending their vacation in Pagudpud town in Ilocos Norte province could reach Portabaga Falls by hopping on buses coming from Laoag City.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Santa Praxedes greenest destination in Northern Luzon

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THE 15-METER Portabaga Falls, including the pools fed by its water, is set in a natural forest. It is the centerpiece of ecotourism in Santa Praxedes town in Cagayan province. PHOTOS BY RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Santa Praxedes in Cagayan province strikes first-time visitors as one of those sleepy towns they only pass by as they travel through Northern Luzon.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Residents, tourists urged to take part in Makati’s Lenten activities

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With preparations for the Holy Week in Makati City in full swing, city officials are inviting the Catholic faithful as well as tourists to visit Barangay (village) Poblacion and take part in its traditional Lenten practices.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Town enforces new rules for climb to PH’s highest peak

The end of summer is the end of frolic and fun for students and the end of family bonding  vacations in far away places.  But to farmers in Bokod, Benguet, it’s the beginning of rainwater replenishing their watersheds and refreshing their plants. EV ESPIRITU/Inquirer Northern Luzon

The municipal government of Sta. Cruz town, Davao del Sur province, said it would limit the number of climbers to Mount Apo using the Sta. Cruz trail.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

In Ligao City, a hill beckons to Lenten devotees

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Life-size statues depicting the suffering of Christ attract devotees to Kawa-Kawa Nature Park in Ligao City. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Thousands of devotees are expected to climb the 250-meter-high Kawa-Kawa Hill in Barangay Tuburan in this city where life-size sculptures depicting the Way of the Cross offer a unique Lenten experience.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Bangsamoro peace pact to boost tourism sector in Central Mindanao

AN ESTIMATED 6,000 Bangsamoro supporters join a prayer rally in Banggolo,Marawi City, on Thursday to celebrate the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. RICHEL V. UMEL / INQUIRER MINDANAO FILE PHOTO

The tourism industry in Central Mindanao, which had suffered in times of clashes between Moro rebels and government security forces, would be among sectors expected to benefit from the recently-signed peace deal, the region’s tourism director said.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Hotel, restaurant owners say collecting more money from them ‘unfair’

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Saying that it is “grossly unfair” to free port tourism, traders have petitioned the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to stop collecting the environmental and tourism administrative fee (ETAF) from business establishments here.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

History, biodiversity on Onoda Trail

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The mountain is only about five kilometers from the wharf here, but the deep forest marked by century-old trees proved lush enough to provide good cover for several Japanese soldiers who stayed on the island for 30 years, in the belief that World War II was far from over.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Adventure camp rises in Porac sandscape

THE AERIAL walk challenge is a high-rope adventure course of nets and rope walkways. The aerial walk features a series of activities that will test a person’s agility, balance and flexibility. E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

The tallest swing in the Philippines, the first roller coaster zipline in the country, an exhilarating aerial walk and more field sports are in one outdoor adventure camp in this town in Pampanga province.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Divers, resorts help save typhoon-stricken Malapascua Island

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CARPENTERS repair the classrooms damaged during the onslaught of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in November 2013.  EVA MARIE GAMBOA/INQUIRER VISAYAS

Teachers of Logon National High School (LNHS) were having a meeting in a roofless classroom three days after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” struck Malapascua Island in northern Cebu province on Nov. 8 last year when a foreigner approached them and asked, “Can I help?”

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

China-Malaysia tourism hit by MH370—state media

A man, one of the relatives of Chinese passengers on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, takes a picture of a board covered with written wishes from relatives during a briefing given by Malaysian officials at a hotel in Beijing, China Thursday, March 27, 2014. A major Chinese tour operator is breaking ties and canceling bookings with Malaysia Airlines while another is seeing country reservations drop as travelers grow wary after Flight MH370's disappearance, state media reported Thursday.  AP

A major Chinese tour operator is breaking ties and canceling bookings with Malaysia Airlines while another is seeing country reservations drop as travelers grow wary after Flight MH370′s disappearance, state media reported Thursday.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Excessive fees stir furor in Puerto Galera

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THE LONG, white sand beaches in Puerto Galera draw local and foreign tourists. Tourism generates 90 percent of the annual local revenue. MARICAR CINCO/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

A group of beach resort and restaurant owners in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro’s tourism capital, sought charges against the mayor of the town over what it claimed to be redundant and unexplained fees being collected from them and their employees.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Community thrives on Palaui’s bounty

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ECOTOURISM GEM This white sand and coral beach is among the attractions of Palaui Island off Santa Ana town in Cagayan province. EDWIN BACASMAS

On the northeastern edge of Luzon mainland, Palaui, a seahorse-shaped island, along with the unique islets that surround it, is gaining worldwide attention for its pristine natural beauty and idyllic tropical landscape.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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