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The Art of Designing the Muslim Quiapo Tour

By ANN MARIE CUNANAN IN A NEW LIGHT Hadji Ali Alawi, imam and president of a Madrasa school, tours the students of Carlos P. Romulo’s School of Diplomacy under Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Quiapo. “It’s incredibly important that we do not take our surroundings for granted. I can see more. […]

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Downtown, Everything’s Waiting for You

By VIANCA GAMBOA Manila is, for lack of a better word to describe the culture it has embraced past its heyday, the “notorious” capital encompassing sleazy alleyways that have witnessed all sorts of practices good and bad any given time of the day. In the morning you can see hawkers blatantly selling pills and potions […]

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InstaGUAMmable

By VIANCA GAMBOA There’s range and vastness inside this small blip in the Pacific. Aside from a shoreline beckoning from small gaps in between high-rise buildings and strips of shopping malls, it also presents a rich myriad of art, culture, and heritage along the streets filled with ranch-style houses. Guam is very much like the Philippines—an equatorial country with pristine […]

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Dinagyang 360

Images by AL DESTACAMENTO What made this year’s Dinagyang Festival different from previous years was its 360-degree design approach, “an arena-type performance,” as tribes and artistic committee chair Eric Divinagracia put it. “It’s a design challenge,” he explained, adding that judges would be positioned north, east, west, and south, all four sides, of the Iloilo City […]

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Of Pyramids and Sphinxes

By JENNA SY A photo of my late Uncle Jonathan riding a camel in front of the Giza Pyramids back in the ’80s was my favorite photo of him. That was eight years ago, and I have become an independent, solo female traveler, and Egypt has always been in my travel bucket list. I’ve always been curious about […]

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Your Three-Day Boracay Newcoast Itinerary

When one thinks of a paradise-like island, a place that comes to mind is Boracay. Hailed many times as the world’s best, it’s only natural for an island as attractive as Boracay to cater to thousands or even millions of guests each year. During the summer season, it’s almost impossible to find a spot within […]

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Valentine’s Day on a Quarantine Cruise

“Cupid’s avocado” for dinner, heart-shaped messages for the crew, but also painful separation: for those trapped on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, Friday is no ordinary Valentine’s Day. Wearing a red dress and a red hair tie, the ship’s entertainment manager Natalie posted a Valentine’s Day video on Twitter to try to keep […]

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Go on an Old-Fashioned Date Around Manila—For Free

Expressing love need not be in the form of expensive bouquet of roses, 48-piece Ferrero Rocher chocolate set, or a luxury dinner date by the helipad. Sometimes, it’s all about strolling in the park together and just marveling at architectures and different cultures, without spending a single buck.  The National Parks Development Committee, in partnership […]

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10 Best Places to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Compiled by VIANCA GAMBOA Diamond Hotel Every moment with your beloved is precious. Whether it’s a day off with that special someone or a weekend spent with the family, you can give them a premium staycation that shows how much you care. A “Romantic Sojourn” is certain to sweep them off their feet with P15,000 nett per night […]

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How to Avoid Coronavirus on Flights

By VIANCA GAMBOA The virus scare brought about a worldwide directive for travel restrictions, and being neighbors to the epicenter of the virus and Asian countries where the virus prevails, the scare takes a toll on our vacation and business plans, and even simple airline health concerns mount into sheer panic among travelers. But if you’re […]

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