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See airports in a different light

Not many people enjoy airports enough. They’re actually pretty great places, it’s just nobody takes the time to notice. Most airport buildings are beautifully designed, all panel glass and stylish curves. Take Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, it’s a spectacular building but nobody seems to see that. Why is this? I’d vouch for the fact that the stress and strain of departure day is getting in the way.

Worlds Best Airports
Worlds Best Airports

More often then not people pass through an airport in a whirlwind of worry and time pressure. When there’s a check-in desk to be reached the last thing anyone does will be take a minute to appreciate the airport. If only people arrived relaxed, refreshed and with plenty of time. Continue reading See airports in a different light

Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy Parade

I always love a great parade, but when the parade is made up of all the characters and songs that you’ve grown up with, that’s when things really lighten up in the soul and suddenly, we all feel like kids again.

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Thousands of Spectators

While there were many memorable and beautiful moments in my first visit to Hong Kong Disneyland, I think that perhaps the one that touched me the most was watching the Flights of Fantasy Parade. Continue reading Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy Parade

Tourist arrivals during Donsol’s ‘butanding’ season up 20%

The volume of tourist arrivals for the whale shark interaction season here this year reached 49,000, surpassing by nearly 20 percent the records posted during the same period last year, local tourism officials said on Friday.

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Butanding Watching in Donsol

The season runs between February and May. From January to March alone, the volume of arrivals have already reached about 26,000 which was already 10 percent higher than the 23,000 posted in the same period last year. Continue reading Tourist arrivals during Donsol’s ‘butanding’ season up 20%

Luneta beautified in time for Rizal’s 150th birthday

150 years ago, the Philippines national here, Jose Rizal was born and to celebrate this wonderful event, people are planning parties, parades, and other celebrations. The National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) is doing its part too.

150 Years of Jose Rizal
150 Years of Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal was put to death by the Spanish in what is now called either Luneta Park or Rizal Park. A monument in the park marks the spot and the NPDC is putting in an all out effort to make the park shine by cleaning statues, collecting trash, adding in new buildings, and making the gardens wonderful. Continue reading Luneta beautified in time for Rizal’s 150th birthday

Enchanting Mother’s Day Celebration at Enchanted Kingdom

It was another magical day inside the walls of Eldar filled with love and enchantment as we pay tribute to the ultimate queen of our hearts … The mothers!

Enchanted Kingdom Philippines
Enchanted Kingdom Philippines

Enchanted Kingdom, the first and only world-class theme park in the country, celebrated Mother’s Day last May 8 with sparkling surprises and activities made
especially for the lovely mothers at the Park. Continue reading Enchanting Mother’s Day Celebration at Enchanted Kingdom

Benguet eco-tourism draws hundreds of visitors

Baguio City Councilor Pinky Rondez on Tuesday observed that Benguet Province’s eco-tourism drew hundreds of visitors during the recent Holy Week.

Ambuklao Dam
Ambuklao Dam

The local tourism leader said that Benguet’s eco-tourism campaign focused on the attractiveness of its mountains, springs, dams and waterfalls.

“Several families spent days of picnics at forests in Bokod town overlooking the giant Ambuclao Dam, others went to savor the medicinal hot springs and swimming pools of Asin, Tuba, Benguet; others found their way climbing Mount Ugo and Mount Pulag in Mankayan; while the rest enjoyed the natural swimming pools of Itogon, Benguet,” Rondez observed. Continue reading Benguet eco-tourism draws hundreds of visitors

Amadeo “Coffee Capital of the Philippines”

More than 80 percent or 3,913 hectares of the 4,790 land area of Amadeo are planted with coffee, thus without doubt, the abundance of coffee makes it as the coffee capital of the Philippines.

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Amadeo Coffee

Because of its immense potential for economic growth, Gov. Jonvic Remulla and the different cooperatives including coffee experts have put great emphasis on the province’s coffee industry.

The provincial government earmarked an initial funding of P5 million for the development of close to 1,200 hectares of coffee plantation under the “Adopt-a-Coffee Farm” program in the upland areas of the province, particularly in the towns of Amadeo, Alfonso, Indang and Bailen (Emilio Aguinaldo) to attract potential private individuals into coffee growing business and continue the trade of the commodity. Continue reading Amadeo “Coffee Capital of the Philippines”

Benguet’s Ambuklao dam fast becoming a tourist attraction

Municipal Vice Mayor Rey Telio Friday said the wide fringes of Ambuklao dam here since a year ago have become one of the favorite destinations of tourists.

Ambuklao Dam
Ambuklao Dam

Telio said that most of the visitors, especially during summer season, are those who love outdoor activities like picnics where they relish the locally-grilled fresh “tilapia”, carp and other fresh water fishes.

With the completion of the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road two years ago, more local and foreign tourists are attracted to the area which offers wide shades of thick Benguet pine trees and similar picnic grooves. Continue reading Benguet’s Ambuklao dam fast becoming a tourist attraction

How to stay hydrated this summer

Summer is here! Lounging in the beach or getting pumped up in summer activities sounds like a good idea, but we must also take care to remain hydrated. So, whether you’re spending your vacation in the beach and biking or just doing more outdoor activities it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated.

Aquabest Summer Fever
Aquabest Summer Fever

1) Drink lots of water: The obvious choice for staying hydrated is drinking water and lots of it. You can never have enough water on hand, and for days at the beach, freeze water bottles the night before so they can stay cold throughout the next day. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your energy up, and make your skin glow. Aquabest is processed using Grander Technology that rejuvenates water making it more effective at keeping you hydrated. Continue reading How to stay hydrated this summer

Marine marvels on show at 1st Philippine Dive Seafari

The 7,107 islands of the Philippines sit on what some consider the “center of global marine biodiversity”, and more dive enthusiasts are catching on.

With its abundance of wildlife, the Philippines is a biodiversity hotspot in its entirety, one of only a few countries in the world with such distinction. It is also one of six whose waters comprise the Coral Triangle, the richest collection of marine life anywhere on the planet.

Puerto Galera Dive Sites
Puerto Galera Dive Sites

Here, the world’s most diverse array of corals and reef fish – three-fourths of all coral species and over 2,000 varieties of fish, to be exact – populate the sea. There’s even more upon closer inspection, as the array of wildlife includes everything from dolphins to crustaceans, sea slugs to eels. The variety of creatures is simply staggering. Continue reading Marine marvels on show at 1st Philippine Dive Seafari