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Baguio City prepares for summer vacation and Lenten season

The city government this early has started to prepare to welcome hundreds of visitors during the summer vacation and Lenten Season here. Baguio City tourism officer Benny Alhambra said the yearly exodus of tourists here is in keeping with the role of Baguio as “Summer Capital of the Philippines”.

Lion Head in Baguio City
Lion Head in Baguio City

At churches here, many of the faithfuls have already started to observe Lent activities with the observance of Ash Wednesday.

“Once more we ask the cooperation of our residents in Baguio to welcome our visitors coming here for the summer break and Holy Week.

“The stream of visitors to our city is at its peak since December. We should be happy for this as it shows our country to be peaceful and beautiful,” he said.

Alhambra said that there was a tremendous increase of visitors here since the last quarter of 2010. However, the actual number of visitors is yet to be made official by the Department of Tourism.

Arena Island: Palawan’s most beautiful Pawikan (turtle) habitat

Beautiful and awesome Arena Island is home to the now endangered sea turtles, or pawikan, which makes it a noteworthy sanctuary for marine life preservation. By keeping the island unmarred through responsible tourism, Arena Island, along with the people who visit the island, share a commitment to provide these sea creatures a habitat of their own.

Baby Pawikan Turtle in Arena Island Palawan
A baby sea turtle like this freely roams to and fro the fairy-like Arena Island which remains unspoiled despite its discovery by local and foreign tourists.

Staying at this few and far between paradise comes with a price, and it does so for its sheer exclusivity, which allows travelers to experience the natural sights of this island all to their own — while protecting these wonders too. Continue reading Arena Island: Palawan’s most beautiful Pawikan (turtle) habitat

Be Touched By Touch of Grace Spa & Wellness Center

A multi-faceted word, grace can be defined in many ways. It can mean divine love and mercy, bestowed by God. It also implies beauty, elegance and perfection of form. In addition, it also stands for blessing and thanksgiving.

Treat yourself to Touch of Grace's signature massage treatments
Treat yourself to Touch of Grace’s signature massage treatments

All of these aspects are part of a new, one-of-a-kind sanctuary for those seeking total bliss: Touch of Grace Spa & Wellness Center. Situated in the heart of Quezon City, Touch of Grace offers a wide array of first-rate and cost-effective beautifying, relaxing and rejuvenating treatments for men and women. Continue reading Be Touched By Touch of Grace Spa & Wellness Center

National Geographic and a French TV crew to cover Sinulog festival 2011

Sinulog will gain more international exposure this year, with a French TV news team and a National Geographic writer documenting the grand parade and other religious activities.

Photographers from Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and other countries also have joined some 1,800 participants of the Sinulog photo contest.

Sinulog Festival 2011
Sinulog Festival 2011

For the first time, the National Geographic will feature the Sinulog in its magazine, which is distributed worldwide.

Writer Paul Christy from the National Geographic office in New York was only supposed to document the grand parade on Sunday, Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) Executive Director Ricky Ballesteros said. Continue reading National Geographic and a French TV crew to cover Sinulog festival 2011

Kalibo now ready for Ati-atihan Festival 2011

Kalibo’s Ati-atihan Festival, observed in the third week of January every year, is considered as the mother of all Philippine festivals and fiestas.

Its 2011 edition is all set to present a weeklong spectacular show next week until its culmination on January 16.

Ati-atihan Festival 2011
Ati-atihan Festival 2011

Kalibo Mayor William S. Lachica has announced that preparations are all set for the spectacular Kalibo Ati-atihan 2011. Continue reading Kalibo now ready for Ati-atihan Festival 2011

The Farm at San Benito wins AsiaSpa Awards for Spa Cuisine of the Year

On November 18, 2010, The Farm at San Benito, Philippines, a holistic healing destination spa, was awarded “Spa Cuisine of the Year” by AsiaSpa magazine. Establishing one of the first truly vegan restaurants in Asia, The Farm received the honor for consistently providing outstanding food showing visionary creativity in promoting healthy eating through “living” cuisine. Specifically, “Alive!” the Farm’s onsite restaurant serves predominately a raw organic vegetarian menu. To ensure the highest quality ingredients, the Farm maintains an organic garden that yields fresh produce and micro greens. The Farm’s dedicated Wheat Grass Bungalow supplies wheat grass for fresh juices and therapies. The award highlights the Farm’s continued role as a leader in imaginative cuisine that tastes delicious, looks elegant, augments health and contains healing properties.

The Farm wins AsiaSpa Awards
The Farm wins AsiaSpa Awards

The Farm’s maverick manager, Michael Di Lonardo, is the spa’s resident visionary espousing an enthusiastic agenda to serve people alternative choices for wellbeing and healing. Mr. Di Lonardo explains, “”We all know that we are what we eat. I believe, however, it will take our collective focused forward thinking and heightened awareness to tap into the long-term emotional and physical rewards derived from beneficial living and eating. We are grateful to AsiaSpa Magazine for their continued support in our wellness crusade. “ Continue reading The Farm at San Benito wins AsiaSpa Awards for Spa Cuisine of the Year

Cebu trade group launches first tourism brochure

The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) launched its first tourism brochure Thursday to help show other attractions in Cebu aside from its beaches.

Old Church in Southern Cebu
Old Church in Southern Cebu

The first of CCCI’s tourism brochure showed eco-tourism trails that tour operators and other tourism stakeholders can introduce to local and foreign tourists.

CCCI president Samuel Chioson said helping out to promote tourism was one way they could help enhance the economy of Cebu.

The brochure, which is the first of a series, introduced four eco-tours to choose from. Continue reading Cebu trade group launches first tourism brochure

Department of Tourism will again use ‘Wow Philippines’ slogan

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) here is glad that the old “Wow! Philippines” tourism slogan will again be used after the uproar on the scrapped “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” slogan recently.

Department of Tourism regional executive director Edwin Trompeta said that most tourists find the “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” slogan too awkward, while travel agents and companies are finding it hard to sell to foreigners.

Trompeta, however, said that the sudden change in the tourism branding and slogan has sparked enthusiasm among stakeholders, tourist and public. He said that the clamor on changing the slogans of DOT only showed that the public was aware of the tourism industry as well as its contribution to economy.

Trompeta hoped that the public’s enthusiasm would continue while the DoT finds more ways, including new slogans, to sell the country to tourist and investors. He also said that tourism had been a factor in generating employment and entertainment.

The Wow Philippines slogan was formed by then tourism secretary and former Sen. Richard Gordon, some six years ago.

Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said over a radio interview on Friday that the tourism department would currently go back to the “Wow! Philippines” slogan while they are yet to make a new tourism branding.

Embarcadero de Legazpi offers high-end adventures

Embarcadero de Legazpi, Bicol’s premier lifestyle and commercial hub sitting on a 5.1-hectare prime waterfront property at the heart of this city is expanding into a high-end destination for thrill and adventure seekers.

Embarcadero de Legazpi
Embarcadero de Legazpi

Very recently, it opened the Playland Go Kart that now provides thrilling go kart rides around a well-engineered track at the foot of the historical Kapuntukan Hill. Continue reading Embarcadero de Legazpi offers high-end adventures

Amazing Race 2011 Asia flies to Legazpi City

The Amazing Race Asia’s upcoming Philippines episode this This Thursday, Oct. 21, on AXN promises lots of unexpected surprises and it does not disappoint as the race travels to Legazpi City, the capital of Albay province.


Mount Mayon in Bicol

This episode promises wacky moments that will have viewers in stitches, as motor mouths and madcaps personalities dominate the race. Continue reading Amazing Race 2011 Asia flies to Legazpi City