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Philippine National Railways soon to resume Manila-Legazpi train trips

The rehabilitation of the south rail track is currently on its finishing touches, making the Philippine National Railways (PNR) confident that it could soon resume train trips between here and Manila.

PNR LegaspiA recent test run on the Naga-Legazpi route proved successful and PNR general manager Junio Ragrario said in a statement reaching here Wednesday that construction crewmen are fast-tracking the works so that southbound trips ending here are resumed by next month.

Apart from the Legazpi-Manila operations, Ragrario said the PNR is considering the fielding of train trips between Naga and this city for the benefit of the burgeoning volume of local commuters being generated by the fast-growing trade, commerce and tourism relations between these two cities of Bicol.

“We are fielding two ordinary three-coach trains each with a seating capacity of 240 and well-ventilated seats designed for comfortable travel,” he said. Continue Reading

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Some great excuses to extend your visit to Manila

At first glance Manila might seem a bit intimidating as an intense, over-crowded and noisy urban jungle but there really is more to this underappreciated capital city. Manila has a rich cultural history with diverse influences from Spanish, American, Chinese, Arabic and Malay cultures.

Luneta Rizal Monument
Luneta Rizal Monument

Most tourists come to Manila on route to the islands or to head to the beaches in the south but, if you are sticking around at least for a few days, here is a quick guide to the most popular tourist-friendly neighborhoods. Continue Reading

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The Philippines, runaway winner at Bureau International des Expositions International Expo

In another historic first for the country, the Philippines won two (2) Gold Awards for its pavilion at the recently concluded Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea – an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Expo awards – besting ten other country participants in the Small Pavilion Category (Category C). This marks the first time that the Philippines won the Gold Award in an international expo, and also the first time in the entire history of the international expo that a country has won two Gold Awards.

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Philippine Pavillion at the Bureau International des Expositions International Expo

Adjudged by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the Philippine pavilion was awarded Gold Award winners for Creative Display and Theme Development criteria from 11 participating countries, besting the likes of Vietnam, Brunei, Mexico, Tunisia, Egypt, and Lithuania. Lithuania and Mexico brought home the silver and bronze, respectively, for the Creative Display criteria, while Tunisia and Vietnam brought home the silver and bronze, respectively, for the Theme Development criteria. Pavilions were divided into four categories according to their type and size of exhibition space: Category A with 4 modules and above, Category B with 2 or 3 modules, Category C with 1 module or less and Category D for joint pavilions. Continue Reading

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Have Reputation – Will Travel

While the world of employment has really had to change and evolve to accommodate some rather unique skill sets and job requirements, for the most part people are spending a lot more time working virtually than they ever have before. While we saw in the seventies, eighties and nineties, a sort of longing for a secure brick and mortar work place, things have really changed on the work front both for the employer and the employee.

We traditionally associated an office or fixed external office place to be the most prominent sign of job security but things have changed drastically.

Now we don’t place as much emphasis on the physical work space and we focus most of our energies on a more virtual work space.

What is a virtual workspace? Well, we’re seeing more and more employers creating and facilitating the ability to work from anywhere, be it at home, while on a business trip, while at a conference or even while at a dinner.

The entire workplace has gone online via the internet and the fixation to be in one place is pretty much out the door. Why have employers embraced this seemingly anti-establishment way of operating? For one thing, it is a lot more cost effective. Continue Reading

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Take me Away!

This is the season for vacation and for millions of people, vacation means travelling. We’re not just talking about state hopping to visit friends and family – some people pack their bags and with their families in tow, abscond to whole other countries. Why the need to travel? Because for a lot of us, the hovering question of what life is like for other people, is not going to be satiated by looking at pictures online or specialty programming on the television.

Sunrise in Sumilon Island
Sunrise in Sumilon Island

Men (and women) have always wanted to escape to the unknown and experience lifestyles to which they may not be accustomed. Travelling for leisure or on vacation rather is a wonderful experience not just for fun and building memories but it is w great way to educate you children. You have to be mature and keep your wits about you, be responsible and mindful of your surroundings. Even with all the rules and regulations, travelling for vacation is a wonderful adventure that everyone should try to experience. Continue Reading

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Kawasan Falls in Cebu : one of 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world

The now famous one –liner catch phrase: “It’s more fun in the Philippines” continued to score in the tourism world as Yahoo Travel tagged the Enchanted Kawasan Falls in Cebu as one of the world’s ten most beautiful waterfalls.

Kawasan Falls
Kawasan Falls (photo courtesy of www.kawasanfalls.net)

Yahoo described the three Enchanted Kawasan Falls as “surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and hidden between the mountainous peaks of Barangay Matutinao and Badian” on the island of Cebu, a good 55-minute by plane from Manila. Continue Reading

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Its more fun in the Philippines campaign ‘spread like wildfire’

The Department of Tourism’s (DOT) “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign was able to reach a wide audience with little cost to the government, a senior tourism official said.

Domingo Ramon Enerio III, DOT assistant secretary for tourism planning and officer-in-charge of the Tourism Promotions Board, said the campaign is still in its early days but the catchphrase has spread “like wildfire.”

More Fun in the Philippines
More Fun in the Philippines

”It has become a people’s campaign,” he said.

Enerio said the simple truth about the Filipino people is the secret to its success, saying the campaign’s message is easy to understand, speaks the truth about the Filipino culture and makes the locals proud.

“It’s a direct call to action for every Filipino,” Enerio said. Continue Reading

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Iloilo’s rich history a come-on for tourists

The rich socioeconomic history of Iloilo will surely entice more local and international tourists to visit this part of the country, according to a professional tour guide here.

San Jose Catholic School
San Jose Catholic School

“You have not been to Iloilo if you have not visited Jaro Cathedral, Molo Church, ancestral houses and our food and delicacies,” Mario A. Lazarito of the Iloilo Tour Guides Cooperative said. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism opens summer fun in Boracay, strengthens safety and security drive for tourists

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Municipality of Malay jointly inaugurated today the Boracay Tourist Information and Assistance Centre (BTIAC) to better address the various information, safety, and security concerns of tourists.

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Boracay Island Tourist Information Center

The inauguration was attended by Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., Malay Mayor John P. Yap, PNP Police Chief Inspector Christopher Prangan, DOT officials, private sector partners Smart Communications and TAO Corporation, and other private sector representatives. Continue Reading

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Secretary Jimenez inaugurates Boracay Island’s new submarine water pipeline

Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez led the inauguration of the one-kilometer submarine water pipeline along the Caticlan-Boracay channel that will augment the existing 13-year old pipeline supplying water to Boracay from mainland Malay town. The P126-M submarine pipe, constructed by Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC), a subsidiary of Manila Water Company, the East Zone concessionaire of Metro Manila, is intended to further improve the island’s water supply.

Boracay Island
Boracay Island

Jimenez’s presence in Boracay brings to fore pressing development issues plaguing the island such as zoning and environmental concerns. He took positive note of the improvements in water supply and wastewater management since BIWC started operations in 2009. The island now enjoys better water supply, with 96% of the population now having 24/7 water service. The quality of tap water has also improved significantly, with 100% compliance with the stringent parameters of the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water. Continue Reading

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