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What’s on? The 79th Oktoberfest launch at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Catch merry Bavarian music with scrumptious German favorites and free flowing beer at this year’s two-day Oktoberfest in October

Bottomless beer, a feast over German food like sausages, cold cuts and cheeses, wiener schnitzel and braised sauerkraut, lovely Bavarian themed ambience and music courtesy of The Bavarian Sound Express flying all the way from Germany are the treats to…

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Island in the sun: 5 reasons to retire in the Philippines

In partnership with the Department of Tourism's Philippine Retirement Authority

Retiring in the Philippines has never been easier these days, with foreigners allowed to apply for a Special Resident Retiree's Visa (SRVV), a non-immigrant, multiple-entry, indefinite stay visa allowing holders to settle in the country without giving up their citizenship.…

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Apo Reef Natural Park, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

Traveller @nicogavan's mesmerizing underwater shot prompts us to put Apo Reef on our ever increasing bucket list

 Roughly 480 kilometers from Metro Manila, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, offers some of the best diving sites in the country. The Apo Reef Natural Park in Sablayan is one of the best places for manta ray sightings. The park is the world's second largest contiguous…

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A little place I know: Rico's Lechon,Cebu

Center for Culinary Arts, Manila program director Melissa Sison-Oreta tells us why this humble restaurant in Cebu is the best place for aromatic roast pig

 One of the best places for lechon or roast pig is Rico's lechon in Cebu.  Growing up in a Visayan home, I am accustomed to the distinctive taste and subtle flavors of the lechon which we sometimes pit roast…

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What’s on in May?

From the biggest beach party in Sarangani, Mindanao to a Village People concert in Manila, we've got exciting events lined up for you this merry month of May

May 14Kings of Disco’ Village People are coming to Manila on May 14 for a concert at the Kia Theater in Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. The concert is part of their 40th Anniversary Tour. The band, which formed…

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El Nido’s Lio Airport to open a new terminal in April

The new terminal will have a luxe resort feel and house shops, VIP lounge, separate departure and arrival areas and provide Wi-Fi connectivity

Lio Airport, the only airport in El Nido, Palawan, primarily serviced by AirSwift, is opening a new terminal in April this year.The new terminal being built in the existing airport, 7km north of El Nido town, is right next to…

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What’s on in April

Own and enjoy April with our selection of some of the best island events

April 20 to 22The 11th International Boracay Island Dragonboat Festival at White Beach, Boracay Island, Aklan, will be held on April 20 to 22. More than one thousand rowers from all over the world, including teams from Hong Kong,…

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The long Good Friday: Pampanga sees real-life crucifixion

It's not sanctioned by the Catholic church, but each year Filipino penitents come to Pampanga and volunteer to be whipped and nailed to the cross to atone for their sins 

On Holy Week Good Friday which falls on April 14 this year, all roads lead to Pampanga, in particular, the village of Cutud in San Fernando where crowds gather to watch Filipino devotees offer themselves to be whipped and nailed to…

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Vayang rolling hills in Batanes

Batanes' Vayang in northern Philippines is postcard pretty with its gently rolling hills and breathtaking views of the West Philippine Sea

Batanes, located in the Philippine's northernmost tip, about 162km north of mainland Luzon, has sheer cliffs alternating with rocky beaches, and some parts are still pretty much undeveloped despite the influx of tourism. Head to its main island of Batan, to…

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What's on? A fabulous Spanish Food Festival at Diamond Hotel in Manila

Enjoy an epicurean extravaganza celebrating all things Spanish from gambas, paella negra, jamon iberico, chorizos, tortillas, Spanish cheeses, to delicious cochinillo

From Monday, April 3 until April 9, Diamond Hotel Philippines’ Corniche restaurant becomes home to an epicurean extravaganza, the “Exquisita Comida Española,” dedicated to authentic Spanish food. Everything from seafood-y dishes like the gambas al ajillo or succulent prawns in garlic with chilli, to…

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