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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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Postcards from...The Oriental Luxury Suites Tagaytay

This newly-opened 7-room hotel high on the cliffside of Tagaytay is more like a luxury holiday home than a hotel, and offers a spectacular view of Taal Volcano and Lake

 I packed the kids and hubby in the car for a wonderful weekend in The Oriental Luxury Suites Tagaytay, high on the cliffside off Tagaytay's ridge, overlooking stunning Taal Volcano and lake. The hotel has only seven suites and feels more…

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Travel trends for 2017: Palawan overtakes Boracay as Philippines' most popular destination

Rajah Tours Philippines president Jose Clemente III gives his travel forecast for this year, noting that four out of 10 travel tour bookings are now for Palawan

The Philippines' top destination is now Palawan. Bohol and Boracay will always be there but I would say four out of 10 travel tour bookings are now for Palawan.There is growing interest in lesser known destinations. Travelers are looking for authenticity. Dumaguete in Negros for example…

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Lolo Nonoy's Food Station, Coron, Palawan

Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station in Coron: simple, authentic food that reminds Filipinos of home

On a recent visit to northern Palawan, our flight back to Manila was canceled and we had to spend an extra night in the little town of Coron. We booked a room for the night and flagged down a tricycle to…

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TGIF! snapshot: Apo Island, Negros Oriental

Traveler @jaypeeswing's photo just about sums up what we feel about Fridays. Send us your TGIF! snaps by tagging #ArchipelagoLife on Instagram

 When your team is on point. #squadgoalsA photo posted by JP Swing | Manila, Philippines (@jaypeeswing) on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:12pm PDTWeekends are for enjoying life like these kids jumping in the waters of Apo Island in Negros…

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