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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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Papaya Beach, El Nido, Palawan

This pretty beach cove is not on the island hopping tour route so you do get days when you find you have it all to yourself. Photo by @anil.c.a

 El Nido. #PapayaBeach #ElNido #Palawan #Philippines #4K #DJI #Phantom #DroneofthedayA photo posted by @anil.c.a on Nov 21, 2016 at 12:05pm PSTPapaya Beach in El Nido, Palawan, has a gently curving coastline fringed with powdery white sand, backed by tall limestone…

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Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet

This photo of Mt. Ulap in Benguet taken by Gerald Tipones, runner up in the adventure category of Archipelago Readers' Travel Photo Competition 2016, shows why its worth a day's hike

 With its Pine and grassland ridges with breathtaking views of the Central Cordillera mountains, Mt. Ulap is the perfect place to go to for a day hike. This photo was taken by Archipelago reader Gerald Tipones, runner up in the adventure…

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Sambawan Island, Samar

This Instagram-worthy island off Samar province has everything for everyone—a pretty white sand beach, karst hills, dolphins, sharks, turtles and overall great diving

 This is just one of the wonders the province of Biliran can offer.A photo posted by @secretlifeofpet on Dec 10, 2016 at 3:19am PSTSambawan, an island off Biliran in Samar in eastern Visayas, 988km southeast of Manila,…

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