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Me and my Philippines: Ian Paradies, brewery owner

Engkanto Brewery owner Ian Paradies talks about the best local craft beers, the best city bars, and cool city hang outs not many know of

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13 best restaurants in the Philippines

The best places to eat, from a tapas place run by an ex-El Bulli chef to the ultimate spot for ramen

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What’s on my Christmas table?

Chefs J Gamboa and Melissa Sison-Oreta reveal the deliciously festive dishes that make it to their Christmas tables and where to shop for the ingredients

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17 insanely romantic hotels in the Philippines

A list of some of the Philippine archipelago's stunningly beautiful hotels, including one where Brad Pitt and Beyonce once stayed

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Chinese New Year 2017 in the Philippines: Where and how to celebrate the Year of the Fire Rooster

Some 119 countries host festivities to celebrate the lunar new year around the world. This year Manila’s Chinatown pulls out all the stops in a two-week festival

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Me and my Philippines: Toni Gonzaga-Soriano, Pinoy Big Brother TV host

The tv host and social media darling with 9.8 million Facebook followers tells us her favorite restaurants and hotel, and where she goes on holiday

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Me & my Philippines: soul singer Kat Agarrado

The vocalist of the year at the NU107 Rock Awards shares her secrets, including the best live music venues in Manila and her travel hits, from Palawan to Sagada

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Restaurant review: Yurakuen Restaurant

Diamond Hotel's Yurakuen Japanese restaurant attracts mostly Japanese diners, surely a good sign 

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Bar review: Bar 27

If you’re after a well-crafted cocktail drink, mixed to your liking, then this funky Manila bar with a view has your name on it

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Manila's top-rated hostels, according to Hostelworld

Users of hotel booking site Hostelworld rate some of Manila's best budget accommodation, some with a pool and all with free Wi-Fi

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Top 5 romantic dinner ideas

Our insiders tell you how to fan the fires of love, from hiring a private chef to choosing a restaurant worthy of true romance

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Top 5 unique places in Metro Manila for a Tinder date

Found your match on the dating app Tinder, but don't know where to meet? Amanda Lago gives us her top 5 Tinder-friendly places for first dates

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Me & my Philippines: Aldric Dalumpines

Filipino fengshui master Aldric Dalumpines tells us his quirky "lucky rituals" to usher in the Year of the Fire Rooster which starts today, January 28

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Where to eat in Manila's Chinatown

Binondo tour guides and a food critic tell us where to go for the best Chinatown eats, from the best noodle house in Binondo to a classic chicken restaurant that dates back to the 1950s

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A guide to Metro Manila: Top 10 things to do for first-timers

Experience Manila like the locals do with our Archipelago guide to top 10 things to do in the city, from watching the best live music to going on a romantic sunset bay cruise

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8 of the best Chinese restaurants in Manila

Chef, former restaurateur and Philippine Daily Inquirer writer Clinton Palanca lists his picks for the best Chinese restaurants in Metro Manila

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Anyone for sweet latte? The 4 Starbucks flavors for 2017

Your daily caffeine shots just got a little more interesting, with Starbucks unveiling new concoctions in Manila to titillate the palate 

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Top five free things to do in Metro Manila

The good things in life can sometimes be free, from ballets and open-air musical performances by some of the Philippines best, to open days at the national museum, says Carlos Celdran

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9 must-do Christmas and New Year's Eve 2016 parties in Metro Manila

We've rounded up some of the must-do parties for the holidays, from a glamorous black-tie gala ball, a "Midnight in Paris" NYE, and all-night dancing, drinks and fireworks up on a rooftop

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Hotel review: New World Manila Bay

Manila Bay's rebranded hotel has spectacular views of Manila Bay and its famous sunset, but that's not all it has to offer, says Celia Nachura 

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5 of the best long weekend breaks

Jeepney Tours managing director and Food Holidays publisher Clang Garcia lists her favorite destinations for long weekends, from luxe beaches escapes to soothing springs in the middle of a jungle

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Recipe: classic Old Fashioned cocktail

Popular Don Papa premium rum distilled in the foothills of Mt. Kanlaon, Negros, Philippines, is great served neat, but also comes on its own as mixers in this recipe

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Hotel review: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

A stay in this hotel is anything but blah - a room with some of the best sunset views, a foodie heaven at Spiral, and a bespoke spa treatment

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Restaurant review: 7 Flavors Buffet

For reasonably priced buffet with a wide selection that changes every week - and really good hard shell tacos - one can't go wrong with Chef Boy Logro's pioneer restaurant

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Filipino Icon: The Jeepney

Here's a glimpse on the history of this quintessential Philippine mass transport facility, which was borne just shortly after the Second World War

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5 of the best places for halo-halo in Metro Manila

Food and lifestyle writer Margaux Salcedo shares her picks of the best halo-halo in the metro, from the stylized version at Nobu to the no-fail classic at MilkyWay 

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Restaurant review: Lorenzo’s Way

This restaurant at hip Bonifacio Global City in Metro Manila is the place to go for Filipino and Spanish dishes, from clam soup in coconut juice to delicious braised beef short ribs 

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7 of the best Korean restaurants in Manila

Korean Tourism Organization assistant manager Hyejin Jan and Wow Wonderful World & Tours CEO Icy Kim share the best Korean eats in the city

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Me and my travels: chef Sau Del Rosario

Chef Sau Del Rosario on food, art, and his favorite Philippine restaurants

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Chef Myke Tatung Sarthou's pork sinigang recipe

Try this updated version of the traditional sinigang soup using ripe tamarind

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Me and my Philippines: Mermaid swimming instructor Arabelle Jimenez

Mermaid swimming has gained a following in Manila, with fans as young as eight, all wanting to be Ariel. Jimenez helps make their Disney mermaid dreams come true

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5 of the Philippines' best hotels for weddings

Locals pick their favorite hotels for a wedding, from a white-sand beach hotel in Boracay to a private island in Palawan

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7 top rainy day breaks

Jeepney Tours managing director Clang Garcia tells us how to spend rainy days in Manila and around Manila, from singing your heart out at a jeepneyoke party to indulging in photo sessions at a 3D interactive art museum

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10 of Manila's best Japanese restaurants 

Dusit Thani Manila’s chef Hiroyuki Fukata and assistant director of sales Masataka Hashimoto reveal the best, most authentic Japanese eats in Metro Manila

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How to make the perfect cafe latte

Center for Culinary Arts, Manila program director Melissa Sison-Oreta, talks about her coffee life and a bit of "cheffing" to make the perfect cafe latte

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Rich festive pickings: Where to get the best queso, hamon, and rice cakes

We ask culinary experts and people in the know the best places for traditional Christmas treats

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10 of the best ice cream places in Manila

We asked our ice cream aficionados for their favorite places to eat ice cream, from the franchised soft serves to the all-natural bestselling salted caramel ice cream

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Top things to do in Metro Manila

We let you in on the things not to miss in the city, from a culinary tour of the oldest Chinatown in the world to drinks at a hotel roofdeck with the best sunset view

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Me and my Philippines: Fina Joven

Annset Holidays president Fina Joven talks about the top Philippine destinations for 2016 and some of the best places to stay in the country

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Me and my Philippines: surfer Elaine Abonal

Surfista Travels founder and GoPro ambassador Elaine Abonal on life as a surfer girl and the best places to catch a wave in the Philippines

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Me & my Philippines: Adventure show host Juls Rodriguez

The host of adventure webshow Gameplan tells Archipelago about his traditional Kalinga tattoo, his favorite beach in Boracay . . . and getting kidnapped

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Chef Fernando Aracama’s 5 favorite Filipino restaurants

Where does a top chef go when he's craving the best of Filipino food, from a great barbecue grill to crispy catfish and avocado ice cream?

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Me and my Philippines: Chefs Rob and Sunshine Pengson

Philippine culinary power couple Chefs Rob and Sunshine Pengson on cooking at home and life after The Goose Station

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Me and my Philippines: Victoria Marin, jewelry designer

Local jewelry designer Victoria Marin talks about her hometown Cebu, her perfect holiday, and the best fashion and design shows in the country

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Me and my travels: Willie Nepomuceno, impressionist

Willie Nepomuceno, back on stage on April 30 in a show called PANG^gULO NG PILIPINAS, impersonating Philippine presidential candidates, talks about his life in comedy and travels

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Isay Alvarez: the show must go on

Diagnosed with leukemia, West End’s Miss Saigon star Isay Alvarez finds comfort on stage and the rigours and excitement of travel

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Me and my Philippines: RJ Pineda, keyboardist

The Brat Pack's RJ Pineda on his favorite live music venues, what's on his playlist, and almost ripping his pants at Malasimbo

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Archipelago Readers’ Travel Photography Competition: January 2016 winners

We asked for your best holiday photos —beaches, adventures and family holiday snaps—and you've certainly delivered. Here are the winners in the first of our series of competitions and those that made it to our shortlist

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5 of the best coffee shops in Metro Manila

Where to go to feed your caffeine addiction, as tipped by our top barista

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Guide to budget shopping in Metro Manila

Fashion blogger Christine Dychiao reveals her favorite stops in the city for affordable fashion, from pearls to designer brands 

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Chef Jerry Montenegro Cruz: how to cook beef bulalo

Produce your best bulalo, a Filipino favorite, with beef bought from Tagaytay's Mahogany market and cook it for four hours

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48 Hours in Manila

With hotel and tour rates cheaper in February and March, now is a great time to visit Manila, says tour guide Carlos Celdran

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The week in travel

The pick of exciting travel and lifestyle news —from flying solo on a commercial flight to an island wedding in the sun, we give you the week's most shared posts

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Chef Jerry Montenegro-Cruz’s crispy short ribs

Here's a great recipe for beef short ribs with a Filipino twist—perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside

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How to cook the perfect Philippine adobo

Three top Filipino chefs — Claude Tayag, Fernando Aracama, and Jerry Cruz— share their version of the Philippines' popular comfort food

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Archipelago's picks: Top 5 Airbnb rentals in Metro Manila

Here's a selection of stylish and brilliantly located Airbnb apartments to rent in Metro Manila from P1,558 a night

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A tour guides' Manila: Top 5 places to visit

Three top Filipino tour guides—Carlos Celdran, Yael Fernandez, and Ivan Man Dy—reveal the top 5 places to visit in Metro Manila

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5 unique Filipino dishes you probably haven't tried yet

From squid ink vermicelli to fish roe and annatto oil linguine we give you five Filipino dishes to love

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Chefs' top 10 Filipino restaurants in Metro Manila

Chefs Sau del Rosario and Jerry Cruz open up their address books to reveal their favourite places for a great Filipino meal

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Christmas dessert recipe: Chef Jerry Montenegro-Cruz’s fruit salad

The Filipino Christmas table won't be complete without the fruit salad. Chef Jerry shares two of his favorite recipes

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Metro Manila's best Christmas bazaars

Get into the spirit of Christmas gift-giving at some of Manila's festive Christmas bazaars. Where else can you shop and join a zumba party or buy up the latest clothes from fashion bloggers?

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Me and my Philippines: “lechon diva” Dedet dela Fuente

De la Fuente, who is opening a degustacion dining place next year in Quezon City, talks about her favorite restaurants, diving, and rappelling down waterfalls

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Air Swift launches Cebu-El Nido flights

AyalaLand-owned local carrier Air Swift is opening Cebu to El Nido direct flights, expanding its exclusive Manila-El Nido operations to service the Korean and Visayan regional markets

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Editor's pick: 13 Favorite hotels and resorts in the Philippines

InFlight Traveller's executive editor Nikos Gitsis picks out his favorite places to stay, from Banaue to Siargao

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Travel Instagrammer of the week: @edricchen

See the Philippines in a whole new light through Edric Chen's gritty B&Ws

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Photo of the day: Manila Bay Sunset

Let the sunset remind you of how beautiful the city can be

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Me and my Philippines: fashion designer Rajo Laurel

Rajo Laurel reveals his favorite resorts and the young designers to watch

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Chef J Gamboa's paella a la Montana with wild mushrooms

Cirkulo restaurant's chef owner shares the recipe for their bestselling paella, a vegetarian dish even carnivores will love

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Where to go for vintage shopping

Vintage jewelry enthusiast Trisha Cruz-Cuason and bag designer Lally Cruz-Dizon, share their favorite places in Metro Manila for vintage finds, furniture and modern art

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Top 10 haunted places in the Philippines

From World War II ruins to the ghostly Manila Film Center, paranormal expert Frank Regis lists macabre places to spook you this halloween

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Me and my Philippines: Visual artist Leeroy New

The creator of Lady Gaga's muscle dress for the video "Marry the Night" on his work on the Mad Max post apocalyptic park on the wild dunes of Paoay and his travels in the south

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Me and my Philippines: Jerrold Tarog

The director of Heneral Luna —the Philippines' entry to the Oscars— on his favorite escapes and wanting to run away from all the noise surrounding his celebrated Filipino film

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What's on? Heneral Luna

Catch this sleeper hit in theaters while you still can

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Me and my Philippines: mixed martial arts fighter Ali Khatibi

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter on life with actress Cristine Reyes, scaling Mt. Pulag, and his favorite places to hang out

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Archipelago eats: Mexican buffet at Diamond Hotel

Indulge in Mexican favorites —from fajitas, burritos, to tacos—at Diamond Hotel's Mexican buffet. And don't forget the churros

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Me and my travels: filmmaker Ida del Mundo

Filmmaker Ida del Mundo on how her travels to Lake Sebu in Cotobato inspired her to write her award winning film, K'na the Dreamweaver

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Me and my Philippines: Jose Clemente III

Rajah Tours Philippines president Jose “Jojo” Clemente III knows the Philippine islands like the back of his hand. He shares with us his list of top 10 amazing places to visit

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10 reasons to take your kids to Intramuros

The famous walled city of Manila, once the seat of the Philippine government, is a great place for history lessons for kids and adults alike. And much more...

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7 places in the Philippines that will make you feel like you’re in Game of Thrones

No need to go to Croatia, Morocco, or Northern Ireland where the show was actually filmed – you can play out your Thrones fantasies right here in the Philippines

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Bookmark this: the Lakbayan map

Do you get an F or an A+ in travel? This app will give you an answer

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Old meets new in Intramuros

Hop on a Segway and explore historic Intramuros in a brand new way

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Art spark

Can you start an art collection with P10,000? Painter Rock Drilon and Leon Gallery director Jaime Ponce de Leon reveal their tricks

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Chef Sau del Rosario's favorite soup stops

We asked our favorite celebrity chef to tell us where to go for the best bowl of Filipino sinigang soup to the best beef shank stew

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Live in Manila: the city’s top music venues

Music critic Eric Caruncho and musician/producer Francis Reyes pick the bars that crank out live music performances worthy of a Bourne-by-way-of-Manila soundtrack

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The best music club you've never heard of

Tourists rarely make it to the Burbs, but in little-known Sucat, south of Makati, is a pub bar that has been attracting the country's top musicians for more than a decade

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Top 10 unique places to shop

SoFa retail lab's Rosanna Aranaz on the best places for fabric, vintage buys, to art on the cheap

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Hotel review: Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Designed to offer stunning views, this 45-floor hotel lives up to the moniker "Sky Hotel"