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Ian McKellen to host London bus tours for Shakespeare film season

LONDON — Having tackled Shakespeare’s works on stage and screen, actor Ian McKellen will host bus tours of locations used in his movie adaptation...

Shopping + beaches + mountains = Davao

By Maya M. Padillo DAVAO CITY -- A number of tour packages in the Davao Region covering April 3 to May 1 will be offered...

Beyond surfing

THE ISLAND of Siargao has become synonymous to surfing, and for good reason. After all, in 2012 this once obscure island in Mindanao’s Pacific...

Top of the city

By Zsarlene B. Chua SEEKING to be the “top-of-mind hotel in the area” (in the words of general manager Frank Reichenbach during a press lunch...

Coming soon: Mövenpick Boracay

By Zsarlene B. Chua ​MÖVENPICK Hotel and Resorts have added another Philippine property to their portfolio as they are set to open Mövenpick Boracay in...

Sky high

A KILOMETER away from Tagaytay’s famous Taal Vista hotel sits a new entrant to the city’s growing hospitality market, one from a family who...

Need a last-minute hotel booking? There’s an app for that.

By Zsarlene B. Chua ​HONG KONG-based last-minute booking hotel app, Hotel Quickly, formally launched its entry into the Philippine market last month, boasting of more...

Ten exotic retreats to jump-start your fitness resolutions

THE HOLIDAYS are great and all. In December. But come January you’re going to be wishing for something a little less manic. And a...

Climb a mountain, take pics, and share in real time

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman MOST FILIPINOS are currently addicted to two things. One, the lure of travel and adventure thanks to promos and...

Reliving a Bicol Christmas tradition

IN MANY rural areas in the Philippines, the birth of Jesus Christ is reenacted during Christmas time, which invariably involves dancing and singing. It...

Going to Boracay? Read this.

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman THE BORACAY of simple nipa huts and backpackers’ dreams is long gone. While Boracay is still a consistent top choice among...

Come again to Cam Norte

THE PROVINCE of Camarines Norte is rolling out a low-key grassroots campaign to lure travelers back next year, in keeping with the Department of Tourism’s (DoT)...

10 reasons to go to Hong Kong Disneyland

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman IF HONG KONG Disneyland (HKDL) is in a romantic relationship, it has grown past the seven-year itch, because it...

The nine lives of Russia’s Hermitage cats

FOR MORE than a century visitors have marveled at the Hermitage Museum’s precious collections, and for just as long dozens of cats have prowled...

Home away from home

The travel industry is being disrupted. First there were the budget airlines which made it possible for an increasing number of people to travel...

Airplane Wi-Fi should soon be somewhat less awful

FOR YEARS, people have cursed lousy, expensive Wi-Fi on airplanes, with most of the ire directed at Gogo, the largest player in the field. Soon...

VISIT: the Hotel de Oriente Convention Centre at Las Casas Filipinas...

THE REPLICA of the Philippines’ first luxury hotel, the Hotel de Oriente Convention Centre, opened its doors for public tours this month at the...

Bees, boats and a volcano

By Susan Claire Agbayani WHEN Metro Manila’s denizens want to escape the big city, one of the first destinations they think of are the beaches...

Closing Time: one last staycation at the InterCon

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman WITH THE HOLIDAYS and the long weekends coming, now is the best time to book a staycation at InterContinental...

Sundown Singapore

AMONG the ranks of Asia’s powerhouse players, Singapore is often depicted as the squeaky clean poster girl for gleaming glass modernity, priggish protocol and...

Kids Korea

Text and Photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto WHEN TRAVELING with kids overseas, there are three main factors to consider — enough interesting sites to visit and...

Fit for a King

By Victoria Mendoza Fritz OURS is a land of kings. But who knew that? Antonio Pigafetta did, apparently. In entry after entry of his diary, as...

China’s new glass bridge tests courage of tourists

PINGJIANG, CHINA  — China’s first glass suspension bridge, which dangles 180 meters over a canyon in the central Hunan province, has excited — and...

Pink lake, treehouses and African beats in Senegal

By Makini Brice LAC ROSE, SENEGAL — Approaching Senegal’s sand dune-flanked Lac Rose, overcast skies hid the sun and, at first, obscured the vibrant pink...

Around the world at the Milan Expo

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia THERE WAS just one reason why I wanted to go to Milan this summer -- the world’s fair, called Expo...

Korea: ready for travelers

By Zsarlene B. Chua “KOREA TOURISM is back to normal,” was the first line in the statement released by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) during...

Sea to summit

MOUNTAINS AND SEAS are the country’s top eco-tourism drawers for both mountaineers and beach lovers. Over at Agusan del Norte, its capital, the City...