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Kabayan Hotel Innovates and Elevates To Celebrate the Filipino Success Journey

Kabayan Hotel opened its doors 22 years ago, during which it has built a solid reputation among its patrons and guests for its value for money proposition. With its prime location along EDSA-Pasay and its close proximity to both domestic and international airports, transport terminals, government offices, and employment agencies, it quickly became the hotel of choice for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and balikbayans, providing its own signature brand of warm Filipino hospitality at accessible rates.

Siargao’s sun is rising

Sunlight, the air, and an ample swell window make for a great day of surfing in this part of the world. The teardrop shaped island of Siargao is famous for world-class surfing and has introduced the sport to Filipinos.

Our back beach experience in Boracay

With a travel fund falling short for a lavish holiday, my family and I decided that if we are to travel to an island, we’ll stay on the rear beach since it will be more affordable for us than choosing accommodations on the main beach. It’s not always true that being in the back means a place is not worth staying; sometimes, you will be surprised.

PTAA all set for next year’s 30th Travel Tour Expo 2023

The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), the largest and most prestigious travel agency association in the country, is always at the forefront in helping advance the travel industry’s growth and expansion. For next year, PTAA is launching its annual and most anticipated travel event, the 30th Travel Tour 2023 and the 8th International Travel Trade Expo 2023 slated on February 3 to 5, 2023 at the SMX Convention Center in MOA Complex, Pasay City.

A Jolly Christmas Beach Holiday

Being swamped with work and personal commitments, I felt my cup was already empty, thus the invitation to join the Christmas Tree Lighting event at Pico de Loro Cove couldn’t have come at a better time. Passing through Cavite, the traffic was unkind and heavy but that didn’t dampen my spirit because I was so ready to leave the harsh and suffocating environment of the Metro to touch some sand and get my fill of the so-called “vitamin sea.”

Kabayan Hotel EDSA Opens New Possibilities for Filipino OFWs and their Families

Kabayan Hotel has long been a favorite for accommodations among Overseas Filipino Workers as its strategic location in the EDSA Pasay area offers ease of access to the airports, employment agencies, government offices, and allied services. It is also a place where they are treated to warm and thoughtful Filipino hospitality as their send-off to their destination countries or as their first stop upon their journey home.  

La Dolce Vita at Santiago Cove

Travel, food, and lifestyle bloggers recently made the seven-hour journey to cover the opening of the new annex and experienced the Santorini-like lifestyle at Santiago Cove Hotel & Restaurant in Northern Ilocos Sur.

NAIA, Ninoy Aquino International Airport

‘Birth pains’ afflict PHL govt’s new e-Travel system

AS the bulk of tourists in the country starts arriving for the holidays, the planned volt-in of the arrival systems of different government agencies continues to be problematic. Passengers landing at Manila’s airport are still dealing with an unfriendly e-Travel website and confusing queues, despite the relief promised under phase 2 of the new arrival scheme.

Sinulog Festival in Cebu City, January 20, 2019.

Adjusted holidays to boost domestic travel next year

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. recently issued Presidential Proclamation No. 90 adjusting the holidays next year, creating more long weekends that allows Filipinos around which to plan their vacations. The so-called “holiday economics” scheme was introduced under the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, now one of the top advisers of Marcos Jr.

Crash Landing on Leyte 

Just like the smash K-Pop TV series, crash landing in Leyte province is among the serendipitous experiences even the most jaded travelers will find exciting. Beyond Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Forces’s legendary return to its sleepy shores during World War II, its countryside charm has an irresistible magnet which can make you say your own “I Shall Return” vow 78 years later.

Seda Nuvali offers more rooms and amenities in a resort-like setting 

The pressing need of Metro Manila urbanites over the past decade for a setting that would quickly reconnect them to nature has driven the expansion of Seda Nuvali from a boutique hotel to a newly completed 356-room resort-like property with stunning views of a lake, the Tagaytay Ridge, and the plains of Calabarzon all the way to Laguna de Bay.

Celebrating breakthroughs at the 2022 Virtus Awards 

After two years of gathering and celebrating via laptop screens, the Hotel and Sales Marketing Association (HSMA) 2022 Virtus Awards ceremony, now finally held face-to-face, was its most joyous edition yet, bringing together the best of the Philippines’s hospitality and tourism industry as they recognized their top sales and marketing professionals, as well as marketing campaigns.

A visit to vibrant Vancouver

For me, Vancouver has one of the most picturesque settings of any city in the world. Nestled among snow-capped mountains on an ocean inlet, it has an atmosphere that is British in character but with a rich mix of nationalities, with sizable numbers of Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Korean, Japanese, and Iranian residents, making it one of North America’s most cosmopolitan places.

Experience a green escapade at The Purple Farm

One can never have enough peace and relaxation. With busy work schedules, the hustle and bustle gets the best of us. The best solution? Escaping the urban jungle and trading it for scenic views and a cup of serenity. A reset surrounded by nature is much-needed and there is no better way to do that than getting away from all the noise and heading to a place that feels like home away from home. 

NLEX celebrates the northern spirit and culture with Humans of the North series

Stories are the marrow of humanity. Conversations serve as the thread that connects communities, allowing histories, cultures, and traditions to flourish from generation to generation. In an era where tourism has afforded us a window to the world, humans and their vibrant stories lend more meaning to experience. Through the human element of travel, destinations transform from being mere points on a map to one that reconnects us to our roots and our humanity.

Remembering my time in Lviv

I heard the news about a possible invasion of Ukraine while I was in the country. I brushed it off as tough talk and as a bargaining position, some of the travelers I’ve met shared the same sentiments. Little did I know that around a month after I left the country in late January 2022, things were never going to be the same.

Iconic Hong Kong Peak Tram Ascends the Peak Again After Makeover

As the travel restrictions in the country start to ease up, new adventures await for Filipinos who have been wanting to visit Hong Kong. One of the latest additions to Hong Kong’s thrilling tourist attractions is the new Peak Tram which rewards passengers with a stunning view of Victoria Harbor. Starting August 27, the Peak Tram—Asia’s oldest cable car and a must-see attraction in Hong Kong—have reintroduced its thrilling rides with a revamped tramcar, terminus ushers, and improved amenities.

My Vigan Home: Reminiscing a past visit

A visit to Vigan is the next best thing to traveling back in time. It was definitely an exciting experience for me as I reveled in the Spanish Colonial surroundings. The sounds of horses trotting as the carriages passed by reminded me of how people used to get around town many moons ago.

Bask in the grandness of Vienna

It was a cold winter day when I arrived in Vienna. Fortunately, exploring Vienna is easy because of its pedestrian-friendly streets and extensive public transportation, so I went for it despite the weather.

Driving to, dining at and discovering Cavite

For the second time this year, AAP Lakbay, the travel and tourism arm of the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), the country’s biggest and oldest national auto club, hosted another curated, modified, and enhanced “Drive, Dine and Discover” caravan. This time the caravan went to the historical, cultural, culinary, and countryside spots of Maragondon and Silang in Cavite to help reboot domestic tourism and local enterprises.

CaSoBe, a Dreamy BeachTown for Entrepreneurs

The freedom to take one’s business wherever one goes is a perk of entrepreneurial life. The pandemic has even fast-tracked the new norm to take the office wherever one opts to park his laptop. If working from anywhere has become the lifestyle of choice of entrepreneurs, where else can they work other than the seaside paradise of CaSoBe (Calatagan South Beach), one of Landco’s latest BeachTowns in Batangas.

Get lost in time in Dubrovnik, Croatia

I spent a few days in Zagreb before I took the overnight bus to Dubrovnik. I read that the latter was a touristy and crowded destination due to the popularity of Game of Thrones. However, I assured myself that, that won’t be the case because I scheduled my trip during the winter (and during the Covid pandemic at that). The overnight bus ride was uneventful with a few stops before arriving at the station early in the morning. I didn’t get much sleep, but I was eager to explore Dubrovnik.

Spanish Ambassador visits newly restored La Loma Chapel facade

On June 27, Spanish Ambassador Jorge Moragas paid a visit to the newly restored La Loma Chapel with Instituto Cervantes Manila Director Javier Galvan. The recent restoration of the chapel was the product of the efforts between Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation Inc. or Escuela Taller and the Diocese of Kalookan.  The restoration of the chapel facade took 11 months to complete.  

29th Travel Tour Expo 2022 opens with big crowd

The biggest tourism event of the year, 29th Travel Tour Expo 2022, opened last Friday with a big crowd eager to avail of big travel discounts and amazing tour packages from more than 140 exhibitors. The three-day event featured numerous travel destinations and event-exclusive promotions with discounts in airfare, accommodations and tours.  At the event, travelers were able to plan their travel schedules, choose their favored transportation mode and even secure travel insurance on the spot. Also, event attendees were treated to exciting raffles, corporate game shows and entertaining programs from exhibitors and sponsors.  With the theme “Braving and Shaping the future of Travel,” the Travel Tour Expo hopes to revive the travel industry by encouraging the public to proceed with their long delayed travel plans due to the pandemic.

So much to see in Cebu

Long before Covid-19 alert levels went down to their lowest this year, Cebu, ranked as one of the islands in the world by the international travel web site Big 7 Travel and the best island in Asia by renowned magazine Conde Nast, has been jumping the gun on other tourist destinations in the race to reopen local tourism.  In fact, for two years now, they have been hosting the “I Love Cebu Summer Sale,” sponsored by the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu Inc. (HRRACI).

Upon my return to Sorsogon

It’s been almost a decade since my last visit to Sorsogon. When I had the chance to return, I immediately took it. The number of years between my visits made me think about the changes a place could’ve undertaken during that time. However, it wasn’t only the place that may have changed, a different me could’ve been looking at the world differently at that time.

Art Basel unveils highlights of its upcoming edition in Hong Kong

The 2022 edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, and the second edition of its hybrid fair, welcomes 130 leading galleries from 28 countries and territories. Alongside robust presentations across Galleries, Insights, and Discoveries, this year’s show will offer dynamic public programs that highlight local artists and create meaningful connections in the city and across the globe: Hong Kong-based moving image pioneer Ellen Pau’s new, site-specific moving image work “The Shape of Light,” co-commissioned by Art Basel and M+, supported by the Lead Partner UBS, as well as a special tram project with artists Cherie Cheuk Ka-wai, Stephen Wong Chun-hei, and Shum Kwan-yi, commissioned by Art Basel and co-presented by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Art Basel Live, Art Basel’s multichannel digital program will once again amplify the show’s content to global audiences.

Coming together for sustainable tourism

A crested honey buzzard is seen from a distance, one of the many things Masungi Georeserve, located in Baras, Rizal, has to offer to the those who are looking for an adventure. That adventure includes a four-hour trek inside the limestone park situated at the foot of the Sierra Madre.

For the third time, Palaui Island is still a charm

More than a decade has passed since I first journeyed to Palaui Island. Back in those days, I was still in my earliest phase of exploring the Philippines. Cagayan Province, being in the farthest northeastern part of Luzon, seemed like a foreign country to me back then.

Explore Banwa Private Island at its greenest

Green season is every frequent traveller’s best kept secret. It is the perfect opportunity to explore Banwa Private Island where nature is in full bloom. Green season means drizzles in the warm and sunny mornings, ideal for swimming, hiking, nearby island adventures and outdoor activities. The cool, fresh breeze makes the days more relaxing, finding paradise in whatever you do.

Batangas redefined 

Undeniably, the beaches and water activities of Batangas are what people flock to at this time of the year. However, I have discovered a ton of other activities while also enjoying the hinterlands. Travelers should check it out and maybe take a dip in the ocean after.