Tourism ad highlights how Filipinos make it more fun in PH

The newest campaign advertisement of the Department of Tourism (DOT) was launched Thursday, January 26, highlighting not just a tourist destination this time, but another answer to the question why it’s “More Fun in the Philippines.”

DOT’s newest TV commercial opens with a male blonde-haired tourist visiting the prized Enchanted River in Surigao and while admiring the natural wonder before him, is approached by a Filipino woman.MORE

Chinese art, a family heritage

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PROSPERITY and good fortune for the year has been opened beautifully through the display of aesthetics brought about by the mix of cultures and traditions. As doors are opened to welcome fortune, happiness and luck, SM Seaside City displayed a massive exhibit featuring 200 artworks by 43 artists mounted by the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students together with Cebu Dynamic Youth entitled “An Exhibit of Chinese and Western Paintings.” The exhibit can be found at Mountain Wing Atrium for the celebration of Chinese New Year 2017. The launching was held last Jan. 21 with a free painting workshop for the media, together with some student artists from different art schools in the city.

Last Jan. 28, for the celebration of the Lunar New Year, a performance with the dragons was held as a tradition for good luck. The dragons danced on stage and roamed around the paintings to bless the event and entertain the audience at the same time. The paintings will be available for viewing until February 5.MORE

BPI, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir kick-off 2017 with travel promo

BANK of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has partnered with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir to give BPI Cardholders an extraordinary opportunity to visit Singapore and other exciting destinations, while enjoying exclusive perks and installment options.

“This is our way of jumpstarting the new year for our clients. We want to be able to make their travel dreams happen and at the same time let them enjoy the value of their hard-earned money,” Marie Josephine Ocampo, head for Payments and Cards, expressed.MORE

International spotlight to spur investments in Davao

A SPUR in investments is seen to continue to take place in Davao City brought about the recent international spotlight, the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) said.

In an interview with the DCCCII president Ronald Go after the launching of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, he shared how the chamber is excited and hopeful of the investments that are expected to come to Davao City after the summit launching, the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the arrival of Miss Universe candidates within the week.MORE

Student-filmmakers make it to Int’l Children’s Filmfest

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IT’S VERY busy in Davao these days. There was the euphoria over the official state visit of Japan Prime Minister and his various activities in the city that included the adoption of Philippine Eagle Sakura with the Philippine Eagle Foundation, the visit at the Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (International College), and the breakfast at President Rodrigo Duterte’s residence at Dona Vicenta Teacher’s Village in Matina, Davao City.

Then came the launching of the President’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Sunday attended by hordes of Asean leaders and visitors.MORE

The Upside Down House

BACOLOD. A multi-colored kitchen will entice you to cook upside down. (Contributed Photo)
BACOLOD. A multi-colored kitchen will entice you to cook upside down. (Contributed Photo)

THE urban jungle of Kuala Lumpur is full of many activities and attractions that make post card perfect souvenirs: high rise buildings, shopping havens, iconic towers and line of overpowering skyscrapers.

In a place dominated by steel bars and flashy glass windows, a quirky attraction will make you get snappy and maybe, as in my case, a little dizzy.MORE

Frigid northern China hosts snow and ice sculpture festival

In this Dec. 31, 2016, photo, visitors tour a castle-like structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (AP)
In this Dec. 31, 2016, photo, visitors tour a castle-like structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern’s China’s Heilongjiang province. (AP)

HARBIN, China — The city of Harbin in China’s frigid northeast is hosting one of the world’s largest festivals featuring ice sculptures of animals, cartoon characters and famous landmarks.

The festival, which officially opens late Thursday and last year drew more than a million visitors, showcases the region’s tradition of snow and ice carvings as well as ice swimming in the Songhua River. Harbin’s temperatures can fall to minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit).MORE

Agatha Christie helped in uncovering Iraq’s ancient Nimrud

NIMRUD. This Nov. 19, 2008 photo released by the US Army shows the statues of the lamassu, the winged, human-headed bulls that stood at the gates of the palace and were believed to ward off evil in the ancient city of Nimrud, near Mosul, Iraq. The bulls were destroyed by Islamic State group militants in early 2015 as they razed the entire site, one of the most important archaeological ruins in the Middle East. (AP)
NIMRUD. This Nov. 19, 2008 photo released by the US Army shows the statues of the lamassu, the winged, human-headed bulls that stood at the gates of the palace and were believed to ward off evil in the ancient city of Nimrud, near Mosul, Iraq. The bulls were destroyed by Islamic State group militants in early 2015 as they razed the entire site, one of the most important archaeological ruins in the Middle East. (AP)

NIMRUD, Iraq — Her diligence and face cream cleaned Nimrud’s most famous ivory. She captured the archaeological dig in Iraq on celluloid and Kodak film, developing the prints in water painstakingly filtered from the nearby Tigris River.

And every day, after she balanced the books and arranged for the next day’s meals, Agatha Christie sat down to write.MORE

South Korean market interested on virgin coconut oil

SOUTH Korean investors are interested on virgin coconut oil exports from Davao Region for their booming cosmetic industry.

Virgilio Sangutan, president of Davao Inventor’s Association and an advocate of coconut products, said that last Friday and Saturday, he met with South Korean investors in his MI Herbal Plant in Carmen, Davao del Norte.MORE

7 places to visit in Philippines this 2017

El Nido offers a wide array of watersports activities, including paddle boarding. (Photo by Alan Tangcawan)
El Nido offers a wide array of watersports activities, including paddle boarding. (Photo by Alan Tangcawan)

WITH 7,107 islands, there are plenty of places to explore around the country. Just browse through blogs and social media posts and you’ll find that another beach or natural attraction has captured the delight of travelers and adventurers. They are so many that it can last me a whole lifetime just exploring all of them.

I have come up with my own list of places in our archipelago that I hope to visit this 2017. If I can tick off even just two of them, it will already make my year a good one. But if my resources can bring me to all of these spots, why not visit them all? Here’s my travel wish list in the Philippines this year.MORE

2017, pinning spots on the world map

2017, pinning spots on the world map
2017, pinning spots on the world map

“WHERE is jeepney jinggoy traveling to this year?,” was the common question I am being asked by everyone I meet.

Being referred to by my newspaper byline and online platform is kind of cool. It’s nice to know that the written experiences get its share of readers. Thank you and I do hope it inspires them to pick their bags, go to their dream destinations and come back home to relate their own inspiring stories as well.MORE