THE Chinese New Year celebration has left some hangover feels on me that I began browsing through my photo archives of my travels around China.
The five cities in mainland China that I have gone to, not counting the autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macau, were all interesting places that left me with great memories and experiences. The first Chinese city I was able to set foot in was Guangzhou, which was a big surprise to me.MORE
THE flag carrier is feeding our wanderlust and giving us more reasons to pack our bags and hop on the next plane to our bucket listed destinations.
In 2016, Philippine Airlines launched four new international flights (Kuwait, Jeddah, Doha, Saipan), opened new routes (Cebu-Singapore, Cebu-Los Angeles, Manila-Taipei-Osaka, Cebu-Caticlan-Calrk) and increased flight frequencies (Manila-Los Angeles—twice daily; Manila-Toronto—three to four times weekly; Manila-Beijing—four to six times weekly; and Manila-Vancouver—seven to ten times weekly).MORE
THE continuing boom in Philippine tourism finds Mactan Island in need of new hotel rooms or it will lose guests to other local destinations, a hotelier warned.
“With the overexcitement about the Philippines now, the five to six major hotels in Mactan is not enough to welcome the whole world,” said Harold Rainfroy, general manager of Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, at the sidelines of the launching of Vanille Salèe menu last Wednesday, which will be offered from Feb. 21 to Mar. 21.MORE
THE Consulate General of Indonesia will hold the first Indonesia Food and Beverage Expo and the Indonesian Culinary Festival on March 17 to 19 to promote more Indonesian products in preparation for the Davao-General Santos-Bitung Roro route to be launched on April 28.
During the weekly forum at Habi at Kape at Abreeza Ayala Malls Thursday, February 16, Indonesian Consul General Secretary Berlian Napitupulu said they will conduct the first Indonesian Food and Beverage Expo at the House of Indonesia, Juna Subdivision on March 17 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.MORE
THE Social Security System (SSS) will release separately the two-month additional pension totaling P2,000 from the regular pension released this month.
This was clarified by Janice Diaz, senior communications analyst of SSS Visayas West I Division, after they have been receiving a lot of queries from pensioners in Negros Occidental, especially Bacolod City, on the non-inclusion of the pension increase in the release of the regular pension early this month.MORE
THE P13 increase in the minimum wage approved by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7 yesterday applies for the entire region. This means all minimum wage earners in Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor will receive the P13 increase.
Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 7 Director Exequiel Sarcauga, the RTWPB 7 chairman, and businessman Philip Tan, the management representative to RTWPB 7, refused to give details of the wage order.MORE
METRO Cebu is one of the seven cities chosen by the United Nations as models for metropolitan governance, like New York in the United States, Tokyo in Japan, Paris in France and Seoul in South Korea.
This was revealed in a press conference by Naga City Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong, Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado, National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7 Assistant Director Dionisio Ledres Jr. and Evelyn Nacario Castro.MORE
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is working with local government units (LGUs) to identify every region’s tourism gaps.
“Together with other national government agencies and LGUs, we will identify the tourism gaps in our regions and their localities. And together, we will fill them up with our resources and every support we can muster,” said Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo.MORE
IN CELEBRATION of the Great British Festival from February 24 to 26, the British Council and British Embassy are inviting amateur and professional photographers to take part in Create Great Cities Photo Essay Competition.
Shortlisted photo essays will be exhibited at Bonifacio Global City High Street, Taguig City, during the festival.MORE
TOURISM stakeholders in Cebu lauded the newest tourism campaign released by the Department of Tourism (DOT), which showcased Filipino hospitality.
The agency has retained the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” slogan, a move that earned praise because it will ensure continuity in the efforts to boost the country’s image to potential travelers.MORE