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PH wins 4 major awards in World Travel Awards 2023 — DOT

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines bagged four major tourism recognitions from the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) 2023, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Tuesday. According to the DOT, the country was once again named the World’s Leading Dive Destination and the World’s Leading Beach Destination, defending its 2022 titles. For the first time, the country was also conferred with the World’s Leading City Destination for its...


Cebu Pacific welcomes December 2023 with one-way base fares as low as P299

Happy December! Want to explore an underrated gem or revisit a beautiful destination in the Philippines? Cebu Pacific has launched another travel promo on domestic flights, offering one-way base fares for as low as P299. Available until Dec. 5, the seat sale covers local spots like Kalibo, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Iloilo, an...


One Tectona Hotel Shines Bright with First Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

One Tectona Hotel warmly welcomed the holiday season with its inaugural Christmas tree lighting ceremony on November 29, 2023. The event was honored by the presence of distinguished personalities from the Duros Group, which marked a significant milestone for the hotel and the community it serves. Duros Group CEO and chairman Rafaelito Barino, Duros Group president Fe Barino, and Duros Hotels managing director Adie Gallares were the esteemed...


Spot Stays: This Five-Star Resort Boasts the Longest Pool in Boracay

And some of the best service around.


Airlines told: Obey eTravel registration rules

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Saturday urged airline companies to cooperate in the implementation of the one-stop electronic travel declaration system (eTravel) amid the holiday season and reminded them to assist their customers. Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco reiterated that all arriving and departing passengers should register, as eTravel registration is required by immigration officers manning the bureau's counters in the...


Savor the flavors of Thanksgiving in the skies with Emirates

EMIRATES offered special menus on flights from Dubai-USA-Dubai between November 23 and 30 in celebration of Thanksgiving. Traditional festive fare was also served in the lounges of Dubai, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco from November 18 to 25. Customers in First Class savored elevated traditional dishes like sweet potato soup with succulent poached lobster and chives, followed by Thanksgiving turkey leg roulade with pumpkin...


MMDA releases alternate routes for MMFF's Parade of Stars on Dec. 16

Plan your travels for Saturday, Dec. 16 because the Parade of the Stars will be happening on that day. Aside from the usual holiday rush, there may be potential traffic delays due to the Parade of Stars, the annual event marking the start of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that f...


LTO relaxes 'no registration, no travel' policy in the spirit of Christmas

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is easing the implementation of its “no registration, no travel” policy for the rest of December “in the spirit of the Yuletide season.” In a statement Thursday, LTO chief Vigor Mendoza II said he had ordered all LTO enforcers to just warn the drivers of unregistered motor vehicles. “Panahon ngayon ng pagdiriwang at ayaw naman natin na ang inyong LTO ay magdudulot pa ng stress sa ating mga kababayan,” said...


How to get an International Driver's License in the Philippines in 2023

Here’s a full guide


The most impressive bridges in the world


A look inside the Peace Corps, the American humanitarian agency

Ever since its official inception on March 1, 1961, the Peace Corps has dedicated itself to providing humanitarian aid in countries all over the world, on every continent besides Antarctica. Thousands of selfless United States citizens volunteer every year to donate their time and energy to the greater good, whether by helping to build irrigation systems, teaching core subjects to schoolchildren, helping to eradicate illness and disease, advising on matters of local economic development, and more. Despite having such a noble mission, there's a lot that we don't know about the Peace Corps. How was it conceived, and what is life actually like as a volunteer? Read on to find out.


The greatest discoveries and advancements in the history of astronomy

For as long as humans have walked the Earth, the great endless sky and the countless stars that fill it have left us in a state of awe-inspired wonderment. Similarly, the study and exploration of space have been a priority for humankind for millennia. From the ancient Assyrians and Greeks, to the greatest minds of the Renaissance, and up to the billionaire space explorers of the 21st century, incredible amounts of time and effort have gone into better understanding our celestial surroundings. And yet, despite all of the great strides that have been made to understand the great beyond, it's estimated that 95% of the universe is still undiscovered. Click through the gallery to learn about some of the greatest discoveries of astronomy and our universe.


10 Cheery Sights In and Around the Metro to Visit During the Holidays

Most of these attractions are free to visit.


Seda Manila Bay sparks up holidays with 1st Christmas tree lighting

SEDA Manila Bay proudly unveiled the spirit of the holiday season with its much-anticipated Christmas tree lighting event, "Holiday Sparkles by the Bay." The momentous gathering, attended by esteemed VIP guests and distinguished media partners, transformed the hotel into a captivating spectacle as the lights illuminated the night. With the pursuit of giving love and hope, Seda Manila Bay announced its support for the Smile Train Foundation, a...


LOOK: The new Fiesta Carnival in Araneta City has modern takes on classic rides, games, and more

Araneta City has given a first look at Fiesta Carnival, which is currently on a dry run ahead of its official relaunch this December. “Get ready to say ‘yippadeedoodoo’ because the most-awaited comeback of the Fiesta Carnival is finally happening!“ it wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday, Dec. 9, sharing some photos of the indoor amusement park. Th...


A mother-and-son trip to the Meralco Christmas Village

Last week, my son Paolo invited me to accompany him to the Meralco compound along Ortigas Ave. so we could explore their Christmas village. Befitting Meralco, the theme of the glittering display was, “Maliwanag ang Pasko.” It didn’t take much for Paolo to convince me since Meralco is just a few minutes’ walk from where we live. I have been a resident of Pasig City for more than 20 years, and the condominium building I call home is just across...


Details you need to know about Miss Earth 2023

Venue, schedule, where to stream, and judges


How a Danish island plans on becoming waste-free


Photos: the incredible history of Notre Dame of Paris


Paris, city of the future

Paris, where I live, is a mess right now. Roads are being pulled up and renovated ahead of next summer's Olympics. Schools, airports and museums have been disrupted by bomb threats, as Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish city lives in fear of importing the Gazan conflict. And we've just entered the annual five-month sunless stretch. Pedestrians walk in front of the Eiffel tower, in Paris on December 5, 2023. Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP


A high-fat transatlantic flight could help aviation become sustainable


Luneta, Intramuros draw visitors at start of long weekend

Time travel as opposed to long travel was an option of many on the first day of the long weekend by visiting tourist spots in Manila such as Intramuros where one can take a kalesa ride, the "Village of Lights" and Mehan Garden, according to Joseph Morong’s report on “24 Oras,” Friday. The tour of Intramuros, the "Walled City" in Manila, includes the popular Manila Cathedral, which held a mass in celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate...


EIA celebrates purpose and hope on 4th gala

AFTER a four-year hiatus, Everest International Academy (EIA) celebrated its 4th Annual Benefit-Gala in a night fueled by purpose and hope. The event took place on Nov. 10, 2023 at the main lounge of Manila Polo Club, Makati. Guests were shuttled to the venue in special driven cars provided by the Yuchengco Group of Companies. This year's theme, "Driven," reflects the school's unwavering commitment to make a positive impact on the local...


Cebu Pacific launches direct flight to Da Nang, Vietnam

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific has launched its maiden direct Manila to Da Nang, Vietnam, flight as it ramps up its operations in line with the post-pandemic recovery of the air travel sector. In a news release on Friday, Cebu Pacific inaugurated its Manila-Da Nang route on December 7, 2023. The new route will operate three times a week, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The flight will depart Manila at 7:25 p.m. (Philippine time) and arrive...


All The Adventure Bikes We're Expecting In 2024: The Under 700cc Edition

Small bike doesn't have to mean small adventures.


An enormous iceberg is roaming free for the first time in decades


The most dangerous cities in Europe

Ah, Europe! History and culture that is steeped in fairy tales. The magnificent cities of Europe attract millions of eager tourists every year with the promise of a beautiful and safe trip into the magic it offers. However, be warned! Some of Europe's cities are not as safe as one might expect. In this gallery, we've ranked Europe's most dangerous cities according to their crime rates. These crime rates are calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population. The result is then multiplied by 100,000. It might surprise you to find some of your favorite cities on this list, but if they're there, there's good reason for it... Curious? Then click on!


The foods Americans miss the most when abroad

One of the best aspects of traveling or living abroad is getting to try new cuisines and broaden your palette. Even so, Americans miss many things from back home—with food definitely topping the list. A list of some of the most-missed all-American foods follows in the gallery. Make sure not to read this with an empty stomach!


Kakaibang European Christmas village, masisilayan sa Oriental Mindoro

Kakaibang European Christmas village, masisilayan sa Oriental Mindoro


South America's most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage natural sites


Passenger of crashed Piper plane found dead—Isabela PDRRMO

The lone passenger of the Piper plane that crashed in Isabela on November 30 was found dead on Sunday morning near the wreckage area, the Isabela Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said. According to Isabela PDRRMO head Constante Foronda, the body of a woman was found around 9:15 a.m. by K-9 trackers about 200 meters down the mountain slope from the plane wreckage. The victim’s remains are currently being brought...


Travelers ready to set sail on cruises at record level in 2024

Travelers ready to set sail on cruises at record level in 2024


Eagles thrive in forests guarded by Bukidnon tribe

MANOLO FORTICH, BUKIDNON—On the cold morning of April 26, a Wednesday, a team of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) from Davao City arrived at the small hilltop tribal hall of Barangay Guilang-guilang for a regular visit to check on the reforestation and agroforestry initiatives in the community that they supported. But even before they could warm their seats, they were greeted with an interesting development. “I have big news, it’s a...


The most tragic airplane crashes in US history

Did you know that the worst crashes in American history (aside from terrorist attacks) happened, for the most part, over 20 years ago? Read on to learn more about the worst airplane crashes in the United States.


'Christmas Convoy' begins journey to WPS

THE Christmas Convoy, a fleet of civilian boats whose mission is to bring holiday cheer to Filipino troops in remote outposts in the West Philippine Sea, started its journey on Friday. The group of 40 volunteers made up of youth and student leaders, joined by fisherfolk leaders, embarked on the mission's first leg from Manila to El Nido in Palawan on board the MV Kapitan Oca, which would serve as the convoy's mother ship. The Atin Ito!...


Okada to buy Dennis Uy’s Emerald Bay Resort

MANILA, Philippines — Tiger Resorts, Leisure and Entertainment Inc. (TRLEI), operator of Okada Manila, is acquiring Dennis Uy’s PH Travel and Leisure Holdings, the company behind the unfinished Emerald Bay Resort in Cebu. TRLEI said it has entered into a preliminary agreement with PH Travel, a subsidiary of PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc., the listed travel and leisure company of Uy, the Davao-based businessman. The parties expect to conclude the...


Muntinlupa opens Christmas bazaar at renovated Alabang market

THE city of Muntinlupa adds more reasons for shoppers to rejoice with the opening of a Christmas bazaar at the rejuvenated Alabang Central Market (ACM). Mayor Ruffy Biazon presided over the reopening of the newly renovated Building B of the ACM on November 30 and invited shoppers to enjoy the bazaar at the refurbished market. The new building features 357 stalls for general merchandise, salon services, and dry goods. Building A, which was...


Work-life balance: Europe vs. America


Holidays in the City: Where to Stay in the Metro for Christmas and New Year's Eve 2023

Book a room ASAP!


Here's How You Can Enjoy Free Activities in South Korea Without Needing a Visa

Plus how to make the most of your time at the airport.


The best travel experiences in the world


Fairytale castles, mountains, and lakes in Austria and southern Germany


Forbidden and risky: the dangers of having an exotic pet


2 Korean tourists found dead in Batangas resort

MANILA, Philippines — Two South Korean tourists were found dead in a sauna of a resort in Mabini, Batangas on Thursday. Police identified the victims as Sun Tae Kim, 57, and Yun Seok Seo, 63. Their companion, Hak Neung Kim, 59, is recuperating in a medical facility. Resort employees said the three were drunk when they entered the sauna room. The tourists were found unconscious at around 3 a.m. An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause...


The most peaceful countries to live in

In this gallery, we invite you to step into a world where nations vie for the coveted title of Earth's Zen Master, a realm where tranquility reigns supreme. Join us on an exploration of the Global Peace Index, a fascinating journey into the heart of serenity. Discover the delicate balance of peace in a world where harmony is both the destination and the journey. All of the countries listed here are committed to creating a stable and comfortable environment in which their citizens are allowed to thrive and grow without the worry of crime and the threat of danger. Without further ago, click on to discover the most peaceful countries in the world.


BI reminds travelers: Register with eTravel

INBOUND and outbound international passengers are required to register with the one-stop electronic travel declaration system (eTravel) at any international entry and exit port of the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said over the weekend. Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco said that under the rules, those who are required to register in the eTravel are arriving Filipino and foreign crew members and passengers, as well as departing...


The most romantic holiday destinations

The most beautiful cities in the world for couples lie within the next few slides of this gallery. Steeped in history and culture, these cities bring out the lovebirds in all of us. Get lost in the cobblestone streets and fall in love all over again amongst the character that lies between these city walls. What are you waiting for? Swipe through to discover the most romantic locations for couples.


Cordillera mountains key to knowledge transfer

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET—Mt. Pulag is Luzon’s highest peak but it is also the mythical dwelling place of “Kabunian,” the supreme deity who showered indigenous Benguet communities with blessings. By 2024, count free internet connections for schools among Kabunian’s many gifts. Straddling Benguet and the provinces of Ifugao and Nueva Vizcaya, Mt. Pulag (at 2,928 meters above sea level) will serve as a key relay station alongside Baguio City’s Mt....


You can reach this luxury resort-inspired village from Makati or BGC in less than an hour

Within its sprawling township in General Trias, Cavite, property giant Megaworld continues to raise the bar for curated residential villages, this time taking inspiration from some of the world's best destinations for its Maple Grove Park Village, a first-of-its-kind, luxury spa resort-inspired residential community within its 140-hectare Maple Grove township. To bring this extraordinary vision to life, Megaworld tapped Wimberly, Allison, Tong &...


PH eyes Dubai as tourism partner

THE Department of Tourism (DoT) has launched its "Bisita, Be My Guest" (BBMG) Program at the Asiana Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in an effort to pursue a tourism partnership with the Middle Eastern country. "Filipinos have a significant presence in the UAE, with around 700,000 Filipinos residing in Dubai alone. These numbers show the Filipino community's strength and the potential of the United Arab Emirates as a partner for the growth...