Bernard L. Supetran

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Vivere’s southern vibe

The Nest Dining in the Sky Towering in Metro Manila’s southern gateway is Vivere Hotel, the first five-star accommodation in Alabang which catalyzed the district’s development into a plush hideaway. Literally meaning “to live” or “to be alive” in Latin,...

Reinventing the road trip under the new normal

AAP Travel Caravan Making a do-it-yourself drive down to the countryside has been among the age-old favorite pastimes of urbanites. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the government quarantine regulations threw a monkey wrench to the family weekend drives we look forward to.

Romantic rides to the max

Farm Plate in Daraga, Albay February is arguably the best month to “go for a ride, drive down to the countryside, get away from the gray and frenzied hurly-burly of the city life,” to borrow the lyrics of a popular Jose Mari Chan ballad.

The road to a physically distanced Valentine’s

Vivere Azure Resort in Mabini, Batangas is designed like an opulent cliffside vacation house. Long before the phrase physical (or social) distancing became a health protocol byword, love-struck couples have been practicing the concept, particularly on Valentine’s Day. And despite...

Taal Vista Hotel’s view to a thrill

Opened in 1939, the English Tudor Mansion-style Taal Vista Hotel has become part of the Filipino heritage with a rich history shared by generations of hotel guests and prominent personalities who have set foot in this historic lodging. With the temperature dropping and...

Pit Stop, Senyor!

Cebu's Sinulog Festival It’s that time of the year once more for the sought-after and crowd-drawing festivals in the Visayas which will run for the whole of January—Iloilo City’s Dinagyang, Cebu’s Sinulog, and Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan. On top of these is a horde of...

PH toasts sports tourism movers and shakers

Subic Bay Freeport Despite the overall slowdown of the sports scenario in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country offered a toast to the sports tourism sector's movers and shakers at the recent 4th Philippine Sports Tourism Awards (PSTA) held at the...

Bringing Christmas cheer to the dive capital

The writer diving in Balayan Bay Mention Anilao and scuba diving immediately comes into mind, and for good reason. This port village in Balayan Bay in Mabini, Batangas is the birthplace of this underwater recreational sport in the country. It...

Sarangani celebrates culture in online festival

Sarangani has the unique distinction of being one of the country’s youngest provinces and at the same time, one of the oldest settlements of the 2,000-year old prehistoric man. This ancient allure and modern technology come together as it holds the 18th...

Boutique hotel spices up Tanauan’s tourism scene

Bravo Tanauan Hotel The birthplace of revolutionary hero Apolinario Mabini and Japanese-era Philippine president Jose P. Laurel, Tanauan is a growing industrial, agro-industrial, commercial and urban hub because of its proximity to Metro Manila and key points in the Calabarzon Region.