Bernard L. Supetran

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A confluence of culture, cuisine and crafts

Cafe Del Rio Spanish dishes PHOTO COURTESY OF LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, the country’s only heritage resort situated in Bagac, Bataan, needs no long introduction. The winner of the 2021 Historic Hotels Worldwide Best Historic Hotel in...

Quirino’s Basket of Happiness

Landingan Viewpoint in Nagtipunan Quirino Province, the frontier of the Cagayan Valley Region, recently belatedly celebrated its 50th founding anniversary through its annual Panagdadapun Festival to formally announce the reopening of its tourism industry. Literally meaning “gathering” in Ilocano, the...

DOT goes cookin’ in the mountain

Chef Chavi Romawac at the Mountain Cookout in Abra There’s somethin’ cookin’ in the Cordillera mountains, quite literally, as the Department of Tourism (DOT) recently completed its Mountain Cookout series as part of the development of new tourism packages in the highland provinces.

Go WFH in the ‘Summer Capital’

Degustacion dinner at Bistro Lokal with chef Miko Dy When the mountain resort town of Baguio was proclaimed as the archipelago’s “Summer Capital” in 1904, that designation would become its major tourism come-on for decades to come. More than a...

Retracing the Death March route on a bike

In photo (top row) at the ride's starting line at the Km. 0 Marker are The Oriental Hotels and Resorts associate director of sales Roselle Reyes, PVB first vice president for marketing and communications Mike Villa-Real, JP Halos of the municipal government of Mariveles, and program...

Stairway to heaven

Punnuk Festival in Hungduan Some 2,000 years before rock band Led Zepellin released their smash hit in 1971, Ifugao tribespeople were buying… or building their own stairway to heaven—the Rice Terraces—on the slopes of the Cordillera mountains. Dubbed as the...

Eat. Stay. Love with HSMA’s September Online Sale

Bluewater Resorts in Sumilon Island Discover the charm of the countryside as the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association of the Philippines (HSMA) holds the third edition of the much-awaited the September Online Sale (SOS). With theme “Eat. Stay. Love,” the...

Expat hotelier back in PH as GM of new SMHCC property

Lanson Place Mall of Asia general manager Laurent Boisdron After a memorable two-year stint as general manager of the luxe Conrad Manila, French hotelier Laurent Boisdron is back to lead the soon-to-open Lanson Place Mall of Asia, the first property of the hotel...

Calabarzon, Cordillera artists meet at DOT exchange program

The Antipolo City brass band welcomes DOT regional directors Jovita Ganongan and Marites Castro, and Rizal Provincial Tourism head Dr. Corazon Laserna with the signature folk song "Tayo na sa Antipolo." When visual artists from the northern and southern regions of Luzon meet, expect a...

Travel back in time in these history towns

Punto del Desembarco de Rizal in Dapitan City "Back to the Future" is arguably among the smash 1980s movie series which tickled our fantasy on the possibility of time travel. More than being entertaining, the film trilogy shoved the DeLorean car into the...