Bernard L. Supetran

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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.

Return to the Ridge road

Sonya's Garden (ALL PHOTOS BY BERNARD L. SUPETRAN) When Tagaytay City reopened for tourism last September, travel-deprived and lockdown-weary residents headed off to this mountain resort which is an already all-time favorite even before the pandemic struck because of its cool climate and...

It’s summer forever at El Nido

With the easing of the nationwide quarantine regulations and the fair weather ahead, it seems to be summer once more as El Nido Resorts welcomes guests once more with fun in the sun—powdery beaches, idyllic islands, marine life, limestone cliffs, and lovely...

DOT awards outstanding MIMAROPA stakeholders

Despite the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the tourism industry, the Department of Tourism-MIMAROPA Regional Office will fete outstanding individuals, public and private stakeholders, who stood out and provided valuable support to the national efforts under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Rediscovering Manila on a bike

With its world-famous breathtaking sunset by the bay, a sprawling national park, a Spanish-era walled city, century-old churches, Manila is arguably the heritage gem of the metropolis. On weekends, the city is a haven for joggers and bikers for an inexpensive recreation within the urban jungle.

A princess-like getaway in the last frontier

Puerto Princesa City has been dubbed the country’s proverbial “last frontier” and “City Within a Forest” as nearly three-fourths of its land area consists of forests. It is also the capital city of Palawan, a perennial awardee of the “The Best Island in the World” from prestigious...

Drive, dive, dine in Dumaguete

Dumaguete, monikered as the “City of Gentle People,” must have been the “snatching capital” of the archipelago during the Spanish colonial era. Coined from the Visayan word “dumaguet” which means “to swoop” in the Visayan language due to the frequent Moro raids. Over time, the snatching took...

Driving south of the border

At any given day, tens of thousands of motorists pass through Metro Manila’s south of the border. And with the countless hours in traffic jam along the South Luzon Expressway and arterial roads, we think we know it so well. When community quarantine protocols...

Stranger on the shore

Every true-blue jazz fan knows English clarinetist Acker Bilk’s instrumental hit “Stranger on the Shore,” which smashed both British and American music charts in 1962. Balladeers Patti Page and Andy Williams would later do the version with lyrics which further added to its success. With the easing...

Sarangani: A getaway for adventure and culture

The blend of adventure and culture is something that travelers always look for to satisfy their adrenaline fix, and kindle inner culturati in them. Down south in Mindanao, the province of Sarangani has masterfully combined these elements of a consummate travel. The province’s cradle...