Raquel P. Gomez

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Special Features writer at Philippine Daily Inquirer. She is tasked to write anything under the sun, but certain topics appeal to her personally, like technology, gardening, cooking, food, movies, TV series, heritage and historical areas, and travel. You may email her at rgomez@inquirer.com.ph

Free flights for first PH Olympic Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has just secured the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines. Her historic win comes with a tantalizing cash prize that could reach a cool P35 million when all put together, plus other tangibles such as a house...

Halal food tourism to showcase unique culinary finds in Mindanao

Healthy herbs and spices used for cooking Halal dishes from Babu Kwan restaurant in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism Food tourism in the country gets further boost with the launch of Halal Culinary Tourism series, an initiative...

Iloilo City as UNESCO ‘Creative City of Gastronomy’

Iloilo's La Paz Batchoy Iloilo City is making a pitch to become the designated Creative City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative City Network 2021. A “Creative City” tag for Iloilo City will...

AirAsia to fully vaccinate all flight crews against COVID-19 by August

As air travel is getting back to a new normal, AirAsia Philippines has started implementing vaccination of its flight crew to further ensure the safety of travel among its guests. More AirAsia Philippines flights now...

DOT pushes for ‘smart tourism’ in the country

Baguio City's V.I.S.I.T.A website “Smart tourism” is getting a push in the country as the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced it has funded the digital transformation projects of several government units (LGUs) through the Tourism Promotions Board (TBP). As of...

26 new whale sharks swimming in Donsol—annual count

A whale shark descends after swimming near the surface. Each whale shark individual can be identified by its unique pattern of white spots, similar to a human thumbprint. Photograph © Eric Kim / WWF-Philippines The World Wide Fund for...

Social enterprise group helps coffee farmers become ‘farmpreneurs’

Coffee farmers are getting into the production of premium specialty coffee to increase their income—thanks in part to Davao-based Coffee for Peace (CFP), a growing community of farmers and business owners advocating inclusive development principles in the coffee industry.  

Market! Market! introduces dining space for cyclists in the metro

The COVID-19 pandemic—because of the many restrictions imposed by the government—has changed the way people eat and enjoy their food, particularly when they’re outside enjoying the sun. For example, Bonifacio Global City’s Market! Market! has made provisions to accommodate...

Panglao’s coastal and underwater cleanup to encourage beachgoers to be responsible travelers

Panglao Island in Bohol province received the attention and care recently as government officials, marine biology experts, and tourism stakeholders took part in coastal and underwater cleanup and improvement of marine sanctuary in the island known for its white powdery beaches and...

Hilton Manila reopens Kusina Sea Kitchens, now serving cuisine ‘dampa style’

To ensure the safety of diners, restaurants are improving and adapting their businesses to conform to government guidelines on the pandemic, such as having al-fresco dining sections, more spaces in between tables, or limiting the number of seats per table.