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

With Albay now under MGCQ, Cagsawa Ruins reopens for local tourists

Photo taken from Legazpi City Facebook page After three months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Daraga Albay’s famous Cagsawa Ruins reopened to local tourists on June 20.  Tourists intending to visit the tourism spot that features the majestic...

Lockdown encouraged siblings to put up online food delivery business out of love for parents

“Stress- free” rotisserie  iChicken The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many businesses, with the quarantine restrictions forcing many of them to stop operations, particularly restaurants and eateries. Desperate times forced these establishments to find solutions to keep afloat. Tapping into technology,...

Dine-in restaurants at Glorietta compliant with health and safety guidelines—DTI

From L to R: Makati Mayor Abigail Binay, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, DILG Undersecretary Marjorie Jalosjos, National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. It’s been weeks since the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Department of Trade and Industry...

Sheraton Manila Hotel’s restaurants now open for dine-in

S Kitchen New Normal Dine-in Experience Those who have been missing dining out in their favorite hotel restaurants, here’s some good news.  Sheraton Manila Hotel’s S Kitchen and Oori Korean restaurants and The Lounge lobby bar have reopened. In fact,...

Despite spending less, domestic travelers to drive tourism recovery–DOT survey

Boracay remains a top destination for local travelers according to the survey (photo by Toti Arcibal Saluna OneLoveBoracay FB) The recovery of the country’s tourism industry will most likely rely on domestic travel with Filipino travelers going to destinations closer to home and...

Amid the pandemic, AirAsia breaks post-hibernation daily sales record

Looks like people are looking forward to flying again.  AirAsia reported a record-breaking 41,000 seats sold in a single day across AirAsia Group, an indication of a strong demand for air travel even though the COVID-19 pandemic is still...

Piat town in Cagayan celebrates ‘longest’ Marian feast day

Our Lady of Piat (Photo by Raymon Dullana) From June 23 to July 2, the town of Piat in Cagayan celebrates what appears to be the longest Marian feast day in the country. In fact, the town holds two celebrations—Sambali Festival which is...

Experts say flying remains one of the safest modes of transport amid COVID-19

How air is filtered inside an aircraft As airlines have begun resuming their flights, it is understandable that people are extra cautious of being inside an aircraft flying 40,000 feet above the ground, given that COVID-19 disease is still around us.  

With enhanced hygiene protocols in place, Shangri-La Group welcomes guests back

  More and more hotels are opening their doors to guests as the quarantine measures in the Metro begin to ease down a bit and health and safety protocols are being put up in commercial businesses. 

San Juan City celebrates fiesta without the traditional water dousing

San Juan City's "Wattah Wattah" Festival in 2019. PNA photo by Oliver Marquez San Juan City today celebrated the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist without the traditional water dousing, but with a parade, or specifically, a convoy of vehicles that paraded...