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

Boracay’s White Beach, El Nido’s Nacpan Beach among top beaches in Asia–TripAdvisor

Nacpan Beach. Photo from oneticketjustgo.com TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2021 Best of the Best Awards Top 25 Beaches (Asia category) has included Boracay’s world-famous White Beach landing the 12th spot, while Palawan’s Nacpan Beach getting the 18th spot. This year's TripAdvisor...

Family vacations primary reason to travel for majority of Filipinos this year

Family vacations, enjoying free time to unwind and relax, and visiting close relatives and friends are key reasons to travel this year for majority of Filipinos, with family vacations as the primary reason to travel for 6 out of 10 Filipinos, according...

Negros Oriental set to reopen for tourism

App Island, Negros Oriental Negros Oriental, known for diving spots and natural parks, is set to reopen for tourism.  The Department of Tourism has expressed support for the province’s reopening to local tourists as the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging...

Hybrid training on hospitality, culinary to train tourism workers in the new normal

Respected local culinary practitioners will topbill the Department of Tourism-National Capital Region’s hybrid training program “Leadership Excellence Series” (LES) that focuses on tourism, heritage cuisine, and best practices in the new normal.  It will be simulcast live via Zoom...

Summer season, adjustments in health and safety protocols to encourage local travel

Balicasag Island, Bohol. Photo @micakirsch facebook.com/guidetothephilippines Tourism in the country may get the needed boost come summer season as local government units are already accepting cheaper alternatives to the nasopharyngeal RT-PCR test, such as the antigen and Saliva RT-PCR test, according to AirAsia.  

Enjoy discounts at “Balik sa Bohol” online sale

Longing for Vitamin Sea? An ongoing online travel fair will let you travel and enjoy Bohol, a top tourist destination in the country, at a great discount.   The online travel fair “Balik sa Bohol: Bohol Online Sale” will run...

Relaxed health protocols and personalized travel packages to encourage people to travel—survey

Survey respondents choose outdoor activities in well-ventilated areas such as going to the beach, hiking, and biking in their leisure travels In a time of pandemic, with the COVID-19 vaccine not yet on the horizon, how will Filipinos be encouraged to travel locally?

Intramuros now open to the public, but on limited capacity

Photos by Raquel P. Gomez Almost a year after its closure because of the pandemic, Intramuros has opened its gates to the public, but on a limited capacity.  The reopening of the historic walled city inside Manila was announced on...

PH food export companies to showcase products in Dubai for Gulfood 2021

Thirteen-strong delegation of Filipino food companies led by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) will participate in the Gulfood Hotel and Equipment Exhibition and Salon Culinaire (Gulfood) 2021, which will happen in Dubai from February 21 to 25 at...

Manila City unveils “Hidden Garden”

Photos from Manila PIO Twitter page Parks around Liwasang Bonifacio and the iconic Manila Central Post Office in Manila City are no longer the decrepit, dirty, and neglected public spaces where the homeless gather. On Tuesday, February 16, Manila City...