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

Enjoy trail adventures once again at the reopened Masungi Georeserve

Among the popular attractions in the park is the Sapot or “cobweb” made of a metallic platform with wooden steps. Photo from Wikipedia After almost nine months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Masungi Georeserve, a conservation project and eco-tourism site...

Social enterprise founded by actress turned philanthropist wins ‘Best CSR Initiative’ award for its ‘Hope in a Box’

"Hope in a Box" was created as an alternative to the default plastic packaging for water as it offers consumers an environment-friendly option. HOPE, a social enterprise founded in 2012 by actress turned philanthropist-slash-businesswoman Nanette Medved-Po, bagged the “Best CSR Initiative” award in...

Shopping spot in the metro known for Christmas ornaments, decorative stuff to brighten up homes

Floor to ceiling Christmas ornaments. Photos by Raquel P. Gomez The Dapitan Arcade, located at Dapitan corner Kanlaon Street in Quezon City, is a shopping area teeming with overruns of export-quality products consisting of home ornaments, plates and ceramics, mugs and glassware, wood...

Baguio’s Ibagiw Creative Festival 2020 showcases the city’s rich, vibrant culture

Baguio City is among the first destinations in the country to reopen its doors to tourism. It is also among the first to hold a festival called Ibagiw 2020, which consists of a number of community-supported activities that attest to the resiliency...

PH ‘surfing capital’ Siargao Island reopens for tourism

Cloud 9 surf spot in Siargao. Photo by eurefa_shaoran20 at Pixabay.com Siargao Island, a teardrop-shaped island known as the  Philippines’ Surfing Capital, welcomes local tourists to its world-class white sand beaches, natural rock and cave pools, and wild water surf sites as confirmed...

COVID-19 proofed hotel to open in Cebu City

A soon-to-rise hotel in Cebu City touts itself as a COVID-19 proofed new hotel.  The Board of Investments (BOI) recently approved the registration of SureStay Plus Hotel’s P45 million COVID-19 proofed new investment project.  SureStay Plus...

SM, DTI launch Christmas Market to support MSMEs

SM has just launched the SM Christmas Market at SM Megamall.  SM Christmas Market, which will run until January 3, 2021, features products of micro,  small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from nearby communities. The project was...

AirAsia to resume flights to Bohol in December

AirAsia will be resuming its flights from Manila to Bohol beginning December 1. This comes after the recent announcement of the reopening of tourism in Bohol. To celebrate Bohol’s reopening, AirAsia is offering 50-percent off on all flights from...

airasia.com Super Sale is back with fares for as low as P435

AirAsia is currently offering another round of Super Sale from November 16 to November 22 through its online platform airasia.com super app. Up for grabs during the sale period are flights for as low as P453, all-in, one-way fare. 

No price increase, Noche Buena products retain their 2019 prices

Filipino Christmas celebrations won’t be complete without the traditional Noche Buena dishes served on the eve of Christmas and still enjoyed by the whole family on Christmas Day. To protect Filipino consumers against profiteers and help them prepare for...