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LOOK: A beautiful garden art café employs people with special needs

May 19, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Next time you're out of town, chill at Julyan's Coffee Spot, an autism awareness café near Crystal Beach, Zambales

Photo by Claire Madarang

Could the fabled Orient Express take to the rails again?

May 18, 2019 - 5:31 PM

French rail operator SNCF restores original carriages of the fabled steam train

ORIENT EXPRESS. This picture taken on May 13 shows the interior of a restored carriage of an Orient Express train displayed at the Gare de l'Est train station in Paris. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Something new to see in the old Walled City – Museo de Intramuros

May 01, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Intramuros' latest attraction opens its doors to the public on May 2, with admission free for the next 6 months

Media launch of Museo de Intramuros. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

LIST: What to pack when traveling in the Philippines

May 01, 2019 - 1:30 PM

It’s more fun in the Philippines…if you know what to pack for your trip

PACK RIGHT. Here are your essentials for travel around the Philippines

Philippines to showcase country’s natural beauty and wonders in Expo 2020 Dubai

May 01, 2019 - 7:40 AM

The 3,000 square meter Philippine pavilion will be part of the expo

Tourists follow 'Game of Thrones' trail in Northern Ireland

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Northern Ireland has now become one of the most visited countries thanks to the hit HBO show

French Game of Thrones fans, Claire Pottier (L) and Hugo Chivard (R), from Normandy, take part in archery at the Castle Ward Estate in Strangford, northern Ireland, on April 17, 2019 the location of Winterfell in Game of Thrones, and one of the many locations used by the hit HBO show across the province. - Since Game of Thrones began its rise to prominence in 2011, fans have started to flock on a pilgrimage to Northern Ireland to visit the coastal caves and ruined castles where much of the HBO production was shot. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP)

Coworking to 'co-living': Studio22 in La Union hopes to redefine the shared workplace

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The newly-opened shared workplace in the surftown of San Juan offers coworking basics, and then some

CO-LIVING. Studio22 provides coworking facilities in La Union. Photos by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Northern Blossom Flower Farm: Atok’s floral carpet

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:25 PM

How a humble cut flower farm in Atok, Benguet, is upping the local tourism landscape

Photo by Ivan Layugan/Rappler

Sagada mayor, residents tell tourists: 'Respect us'

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Sagada is at the forefront of limiting tourists in the area ever since 'That Thing Called Tadhana' hit theaters in 2014, creating a spike in tourist arrivals in the town

SAGADA'S RESPONSIBLE TOURISM. Photo composite. Images courtesy of the Sagada Responsible Tourism Facebook page

From pristine beaches to scenic highlands: 5 budget weekend trips from P2,000 and up

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Here's a short list of weekend adventures that can reinvigorate you by Monday

PANORAMIC. This is one of the views from Cape Engaño’s hill in Palaui

Northern Mindanao seeks to draw adventure travelers through mountain tourism

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Northern Mindanao is home to 3 of the Philippines' 8 ASEAN Heritage Parks – protected areas 'known for their unique biodiversity and ecosystems, wilderness, and outstanding values' – one of them in Camiguin

Mountaineers prepares to summit Mount Hibok-Hibok at the base camp in Baranagay Itum, Mambajao on March 23,2019. The climb permit for the inaugural climb was already issued before the volcano was closed due to El Nino effect. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Car-rille, a La Union surf spot, and a place suspended in time

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Beyond the surface, this famous surf spot has more to offer than great waves

CAR-RILLE. Surfers head out to catch waves from this spot, accessible from an old resort in Carlatan, San Fernando, La Union. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The newly unveiled 'Jewel' at Singapore's Changi Airport

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:46 PM

An indoor waterfall, lush gardens, and airport lounge facilities are just some of the features at Jewel Changi Airport

JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT. The newest development at the Singapore's airport includes a 40-meter indoor waterfall. Photo courtesy of Changi Airport

Dubrovnik or King's Landing? Game of Thrones is 'blessing and curse'

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:41 AM

'It's an amazing thing because it brings us so many people, but now we don't know what to do with those people,' says a Croatian tour guide

TOURIST HOTSPOT. Dubrovnik is featured in 'Game of Thrones' as King's Landing. Rappler screenshot

Five tips for your next barkada trip

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:30 AM

...and from travel companies themselves, no less!

Filipino netizens fume over Lonely Planet video featuring Banaue Rice Terraces

Apr 01, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) The video, which has since been taken down, said the terraces were 'first built around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese'

LONELY PLANET VIDEO. The travel guide earns the ire of Filipino netizens over this claim in a social media video. Screenshot from Lonely Planet

IN PHOTOS: Annual mango festival in Zambales pays homage to rich harvest

Apr 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The Dinamulag festival celebrates the thriving mango industry

Mango Festival Zambales Mrch 31. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Comments go wild after Siargao resort calls out 'self-proclaimed influencers'

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'Try to actually work,' the resort says, as it opens up a debate on influencer culture in the country

NO FREELOADERS, PLS. A Siargao resort's post goes viral after it calls out 'self-proclaimed influencers' who just want freebies. Image from White Banana Beach Club Siargao's Facebook page

Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong rank as world's priciest cities

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Paris climbs to the top of the 'World's Priciest Cities' list, tying first with both Singapore and Hong Kong

Philippines makes bold tourism moves at ITB Berlin

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat promotes 'It's More Fun in the Philippines' in Europe

Photo by Carol Ramoran Malasig/Rappler

This traveler revisited all the Batanes locations her grandmother went to in 1995

Mar 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Taking these photos, it was like we were living in the past, present, and hopefully, future of Batanes,' writes Irene Maligat

REVISIT. A traveler revisits the spots her grandmother went to in 1995...and finds that Batanes has hardly changed. Photo by Irene Maligat

10 tips for couples on their first trips together

Mar 08, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Here are some first-time travel tips for couples, from couples

IN PHOTOS: Panagbenga festival 2019's colorful floats

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Stars participate in Baguio's annual flower festival

Beijing's Forbidden City in historic light show

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The Forbbidden City is set to celebrate the Lantern Festival with another light show

A light show inside the Forbidden City is seen during a cultural event celebrating the Lantern Festival, the end to the Lunar New Year festivities, in Beijing on February 19, 2019. - The event marks the first time the Forbidden City has been lit up at night in 94 years since opening to the public. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

Nature dates: 5 trips for couples and groups for less than P1,500

Feb 09, 2019 - 7:59 PM

Looking for a getaway with your better half or with your friends? Here are some ideas that won’t break the bank

FOREST WALK. A wooden bridge will guide your path through the mangroves at Bangkung Malapad in Sasmuan, Pampanga. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang unless otherwise specified

Cabbages & Condoms: A healthy, balanced diet

Feb 08, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Sex education is on the menu at this quirky Bangkok restaurant

CABBAGES & CONDOMS. The Bangkok restaurant promotes safe sex. Photos courtesy of Equity Initiative 2018

Budget-friendly activities in Hong Kong to add to your itinerary

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:14 PM

There’s definitely something for every member of the family to enjoy

Chinese communities around world welcome Year of the Pig

Feb 05, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Celebrations will take place across the globe to usher in the Lunar New Year

Children in animal hats pose in front of a pig giant pig installation ahead of the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong on Feburary 4, 2019. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Byaheng andap: Do’s and don’ts

Feb 04, 2019 - 6:30 AM

Here's a guide to protecting yourself during the freezing weather in the north

IN PHOTOS: Baguio's 24th Panagbenga Festival

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The City of Pines' annual flower festival is in full bloom this year

HIGHLIGHTS: Singapore Art Week 2019

Feb 01, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Singapore built the sandbox... and now it’s time for the artists to come over

Malasimbo Festival 2019 has a new venue, and it’s closer to the sea

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:11 PM

(UPDATED) After 9 years, the music and arts festival will be changing venues to a private nature reserve near Puerto Galera’s White Beach

NEW VENUE. Malasimbo Festival's new venue is near Puerto Galera's White Beach. Photo courtesy of Malasimbo PH

2019 bucket list: 6 stunning nature destinations in the Philippines

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Looking for a place (or 6) to visit in 2019?

PANORAMIC. Catanduanes is an island of picture-perfect sceneries like this. Photo by Potpot Pinili

Maldives issues warning amid spike in tourist drownings

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:48 PM

A slew of tourists, including two Filipino newlyweds, drowned in a single week in the atoll nation

WARNING. Maldives is known for its turquoise waters and white sand beaches, though resort operators there are now warned to keep an eye on their guests. File photo by Jet Damazo-Santos

Sinulog Festival 2019: What's new, what to expect

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Attending this year’s Sinulog Festival? Here’s a simple guide to help you make the most of the celebration.

SHAGIT UG KUSOG. Scenes from Sinulog 2015. Photo by Line Arias

Forest-bathing: Your La Trinidad, Benguet weekend itinerary

Jan 13, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Experience verdure and hug a tree in La Trinidad—Baguio’s blooming neighbor

View of La Trinidad all the way from Mt. Yambew. All photos by Ian Layugan/Rappler

Tick these items off your bucket list!

Jan 09, 2019 - 1:28 PM

With so many options nowadays, what experiences should be on the top of your list?

LOOK: Adorable, one-of-a-kind Sanrio things, food to check out in Tokyo

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'Hello Kitty'-themed hotel rooms, food featuring your favorite Sanrio characters, and other souvenirs you can take home – find all of these in the Japanese capital

HELLO KITTY IN TOKYO. The Japanese capital has plenty of delightful things inspired by Sanrio’s beloved cast of characters. Seen in this photo is Keio Plaza Hotel’s Hello Kitty-themed room in its Tama branch. Photo courtesy of Keio Plaza Hotel

A 7 day budget for your Russian escapade

Jan 06, 2019 - 8:15 AM

Thinking of traveling to Russia? Here's your guide.

MOSCOW. Saint Basil's Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist sites in Russia. Photo by Joshua Berida/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Tokyo's Sanrio Puroland is a 'Hello Kitty' fan’s paradise

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Meet Hello Kitty and friends in Sanrio’s indoor theme park in west Tokyo

SANRIO PUROLAND. Found in the western part of Tokyo, Sanrio Puroland is a theme park that fans of Hello Kitty and friends will surely love. All photos by Paolo Abad/Rappler unless otherwise stated

Exploring Southern Palawan: Chasing waterfalls in Narra

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

There's more to Palawan than Puerto Princesa and El Nido

OFF THE BUCKET LIST. A group of adventure-seekers who spent days of trekking to get to Estrella's 64th waterfall. Photo courtesy of Narra Municipal Tourism Office

IN PHOTOS: Magical Christmas spots south of Metro Manila

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The south also comes alive with Christmas colors, and the sights are just an hour or so away from Manila

LIGHT SHOW. On weekends during the holiday season, the gingerbread house lights up and changes color to holiday music and performances. Photo courtesy of The Gingerbread House PH Photo by Claire MadarangÂ

IN PHOTOS: Children dress up in Christmas costumes for '45th Silahis ng Pasko' in Baguio

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The kids are joined by their parents during the event

Hundreds of school children together with their parents in their colorful Christmas inspired costumes paraded along the central business district of Baguio City during the 45th Silahis ng Pasko 1 December 2018, one the main event in the start celebration of Christmas season in this northern mountain resort. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

What it's like visiting Hong Kong Disneyland as an adult

Nov 25, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Is the 'happiest place on earth' still as magical if you're not a kid anymore? One young adult visits Hong Kong Disneyland and finds out

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND. The theme park has a lot for kids to enjoy, but there's something to appreciate even for grown-ups. Photo by Gio Ramon/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: These Chinese cities are your next dream destinations

Nov 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Find the best spots to make those great – and IG-worthy – memories

WHY NOT CHINA? China's different cities offer the perfect escape – and photo shoot setting – for any traveller. All photos courtesy of Sweet Escape

Fire ruins famous Sagada sunrise view

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:44 PM

All tours are temporarily prohibited at Kiltepan Peak – that spot made famous by the movie 'That Thing Called Tadhana'

RUINS. A huge fire on November 8, 2018, hits the two buildings behind the spot where dozens of tourists station themselves to watch the Kiltepan sunrise in Sagada, Mountain Province. Photo courtesy of Sagada LGU

Could 'Exorcist' steps in Washington soon be a historic landmark?

Nov 01, 2018 - 7:00 AM

A decision from the DC historic preservation board is expected on November 15

Titanic II to set sail in 2022

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The new liner will have the same layout, design, and a similar voyage path as the infamous 1912 ship, but will have more safety features as well

World’s longest sea crossing from HK to China opens

Oct 24, 2018 - 12:27 PM

People can now travel straight from the Hong Kong International Airport to cities in southern China in under an hour

LONGEST SEA CROSSING. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge opens. Photo courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board

IN PHOTOS: What to look forward to in Hong Kong Disneyland

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Thinking about flying out for the holidays?

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND. The beloved theme park and resort lives up to its promise of being the happiest place on earth. Photo by Gio Ramon/Rappler