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IN PHOTOS: Learn about Bangsamoro heritage through this village

Jun 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The expo was opened to public on June 18 and will stay open until the end of December 2018

LOCAL COLOR. Bangsamoro culture is on full display at the ARMM villages' expo in Cotabato City. All photos by Amir Mawallil/Rappler

New Zealand to tax tourists to fund infrastructure

Jun 15, 2018 - 2:50 PM

A tax of NZ$25-35 would be imposed on international visitors from mid-2019 while price hikes for immigration fees and visas will take effect this November

PH won't host Miss Universe in 2018, says DOT chief Romulo-Puyat

May 16, 2018 - 6:56 PM

(UPDATED) 'Maybe maghintay-hintay muna tayo. Baka there are other programs that we can implement other than Miss Universe,' Puyat says

Newly installed Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018. Puyat urged the undersecretary and assistant secretary to file a courtesy resignation for the agency to start anew following the demand of President Rodrigo Duterte of no corruption in the DOT. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Traveling with kids: 12 tips from moms

May 13, 2018 - 5:38 PM

From city jaunts to mountain climbing, adventuring moms share tips on how to travel with kids

7 reasons to visit Iran

Apr 29, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Looking for your next vacation destination? Iran is worth exploring.

BEAUTIFUL IRAN. Are you planning to visit Iran? All photos by Joshua Berida

Tribes and Treks: Where seeds outweigh the sun

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:38 PM

With MAD Travel's Tribes and Treks, travelers walk through volcanic ash, plant trees, get to know the local tribe, and hopefully find something meaningful along the way

TREKS TO TREES. It's a long, challenging walk through volcanic ash to get to Yangil's tree nursery. Photo by Cara Lim

Japan plans Studio Ghibli theme park

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:12 PM

The theme park is set to open in central Japan in 2022

Mangroves and fireflies: Magical, eco-friendly kayak tour in Abatan River, Bohol

Apr 21, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Paddle amid quiet mangrove tunnels by day, and wait for fireflies to light up the trees at night. The kayak tours in Abatan River help sustain the local community, who work together to protect the river and its mangroves.

MAGICAL RIVER JOURNEY. Abatan River has mangrove forests perfect for enjoying beauty amid quiet. Photo courtesy of KayakAsia Philippines. All other photos by Rhea Claire Madarang unless otherwise specified

China's Hainan island is now visa-free for Filipinos

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) The move is part of China's international tourism push

VISA-FREE. Hainan island is now visa-free for 33 more countries. Shutterstock image

Davao province launches women-only, vegan climb

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:41 PM

'Bobay Climb' is a two-day climbing activity that begins on April 21

A visitor’s guide to Vigan eats

Apr 15, 2018 - 5:02 PM

What sort of dishes should you be eating during a visit to Vigan? We've got you covered.

VIGAN EATS. Here's your guide to Vigan's food offerings. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

5 overnight beach trips for P2,000 or less

Apr 15, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Beautiful beaches accessible to Metro Manila – some as close as 3 hours away

BEAUTIFUL, ACCESSIBLE BEACHES. While there are many bucket-list worthy beaches around the Philippines that would require a plane ride, there are some quite near Manila which are worth a visit too. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang unless otherwise specified.

DOT issues guidelines for media covering Boracay

Apr 14, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The process for media accreditation will start on Monday, April 16

Baguio, other tourist sites also eyed for rehabilitation

Apr 14, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo considers it a 'good sign' that everyone is concerned about taking care of the environment after what happened to Boracay

IS BAGUIO NEXT? Tourism secretary Wanda Teo says that other places such as Baguio are also being considered to be rehabilitated aside from Boracay and the beaches. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Badoc Island: Ilocos Norte's little-known gem

Apr 14, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Badoc Island is a breathtaking and relaxing alternative to other beaches in Ilocos Norte

Paris to sue Airbnb over undeclared listings

Apr 12, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Paris authorities, like other cities around the world, have been toughening restrictions on Airbnb

Bite the dust at Bangkok's 'death awareness' cafe

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The centerpiece of the Kid Mai Death Cafe experience is a decorated white coffin where customers are encouraged to lay down for a few minutes to contemplate their final moments – and secure a discount on a drink

'DEATH CAFE.' This photo taken on March 30, 2018, shows a Thai teenager climbing out of a traditional coffin at the Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe, an exhibition space built to educate the public about death and Buddhism, in Bangkok. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

After Boracay rehab, another Miss Universe hosting stint?

Apr 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Tourism secretary Wanda Teo says they are open to the possibility of having the pageant in the country after the rehabilitation of Boracay

Photo courtesy of DOT

Reasons to fall in love with La Union, and to keep coming back

Apr 08, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Looking for a place with the right mix of calm and fun and festive? La Union is the place to be.

IN PHOTOS: Kaamulan, a colorful indigenous festival in Bukidnon's highlands

Apr 07, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Colors, stories, and dances from the age-old cultures of seven ethnic groups are the stars in this indigenous festival

Budget guide and itinerary: Cherry blossom season in central Japan

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:43 PM

This writer spends about P20,000 for a 3-day trip to see the famous cherry blossoms in bloom in central Japan. See her detailed budget guide and itinerary here to plan your own sakura-themed vacation

Photo by Irene Maligat

Enjoying nature in Albay’s sole high-end green resort

Mar 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Tourists are welcomed by a school of fish at the breakwater of the Marina Bay area of Misibis Bay Resort, less than 10 meters away from the shore

Tourists swim and glide along with school of fish at the Marina Bay area of Misibis Bay resort in Cagraray Island, Bacacay town.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

Vigan’s Semana Santa: Between now and 130 years ago

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The Vigan Conservation Complex has a booth for ‘pasyon’ sing-along, except it’s open only on request. Still, the city continues with its century-old Holy Week traditions.

Old and new mix at Waterfront Cebu

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Let Waterfront Cebu Hotel be your home away from home

Why a visit to Jerusalem is a must for Catholics

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:53 AM

From the spot Jesus was born to the site of his crucifixion, here are 6 must-see places for Catholics

HOLY SITE. Jerusalem is considered a holy site by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Photo by Rappler/Natashya Gutierrez

6 reasons to visit beautiful, budget-friendly Penang

Mar 26, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Vibrant street art, delicious food, and more – this is why you should give Penang, Malaysia a chance

The grand carriages of Baliuag: Pomp and pageantry in piety

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:25 PM

In the town of Baliuag in Bulacan, Good Friday is more festive than Christmas

Holy Week 2018: Where to pray Stations of the Cross in Bicol

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:01 PM

For those who are Bicol-bound this Holy Week, here are tourist destinations that also serve as venue for Stations of the Cross and other traditions

MOUNTAIN HOTEL TURNED NATURE PARK: MAYON SKYLINE. Every year, devotees gather at the Mayon Skyline. Photo courtesy of Ian Diaño

Staycation spots in Metro Manila for Holy Week 2018

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Staying in Manila for the long break? Check out these hotels and their Easter specials. Bookmark this page for more updates

Why you should check out Rustan's summer travel fair

Mar 20, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From March 16 to 18 in Rustan’s Makati and March 27-29 at Rustan's Shangri-la, explore curated options for summer destinations and all other essentials

PARADISE. The Crimson Resort in Boracay. Photo courtesy of Rustan's

5 travel bags for all kinds of summer adventures

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Travel bags

5 ways to make the most of Campfire Sessions with Urbandub

Mar 16, 2018 - 6:12 PM

The first Campfire Session of the summer is happening soon!

URBANDUB. The band is set to perform at Campfire Sessions on March 17 to 18. File photo shows the band's frontman Gabby Alipe and guitarist John Dinopol at Rappler's Live Jam in February 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lessons from running the Jerusalem Marathon

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:53 PM

TV host and motivational speaker Anthony Pangilinan shares his memorable run in the Holy Land

Are you a 'Trolls' fan? Catch them at Universal Studios Singapore

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Try this for a family summer getaway

TROLLS. 'Trolls' characters Poppy and Branch greet guests at TrollsTopia at Universal Studios Singapore. All photos by Jill Tan Radovan/Rappler

Batangas hotel offers bike pilgrimage for Lent

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The annual 'Bisikleta Iglesia' will kick off on March 24, spanning a 52-kilometer religious and heritage tour

BISIKLETA TOUR. Participants of the Bisikleta Tour park their bikes outside a church in Batangas. Photo courtesy of Lima Hotel

Exciting Samar destinations for thrill seekers

Mar 04, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Tired of the usual beach trip? Samar will satisfy your craving for adventure

Boracay still among top 25 beaches in the world

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Boracay's White Beach is also ranked second best in Asia in TripAdvisor's 2018 Traveler's Choice Awards

BEST. Boracay is still part of the world's best beaches. Rappler File Photo

IN PHOTOS: Baguio Panagbenga Festival 2018 street dance competition

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:36 PM

See all the beautiful, colorful costumes at 2018's Flower Festival!

3 Philippine hotels receive 2018 Forbes 5-Star award

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Nüwa at City of Dreams Manila, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, and Sky Tower at Solaire Resort and Casino are all 5-Star properties, according to the Forbes Travel Guide

Travel diaries: Discovering Isabela's rich history

Feb 18, 2018 - 11:30 AM

One of the north's biggest province is getting attention thanks to emerging tourism attractions

5 activities to do with your doggo in the Year of the Dog

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Bork if you love dogs!

8 alternative Valentine’s Day date ideas

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Looking for something unique to do with your special someone?

6 romantic art destinations near Metro Manila

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Perfect places just a few hours from Metro Manila to visit this month of arts and hearts

LOOK: A rare glimpse of Impressionist masterpieces

Feb 13, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The 'Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay' exhibit showcases some of the best Impressionist masterpieces in the world

Still don't know how to celebrate Valentine's Day? See these offers

Feb 13, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Calling all procrastinators

From traveling the world to business owners: How this El Nido glamping site came to be

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'So how did we get end up creating The Birdhouse El Nido after being unemployed for a year and a half?' Contributor Mark Anthony-Villaflor tells us all

What to expect at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2018

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Time to plan your vacation schedule for 2018!

PTAA TRAVEL EXPO 2018. Get the best deals on travel at the annual expo this year! Photo shows Cagayan de Oro, which is one of the destinations Philippine Airlines (PAL) flies to – PAL is one of the major sponsors of PTAA TTE 2018. Screengrab from Instagram/flypal

Heading to the U.S. for a weekend vacation? It's possible!

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:49 PM

Planning a trip to Guam? Here's everything you need to know

RIVER CRUISE. The best way to get to know Guam's Valley of the Latte is taking a relaxing cruise through the river. Photo by Nick Olayao

Find your way to this lifestyle destination in Pampanga

Feb 08, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Just 2 hours away from Manila, Mimosa+ Leisure City combines modern convenience with a laid-back, homey ambience

Making plans for summer? Star Cruises offers visa-free trips to Japan and Taiwan

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Thinking of going abroad this summer? A cruise maybe for you