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IN PHOTOS: Davao City's rich culture, as told through the Kadayawan Village

Aug 18, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The village showcases the history of Davao's tribes

Kadayawan Village - Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

With new Melbourne route, can Cebu Pacific replicate Sydney success?

Aug 15, 2018 - 8:28 AM

The Philippine-based budget carrier's Sydney record will be hard to beat

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE. The first flight 5J049 arrives in the Tullamarine Airport. Photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific

2 ways to explore Singapore in a day

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:30 PM

If there's any country that can be enjoyed in a matter of hours, it's Singapore

SINGAPORE IN A DAY. The city is filled with interesting sights that can be seen even on a quick trip. All photos by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Lithuania capital launches provocative 'G-spot' tourism ads

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'Nobody knows where it is, but when you find it, it's amazing. Vilnius, the G-spot of Europe,' says the advertisement

G-SPOT AD. Inga Romanovskiene, director of official tourism service Go Vilnius (R) and Indre Speciunaite (L) public relations project manager pose in front of a projection of a publicity campaign to promote tourism in Vilnius in Vilnius on August 7, 2018. Photo by  Petras Malukas/AFP

Cat snap: Tokyo 'lucky cat' temple draws Instagrammers

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Around 10,000 figurines of white cats seated with one paw raised are stacked and strewn around the Gotokuji temple, providing tempting fodder for social media mavens from Japan and abroad

CATS. 'Maneki neko' or beckoning cat ornaments are seen on display at Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo on October 2, 2016. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Walking Rizal’s steps: Where to go in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Experience both a nature retreat and a historical tour in these spots where the hero left his mark

HISTORIC CONVERSATION. This is the estimated spot where Katipunan member Pio Valenzuela shared the group’s plans for armed revolution, and where Rizal advised them to proceed only upon securing enough arms and support from wealthy sponsors. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang/Rappler

LOOK: Cebu Pacific's new in-flight, pre-order meal selection

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The offerings include Filipino cuisine classics as well as more modern dishes

Warner Bros unveils $1 billion indoor theme park in UAE

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The theme park boasts 29 rides and 6 themed areas, including a cartoon junction and the fictional Gotham City made famous by Batman

In La Union, farmers let tourists pick grapes

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Tourists don't mind shelling out P300 per kilo of red cardinal grapes as long as they do the picking themselves

FRESH FRUITS. Tourist Chi Vallido fofCavite City  visits Bauang in La Union to harvest fresh grapes. Photo by Mau Victa

Want to meet Moana? Just head to Hong Kong Disneyland

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The Disney heroine stars in a new live atmosphere stage show at the theme park

MOANA. The Disney heroine stars in a live atmosphere stage show. Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Disneyland

Palawan, Cebu on 2018 World’s Best Islands list

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The two islands are no strangers to Travel + Leisure’s annual ranking

PALAWAN. Limestone rocks and bright blue waters make up the trademark view from Kayangan Lake, a top tourist site in Coron, Palawan. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

#ShareIloilo: Islas de Gigantes, Iloilo's untouched gem

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:33 AM

On the northern coasts of Iloilo lies Islas de Gigantes, an untouched paradise

All aboard! Hello Kitty bullet train debuts in Japan

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The bullet train will run for the next 3 months between the western cities of Osaka and Fukuoka

This handout picture taken on June 25, 2018 and released by West Japan Railway on June 26, 2018 shows a Shinkansen train adorned with special livery bearing popular character Hello Kitty, at the Hakata car maintenance centre in Fukuoka prefecture. Resplendent in shocking pink, a sleek "Hello Kitty" bullet train, complete with special carriages festooned with images of the global icon from Japan, has been unveiled before chugging into service this week starting June 25. / AFP PHOTO / West Japan Railway / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / West Japan Railway" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Eats and treats: Why Siargao is an adventurer's haven

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Here's your guide to making the most of your Siargao visit

SIARGAO. Unassuming and serene, the island of Siargao has quickly become one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. All photos by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

On New York's rooftops, old-style wooden water tanks hang tough

Jun 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Wooden water tanks – which also serve as protection against fire – have lots of advantages over tanks made from other materials, even atop a 1,300-foot-tall building

Singapore may deny entry of unvaccinated foreign travellers

Jun 27, 2018 - 7:46 PM

The Singapore health ministry proposes giving authorities the power to turn back unvaccinated non-citizens to the country they came from

MERLION BY NIGHT. This photograph shows the Merlion statue lit up in front of the city skyline in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

New York's Central Park goes officially car-free

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:56 AM

'For more than a century, we had turned parts of the world's most iconic park into a highway – and starting tonight, we have officially taken it back for good,' says Mayor Bill de Blasio

GREEN SPACE. People ride bicycles on West Drive in the southern portion of Central Park, April 20, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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