The perfect travel partner for you, according to your star sign

Ever come back from a vacation and not felt as rested as you thought you would? Of course, there are many things that can go wrong when you're on vacation. Going with the wrong person or people, however, should not be one of them. Astrology tells us that we are more likely to enjoy and get the most out of our vacation if we go away with someone who has a compatible sign. With this in mind, check out the following gallery to find out which star sign makes for your ultimate travel companion.

Let’s celebrate the Philippines – and why not start with Cebu!

In a not-so-distant paradise, my travel dreams found their fulfillment. In this haven, blessed with glorious weather, white beaches, crystal sands — as well as expansive shopping malls, luxurious hotels and resorts — the harmony of nature and modernity is nothing short of a marvel. There, I swam with whale sharks, experienced the mountains and explored the azure seas. I have also tried exotic dishes and crossed majestic bridges. Amidst ancient...

SWU Phinma’s Mundo Granate 2023 painted the town maroon

Imagine this: the night sky above Southwestern University (SWU Phinma), already brilliant with stars, getting an extra dash of color. Predominantly maroon, of course! That’s the backdrop of the awaited Mundo Granate 2023 Tabularasa color party. As the evening of September 16 unfurled, Cobras—the proud students and alumni of the institution—found themselves amidst a whirlwind

Historical museums in Batangas, Cavite remain shut on Saturday – NHCP

HISTORICAL museums in Batangas and Cavite remain closed on Saturday, according to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). In a notice to the public on Saturday, the NHCP said it was due to the "continuing effects of the volcanic sulfuric dioxide emissions from the Taal volcano and its accompanying health and safety hazard for our personnel and guests." On Friday, historical museums in Batangas, Cavite, and even in Metro...

Pia Wurtzbach Launched Her New Book in the Most Sophisticated Navy Ensemble

She graced the Manila International Book Fair in a chic OOTD worth at least P300,000.

Philippines, Israel discuss increasing tourist arrivals, direct flights

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and Israel met to discuss bilateral cooperation in tourism, joint efforts to further increase tourist arrivals and the possibility of Manila-Tel Aviv direct flights. The Philippine embassy in Tel Aviv said Ambassador to Israel Pedro Laylo Jr. and Israeli Tourism Minister Haim Katz were pleased to note the surging number of tourists from each other’s countries. Citing Department of Tourism data, the embassy...

Airport security beefed up following blast

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has beefed up foot patrol and police visibility following the explosion that occurred on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. MIAA Officer-in-Charge Bryan Co called on the airport community to be vigilant and report suspicious activities in the airport complex. Investigators from the Airport Police Department and the Aviation Security Unit of the Philippine National Police are looking for the man who lobbed...

What is so threatening about synodality?

DON'T get off a bus before reaching your destination! We are pilgrims — and therefore on the way. It would be disastrous to the cause of synodality if we were to delude ourselves into thinking that we have reached our destination. The Synod on Synodality, which will take place in October 2024, is certainly not the end of the synodal journey. It will rather be the time that bishops, representing local churches, with the Holy Father, will propose...

Conrad Manila named top leading PH conference hotel for 5th consecutive time

CONRAD Manila has been named the Leading Conference Hotel in the Philippines at the esteemed World Travel Awards, solidifying the hotel's position as the unrivaled destination for discerning business travelers and event organizers. Once again, the premier destination along Manila Bay receives acclaim for its exceptional meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions offerings at the World Travel Awards 2023. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The achievement...

Pennsylvania doubles Amtrak service with $200m infrastructure investment

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro announced an expansion of Amtrak's New York City-Harrisburg-Pittsburgh service on Friday, doubling its frequency from once to twice daily. The expansion is a result of an agreement between the Pennsylvania...

Airport personnel says she swallowed chocolates, not dollars

The Office of Transportation Security (OTS) personnel allegedly behind the recent theft at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 said she swallowed chocolates, not the missing $300. According to a "24 Oras" report by Joseph Morong on Thursday, a supplemental affidavit was submitted by the implicated staff to insist that she did not steal and swallow the money. Despite this, the OTS fact finding team was not convinced. “Hindi...

Unknown shipwreck found by diver in Thames Estuary

Thames Estuary diver Steve Ellis discovered the previously unknown wooden shipwreck during a dive off Southend Pier last week.

A New Luxury Boutique Hotel Is On Track to Open in Mall of Asia This 2023

A partnership with SM’s hospitality unit, Lanson Place Mall of Asia is the Hong Kong company’s first hotel and serviced residences property in Manila.

'We sold our £535k home, pulled our kids out of school and went on a European road trip'

Carl and Ruth Jackson from Swindon struggled through the Covid lockdowns and vowed to make the most of their freedom when it came.

Taste lechon, join a balut-eating contest at the largest Filipino festival in Texas

Traveling around the Philippines is like exploring a melting pot of cultural influences where each region has a unique flavor. But this isn’t just limited to the archipelago—it also encompasses the numerous places where the Filipino diaspora exists. This is what the annual Houston Filipino Street Festival (also dubbed “Salamat”) intends to display when it

Skydiver gets decapitated by plane's wing moments after jump

Be careful if you ever feel like skydiving as an experienced wingsuit skydiver suffered a gruesome fate at the hands of a plane’s wing. In a report by The Times carried by the New York Post, 40-year-old Nicolas Galy's head was decapitated after he smashed into a plane’s wing just 20 seconds into his jump in the South of France. He was one of the tw...

Pilots told to avoid flying over Taal Volcano

Aircraft operators are advised to not fly over the Taal Volcano amid risks due to volcanic activity. In a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued at 9:40 a.m. on September 22, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said, “Flight operations are advise to avoid flying close to the volcano's summit as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from sudden explosions may pose hazards to aircrafts.” The NOTAM applies to flying near the surface of...

Still Don't Have a Beep Card? Maybe This Hotel Sogo Limited Edition Card Is Meant for You

Head over stat.

Climate change is making plane turbulence worse

Maasai evicted in Tanzania: are tourists and hunting safaris more important than human rights?

Advisory: Expect longer LRT-1 wait times until September 24 due to rail repairs

Factor this in when planning your trip

Don't embarrass yourself! Know the customs of the countries you visit

Crabs just helped scientists make a fantastic discovery in the Galapagos

Plane passenger arrested for trying to open jet door in mid air with 180 people onboard

The man, named as Biswajit Debnath, was seated next to the plane's emergency exit. The 41-year-old then allegedly attempted to open it mid-flight.

Paintings of revolutionary Dutch masters, from Rembrandt to Mondrian

The oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world

There are many ancient cities, but not all of them have been continuously inhabited ever since the first settlements. Several cities, however, have been populated for millennia, and it seems like they're not going anywhere anytime soon. Most of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but some are sadly at risk of disappearing. In this gallery, we bring you some of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Click on to learn all about them.

Taal Vog, Mayon Ash Flow: What You Need to Know

Plus, reminders on what to do.

Diego Garcia: the paradise island with a shameful secret

A tiny speck in the vast Indian Ocean, Diego Garcia is an island in the Chagos Archipelago that's home to one of the most secretive and controversial US military bases in the world. Established in the early 1970s after the forced expulsion from the island of its native inhabitants by the British and American governments, the US Navy Support Facility functions as the last link in a long logistics chain supporting vital US and British naval presence in the region. But its remote location has led conspiracy theorists to suggest Diego Garcia serves a more sinister role as a CIA black site. And some even believe the island was involved in the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Meanwhile, the indigenous Chagossians continue their fight for repatriation to their ancestral homeland. So, how did this idyllic coral atoll become such a point of contention? Click through and learn more about the trouble in paradise.

Beautiful places on the sub-tropical Réunion Island

Philippine Flag Carrier Launches an All-in-One Travel Portal

Get up to 35% off when booking a hotel room.

Spot Stays: This Six-Hectare Luxury Resort Is Your Newest Home in Samal

The room rates start at P8,950.

Best Travel & Tourism stocks to follow in 2023.

Travel and tourism is a broad category, with a diverse list of well-known brands. Ecotourism is a fast-growing niche, especially among young travelers. Tourism sector has been perhaps the hardest hit part of the economy by the COVID-19 pandemic. This list presents some of the best travel and tourism stocks to track in the post-pandemic era. The list's performance is calculated on an equally weighted method.

Astonishing moment 15 customers 'dine and dash' at restaurant

The dine-and-dash took place at Captain's Restaurant - which has been open on Brighton beach since 1990.

Archeologists in Israel just made an amazing discovery

Walt Disney's Standoff with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

In summary, Walt Disney never wanted a war with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, but the right-wing political leader went after the company after its former CEO Bob Chapek made a statement criticizing DeSantis' so-called ""don't say gay"" legislation. DeSantis has made a series of petty moves against Disney, but Disney CEO Bob Iger made it clear that his company had other options for its billions of dollars. Disney followed up on this by pulling a $1...

Wow! Singapore's Changi Airport Will Soon Go Passport-Free

Expect it in 2024!

History's most infamous unfinished buildings

There are numerous examples of ambitious but ultimately flawed architectural projects. Around the world are plenty of structures that on paper probably appeared destined for success, but instead were either abandoned or left languishing in construction limbo, often due to lack of funds or political strife. Among these unfinished buildings are palaces, cathedrals, skyscrapers, and even a nuclear power plant. So, where can you find some of the most notorious architecture that never was... or still might be? Click through and study the blueprints, so to say.

Tourism backs DoTr on erring airport staff

THE Department of Tourism (DoT) fully backs Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista's recommendation to impose the highest penalty on airport personnel found guilty of unacceptable behavior. "Tourism provides livelihood to millions of Filipinos, and all efforts are being exhausted to ensure the country's rebound, knowing how significantly tourism contributes to our economy," the DoT said in a statement on Thursday. "Any...

The most beautiful natural parks in The Netherlands

Philippines inks historic deal to protect world's oceans

UNITED NATIONS, New York - In a significant step towards the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, the Philippines has signed the historic agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas beyond National Jurisdiction. This reaffirms the country's commitment to protect the world's oceans for present and future...

Hundreds of flying taxis to be made in Ohio, home of the Wright brothers

COLUMBUS, Ohio --- The same Ohio river valley where the Wright brothers pioneered human flight will soon be manufacturing cutting-edge electric planes that take off and land vertically, under an agreement announced Monday between the state and Joby Aviation Inc. "When you're talking about air taxis, that's the future," Republican Gov. Mike DeWine told The Associated Press. "We find this very, very exciting --- not only for the direct jobs and...

The 9 Best Cigar Bars in Manila

Here are the city's most exemplary bars to smoke cigars.

Rediscover the Holiday Magic with Timeless Christmas Stories

The holiday season is the perfect time to snuggle up with a warm blanket and a good book. Whether you’re reading to yourself, your children, or the whole family, there’s something magical about revisiting classic Christmas stories. These tales have stood the test of time, capturing the spirit of the season and reminding us of

The craziest things that ever happened at Buckingham Palace

It's safe to say that Buckingham Palace is the most famous royal residence of the British royal family. Indeed, it's the family's official residence and its walls are filled with history. Well, from protests to stalking, many bizarre things have taken place at the iconic London landmark. Curious? Read through this gallery and get to know the craziest things to have ever happened at Buckingham Palace.

Visit Jose Rizal Square, Eat Sandworm + More Things to Do in Quanzhou, China

They even have an SM branch.

Antique, Misamis Oriental next dive sites

THE Department of Tourism (DoT) is preparing Antique, Northern Mindanao and Misamis Oriental as the next go-to diving sites to sustain the Philippines' standing as the leading dive destination in the region. Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco made the announcement during the 1st Philippine Tourism Dive Dialogue held at Fili Hotel in Cebu City on September 14 and 15. Discussions centered on marine environmental protection and conservation...

PAL resumes US visa waiver program

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Friday said it had resumed accepting nonimmigrant passengers who qualify for a US visa waiver program (VWP). "We have received confirmation from US Customs and Border Protection that we may resume accepting nonimmigrant visitors to the United States who are traveling under the US Visa Waiver Program," PAL spokesman Cielo Villaluna said. "Passengers with valid visa waiver authorizations under the...

Celebrities who were found dead in hotels

Volcanic ash: What it does to you and your car, and how to stay safe on the road

Stay inside, if possible—only drive when you need to

NAIA screening officer who was caught swallowing passenger's $300 asserts it was chocolate

The security official at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) who was suspended for allegedly stealing $300 (P17,000) from a Chinese passenger and swallowing the bills has now asserted that it was chocolate that she put in her mouth. According to a report by 24 Oras, the Office of Transportation Security (OTS) employee denied during the in...