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Ateneo partners with Le Cordon Bleu to offer 4 year BSc

Ateneo de Manila University must be able to claim the biggest culinary scoop, with their partnership with the prestigious, and oldest culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu.   The formal inauguration of  Le Cordon Bleu Ateneo de Manila Institute took place this month, on April 15th. Le Cordon Bleu President and CEO, Andre Cointreau, flew in

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LoveBoracay: One Year On From Closure

LoveBoracay:One Year On From Closure 26th April 2019 and it is one year since Boracay Island was closed to tourists. The island had been damned by the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, as a “Cesspool”. And a rehabilitation program was put in place with almost immediate effect. 26th April 2019 Today Boracay Island started its first

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Balloons, Confetti and Fireworks; is it time to ban them?

Balloons, Confetti and Fireworks; is it time to stop? Leading up to the New Year countdown, the Philippines was at the forefront of a netizen protest over a ‘Record Breaking’ Balloon Drop event at a Manila Nightclub. As well as some upset that the fireworks ban on Boracay would remain in place, even for New

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Cruise Tourism Pt 3: Impacts on Economy and Communities

In our previous articles we’ve looked at A National Development and Impacts on the Environment.  In this, our final article in the series, we look at the impacts that cruise tourism has on the economy and the local communities visited. Is Cruise Tourism of real benefit to the communities it visits?    According to Cruise

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Ditching Plastics: Managing Guests Expectations.

Ditching Plastics: Managing Hotel Guests Expectations. The abrupt closure of Boracay Island in April 2018. Labelled a “Cesspool” by the Philippine President Rodriguez Duterte, for environmental violations. Filipino’s faced with videos and photos, July-August 2018, of their coastlines heaped in trash from the ocean. What do these have in common?   Many people have started to

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Filipino Christmas Buys: great ideas and deals for shopping locally

Filipino Christmas Buys It’s that time of year again!  Time to start hunting down some unique and cool gifts for your friends and loved ones. We’ve gathered together some ideas, ranging from Steal through to Splurge, to help you out. Many of our picks come from home-grown Filipino businesses and ventures; Support Local Businesses where

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Boracay’s Open: first week

Cover photo: Finn Ronne Boracay’s Open: first week. Boracay’s Open; first week has passed and much is still to be done.   None should forget that the 26th October was only the Phase 1 Opening.   Phase 2 of the rehabilitation will complete in April 2019 and the final Phase 3 is set to finish in December

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Inside Boracay: Opening Week

(cover photo by islander Jack Jarilla) Inside Boracay: Opening Week Boracay Opening Week, finally the island is open to tourists.  It has felt like both the longest 6 months, and also a case of ‘it’s October 26th Already!’   This is just the start for Boracay, after the island was called a ‘Cesspool’ by the Philippine

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Inside Boracay: Week 25

Cover Photo: DOT Boracay Field Office   Inside Boracay: Week 25  It was to be expected that this ‘closure’ week, with the Opening Day of the Dry Run on the 15th October, was going to be an incredibly busy one. Even so, it surpassed Inside Boracay’s expectations and even saw a kiteboarder from Boracay secure the

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Selfie Culture in the Philippines Part 3 – Marketing to the Selfie Generation, if you’re not doing it already!

Selfies are increasingly spreading to many areas of our lives, including travel. Not just during our travels but even whilst we are planning them.   In the last of our Selfie Series, we look at how the Hospitality and Tourism Industries can be harnessing the rise of Selfie Tourism and Social Media Pilgrimages as part of their

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