Siargao, El Nido among 46 ‘must-see places’ in 2013—NYTimes

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A surfer takes a gentle ride on the waters of Siargao. Photo by Jes Aznar for the New York Times.

A surfing mecca and a luxury island getaway in the Philippines are included in the 46 must-see places in the world based on a list published online by the New York Times.

In the list,  ”The 46 Places to go in 2013″, Siargao and El Nido were chosen by editors of the internationally-read broadsheet.

“Idyllic white sand beaches, secluded, little-known surf towns, and pristine reefs are among the natural draws of this country,” it said.

The article raved about how “luxe” the country’ surfing and beach destinations are.

“The new Dedon Island resort on Siargao, for example, is close to one of the world’s best surf breaks, Cloud 9 (Kelly Slater is a fan), and has an outdoor cinema along with spa and paddle board classes. And the private island resort of El Nido Pangulasian opens this month in the Unesco biosphere of Palawan, right by some of the world’s most pristine diving spots. ”

Aside from the Philippines, only two other Southeast Asian nations were included: Singapore and Thailand (which appeared on the list twice). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s capital, topped the list. “Because the whole world will be there in 2014 (World Cup)” it said.

source:  By Joseph Holandes Ubalde


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Zest Air opening Cebu link to Davao, Puerto Princesa

Fly from  Cebu and Davao to Puerto Princesa

Zest Air will start offering direct flights from its Cebu hub to Davao and Puerto Princesa in Palawan on Dec. 20, as the airline capitalizes on the tourist attractions of the two southern cities to expand its domestic network.

Zest Air, one of the country’s leading budget airlines, is currently offering five flights daily from Cebu to Manila and vice-versa.

“Now is your chance to visit Puerto Princesa in Palawan and explore its Underground River, the seventh wonder of nature,” the airline said in a press release.

“While at it, you can also go to Davao to savour its exotic durian fruit or simply lie down in one of the province’s white sand beaches,” the carrier added.

The airline said that customers can book a flight offered via Zest Air’s new and improved website,, which guides them step by step from making reservations to confirming flight details and services. Payment of air fares requires using any major credit cards.

Those who don’t have Internet access may also call Zest Air’s reservations hotline at (+632) 855-3333.

The carrier said the move forms part of the company’s effort to further expand its service offerings.

Just recently, Zest Air offering flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as new international flights from Clark to Incheon in Korea. The two new routes have since hiked Zest Air’s total international destinations to 14.

Flights to Palawan

Zest Air offers international flights from Manila to Shanghai and vice-versa; to Incheon, Korea direct from Manila; to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from Clark and Manila as well as to Incheon and Busan in Korea from either Kalibo or Cebu.

It also offers flights to Jinjiang and Beijing in China; and to Taipei, Taiwan from Kalibo or Cebu. More international flights are also set to be offered this year.


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