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Condé Nast Traveler just named Philippines one of the Top 2013 Holiday Destinations.
Isn’t it time to do something about NAIA, with its collapsing ceilings, hideous bathrooms, and disgusting food choices?
Sayang naman now that Travel & Leisure, Lonely Planet, and Condé Nast Traveler all say 2013 is our year!
Anobah, who is in charge of NAIA??

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Destinations to watch in 2013

For travellers willing to go the extra thousand miles for a deserted beach, the Philippines has around 7,000 of the most heavenly islands in the world. It’s still not the most obvious beach-holiday destination, but it soon will be.

It’s becoming particularly popular among serious divers, who come for the incredible underwater life, unspoilt coral gardens with rainbow-bright fish, green sea turtles and dugongs. In Bicol you can swim with the biggest fish in the world, the whale shark. While fish-fans of a different nature can go deep-sea fishing in one of the deepest trenches in the oceans, not far from the little-known island of Siargao.

The archipelago of Palawan ticks all the boxes: palm-fringed white-powder beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, natural lagoons for wild swimming on Miniloc Island – all of it protected by UNESCO. Its Bacuit Bay is something like Halong Bay in Vietnam, only without all the tourists – for the time being, at least. There are just a handful of resorts, which are tasteful and deliberately low-key. Two of the newest are Ariara Island 

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and El Nido Pangulasian Island, a private-island resort with palm-thatched villas, a spa, its own dive centre, and sea views to melt the heart.

pangulasian resort (used to be the biggest resort in El Nido)

Another super-stylish new opening is Dedon Island, on Siargao; it’s owned and designed by contemporary furniture brand Dedon.

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And a perennial favourite is Amanpulo, yet another high-design private-island hotel on Pamalican Island.

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Amanpulo - Casita Bedroom and Sundeck

Or sail around them all in style on Alila’s new boat, the Phinsi.

As the gateway to these private-island retreats, the Philippines capital of Manila is also having a moment. Among its new openings – another one in December 2012 – is the Fairmont Makati City.

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Sorry, Maldives… We love you, but we’ve got a new flame.

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This really makes you think where all those taxes that they charge passengers, go to. 

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hiddendragon

Am thinking, why not have whichever janitorial company maintains Greenbelt 5 by default gets to maintain the NAIA facilities?  

And whoever gets the IATA top 3 Asian airport rankings get to bid to manage NAIA via open bidding.  Foreign blah blah ownership? Well, if they run it better than we do, you can take your Manuel L Quezon quote to the Baclaran underpass market. 

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this article is timely. 7-5 years ago when I first moved to HK, Bangkok and Thailand was all the rage… and now EVERYONE goes to the Philippines. Local HK people and expats alike. I’m like… damn. Now it’s hard to find good airfare going there! Philippines IS the trendy vacation spot these days.

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richard perez

The baggage claim area of NAIA 1 has a faint but distinct smell… smell of toilet, not a clean toilet but a dirty one. I noticed the smell after going through immigration; even a group of Russian tourists (around 14-16 individuals) noticed the smell too ’cause I saw them covering their noses and shaking their heads in disappointment. After seeing Incheon International Airport, NAIA is a big let down nga naman.  Also, since we arrived Jan. 1 everything was closed, even banks for currency exchange. We had to fall in line to use the ATM, which is very inconvenient to… Read more »

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Pattoys Miranda

With so much poliTICKing going on, I think NAIA 1 will have to wait to get a revamp. Hello Philippines, Mabuhay!

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What a glowing report! And those Palawan resorts look amazing, obviously catering to high-end travelers. I cringe at the thought of those same high-end travelers at our airport. Baka hindi na sila bumalik. Yikes.

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ayaaan na ang conde nast

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gus mako

I simply don’t understand why this is a continuing problem. I
mean, we are talking about an airport here, not a nuclear facility. And we have
had 3 presidents (including the current) and all the airport taxes collected
for so many years, yet we are still wanting. 
It is mind boggling, especially because the government is trying so hard to
attract more investors and tourists to the country.

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rickzoo

they plan to decongest terminals 1 and 2 with the revamp of terminal 3 and Incheon’s operator is being tapped as consultant — http://business.inquirer.net/101425/foreign-consultant-incheon-tapped-for-naia-3

as for NAIA 1…well, we really don’t know the progress of the on-going renovation

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Trece Villenas

Hi! I would just like to ask why the government charges us travel tax when we go out of the country? and where does this tax go? I believe other countries do not have this tax. 

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singapoorboy

Whoever’s in charge of NAIA, should really expedite on renovating it kasi nakakahiya na tlga condition ng NAIA. Im not really a jetsetter, but ive been to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BAngkok) and Changi Airport (Singapore) at wala talagang sinabi airport naten. No decent restrooms, wala ring matinong food stalls, not enough seats for waiting passengers, etc. Mas matino pa nga Phuket International Airport. Sad sad sad. Airports are the first and last destination of any foreigners to any country, so they should really do something in NAIA 🙁

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mieldv

The Philippines was also cited twice in Lonely Planet’s 2013 Best in Travel: Top 10 regions (Palawan was no. 8) and in the category Best places to do something new!

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This is why I’m not a fan of Boracay beaches although I might just be really biased. Proud Palaweña. 

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aihles Reply:

Been to El Nido… Superb! But let’s face it. Nothing beats the sands of Boracay 🙂

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aihles

Been to El Nido… Superb! But let’s face it. Nothing beats the sands of Boracay 🙂

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