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Ostrich Farm in Opol, Misamis Oriental

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Imagine an egg, which weighs one and a half kilo and hatches into a chick as large as a full-grown hen. Imagine its long-necked mother, taller and heavier than most men, with powerful legs running as fast as a car. Imagine 600 of these creatures huddling as a herd in a farm nestled on the mountain. Fascinated yet scared, visitors of the farm are relieved to know that ostriches don't fly.

Raised as livestock animals weighing over 100 kilos each, around 600 ostriches - descendants of several pairs brought from Australia and the United States - found a home in the 10-hectare Philippine Ostrich and Crocodile Farms, Inc., an upland ranch owned by the Filipino-Chinese Limketkai family in Barangay Malanang. In the nearby Cagayan de Oro City, the Limketkai family owns one of the oldest and most familiar shopping malls.

The playful giant birds, unafraid of shorter humans, stretch their necks above the seven-foot barbed-wired fence to mingle with fascinated tourists. While they delight tourists simply by showing their huge form and round unsuspecting eyes, they are kept in the farm, primarily not for tourism, but to supply low-fat meat to fine diners in Metro Manila and other urban centers.

Lilo-an shows way in treating wastewater

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Cebu City - Lilo-an, a second class municipality located north of this city, has shown the way to other coastal tourist towns on how to treat wastewater flowing to the sea. The town is the site of a decentralized wastewater treatment facility, a pilot project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which has significantly reduced the coliform cell counts in the seawater near the beaches.

Tabuk, Kalinga

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Laya Valley, a fertile land overlooking the Cordillera mountain ranges, is fast becoming the hybrid rice seed capital of the Philippines, as farmers in this area embraced new rice varieties more enthusiastically than farmers elsewhere in the country.

Located more than 500 kilometers north of Manila, Laya Valley, which is fed with waters from Chico River, has over 800 hectares allocated for hybrid rice seed (F1) production, rivaled only by Roxas City in Isabela province. It also cultivates 5,700 hectares for the actual planting of hybrid rice (F2).

How to go to Malate

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Manila, which was named after a white-flowered mangrove plant called nilad, was a tiny Malay settlement along the Pasig River ruled by Rajah Sulayman in the 16th century. The Spanish colonizers moved the capital of the Philippines from Cebu to Manila in 1571. They built the walled city of Intramuros, which for the next 300 years, was to become the nerve center of the Spanish rule.

HOW TO GO TO LAS PINAS

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HOW TO GO TO LAS PINAS

Las Piñas City in the southern part of Metro Manila has retained much of its provincial appeal. Its main attraction, however, is the world-famous bamboo organ, found in the town's picturesque Catholic church. The centuries-old musical instrument was constructed between 1792 and 1819. It has 174 bamboo pipes, 122 horizontal reeds of soft metal, a five-octave keyboard, and 22 stops arranged in vertical rows. The church is open daily except Sunday morning.

HOW TO GO TO BICOL

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The Bicol Region or Bicolandia is one of the 17 regions of the Philippines. It occupies the Bicol Peninsula at the southeastern end of Luzon island and some other islands.

 

Corregidor Island, damaged by typhoon

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Typhoon "Caloy", the summer storm that spoiled the travel plans of tourists in the Philippines in the second week of May, hurt local tourism and caused damages on one of the country's most famous heritage sites.

The Department of Tourism reported that the typhoon, with the international codename "Chanchu", destroyed facilities at the historic Corregidor, a tiny rocky island situated 48 kilometers west of Manila.
 

Beaches in Batangas

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A few hours south of Manila, is one of the most famous provinces in Luzon, Batangas. Known for its Kapeng Barako and the famous Balisong or fan knife, Batangas also boasts of its share of tourist attractions, beaches and historical locations.

Newly constructed dam in Cebu now sold as tourism site

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Cebu City - A P585.7 million irrigation project, mainly funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Carcar, Cebu is seen as the next major tourism attraction in Central Visayas.

With nearly 96 percent of the Can-asujan small reservoir irrigation project already completed, local officials of Carcar town are planning to promote the area as an ecotourism destination for both domestic and foreign travelers.

Batac, Ilocos Norte

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BATAC, Ilocos Norte—Garlic farmers in this province have shifted to the planting of other crops, corn in particular, as the unchecked smuggling and open importation of garlic from Taiwan pulled local prices below profitability levels.

According to Batac farmers, what used to be a billion-peso garlic industry in Northern Luzon has now been relegated to a backyard enterprise that is slowly collapsing to extinction because of the country’s allegiance to the World Trade Organization (WTO).