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The way to your Valentine’s heart may go through Mom

Connie Cass and Emily Swanson / The Associated Press Washington, D.C.—Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers—to her mother. With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s something to think about: Winning over the mom may sound old-fashioned, but it’s still a smart strategy in today’s fast-changing, app-tapping, hookup-happy world of dating.

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A road called Route des Crêtes (First part)

By Cherie Mercado Santos First of two parts In all those decades I’ve been dreaming of setting foot in southern France, I would never have guessed that my favorite place would turn out to be a stretch of road.

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Legazpi City: The city of fun and adventure

Nightlife is fascinating in Legazpi City, which has lively places where one could go to, like videoke bars, music lounges and night clubs, most of which are found along a major highway in Barangay Bogtong, on the outskirts of the commercial center.

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Cookies made perfect

CHEF MOM / Adoree Chong-Uy The past few weeks have led us to a lot of questions about cookies, specifically drop cookies and rolled cookies. We have compiled some of them that we deem commonly experienced by a lot of bakers.

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The 63rd Miss Universe national costumes: Separating the splendid from the strange

By Alvin I. Dacanay For many beauty-pageant spectators, one segment of the Miss Universe competition that they always have fun watching is the so-called Parade of Nations. In this parade, contestants introduce themselves while wearing their national costumes—or what they try to pass off as such.

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Sorsogon: more than just its whale sharks

One place worth going to—one that’s not far from Donsol—is the Panumbagan Sand Bar, a five-kilometer-long, tamarind-shaped islet in Pilar town that’s known for its fine, pearl-white sand.

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Manila ‘on the rise’—US travel magazine

Writer Isobel Diamond describes the city as a “medieval Spanish walled town at its heart; it is chaotic and seedy in parts—with strip joints and dwarf-wrestling clubs—but steeped in old-world glamour.”

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Fashion highs and lows from the Golden Globes

Leanne Italie / The Associated Press New York—With lots of easy breezy makeup, minimal jewelry and loose hair, the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards opened the awards season with a red carpet chock-full of sparkly metallics, bright whites and dramatic reds.

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A dream fulfilled: An escape to the south of France (Last part)

By Cherie Mercado Santos Last part The moment the sun rose on that lovely Sunday morning, my husband Mike and I were halfway through our breakfast at our charming hotel in Aix en Provence and ready to explore what’s said to be two of the most beautiful villages in France.

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The ‘people’s pontiff’ on print: Six books on Pope Francis

Since his surprising election on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis has attracted an astonishing amount of attention from people who are awed by his simplicity, modesty and indomitable will. Not surprisingly, this has led to an almost insatiable demand for books and other published materials on the popular pontiff.

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