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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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Christmas Hang-ups

CHEF MOM / Adoree Chong-Uy As we welcome the New Year with every taste bud satisfied, while still craving for more festive delicacies or sweets, we would like to spread the spirit of gratitude as we tackle questions about well-loved Christmas goodies.

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

By Cherie Mercado Santos First of two parts I can’t remember how long I had dreamed of seeing Provence, in France’s southern region, but the moment my husband Mike and I boarded the fastest possible train from Paris to the city-commune of Aix, I was giddy with excitement. I was like a little girl about to get her gift from …

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A tropical paradise that’s an hour by air from Manila

One hour by air southwest of Manila can be found what The Hufftington Post’s Carly Ledbetter describes as the “most beautiful island in the world.”

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Quick, short runs pack health benefits: US study

Going out for a quick, daily run may be just as effective as a long-distance jaunt when it comes to prolonging your life, according to a study. Running as little as five to 10 minutes per day can significantly cut the risks of getting heart disease and dying young, said the findings in the Journal of the American College of …

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