Philippines lifts COVID-19 travel ban against Taiwan

PH Lifts Travel Ban Against Taiwan

Manila, Philippines — Good news to those who are planning to head to Taiwan soon. The Philippines has lifted the travel ban that was imposed a week ago against Taiwan.

The said travel restriction versus Taiwan was because of the spread of the COVID-19, the updated name given by the World Health Organization (WHO) to the disease that was caused by the novel coronavirus that stemmed in China in late 2019.

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taiwan photo by @kaizerbienes via Unsplash

Salvador Panelo, the Presidential spokesperson, announced the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) to lift the travel restrictions imposed on the said country due to the COVID-19. It is effective immediately.

“Accordingly, travel may now be made by any national to Taiwan from the Philippines and vice versa,” said the statement of Panelo, via Inquirer.

Panelo further said that the lifting of the travel ban for the said country has been agreed by the IATF members “by the reason of the strict measures they are undertaking,” along with the protocols being implemented to address the said killer disease.


It can be remembered that last Feb. 2, the Philippines banned all flights to and from China along with its two administrative regions, Macau and Hong Kong to mitigate the spread of the new virus. Last Feb. 4, the Department of Health also added Taiwan on the list.

However, Taiwan said it was wrong to

The Ultimate List of the Best Hotels in Veneto, Italy

Where to Stay in Veneto: List of the Top 10 Best Veneto Hotels

Veneto, also known as Venetia, is one of the twenty regions in Italy. The cities in Veneto include Venice, Padua, Verona, Vicenza, Belluno, Montagnana, Bassano del Grappa, Marostica, Asolo, Este, and Arquà Petrarca.

Best Hotels in Veneto

Veneto has around five million inhabitants today, over 400,000 of which are foreigners. Apart from Italians, you will meet Romanians, Moroccans, Chinese, Moldovans, and Albanians in this region. Most inhabitants speak Venetian, which is divided into five varieties, and Italian.

Veneto showcases an extraordinary variety of sceneries that range from a city within a lagoon, agriculturally rich valleys, exquisite lakes, long sandy beaches, captivating resorts, thermal waters, and medieval architecture. The most popular scenic views in this region include the Dolomites, which is a popular mountain range, Lake Garda, Peschiera del Garda, and Torri del Benaco.

Veneto is indeed an ideal vacation spot that offers comfort and relaxation. Its colorful past can be seen through the infrastructures. Picking uniquely designed and ultimately comfortable hotels will surely elevate your stay in Veneto. Here’s a list of the best hotels in Veneto, Italy.

Hotel Gabbia D’Oro

Hotel Gabbia D'Oro
Hotel Gabbia D’Oro

Address: Corso Porta Borsari 4, Verona Historical Centre, 37121 Verona, Italy

Rates start at 367 USD

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The hotel rooms in Hotel Gabbia D’Oro offers a refreshing trip down the memory lane. Its floral vintage design is no less than comfortable and amusing. The lighting fixtures provide warmth

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Antipolo: Here’s Where to Have a Good Time With Your Special Someone

Where to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Antipolo

Manila, Philippines — There is no denying that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you are presently looking for a perfect place to celebrate this special day with your loved one, here are options you may want to consider just at the doorstep of the metro — in Antipolo.

Burrow’s Cafe at Antipolo and Tahanan Bistro

Antipolo Beehouse’s Burrow Cafe
Tahanan Bistro
Tahanan Bistro

Boasting an intimate artsy ambiance, these places are offering a gourmet dinner package if you wish to have a memorable evening. Tahanan features a five-course treat, a bouquet of flowers, along with two glasses of wine for P3,695. In the meantime, the Burrow’s Cafe provides a six-course tasting menu priced at P6,000 for the couple.

Eugenio Lopez Center

Eugenio Lopez Center
Eugenio Lopez Center

Here, experience being serenaded while enjoying the 6-course menu, glass of wine, as well as the souvenir at Oscar’s Fine Dining over a dinner. You may also enjoy a buffet at the Dining Hall for two at P2,499 or P1,250 per person. If you wish to go there after the Valentine’s Day, then go there on Feb. 16 with the regular Sunday Brunch Specials priced at P588 per person.

Luljetta’s Place Garden Suites

Mykonos Greek-themed wing of Luljetta's Hanging Gardens
Mykonos Greek-themed wing of Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens

Priced at P11,340, their complete Valentine’s Getaway Package is perfect for couples. The package comes with an overnight stay with a romantic setup, breakfast, access to Luljetta’s Garden Suites, Hanging Gardens Spa, as well as Loreland

Travel Guide to Padre Pio Shrine in Batangas

How to get to the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio

Santo Tomas, Batangas, Philippines — The National Shrine and Parish of Saint Padre Pio or popularly known to many devoted Catholics as Padre Pio Shrine is one of the most popular pilgrimage site in Batangas, or better yet, in the region of CALABARZON. After the saint’s canonization in June 2002, Padre Pio’s devotees have grown in number and have visited this shrine for praying, healing, miracles, and peace of mind.

Healing Mass at Parish and National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio photo via FB Page

It is located at Brgy. San Pedro in Santo Tomas, Batangas, and is known to house the huge replica of the Glorious Cross derived from the design used for the Archdiocese of Lipa during the Jubilee Year 2000.

A part of the mass includes kissing of Padre Pio’s Relic, which is said to bring miracles and healing to illnesses.


If you’re traveling by bus from Manila, go from either Buendia or Cubao terminal and ride a bus bound for Lucena. Alight at Barangay San Pedro in Santo Tomas, Batangas. If you’re not familiar with the landmarks, feel free to ask the conductor, and asked them where the nearest tricycle going to Padre Pio Shrine.


Saint Padre Pio is known to be the man of charity and piety. He is also a patron saint of civil defense volunteers, adolescents, and stress-relief. The

Kumamoto Bucket List: 15 Best Things to do in Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto: Where rich history and nostalgia come together

Kumamoto, the capital of the wider Kumamoto Prefecture is known for a lot of things including interesting museums, galleries, and shopping arcades. It is a perfect reminder of why Japan remains among the favorite destinations in the world.

Best Things to do in Kumamoto, Japan

It is also the third-largest city in Kyushu Island and is home to one of the largest volcanoes in the world, the Mt. Aso and also to the three major castles in Japan. There are lots of activities to enjoy in the city, from nature-tripping, gallery hopping, golfing, and horse riding to name a few.

During Spring, Kumamoto is very well alive as the sakura trees blossoms with the Kumamoto Castle on the background. However, hiking is one of the most enjoyed activities during autumn, while the Kurokawa onsen is very much in demand especially in winter. Needless to say, Kumamoto is an interesting city to explore whatever the season is.

If you want to know more activities to enjoy in Kumamoto, we’ve compiled 15 exciting things to do for your future reference. Enjoy!

Hike Hanaokayama

View of Mount Hanaokayama from pedestrian deck in front of Kumamoto Station
View of Mount Hanaokayama from a pedestrian deck in front of Kumamoto Station

There’s nothing more amazing and dreamy than seeing the city surrounded by city lights (in a bird’s eye view.) Hanaokayama might just be the perfect place if you want to have a great view of the city, especially at night. It is a hill that takes about