• Department of Tourism gives 4-star rating to The Oriental Leyte

    Tacloban City, Philippines — The Department of Tourism – Region 8 has given the 4-star rating to The Oriental Hotel Leyte, the first in Eastern Visayas, at a recent assembly of private and public stakeholders in the region. The property was given the rating based on the 741 accumulated points as a result of the assessment for premium accreditation by the third-party auditor and the DOT’s Central Office and Region 8 Office.

    The Oriental Leyte foyer
    DOT-8 tourism officer Rina Apostol, The Oriental Leyte general manager Anito Lanticse, DOT-8 regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes, and DOT-8 tourism officer Rodel Balierbare.
    DOT-8 tourism officer Rina Apostol, The Oriental Leyte general manager Anito Lanticse, DOT-8 regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes, and DOT-8 tourism officer Rodel
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  • How the Ultra Wealthy Say ‘I Love You’

    The Taj Mahal was built as a love letter. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1631 to honor his teenage bride, who had died in childbirth, its construction involved the work of 22,000 laborers and a thousand elephants. The Indian monument still stands as perhaps the world’s greatest display of affection.

    To which we say, game on.

    While today’s ultra-wealthy may not be commissioning timeless monuments to show how much they love their spouses, they are producing extravagant epics in the form of over-the-top, hyper-personalized vacations. In conversations with a half-dozen travel agents and celebrity-event producers who specialize

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