Mike Aquino

Mike Aquino

Travel Writer Covering S.E. Asia

Freelance writer, content consultant, Southeast Asia travel gadabout.

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Temple of the Son

Smile travels north-west of Siem Reap to trace a centuries-old story of loyalty, intrigue and rebellion with a cast of thousands, the same story that could hold the secret to Banteay Chhmar’s second act as an exciting, off-the-grid adventure spot.

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Makati meets world

As new projects get the green light from Poblacion to the Central Business District, Manila’s marquee commercial center looks ripe for a world-class awakening.

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Beyond Manila - Mapped!

Looking for family fun outside the capital? Head to these hotspots, which are all less than two hours from Manila.

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Look who’s talking

Mike Aquino tracks down three high-profile city guides responsible for helping tourists to experience Manila and Cebu with fresh eyes, open hearts and critical minds.

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Channel History

Do you prefer relics to retail or museums to malls? Mike Aquino satisfies your craving for all things ancient in five cities...

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The Family Man-ila

If you think Manila is too dauntingly big and sprawling to explore, think again. Using this handy itinerary, you and your crew can cover considerable ground, visit a couple of interesting places, and experience a whole lot of fun.