The Organizers of the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012 (PIHABF) have developed this annual event to be the largest spectator event in the Philippines. Each year, bigger and better events, competitions and attractions are added to the Fiesta. The Fiesta site at Air Force City, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Clark Field has been enlarged to cope with the expected 100,000 visitors who will attend the coming Fiesta 9-12 February, 2012.
2012 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
To attract return visitors to the Fiesta, new activities are added each year. This year features a host of new displays and participants to thrill the crowds. Continue reading 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
The slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines” stays even if there was a black and white vintage 1951 magazine ad “It’s more fun in Switzerland,” of the Swiss National Tourist Office.
Its more fun in the Philippines
Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez declared it as a ‘coincidence,’ saying, “C’mon, you have to give BBDO more credit than that. The line isn’t a manufactured slogan. It is simply the truth about our country. Don’t be swayed by people who are trying to punch holes in it… Continue reading It’s more fun in the Philippines slogan is final
If you want to know the best companies in a particular industry then the best way to go about this is to ask their customers what they think of the service and to see whether or not they would recommend that particular company to others.
Manila Bay Sunset
This is just what holiday Extras have done but they have done it on a much grander scale!
This year 66,000 people have voted in the Holiday Extras Customer Awards (which is great as this last year about a third of this number were voting).
This year the awards were held in London on September 15th and were hosted by the well-known travel writer and radio presenter Simon Calder. Continue reading Holiday Extras Know their Onions!
Thirteen top Russian artists embark on a 20-day cultural journey to the Philippines, called, “To the Islands of Sampaguita,” as part of the Creative Expedition to the Philippines – 1st ASEAN Culture Capital to paint the wealth of bio-cultural diversity of our country’s habitat, heritage, history, language and creative industry. This project was organized in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Russia in an effort to strengthen bilateral relations with Russia through trade, tourism, and culture.
“We welcome the distinguished Russian artists to the Philippines and we wish them an enjoyable and pleasant stay in our beautiful country,” says Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez. Continue reading Top Russian artists paint the Philippines
The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan, the Philippines’ bet for the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” was featured on World Parks Day in Singapore last week.
Puerto Princesa Underground River
The Department of Foreign Affairs said the PPUR was showcased at the Philippine pavilion during Singapore’s twin celebration of Global Community Day and World Parks’ Day on September 24 and 25 . Continue reading Puerto Princesa Palawan underground river featured in Singapore festival
The Department of Tourism’s recently approved budget of P1.7 billion for this year until 2012 is not enough to support all of its projects and campaigns but the department will judiciously make do with what it has to fulfill its role.
Miss Universe 2011 Philippine Delegate Shamcey Supsup
For instance, Assistant Secretary for international tourism promotion Benito C. Bengzon Jr. on Monday said that his office was alloted only P466 million for several plans and programs for international market promotion, which is definitely not enough. Continue reading Miss Universe 2011 delegate Shamcey Supsup as tourism ambassador?
Americans tend to think of the states as the ultimate melting pot of cultures; what started as a British colony is now a rich chunky stew of virtually every ethnicity of the world. Most would like to think we are a unique happenstance, but a truly unexpected culture formed on the Indonesian archipelago. Over 7,000 islands, collectively known as the great country of the Philippines, have a distinct Eastern culture seamlessly blended with a thick Western influence.
Tamaraw Falls in Puerto Galera
Because of the colonization of the world by Europe, the Philippines became another melting pot of cultures similar to the United States. With its own rich cultural traditions, Club Med worthy beaches and coastal areas, and expansive tropical forests; the island country is an often times missed traveling hotspot for tourists. Here are some of the cultural influences which have been blended into the Philippines: Continue reading The Philippines: The Other Melting Pot
One of the most famous of all the rides at all the Disneylands in the world is the much loved “It’s A Small World.” I have to admit that this was a song I loved when I was a child as it was one of the first things I learned in a language that wasn’t Filipino.
Enjoying the Ride
We learned how to sing in German, French, English, and a few other languages. Sure, all we learned was “It’s a small world after all” but for a bunch of little kids, this was the first time that we were really exposed to the fact that we could travel all over the world and meet people from everywhere…and, I might add, that the world was a beautiful place and theres so much to discover. Continue reading It’s a small World in Hong Kong Disneyland
Every Kid dreamed of taking a cruise through the jungle and seeing the many wonderful animals of Africa along the way. I know that for me, this was one of my primary fantasies when I was growing up. I wanted to get on a boat and go see the world. Not surprising really.
So, you can guess that when I got to Hong Kong Disneyland, we had a short trip to Adventureland and got on the jungle cruise. Sure, it’s not really a jungle cruise and there is not really an element of danger, but still this fun and exhilirating attraction is a great way to see some of your childhood fantasies come to life. Continue reading Jungle River Cruise at Hong Kong Disneyland
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is giving all out support to the promotion domestic tourism through the Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) in September, organized by Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA).
Amorita Resort in Bohol
“Our partnership with PHILTOA has been very fruitful over the years especially in relation to our joint staging of the annual PTM. Exhibitors reported generating over P18.5 million pesos in on-site sales alone last year, which tells us that our public is eager to travel within the country,” said Secretary Alberto A. Lim. Continue reading Philippine Department of Tourism pledges P1M for Philippine Travel Mart 2011