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Iloilo Paraw Regatta 2010 kicks off in Iloilo Sunday

Paraw Regatta 2010 in Iloilo

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The Iloilo Paraw Regatta, dubbed as Asia’s oldest and largest sailing competition in search for a “perfect wind” is set to kick here on Sunday.

The sailing competition, now on its 38th year, is not only a showcase of the seamanship of Ilonggos but it will also highlight the culture of the residents of Iloilo.

This year’s competition has for its theme, “Honoring Proud Filipino Seafaring Traditions.”

Tourism regional director Edwin Trompeta said the sailboat race makes use of boats with outrigger that were also used “centuries ago designed for energy conservation.” Continue Reading

Posted in Iloilo, Philippine Festivals, Travel Guide, Visayas1 Comment

Russian Tourists enjoys Spa and Philippine Dive Sites

Philippines : Best Spa Destination in Asia

Following their arrival in the country to celebrate the New Year, Russians have been seen in droves at the country’s top spa and wellness sites and dive destinations.

“Our Russian tourists have initially planned to celebrate the holidays here and escape the harsh winter in their country. But our premiere spa sites and dive destinations have persuaded them to stay much longer,” said Ace Durano, Secretary of Tourism.

Russia’s major travel stakeholders, Sputnik Travel and Magellan Tours, and local ground handler Blue Horizons Travel and Tours, brought the guests to Boracay, Cebu, Bohol and Puerto Galera. Continue Reading

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Global Heritage Fund Mission to restore historic Intramuros ala Williamsburg

Global Heritage Fund Mission to restore historic Intramuros

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) received a pledge of support for the preservation of historic Intramuros from the Global Heritage Fund (GHF) Mission.

The Global Heritage Fund Mission is a distinguished non-profit conservation group that provides assistance to developing countries in preserving their cultural heritage sites.

Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano and GHF International Conservation Director John Hurd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday at the Ilustrados Restaurant in Intramuros to formally commence the working partnership. Continue Reading

Posted in Luzon, Manila, Philippine Travel News3 Comments

Philippine Department of Tourism promotes Boracay rock as tourism landmark

Boracay Travel Guides

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) has pledged to include the new grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary in what now to be considered as the Boracay rock as one of the tourism landmarks in this resort island.

Boracay Parish priest Fr. Maglore Placer said that tourism officials had called him and vowed to include the Boracay rock in its tourism promotions around the world.

Around 3,500 Catholic devotees witnessed the ceremonial re-enthronement of the two-foot statue Thursday afternoon. Continue Reading

Posted in Aklan, Boracay, Travel Guide, Visayas0 Comments

Philippine Basic Travel Tips

Philippine Travel Tips

Planning Your Trip to the Philippines

When planning your trip, make sure that you find out about the wet and dry seasons, or other possible weather conditions that may affect your holiday. If you are using a travel agent then make sure that you ask about this, even though they should tell you. Continue Reading

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Trivia about the Philippines

Cebu City : Oldest City in the Philippines

* Cebu is the first Philippine City.

* Maria Teresa Calderon – World champion speed reader as listed in the Guiness Book of World Records

* In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans. Philippines is the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking nation, next to the USA and the UK.

* Coconuts – the Philippines is considered to be the largest producer of coconuts

* Gemma Cruz was the first Filipina to win an international beauty title – Miss International 1964.
* Dan Inosanto – from Mike Robandido – Pinoy who taught Bruce Lee how to use arnis de mano.

* The second oldest philippine printing press next to Manila can be found in Pila Laguna. The first book printed was named Vocabulario Delengua Tagala – the philippines first filipino – spanish dictionary which was printed in 1613, 25 years older than the first book printed in the United States.

* The Philippine Basketball Association is Asia’s premier and the world’s second oldest professional league.
* After Happy Birthday, the song most sung in the Philippines is Lupang Hinirang, the national anthem.
* Philippine Airlines took to the skies on March 15, 1941, using a Beech Model 18 aircraft amid the specter of a global war. It became Asia’s first airline.
* The world’s largest pearl was discovered by a Filipino diver in a giant Tridacna (mollusk) under the Palawan Sea in 1934. Known as the “Pearl of Lao-Tzu”, the gem weighs 14 pounds and measures 9 1/2 inches long and 5 1/2 inches in diameter. As of May 1984, it was valued at US$42 million. It is believed to be 600 years old.
* Alto Broadcasting System (ABS) Channel 3, the first television station in the country, went on the air in 1953.
* Fernando Amorsolo, a painter, was the first national artist declared by the Philippine government. The award was conferred on Amorsolo in April 1972, several days after his death.
* The world’s second deepest spot underwater is in the Philippines. This spot, about 34,440 feet (10,497 meters) below the sea level, is known as the Philippine Deep or the Mindanao Trench. The Philippine Deep is in the floor of the Philippine Sea. The German ship Emden first plumbed the trench in 1927. The world’s deepest part of the ocean is the Marianas Trench, which is over 11,000 meters below the seal level.
* The symbolic name for the Philippines, Juan dela Cruz, is not a Filipino invention? It was coined by R. McCulloch-Dick, a Scottish-born journalist working for the Manila Times in the early 1900s, after discovering it was the most common name in blotters
* Mayon is the most beautiful mountain I have ever seen, the world-renowned Fujiyama (Mt. Fuji) of Japan sinking into perfect insignificance by comparison. British traveler-writer A. Henry Savage Landor
* Ilo-Ilo golf and country club is the oldest golf club in the Philippines. It was built at 1908 by Irish Engineers.
* Emilio Aguinaldo lost to Manuel L. Quezon in the country’s first presidential elections in 1935.
* Bagumbayan was the original name of Luneta Park.
* Of the 500 known coral species in the world, 488 are found in the Philippines.
* The Philippines is home to some of the world’s most exotic birds. One of the most endangered species is the exotic Kalangay or the Philippine cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia), which belongs to Psittacidae or the family of parrots. Some cockatoos can live up to 50 years. They are known for mimicking human voices. Most of them measure 33 centimeters in length and weigh 0.29 kilogram.

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About the Philippines : Pearl of the Orient

Puerto Galera Philippines

The Philippines were ceded by Spain to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. They attained their independence in 1946 after being occupied by the Japanese in World War II. The 21-year rule of Ferdinand MARCOS ended in 1986 when a widespread popular rebellion forced him into exile. In 1992, the US closed down its last military bases on the islands.

The Philippines has had two electoral presidential transitions since Marcos’ removal by “people power.” In January 2001, the Supreme Court declared Joseph ESTRADA unable to rule in view of mass resignations from his government and administered the oath of office to Vice President Gloria MACAPAGAL-ARROYO as his constitutional successor. The government continues to struggle with ongoing Muslim insurgencies in the south. Continue Reading

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Paradise Ranch Nature and Conservation Park

Paradise Ranch in Clark Pampanga

On the Clark Leg of Lakbay Norte, we visited Paradise Ranch in Clark – a 100-acre nature and conservation park designed to educate hundreds of school children about environmental preservation and wildlife protection.

Paradise Ranch is open to the public without any membership fee, perfect for field trips, summer camps, retreats, educational tours, get away vacation and more… We have the following facilities for our guests to enjoy and learn about wildlife and their natural habitat. A 1000 square meter butterfly garden, aviary, breeding of endagered species, organic vegetable and floral orchard, massive reforestration, environmental conservation and others…

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