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Blue Water Cave: Bukidnon’s hidden paradise

For adventurous people who like to smell wood blossoms in the cool fresh mountain air while plunging in a gently flowing cool blue waters, or go into caving or spelunking: Blue Water Cave in this landlocked province of Bukidnon is one perfect place to go.

The 'blue water' cave.
Blue Water Cave photo by : www.caboose.org.uk

Municipal town Mayor Gregorio Gue of Quezon said that the local government and a non-government organization (NGO) Kiokong Climbing Society—a non-profit group that now develops the Kiokong Eco-Tourism project here, oversees town visitors’ activities such as trekking and spelunking especially during weekends. Continue Reading

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Potipot Island, becoming an alternative beach destination

Well within the heart of Central Luzon, Potipot Island, which is just a few minutes boat ride away from Candelaria town, Zambales, is fast becoming the next alternative beach resort for people who want to get out of Metro Manila’s fast pace lifestyle and traffic jam.

Potipot Island in Zambales (photo courtesy of ple101_98 Flickr)
Potipot Island in Zambales (photo courtesy of ple101_98 Flickr)

Well known among the locals for its white sand and clear waters ideal for snorkeling and diving, Potipot Island is just a kilometer away from Uacon, Candelaria and very accessible by “banca” (motorboat) for local and foreign tourists. Continue Reading

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Score great deals at the Big Davao Fun Sale with Cebu Pacific

Those looking for the best shopping deals and fun adventures are in for an exciting treat as the Crown Jewel of Mindanao hosts the first-ever Big Davao Fun Sale from March 14 to April 16, 2014. The event is slated to be the country’s longest and grandest city-wide sale, and aims to establish Davao as a major shopping and dining destination in the Philippines. Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Art Boncato, Jr. said that the shopping festival aims to elevate the Davao experience even further for tourists. “From highlands to islands, Davao is best known for its beautiful beaches and lush landscapes. Now, we also want the Davao region to be the ultimate shopping and dining destination in the Philippines,” he said. “This is why we partnered with Cebu Pacific, because they have the widest network of domestic routes that fly there.”

Big Davao Fun Sale
Department of Tourism ASec Art Boncato, Jr. talks about the exciting offerings in store for tourists and serious shoppers in the Big Davao Fun Sale.

The country’s leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific is the official airline partner of the Big Davao Fun Sale. It offers the lowest year-round fares, starting at PHP878, and the most flights and routes to Davao. This includes the airline’s newest domestic route, direct flights between Davao and Bacolod. “Davao has incredible natural wonders and eco-adventure attractions. Coupled with the Big Davao Fun Sale which showcases Davao’s various shopping and dining options, travelers can get the best of both worlds. This month-long event is the perfect opportunity for everyJuan to visit Davao and sample all of these,” said Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution.

“With our trademark lowest fares and multiple flight options, thrill-seeking shoppers and adventurers can spend less on airfare, so they can splurge on the city’s great deals, amazing discounts and memorable experiences,” she added.

Four weeks of fantastic finds. Davao City’s major malls will offer a host of unique activities, fab freebies, fun parties and exciting incentives all month long. Tourists can also score as much as 80% discount at the Robinsons Cybergate Davao, Abreeza-Ayala Mall, Gaisano Grand Mall, Gaisano Mall of Davao, NCCC Mall, SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier. The Big Davao Fun Sale will also host a series of weekly themed sales, starting with a general city-wide merchandise sale from March 14 to 16. This will be followed by health and beauty products from March 16 to 23, electronics and gadgets from March 24 to 30, home and travel items from March 31 to April 6, and active lifestyle and fashion on April 7 to 16. Shoppers can also win P100,000 in cash, a weekend getaway for two, and other exciting prizes in a raffle draw. To join, all they have to do is get a Fun Sale Passport at any DOT booth or at participating malls by presenting their boarding pass or P500 worth of single or accumulated one-day receipts from partner merchants.

Fun Sale Passport holders can earn stamps every time they purchase P500 worth of merchandise. Passports bearing stamps of all seven (7) participating malls will serve as a raffle entry and can also be exchanged for a free shirt. The Restaurant Association of Davao will also hold a food festival with more than 100 dining establishments, allowing food lovers to get a taste of the city’s best eats and tastiest treats.

The Big Davao Fun Sale is a project of the Department of Tourism XI, Davao City government and participating malls, with the endorsement of the Philippine Retailers Association and the support of the Restaurant Association of Davao and the Davao Tourism Association.

Cebu Pacific flies to Davao from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa, Dipolog, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro. For flights and fares to Davao, visit www.cebupacificair.com or call +632-7020-888.

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Philippines receives support from international tourism bodies

The Department of Tourism (DOT) expresses its sincere appreciation to the outpouring of messages and support from partners in the international travel community such as the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) for the Filipino people affected by the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

Philippine Department of Tourism
Philippine Department of Tourism

In a press release posted on their website, UNWTO expressed readiness to support the Philippines in any tourism-related recovery program for the affected areas and called for support by contributing to the ongoing relief efforts of the various United Nations (UN) agencies operating on the ground. The UNWTO, as the leading international organization in the field of tourism, is the UN agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism. Continue Reading

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The Philippine Department of Tourism implements New National Accommodation Standards

The Department of Tourism (DOT) will be implementing its new National Accommodation Standards for Hotels, Resorts, and Apartment Hotels using the Star Rating System. The new standards employ a points-based rating system focused on inventory, availability, condition, and quality of a specific facility or service.

Big Room“The new standards seek to boost industry competitiveness, especially in preparation for important events such as the World Competitiveness Forum next year, APEC in 2015, and the ASEAN Tourism Forum in 2016. On the initial implementation of the new standards and star rating system for classifying hotels, resorts, and apartment hotels, the DOT shall be engaging the services of a private quality assurance firm that will consequently tap external auditors to conduct the assessment. The use of a third party auditing firm is aimed at ensuring impartiality of the audit team and credibility of results. Most developed countries employ this scheme as independent audits are deemed more credible,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said.

Launched last year through the DOT Memorandum Circular 2012-02, the new standards is part of the DOT’s policy reforms pursuant to the provisions of the Tourism Act of 2009, which mandates the DOT to formulate and enforce standards for the operation and maintenance of tourism enterprises, prescribing minimum and progressive levels of operating quality and efficiency consistent with local and international standards. The Tourism Act also provides for the development and enforcement of a comprehensive system for mandatory accreditation for primary tourism enterprises, and voluntary accreditation for secondary tourism enterprises, in accordance with prescribed guidelines and standards. Continue Reading

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Top travel photography tips for frequent travelers

Every place has its own uniqueness and ethereal value with respect to its geographical and historical presence. They have their own character, look, ambiance, beauty etc. If we wish to have our photographs of the travel to be marvellous and everlasting, then they should be captured with perfect quality.

travel photographyThe only aspect is that the user should be aware of the nitty-gritties of their cameras, which will let them click great pictures seamlessly and cherish them for longer period of time. There are few remarkable digital cameras which shoot high quality pictures of the nature or faces around.

It’s highly unlikely that each and every event which occurred in your life could be remembered in the same sequence as it occurred. To capture the most memorable events which occurred in your life, you can always rely on the wonderful snaps which you were able to capture when they occurred. Photographs should be able to trigger the wonderful and marvellous memories, communicate the feelings you felt with others etc. For doing this, we need to have a thought process in place and plan the different aspects of a complete photograph. Continue Reading

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Camarines Sur reshapes Bicol tourism

Time was when Bicol had nothing to offer in terms of tourism but Mt. Mayon, the majestic Albay icon known as the “World’s Most Perfect Cone”.

Gota Beach
Gota Beach

Today, a great number of destinations had been developed and emerging as global tourist magnets, among them the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC), a unique man-made watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. Continue Reading

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Philippine National Railways soon to resume Manila-Legazpi train trips

The rehabilitation of the south rail track is currently on its finishing touches, making the Philippine National Railways (PNR) confident that it could soon resume train trips between here and Manila.

PNR LegaspiA recent test run on the Naga-Legazpi route proved successful and PNR general manager Junio Ragrario said in a statement reaching here Wednesday that construction crewmen are fast-tracking the works so that southbound trips ending here are resumed by next month.

Apart from the Legazpi-Manila operations, Ragrario said the PNR is considering the fielding of train trips between Naga and this city for the benefit of the burgeoning volume of local commuters being generated by the fast-growing trade, commerce and tourism relations between these two cities of Bicol.

“We are fielding two ordinary three-coach trains each with a seating capacity of 240 and well-ventilated seats designed for comfortable travel,” he said. Continue Reading

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Some great excuses to extend your visit to Manila

At first glance Manila might seem a bit intimidating as an intense, over-crowded and noisy urban jungle but there really is more to this underappreciated capital city. Manila has a rich cultural history with diverse influences from Spanish, American, Chinese, Arabic and Malay cultures.

Luneta Rizal Monument
Luneta Rizal Monument

Most tourists come to Manila on route to the islands or to head to the beaches in the south but, if you are sticking around at least for a few days, here is a quick guide to the most popular tourist-friendly neighborhoods. Continue Reading

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The Philippines, runaway winner at Bureau International des Expositions International Expo

In another historic first for the country, the Philippines won two (2) Gold Awards for its pavilion at the recently concluded Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea – an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Expo awards – besting ten other country participants in the Small Pavilion Category (Category C). This marks the first time that the Philippines won the Gold Award in an international expo, and also the first time in the entire history of the international expo that a country has won two Gold Awards.

Bureau International des Expositions International Expo
Philippine Pavillion at the Bureau International des Expositions International Expo

Adjudged by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the Philippine pavilion was awarded Gold Award winners for Creative Display and Theme Development criteria from 11 participating countries, besting the likes of Vietnam, Brunei, Mexico, Tunisia, Egypt, and Lithuania. Lithuania and Mexico brought home the silver and bronze, respectively, for the Creative Display criteria, while Tunisia and Vietnam brought home the silver and bronze, respectively, for the Theme Development criteria. Pavilions were divided into four categories according to their type and size of exhibition space: Category A with 4 modules and above, Category B with 2 or 3 modules, Category C with 1 module or less and Category D for joint pavilions. Continue Reading

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