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Honest taxi driver hailed by Philippine Department of Tourism as “Model of Fun”

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. lauds the good gesture of Sotero Canonoy, a taxi driver who surrendered a bag left by three male German tourists whom he ferried from SM Mall of Asia to NAIA Terminal 1 on March 23 at about 10:00 PM.

Its More Fun in the Philippines
Its More Fun in the Philippines

“This is one happy piece of news that we need to hear more of.  Mr. Canonoy’s action exemplifies the innate goodness of our countrymen.  It gives support to the positive image we wish to portray through our “It’s more fun in the Philippines” campaign.  We want to highlight these good news as normal than unusual,” Jimenez enthused. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism to launch Its More Fun the Philippines in international travel fest in Berlin

Secretary of Tourism Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. leaves for Germany this week to lead a 41-man delegation from the Philippines that will participate in the annual International Tourismus Bourse (ITB), the world’s largest travel trade show. Scheduled on March 7-11, 2012 in Berlin, ITB includes booth exhibits of national and local tourist offices, travel-related companies and other service providers.

Beach in Quezon Province
Beach in Quezon Province

“Our participation in ITB this year is quite significant because it’s the first time for us to roll out the ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ campaign in a global event,” Jimenez said. He added, “About half of the travel business is traded through the international travel bourse.” The tourism chief explained that the ITB is institutional among travel wholesalers where direct selling and networking is done. Continue Reading

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Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2012 kicks off at Puerto Galera

The Philippine Department of Tourism and the local government units of Puerto Galera and Oriental Mindoro extend support to the organizers of the 2nd Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival. Led by Mr. Hubert d’ Aboville, President of the Chamber of Commerce in European Union, this years celebration is expected to out-stage its initial run that lured in more than 1,500 tourists in 2011.

Malasimbo 2012 Bands
Malasimbo 2012 Bands

Taking place at the foot of Mount Malasimbo in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, the festival promises to be more fun as thousands of foreign and local tourists flock to the island for the annual music festival this March 2 – 3, 2012. Continue Reading

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17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

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
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

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It’s more fun in the Philippines slogan is final

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
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

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Holiday Extras Know their Onions!

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.

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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

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Top Russian artists paint the Philippines

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.

Philippine Paintings
Philippine Paintings

“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

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Miss Universe 2011 delegate Shamcey Supsup as tourism ambassador?

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.

shamcey supsup
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

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The Philippines: The Other Melting Pot

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
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

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Philippine Department of Tourism pledges P1M for Philippine Travel Mart 2011

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).

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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

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