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Department of Tourism will again use ‘Wow Philippines’ slogan

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) here is glad that the old “Wow! Philippines” tourism slogan will again be used after the uproar on the scrapped “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” slogan recently.

Department of Tourism regional executive director Edwin Trompeta said that most tourists find the “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” slogan too awkward, while travel agents and companies are finding it hard to sell to foreigners.

Trompeta, however, said that the sudden change in the tourism branding and slogan has sparked enthusiasm among stakeholders, tourist and public. He said that the clamor on changing the slogans of DOT only showed that the public was aware of the tourism industry as well as its contribution to economy.

Trompeta hoped that the public’s enthusiasm would continue while the DoT finds more ways, including new slogans, to sell the country to tourist and investors. He also said that tourism had been a factor in generating employment and entertainment.

The Wow Philippines slogan was formed by then tourism secretary and former Sen. Richard Gordon, some six years ago.

Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said over a radio interview on Friday that the tourism department would currently go back to the “Wow! Philippines” slogan while they are yet to make a new tourism branding.

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Amazing Race 2011 Asia flies to Legazpi City

The Amazing Race Asia’s upcoming Philippines episode this This Thursday, Oct. 21, on AXN promises lots of unexpected surprises and it does not disappoint as the race travels to Legazpi City, the capital of Albay province.

Mount Mayon in Bicol

This episode promises wacky moments that will have viewers in stitches, as motor mouths and madcaps personalities dominate the race. Continue Reading

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Palawan’s private island looks for ecotourism partners

Palawan never runs out of beautiful islands with breathtaking scenery and natural fresh air that comes with unspoiled environment.

But investments seem slow in coming because of the current economic downtrend or slow recovery of most countries worldwide.

Still, there is a growing market for exclusive travelers or luxury tourists in search for unusual places and spots that are not yet too commercialized.

In view of this new ecotourism trend, the owners of Arena Island, a four-hectare private island in the coastal municipality of Narra, Palawan, are inviting interested investors to join them in exploring the potential of this one-of-a kind island that will let visitors sail off the beaten-path.

Arena Island is a private island which is a joint pioneering effort by communications leader and businessman Louie Morales and Palawan-born engineer Fuji Rodriguez.

According to them, “We are looking for business partners who could join us in realizing our vision for Arena Island – that is, for it to be the premier ecotourism destination in Palawan, or simply the best place to experience the raw beauty and serenity of nature while enjoying luxurious and personalized service.” Continue Reading

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Guimaras Island banks on community-based projects to boost local tourism

The province of Guimaras is optimistic that its community-based rural tourism livelihood program will help boost its local tourism and economy.

Guimaras Governor Felipe Hilan A. Nava said that community-based rural tourism (CBRT) projects all over the island-province will boost the tourism industry.

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Mango Trees in Guimaras

The CBRT will definitely increase the income of the community as well as its locales, said the governor. Gov. Nava said that among the CBRT projects in the province include the eco-park village in barangay Dagsa-an, Buenavista. Continue Reading

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1st Siargao Island Surfing Festival

A grand surfing festival, dubbed as 1st Siargao Island Surfing Festival, will be held in one setting for local, national and international from September 21 to October 1.

Siargao Island Surfing Festival

Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas said that among the surfing sporting event that will be held at the annual festival are the National Surfing Competitions and 16th International Surfing Cup and other foreign surfing competitions held at the country’s surfing capital, Cloud 9 in General Luna, Siargao Island.

Series of activities are lined-up for the two-week yearly festival like various sports events, cultural and talent shows and tourism/trade fairs, Surigao del Norte provincial tourism officer Ivonnie Dumadag said.

Among the special guests who signified their intention to attend the first surfing festival were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Department of Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim, and Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Dumadag said.

Dumadag said the festival will have a grand launch tomorrow (August 5) at Paseo Cabuntog, General Luna town, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.

“At the grand launching, we will explain to media and invited guests why the festival was conceptualized and what are other activities at the festival to attract local and foreign tourists as we expect this year’s surfing festival will be big bang to our local tourism industry”, Dumadag said.

Governor Matugas, for her part, said re-invigorating Surigao del Norte tourism industry is one of the priority development agenda of her administration.

“We have huge potentials in tourism and we already created an international niche in the industry as we aimed more because we have not fully showcased the best of the best in Surigao tourism,” the governor said.

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Cebu was ranked third best island in Asia recently by New York based travel magazine Travel + Leisure

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has welcomed the report that central Philippine island province of Cebu was ranked third best island in Asia recently by New York based travel magazine Travel + Leisure.

Cebu Island

It followed Bali, which ranked first, and Maldives, second.  Cebu got a rating of 87.5 points, eight points up from last year’s 79.68 point.

Garcia said this could not have come at a better time, given the celebration of the Province’s 441st founding anniversary on August 6. Continue Reading

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21st Philippine Travel Mart : Rediscover the Wonders of the Philippines

This year, everyone has the chance to experience the best travel destinations in the Philippines.

The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), the largest association of registered inbound and domestic tour operators together with the Department of Tourism, invites everyone to attend the much-awaited 21st Philippine Travel Mart 2010 (PTM). This event will be held on September 3-5, 2010 at Megatrade Hall in Megamall, Ortigas.

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2010 Philippine Travel Mart

Different tour operators, regions and provinces and various tourism sectors will be present to offer tour packages that cater to the travel needs of different organizations. These packages include some of the most must-visit places in the country, giving travel enthusiasts something to smile about. In addition to that, this lively and engaging event will have seminars and cultural performances showcasing the splendor of the Filipino culture. Continue Reading

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Mandaya Songs Festival 2010 features rich culture and heritage of Davao Oriental

Proud of their rich culture and heritage, the Mandaya people coming from different parts of the Davao Region hummingly trooped to this beautiful coastal town of Davao Oriental to celebrate their uniquely colorful and soulful songs and music which they aim to popularize in mainstream media in a bid to strengthen their sense of identity in this culturally-diverse society.

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Mandaya Songs Festival

The Mandaya Songs Festival staged recently in this town was the first of its kind in the country.

Popular and budding Mandayan artists and singers throughout the country graced the momentous event that enriched their unique culture that emanated from the province of Davao Oriental. Continue Reading

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Philippines gains in 2010 International Tourism Bourse in Berlin

The Philippines’ participation in the 2010 International Tourism Bourse (ITB) held recently at the 160,000-square-meter Messe Berlin Exhibition Grounds in Germany brought to the spotlight the country’s rich and colorful culture.

El Nido Palawan Philippines

One of the world’s leading trade shows, the 44th ITB Berlin had over 110,000 trade visitors and over 11,000 travel stakeholders from 187 countries.

The event opened with a grand performance by the partner country, Turkey, of the Fire of Anatolia, a popular Turkish dance group which presented SUN, a colorful show which brought the Western and Eastern cultures together. Continue Reading

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Kayaking as Philippines tourism and sport come-on

If there’s any recreational sport sport that’s environment-friendly, it’s kayaking which is one of the Philippines’ most popular outdoor nowadays among families and individuals seeking for thrill and relaxation in the oceans, seas and lakes that surround the beautiful and scattered more than 7,000 islands.

Cher Huey

What’s more, kayaking supports the country’s extensive tourism campaign that shows colorful and unique Filipino arts, culture and history to foreign and local visitors the whole-year through.

The Philippine Kayaking Association headed by Val Camara and his wife Didi always see to it that that eco-tours are conducted whenever and wherever an event or two is held. Continue Reading

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