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The eJeepney Revolution: The Beginning of a Greener Lifestyle

eJeepney Philippines

Electric vehicles have been around for a long time but only recently have they been put to actual use in local cities. Puttering around like large golf carts, they have long been treated as novelty vehicles, transporting customers within malls or transferring people from one building to another. And while they proved useful that way, they were not considered as “real” service vehicles.

The Electric Jeepney was featured in the news in 2009 as a cleaner alternative to the diesel-powered workhorses that move Metro Manila’s denizens around. And for some time, too, it was just an interesting piece of information to everyone who saw the features, until some groups decided that it was time to put the eJeepneys to actual use. Continue Reading

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Philippine tourism boosted by international events and hotel boom

Looking back at 2009, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said major international events in Metro Manila have increased utilization of various tourism facilities.


Director Nini Ravanilla of DOT Region 5 at the Philippine Travel Tour Expo 2010

These included the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia, East Asia Seas Congress, Asian Congress on Health and Peace Tourism, Eco-Products International Fair, World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention, Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau Meeting, Asian and Oceanian Stock Exchanges Federation General Assembly, Licensing Executives Society International Annual Convention, and Federation of Asian Bishops Conference. Continue Reading

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Posted in About the Philippines, Philippine Travel News, Travel Guide4 Comments

Philippine Tourism grows and expands in key destinations

Philippine Travel Tour Expo 2010

Philippine tourism never had it so good in 2009. In a 2009 year-end report by Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Joseph Ace Durano, late Friday, he said total tourist traffic in the top 14 destinations last year reached 8.9 million for a 14 percent growth.

Durano attributed this feat to the combined efforts of the DOT, the private sector, local government units and other stakeholders to continually diversify the tourism products, increase accommodation and transport capacities, and upgrade existing tourism services. Continue Reading

Posted in About the Philippines, Philippine Travel News, Travel Guide2 Comments

Cebu, Mindanao and Ilocos products available in Panagbenga Festival 2010 Trade Fair

Guitars from Cebu

Native products from Cebu, Mindanao and Ilocos region are among the items with the highest sales in various trade fairs in the on-going Baguio Flower Festival 2010 according to The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Art Tibaldo, DTI information officer, said this was determined since last year and “it remains the same in the Market Encounter of the Panagbenga Festival 2010.” Among the saleable products of Cebu are preserved mango and other tropical fruits; while the fresh and processed durian like candies from Mindanao area take a big percentage in daily sales. Continue Reading

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Posted in Baguio City, Luzon, Philippine Festivals1 Comment

Our Lady of Namacpacan in Luna La Union draws tourists and devotees

Luna Spanish Tower

Crowds of devotees and tourists from all over the country and the globe participated in the historical 50th year of canonical celebration of Our Lady of Namacpacan in Luna, La Union. The commemoration of the papal bull issued by Pope XXIII on the coronation of Our Lady of Namacpacan in 1959 is considered one of the nation’s cultural and religious highlights, drawing foreign and local tourists as well as Filipino balikbayans and members of the foreign and local media. Continue Reading

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Posted in La Union, Religious Sites4 Comments

Survivor Series Israel films sequel in Caramoan Peninsula

Survivor Israel 2010 in Caramoan Island

The Philippine Department of Tourism welcomes once more the cast and crew of “Survivor Israel,” the Israeli franchise of the hit American TV reality game show “Survivor” in the Caramoan Peninsula in the province of Camarines Sur.

After filming one edition of Hisardot (Survivor) last year, the production outfit is back in the Gota Village Resort in Caramoan to film another edition of the tv show starting this February, with the program to be telecast in Israel until early June of this year. Continue Reading

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Posted in Camarines Sur, Featured, Philippines Best Beaches0 Comments

Baler in Aurora Province : a fast-rising local travel destination

Surfing in Baler

This capital and oldest town of the province has been named the fastest-rising local travel destination during Google’s most-searched items in the Philippines in 2009.

Alipio Tuzon, executive assistant of Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, said this capital town emerged on top of the list of local travel destinations that include the Amana Resort (Pandi, Bulacan), Acuatico Beach Resort (San Juan, Batangas), Coron Palawan, Anawangin Cove (San Antonio Zambales) El Nido (Palawan) and 8 Waves Resort and Eco Park (San Rafael, Bulacan)

Tuzon said Baler’s new-found status as a potential tourism mecca was apparently spurred by the movie shown in late 2008 starring Anne Curtis and Jericho Rosales which showcased this town as a surfer’s paradise. Continue Reading

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Posted in Aurora, Luzon, Travel Guide1 Comment

Bicol’s Beckoning Beauty

Mayon Volcano in Albay

By Ariel Allosada Allera

My favorite movie Kailangan Kita (I Need You) was shown on PBO recently. Claudine Barreto and Aga Muhlach were right on the money. Not only did they justify their lead roles, they likewise made perfect partners in promoting tourism in Bicol, where the film was entirely shot. Most scenes visited me, reminding me of the wonderful memories I have of my Sorsogon-Albay sojourn a few summers back—courtesy of Cebu Holiday Tours and Travel’s Ricky Tio.

The journey from Cebu to Masbate to Sorsogon seemed eternal. But all the stress paid off when I arrived in Donsol town, province of Sorsogon, excited to have the first leg of my tour which was the Butanding interaction. Continue Reading

Posted in Luzon, Nature and Adventure, Sorsogon, Travel Guide2 Comments

Philippine Department of Tourism Regional Offices

The Philippine Department of Tourism has various Regional Offices across the nation.

If you need information, assistance and or inquiries – you may reach them through email, fax or telephone.

If you want to contact DOT head office in Manila, you can call the DOT Trunkline (632) 523-8411.

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
REYNATO L. CHUA, Regional Director
Rm. 207 DOT Bldg., T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila
Tel No.: (632) 524 2345 / 525 6114
Fax (632) 524 8321 / 521 1088
Airport Office Tel.: (632) 832 2964
Airport Office Fax: (632) 832 1687
E-Mail: ncr@tourism.gov.ph
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

REGIONAL OFFICE I
MR. MARTIN S. VALERA, Regional Director
Oasis Country Resort
National Highway, Bgy. Sevilla, San Fernando, La Union 2500
Tel.: (6372) 888 2411
Fax: (6372) 888 2098
Cell. Phone: (0917) 791 5346
E-Mail: dotregion1@pldtdsl.net
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

LAOAG SUB-OFFICE
MILAGROS GONZALES, Officer-in-Charge
Ilocano Heroes Memorial Hall, Laoag City 2900
Tel. No. (6377) 771-1473
Telefax: (6377) 772 0467
E-Mail: dotlaoag@digitelone.com

REGIONAL OFFICE II
MS. BLESSIDA G. DIWA, Regional Director
29 Rizal Street
Tuguegarao City
Cagayan Valley Region
Tel.: (6378) 844 5364/1621
Fax: (6378) 844 1621 / 844 1736 c/o PNA
Cell. Phone: (0917) 903 2849
E-Mail: dotr02@yahoo.com
Website: www.dotregion2.com.ph
www.visitmyphilippines.com

REGIONAL OFFICE III
MR. RONALDO P. TIOTUICO, Regional Director
Hilaga Village, City of San Fernando, Pampanga 2000
Tel.: (6345) 477-2499/479-6490
TeleFax: (6345) 961-2612/5617

Angeles Satellite Office
Ms. Karen Maliwat, Officer-In-Charge
G/F Marlim Mansions Hotel Bldg.
Diamond Subd. Balibago, Angeles City
Tel. No. (63 45) 625-8525/477-2498
E-mail: celtour@yahoo.com
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

REGIONAL OFFICE IV
MS. LOUELLA C. JURILLA, Regional Director
Rm. 208 DOT Bldg., T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila 1000
Tel.: (632) 524 1969 / 542 1528
Fax: (632) 526 7656
E-Mail: lcjurilla@tourism.gov.ph
dot4@visitsoutherntagalog.com
Website: www.visitsoutherntagalog.com

REGIONAL OFFICE V
MS. MARIA ONG-RAVANILLA, Regional Director
Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City 4500
Tel.: (6352) 482 0712 / 482 0813 / 482 0811
Fax: (6352) 820 5066
Cell. Phone: (0918) 2120 788
E-Mail: dotr5@globalink.net.ph
Websites: http://wowbicol.com
www.visitmyphilippines.com
www.wowbicol.com

REGIONAL OFFICE VI
EDWIN G. TROMPETA, Regional Director
Western Visayas Tourism Center
Capitol Ground Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City 5000
Tel.: (6333) 337 5411 / 509 3550
Fax: (6333) 335 0245
E-Mail: deptour6@mozcom.com
Websites: http://corporate.mozcom.com/dot
www.visitmyphilippines.com

BORACAY FIELD OFFICE
MS. JUDITH ICOTANIM, Officer-in-Charge
Balabag, Boracay, Malay, Aklan 5608
Tel. No.: (6336) 506-0094
TeleFax: (6336) 288 3689
Website: www.boracay.com.ph

BACOLOD FIELD OFFICE
MS. AGNES LIRA-JUNDOS, Tourism Operations
Officer 2
Door No. 4, Ceferina 2 Bldg, 22nd Lacson Sts.,
Bacolod City
TeleFax.: (6334) 709-0626

REGIONAL OFFICE VII
MS. RICA C. BUENO, Regional Director
G/F LDM Bldg., Lapu-Lapu Street, Cebu City 6000
Tel.: (6332) 254 2811 / 254 6077
Fax: (6332) 254 2711
Airport Office Tel.: (6332) 340 8229
E-Mails: dotr7@cvis.net.ph
dotpabr@cvis.net.ph
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

CORDILLERA ADMIN. REGION
MS. PURIFICATION S. MOLINTAS, Regional Director
DOT Complex, Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City 2600
Tel.:(6374) 442 6708 / 442 7014
Fax: (6374) 442 8848
www.visitmyphilippines.com
dotcar@pldtdsl.net
dotcar@visitcordillera.com

REGIONAL OFFICE VIII
MS. KARINA ROSA S. TIOPES, Regional Director
Ground Flr., Foundation Plaza Bldg.
Leyte Park Resort Compound
Magsaysay Blvd.
6500 Tacloban City
Tel.: (6353) 321 2048 / 321 4333 / 325 3900
Fax: (6353) 325 5279
E-Mails: dotev@skyinet.net
dotreg8@yahoo.com
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

REGIONAL OFFICE IX
MR. JAMES ELRIDGE C. ADRAINCEM, Regional Director
Lantaka Hotel By The Sea
Valderosa Street, Zamboanga City 700
Tel.: (6362) 992 6242
Fax: (6362) 993 0030
E-Mails: jecadraincem_rdot9@yahoo.com
dotr9@yahoo.com
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

REGIONAL OFFICE X
CATALINO E. CHAN III, Regional Director
A. Velez Street, Cagayan de Oro City 9000
Tel.: (6388) 726 394 / 723 696
Fax: (6388) 723 696 c/o PTA / (6388) 727 432
E-Mail: dotr10@yahoo.com
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

REGIONAL OFFICE XI
MS. SONIA V. GARCIA – ANTONIO, Regional Director
Door 7, Magsaysay Park Complex
Sta. Ana District, Davao City 8000
Tel.: (6382) 221 6955
Fax: (6382) 221 0070 / 221 6798
E-Mail: dotr11@yahoo.com
Websites: www.visitmyphilippines.com
www.discoverdavao.com

REGION XII
MR. JOSE B. CABULANAN, Officer-In-Charge
2nd Flr., COMSE Bldg., Quezon Ave., 9600 Cotabato City
Tel. No (6364)4211110
TeleFax No (6364)4217868
E-Mail: stddotr12@pldtvibe.net
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

REGION XIII
MS. LETICIA TAN, Regional Director
No. 174 km. 2, J.C. Aquino Ave., 8600 Butuan City
Tel. No. (6385)2255712/3418413
Fax No. (6385)3416371
www.visitmyphilippines.com
dot13@yahoo.com

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Learn Basic Tagalog Language

Useful Filipino Words and Phrases

Although Filipinos are English speaking people, you may want to impress your friends and relatives by speaking and using these Tagalog words and phrases. Below are a few Tagalog greetings that are importart to learn if one wants to endear himself/herself to Filipinos.

Magandang umaga po. (formal/polite) – Good morning
Magandang umaga. (informal) – Good morning

Magandang tanghali po. (formal/polite) – Good noon
Magandang tanghali. (informal) – Good noon

Magandang hapon po. (formal/polite) – Good afternoon
Magandang hapon. (informal) – Good afternoon Continue Reading

Posted in About the Philippines, Travel Guide1 Comment

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