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Be a WOW TOUR GUIDE and Win P300,000!

IslandsPhilippines.Net, a cutting edge Philippine Travel Portal that endeavors to be a powerful digital channel in boosting the growth of the tourism industry, will officially launch a nationwide online and on-ground tourism campaign with a kick-off event at the SM Mall of Asia on April 22, 2010.

Wow Tour Guide

WOW Tour Guide is a seven-month nationwide tourism rally to search for the best destination guides from around the Philippines. Open to all interested parties aged 18 and above who want to represent a Philippine destination, the campaign aims to ignite the sense of nationalism among the youth sector and to answer the tourism industry’s need for destination guides. This is also a great chance for everyone to introduce less explored destinations to the rest of the Philippines and the world through creative tour guiding videos that will be uploaded on www.IslandsPhilippines.Net.

Interested participants need to undergo a pre-screening process at the Department of Tourism Auditorium on April 19 and 20 and must complete the FREE Tour Guiding Seminar to be facilitated by the Department of Tourism at the SM Mall of Asia on April 22-25. Qualified parties may then submit a 5-minute tour guiding video featuring their destination to be uploaded on www.IslandsPhilippines.Net. Entries will be trimmed down to TOP 30 through an online poll and on-ground judging by representatives from both private and government sectors.

A WOW Tour Guide Caravan, in partnership with SM Supermalls, will take place in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to bring the campaign to different destinations in the country. The event will feature a video booth where interested participants may shoot their tour guiding entry, and computer stations where guests may log on to www.IslandsPhilippines.Net to vote for their favorite tour guides.

The WOW Tour Guide Caravan will be in SM Baguio on May 21-23, SM Naga on June 11-13, SM Cebu on June 25-27, SM Iloilo on July 9-11, SM Bacolod on July 23-25, SM Davao on August 6-8 and SM Cagayan de Oro on August 20-22.

A Gala Night Dinner for the awarding ceremony will take place on November 27, 2010 in Manila. The top three tour guides will receive the following cash prizes: P300,000 for the Grand Prize Winner, P150,000 for the 1st runner up and P50,000 for the second runner up. The finalists will also receive a prize from the Department of Tourism for an extensive Tour Guide Training, public speaking training from the Executive Toastmasters Club and other exciting prizes from sponsors.

Stand up and be proud of your heritage. Be a WOW Tour Guide now! For the complete mechanics and for other activities and schedules, log on to www.IslandsPhilippines.Net/wowtourguide.

Aboitiz Transport System acquires two more RORO ships

Aboitiz Transport System (ATS), one of the country’s largest shipping operators, has purchased two second-hand roll-on/roll-off (RORO) passenger vessels from Japan worth $ 7.5 million each.

The MV Sunflower Kogane from The Diamond Ferry Co, Ltd. Oita, Japan and MV Sunflower Nishiki from Kansai Kisen Kaisha each has a 9,700 gross tonnage, 400-twenty-foot equivalent unit capacity and can carry about 2,000 passengers. Delivery is expected next month.

“Aiming towards operational excellence, the vessel purchase is intended to modernize its current fleet to achieve greater efficiencies,” ATS said in its disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange. Continue reading Aboitiz Transport System acquires two more RORO ships

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 Philippine tourism boosted by international events and hotel boom

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 Philippine Tourism grows and expands in key destinations

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

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 Bicol’s Beckoning Beauty

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.

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

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

MILAGROS GONZALES, Officer-in-Charge
Ilocano Heroes Memorial Hall, Laoag City 2900
Tel. No. (6377) 771-1473
Telefax: (6377) 772 0467

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

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

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

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

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

MS. JUDITH ICOTANIM, Officer-in-Charge
Balabag, Boracay, Malay, Aklan 5608
Tel. No.: (6336) 506-0094
TeleFax: (6336) 288 3689

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

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

DOT Complex, Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City 2600
Tel.:(6374) 442 6708 / 442 7014
Fax: (6374) 442 8848

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

Lantaka Hotel By The Sea
Valderosa Street, Zamboanga City 700
Tel.: (6362) 992 6242
Fax: (6362) 993 0030

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

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

MR. JOSE B. CABULANAN, Officer-In-Charge
2nd Flr., COMSE Bldg., Quezon Ave., 9600 Cotabato City
Tel. No (6364)4211110
TeleFax No (6364)4217868

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

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 Learn Basic Tagalog Language

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 Iloilo Paraw Regatta 2010 kicks off in Iloilo Sunday

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 Philippine Department of Tourism promotes Boracay rock as tourism landmark