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DOT challenges cities to be as ‘creative’ as Baguio City

BAGUIO CREATIVE CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) urged other cities to intensify its creativity as Baguio City made headway being named one of the 64 new cities included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

DOT-CAR Regional Director Marie Venus Tan (second from left), UNESCO Philippines Secretary-General Lilia Ramos-Shahani (third from left), and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan (fourth from left) led the ribbon cutting of the Creative Baguio, an exhibition hub showcase of crafts and folk arts

DOT-CAR Regional Director Marie Venus Tan (second from left), UNESCO Philippines Secretary-General Lilia Ramos-Shahani (third from left), and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan (fourth from left) led the ribbon cutting of the Creative Baguio, an exhibition hub showcase of crafts and folk arts

“We challenge other cities to be more creative. Baguio City is the first and hopefully there will be second, third, and more cities that will be recognized by UNESCO in the creative arts and other fields of the recognition,” Tourism Undersecretary Marco Bautista said during the unveiling of the Baguio City Creative Hub at the Malcolm Square, popularly known as the People’s Park.

The UCCN is now composed of 180 members from 72 countries covering seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts. Baguio is the first Philippine city to be chosen for the elite list and the 5th in Southeast Asia.

The other ASEAN cities in the network are Chiang Mai, and Phuket, Thailand for crafts and folk art and gastronomy, respectively, Singapore for design, and Pakalongan and Badung, Indonesia, both for crafts and folk art.

Copper wire figurines portraying the different members of the Igorot tribes

Copper wire figurines portraying the different members of the Igorot tribes

“One of UNESCO’s objective in establishing this kind of network is for different cities to learn from each other and learn how tourism, culture, and creativity can drive the economy,” Undersecretary Bautista added.

Baguio City Creative Council (BCC) Chair Adelaida Lim shared that the recognition is going to be beneficial to the city’s economy as it creates more jobs and inspires the younger generation to continue the traditional crafts and folk art.

“This endeavor will definitely provide more opportunities for Baguio’s creative community to be recognized at a wider scale. We anticipate the formalization of the BCCC as a means to strengthen the legal framework and institutionalize the roles of various stakeholders,” UNESCO Philippines Secretary-General Lilia Ramos-Shahani said.

The Baguio City Creative Hub, which is one of the highlights of the 23rd Panagbenga Festival, exhibits around twenty booths featuring weaving, basketry, jewelry, painting, and visual arts products from Baguio and the Cordillera artisans.

Local artists doing their best interpretation of the model at the visual arts booth of the Creative Baguio Exhibition Hub

Local artists doing their best interpretation of the model at the visual arts booth of the Creative Baguio Exhibition Hub

“As a matter of fact, DOT- Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) headed by Regional Director Marie Venus Tan is very aggressive in promoting the UNESCO designation. Hopefully, there would be a new invigorated interest in our local handicrafts and folk arts so that we can also help in the livelihood of our artisans and the artists,” BCCC member Alec Mapalo stated.

According to DOT-CAR, Baguio City recorded 1,521,748 tourist arrivals last year for a 17.52% increase from 2016’s 1,294,906 with an average length of stay of two nights.

Americans remained the top tourist source market of the City of Pines followed by the Koreans then the Chinese. Japanese and Singaporeans complete the top five markets of the city in 2017.

Baguio Creative City official logo: National Artist Benedicto Cabrera based the logo on a traditional Cordillera design for mountains with the colors of the middle mountain range inspired by the Philippine flag

Baguio Creative City official logo: National Artist Benedicto Cabrera based the logo on a traditional Cordillera design for mountains with the colors of the middle mountain range inspired by the Philippine flag

The Baguio Creative City official logo was also revealed, which was rendered by National Artist for Painting Benedicto Cabrera, popularly known as BenCab.

The Baguio City Creative Hub runs from February 11-24.

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Casinos in The Philippines

There are many reasons for people to visit the Philippines. From the different culture to the great beaches and cheap accommodations, there is something for everyone. One of the attractions for American tourists who live in states that do not allow gambling, are the diverse casinos.

Start in Cabu where one of the best views can be seen from your room in the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino. Request an upper floor and you won’t be disappointed. The location is very convenient since it is near bars, malls and a nice park. The main attraction of this hotel is by far the casino which is an entire section of the hotel.

With a casino like this you are sure to find all of your favorite games and slots. If you are used to gambling online or often play roulette at intercasino and win then you may walk away with enough to cover your trip or at least your stay at the hotel!

While you are in Cebu don’t miss the Santo Nino Basilica which is a famous church dating all the way back to the Spanish colonial era. Besides the religious aspect and the beautiful art work you will be fascinated by the history surrounding the church.

Another great option for a hotel and casino is located in Manila. Here you will find the Hyatt Hotel and Casino which is rated five stars. It is a luxury hotel with views over the bay and an on-site spa. The casino is the largest in the Philippines and considered to be the most technologically advanced.

While in Manila make sure you check out the Ayala Museum which will give you a true taste of the jewelry and culture that existed during the time of the Spanish. There are also a number of gardens and walking tours you can do so be sure to get a map and take a stroll around the city.

Bacalod City is known as the entrance to the “sugar bowl” of the Philippines. However, before you head out to taste some sweetness, you will want to check into the Casino Filipino. Here you will find hundreds of slot machines, loads of tables to play at and great food. Continue Reading

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Department of Tourism launches ‘Vinta Sailing at Paseo’ in Zamboanga

Vinta sailing is now an additional attraction at the scenic Paseo del Mar, which is the newest leisure park in this southern port city.

Vinta Zamboanga
Vinta Zamboanga

This came after the Department of Tourism (DOT) in partnership with the local government officially launched “Vinta Sailing at Paseo” as part of the effort to preserve and promote Zamboanga City’s cultural identity through colorful vinta sails and at the same time develop new programs to attract both domestic and foreign tourists. Continue Reading

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Kawasan Falls in Cebu : one of 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world

The now famous one –liner catch phrase: “It’s more fun in the Philippines” continued to score in the tourism world as Yahoo Travel tagged the Enchanted Kawasan Falls in Cebu as one of the world’s ten most beautiful waterfalls.

Kawasan Falls
Kawasan Falls (photo courtesy of www.kawasanfalls.net)

Yahoo described the three Enchanted Kawasan Falls as “surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and hidden between the mountainous peaks of Barangay Matutinao and Badian” on the island of Cebu, a good 55-minute by plane from Manila. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism opens summer fun in Boracay, strengthens safety and security drive for tourists

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Municipality of Malay jointly inaugurated today the Boracay Tourist Information and Assistance Centre (BTIAC) to better address the various information, safety, and security concerns of tourists.

tourism information boracay
Boracay Island Tourist Information Center

The inauguration was attended by Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., Malay Mayor John P. Yap, PNP Police Chief Inspector Christopher Prangan, DOT officials, private sector partners Smart Communications and TAO Corporation, and other private sector representatives. Continue Reading

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Puerto Princesa Palawan underground river featured in Singapore festival

The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan, the Philippines’ bet for the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” was featured on World Parks Day in Singapore last week.

Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa Underground River

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the PPUR was showcased at the Philippine pavilion during Singapore’s twin celebration of Global Community Day and World Parks’ Day on September 24 and 25 . 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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It’s a small World in Hong Kong Disneyland

One of the most famous of all the rides at all the Disneylands in the world is the much loved “It’s A Small World.” I have to admit that this was a song I loved when I was a child as it was one of the first things I learned in a language that wasn’t Filipino.

Enjoying the Ride
Enjoying the Ride

We learned how to sing in German, French, English, and a few other languages. Sure, all we learned was “It’s a small world after all” but for a bunch of little kids, this was the first time that we were really exposed to the fact that we could travel all over the world and meet people from everywhere…and, I might add, that the world was a beautiful place and theres so much to discover. Continue Reading

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Jungle River Cruise at Hong Kong Disneyland

Every Kid dreamed of taking a cruise through the jungle and seeing the many wonderful animals of Africa along the way. I know that for me, this was one of my primary fantasies when I was growing up. I wanted to get on a boat and go see the world. Not surprising really.

Hong Kong Disneyland
The Kingdom

So, you can guess that when I got to Hong Kong Disneyland, we had a short trip to Adventureland and got on the jungle cruise. Sure, it’s not really a jungle cruise and there is not really an element of danger, but still this fun and exhilirating attraction is a great way to see some of your childhood fantasies come to life. Continue Reading

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China Travel Industry Hails the Philippines as “Best Honeymoon Destination of the Year”

The Philippines was hailed the “Honeymoon Destination of the Year” in the 2011 China Travel and Meetings Industry Awards, affirming the confidence of Chinese industry executives in the Philippines as a destination for Chinese tourists, according to the Philippine Embassy in Beijing.

Coron Palawan - A Honeymoon Destination
Coron Palawan – A Honeymoon Destination

The Philippines bested Bali and Thailand in a voting process that garnered 4.2 million votes by members of the industry during almost two months of voting period in July and August 2010. A panel of judges initially chose the destinations per category and asked members of the industry to vote online. Continue Reading

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