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Siargao Surfing Festival 2011 Schedule of Activities

General Luna, Siargao Island —- The town of General Luna where the world-class surf break Cloud 9 is located will be hosting this year’s Siargao Surfing Festival which will take place from September 17 to October 03. This year’s festival will have three major components, namely, the: 1) 13th Siargao National Surfing Cup – September 17 to 20; 2) Billabong Pro Junior Asia – September 21 to 28; and the 17th Siargao International Surfing Cup – September 29 to October 3.

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Siargao Surfing Festival 2011

Billabong Pro Junior Asia.
Although the festivity will kick-off on September 17, the festival’s highlight is on the 20th when eighty surfers from Australia, Japan, Hawaii, Europe, Brazil, South America, Indonesia, Malaysia, United States of America, and the Philippines will convene at Cloud 9 for the first ever 5-star rated ASP or Association of Surfing Professionals event dubbed as Billabong Pro Junior Asia. Continue Reading

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The Golden Mickeys at Hong Kong Disneyland

One of the enjoyable things about Hong Kong Disneyland is the parody of the real world that comes out of many of the rides and attractions.

Group Dance Number
Amazing Dance Number

After all, Disney isn’t the real world, but it is affected by it, profoundly. That’s why I was so amused by the Disney show called The Golden Mickeys at Hong Kong Disneyland. Continue Reading

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Lunch at Crystal Lotus at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Hong Kong is a culinary place and whether you are going to enjoy Disneyland or going to enjoy the food, you will have a wonderful time. My suggestion is to go and enjoy both together. One way to do this is to have a sumptuous feast at the Crystal Lotus Restaurant in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel.

Inside Crystal Lotus Restaurant
Inside Crystal Lotus Restaurant

This is a lunch that you will remember with fondness for years to come. To get there, just go to the Disneyland Hotel, you don’t have to be a guest. Since this is Hong Kong, you can expect to find some of the best dim sum in the world. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism promotes Puerto Princesa Underground River as the Philippines’ bet to the New 7 Wonders of Nature

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is in the forefront in campaigning for the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as the Philippines’ bet to the New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN).

Palawan Underground River
Puerto Princesa Underground River

In the next months, the DOT will conduct familiarization trips for the media and produce an episode in a produce an episode in a travel program in TV, to encourage media friends and countrymen to spread the word about the campaign and the natural wonder of the PPUR. It is hoped that through various advertisements, forum and voting stations, the PPUR’s bid to be in the N7WN will be strengthened. Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism shortlists bidders in the design of the Philippine Country Brand

The Department of Tourism’s Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) announced this morning the seven (7) top bidders who successfully met the strict criteria for the formulation of a Philippine country brand. A total of 26 companies heeded the government’s call for the submission of brand design bids to the DOT SBAC.

Philippine Tourism Branding
Philippine Tourism Branding

The eligible bidders will be given two months to prepare their campaigns for pitching to the DOT’s SBAC. After the selection of a final winning agency, that agency has two months to finalize its work and to deliver the final package composed of a branding manual, audiovisual presentation, and print and TV ad designs before end-November. Continue Reading

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Hong Kong Disneyland Flights of Fantasy Parade

I always love a great parade, but when the parade is made up of all the characters and songs that you’ve grown up with, that’s when things really lighten up in the soul and suddenly, we all feel like kids again.

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Thousands of Spectators

While there were many memorable and beautiful moments in my first visit to Hong Kong Disneyland, I think that perhaps the one that touched me the most was watching the Flights of Fantasy Parade. Continue Reading

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Benguet eco-tourism draws hundreds of visitors

Baguio City Councilor Pinky Rondez on Tuesday observed that Benguet Province’s eco-tourism drew hundreds of visitors during the recent Holy Week.

Ambuklao Dam
Ambuklao Dam

The local tourism leader said that Benguet’s eco-tourism campaign focused on the attractiveness of its mountains, springs, dams and waterfalls.

“Several families spent days of picnics at forests in Bokod town overlooking the giant Ambuclao Dam, others went to savor the medicinal hot springs and swimming pools of Asin, Tuba, Benguet; others found their way climbing Mount Ugo and Mount Pulag in Mankayan; while the rest enjoyed the natural swimming pools of Itogon, Benguet,” Rondez observed. Continue Reading

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Benguet’s Ambuklao dam fast becoming a tourist attraction

Municipal Vice Mayor Rey Telio Friday said the wide fringes of Ambuklao dam here since a year ago have become one of the favorite destinations of tourists.

Ambuklao Dam
Ambuklao Dam

Telio said that most of the visitors, especially during summer season, are those who love outdoor activities like picnics where they relish the locally-grilled fresh “tilapia”, carp and other fresh water fishes.

With the completion of the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road two years ago, more local and foreign tourists are attracted to the area which offers wide shades of thick Benguet pine trees and similar picnic grooves. Continue Reading

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Marine marvels on show at 1st Philippine Dive Seafari

The 7,107 islands of the Philippines sit on what some consider the “center of global marine biodiversity”, and more dive enthusiasts are catching on.

With its abundance of wildlife, the Philippines is a biodiversity hotspot in its entirety, one of only a few countries in the world with such distinction. It is also one of six whose waters comprise the Coral Triangle, the richest collection of marine life anywhere on the planet.

Puerto Galera Dive Sites
Puerto Galera Dive Sites

Here, the world’s most diverse array of corals and reef fish – three-fourths of all coral species and over 2,000 varieties of fish, to be exact – populate the sea. There’s even more upon closer inspection, as the array of wildlife includes everything from dolphins to crustaceans, sea slugs to eels. The variety of creatures is simply staggering. Continue Reading

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Baguio City prepares for summer vacation and Lenten season

The city government this early has started to prepare to welcome hundreds of visitors during the summer vacation and Lenten Season here. Baguio City tourism officer Benny Alhambra said the yearly exodus of tourists here is in keeping with the role of Baguio as “Summer Capital of the Philippines”.

Lion Head in Baguio City
Lion Head in Baguio City

At churches here, many of the faithfuls have already started to observe Lent activities with the observance of Ash Wednesday.

“Once more we ask the cooperation of our residents in Baguio to welcome our visitors coming here for the summer break and Holy Week.

“The stream of visitors to our city is at its peak since December. We should be happy for this as it shows our country to be peaceful and beautiful,” he said.

Alhambra said that there was a tremendous increase of visitors here since the last quarter of 2010. However, the actual number of visitors is yet to be made official by the Department of Tourism.

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