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Arena Island: Palawan’s most beautiful Pawikan (turtle) habitat

Beautiful and awesome Arena Island is home to the now endangered sea turtles, or pawikan, which makes it a noteworthy sanctuary for marine life preservation. By keeping the island unmarred through responsible tourism, Arena Island, along with the people who visit the island, share a commitment to provide these sea creatures a habitat of their own.

Baby Pawikan Turtle in Arena Island Palawan
A baby sea turtle like this freely roams to and fro the fairy-like Arena Island which remains unspoiled despite its discovery by local and foreign tourists.

Staying at this few and far between paradise comes with a price, and it does so for its sheer exclusivity, which allows travelers to experience the natural sights of this island all to their own — while protecting these wonders too. Continue Reading

Posted in Featured, Luzon, Palawan1 Comment

Kalibo now ready for Ati-atihan Festival 2011

Kalibo’s Ati-atihan Festival, observed in the third week of January every year, is considered as the mother of all Philippine festivals and fiestas.

Its 2011 edition is all set to present a weeklong spectacular show next week until its culmination on January 16.

Ati-atihan Festival 2011
Ati-atihan Festival 2011

Kalibo Mayor William S. Lachica has announced that preparations are all set for the spectacular Kalibo Ati-atihan 2011. Continue Reading

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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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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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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.

philippine travel mart
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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Cebu is the Philippines second most visited tourist destinations

Cebu, with only a three percent growth in its tourist arrivals, dropped to second place in the top tourist destinations in the country as of the first quarter of the year, the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) quarterly report said.

Cebu came in second after Manila.


Guitar Makers of Cebu

Cebu had 435,087 tourists while Manila has 437,170 during the period.  In 2009, Cebu was the top destination while Manila was third.

During the first quarter of the year, Manila’s number of tourists increased by 37.10 percent. The DOT credited the growth to more international and local meetings, congresses and conventions, as well as special events organized by major companies and organizations in the capital.

The opening of new spots in Manila like the Manila Oceanarium, the Newport Entertainment City and the visits of more cruise ships at Manila South Harbor also attracted more tourists. Continue Reading

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Team Manila Lifestyle Products : Now available Online

Team Manila is a diverse disciplined graphic design studio that is based in the Philippines. Team Manila was founded in 2001 and ever since then its intention has been to inspire Pinoys around the world through creative art. Team Manila Lifestyle comes out with Limited Edition T-Shirts that can be purchased online or at one of their retail stores.


I love Manila

Team Manila has always been about integrating local flavor into their designs in order to inspire passion, teamwork and optimism amongst the Filipino people. This year in order to advance the brand worldwide, Team Manila Lifestyle has put up a full online store which will enable them to distribute and support their product not only throughout the Philippines but on a global scale as well. Continue Reading

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88 Hotspring Resort in Calamba Laguna

Set in the beautiful spa town of Calamba, Laguna and just 40 miles South of Manila is the place where luxury infuses with tradition. This is 88 Hotspring Resort & Spa.


88 Hotspring Resort

Built at the base of the legendary Mount Makiling, our resort makes for a relaxing experience. Be in close proximity to lush rainforests and the largest lake in the Philippines, Laguna de Bay. For hundreds of years, locals have been relying on Mount Makiling’s hot springs to heal and restore their bodies. We channel this miraculous water to flow into outdoor baths and spas for your enjoyment. Continue Reading

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Cebu tourism players target Middle East market

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) is hoping for a “good pick-up” in arrivals to Cebu from the Middle Eat this year, after its promotion during a Philippine Tourism Road Show last March.


Sumilon Island in Cebu

The DOT and several hotel and resort properties in the country conducted the road show in the Gulf Region, covering Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Continue Reading

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Philippines leads neighbors in formulating ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan

As the existing roadmap for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) tourism sector expires this year, ASEAN tourism leaders convene anew to formulate new tourism strategies and programs for the next few years.

The Philippines, responsible for the coordination of the overall ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP), is at the forefront of the development of this medium-term tourism plan, targeted for completion by end November of this year.

An interim draft of the plan has been presented for discussion at the recently held ASEAN Tourism Forum attended by the Philippines early this year at BRIDEX (Brunei International Defence Exhibition Center) in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

According to Tourism Secretary Joseph ‘Ace’ Durano, “We are glad to play a key role in the development of the blueprint for the region’s tourism development and promotion. It is a vote of confidence on our capability to be at the forefront of ASEAN tourism growth and integration.” Continue Reading

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