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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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Philippine Department of Tourism lights up Cebu Heritage monument

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has completed the P2-million restoration of the Cebu Cultural Heritage Monument in the historic Barangay Parian district which is now lighted at night and available for viewing to tourists and locals alike who want to revisit key events in Cebu’s history.

Cebu Heritage Monument

DOT Secretary Joseph “Ace” Durano said that if the rehabilitation of the monument turns out to be his last project as tourism chief, it is one he will be proud of.

“As Cebu continues to urbanize, it is paramount to preserve and highlight the culture of Cebu,” he said. Continue Reading

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Mayon Volcano image will be printed soon in the new Peso Bills

Albay Governor Joey Salceda was elated and thankful to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. for putting the image of Mayon Volcano in the new peso bills that will soon be circulated.

Mayon Volcano

He asked the provincial legislative body to pass a resolution to articulate the gratitude of the people of Albay.

“Aside from being the parochial pride of Albayanos, the inclusion of Mayon, the country’s most iconic natural endowment in the new currency will go a long way in promoting Albay tourism without having to see Mayon erupt to attract tourists,” Salceda said. Continue Reading

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Holy Week vacationers visits historic Vigan City

Thousands of devotees and tourists flocked this week to Vigan City, the world’s sole heritage city, packing to the rafters all hotels and transient houses here since Maundy Thursday.  City Tourism Officer Edgar Dela Cruz said the city government is making arrangements for accommodating as many visitors as possible.

“We are now coordinating with owners of hotels and transient houses outside the city to accommodate there the other devotees and tourists who arrived and are still arriving,” said Vigan City Tourism Officer Edgar dela Cruz.

Among the city’s top crowd drawers are historic St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, the Vigan heritage village where century-old houses are located and the historic “pagburnayan” village.

Visitors can also avail of cruises along historic Mestizo River and experience being transformed in time while walking across Vigan’s villages where traces of old Ilocano culture remain.

On Maundy Thursday, when celebration of the Lenten Season’s ‘triduum’ began, Catholic devotees crowded all churches in Ilocos Sur province.

This started the devotees’ three-day abstinence to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Most churches in Ilocos Sur were built during the Spanish period.

Spain introduced Catholicism to the Philippines.(

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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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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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Paradise Ranch Nature and Conservation Park

Paradise Ranch in Clark Pampanga

On the Clark Leg of Lakbay Norte, we visited Paradise Ranch in Clark – a 100-acre nature and conservation park designed to educate hundreds of school children about environmental preservation and wildlife protection.

Paradise Ranch is open to the public without any membership fee, perfect for field trips, summer camps, retreats, educational tours, get away vacation and more… We have the following facilities for our guests to enjoy and learn about wildlife and their natural habitat. A 1000 square meter butterfly garden, aviary, breeding of endagered species, organic vegetable and floral orchard, massive reforestration, environmental conservation and others…

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