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Cebu, Mindanao and Ilocos products available in Panagbenga Festival 2010 Trade Fair

Guitars from Cebu

Native products from Cebu, Mindanao and Ilocos region are among the items with the highest sales in various trade fairs in the on-going Baguio Flower Festival 2010 according to The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Art Tibaldo, DTI information officer, said this was determined since last year and “it remains the same in the Market Encounter of the Panagbenga Festival 2010.” Among the saleable products of Cebu are preserved mango and other tropical fruits; while the fresh and processed durian like candies from Mindanao area take a big percentage in daily sales. Continue Reading

Posted in Baguio City, Luzon, Philippine Festivals1 Comment

White Rock Water Park and Beach Resort in Subic Zambales

White Rock Water Park and Beach Resort is a breath of fresh air to anyone tired of the maddening crowd.

In Subic, there's only one place to go for simultaneous water fun AND the great blockbusters of Hollywood: the wave pools at White Rock Water Park and Beach Resort.

A unique getaway on the long stretches of beach in Subic, here you’ll definitely find a touch of paradise—pristine waters gently rolling over a bed of soft white sand, and majestic mountains on the horizon. But something else also makes White Rock the prime destination for events and unconventional adventures. It’s the splash of waves, the thrill of slides. It’s an all new love affair with the sea and the playground. Continue Reading

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Posted in Hotels, Luzon, Subic, Zambales9 Comments

Our Lady of Namacpacan in Luna La Union draws tourists and devotees

Luna Spanish Tower

Crowds of devotees and tourists from all over the country and the globe participated in the historical 50th year of canonical celebration of Our Lady of Namacpacan in Luna, La Union. The commemoration of the papal bull issued by Pope XXIII on the coronation of Our Lady of Namacpacan in 1959 is considered one of the nation’s cultural and religious highlights, drawing foreign and local tourists as well as Filipino balikbayans and members of the foreign and local media. Continue Reading

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Posted in La Union, Religious Sites4 Comments

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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Posted in Camarines Sur, Featured, Philippines Best Beaches0 Comments

Camelot on the Lake – a fine entertainment on Baguio’s Valentine’s Day

Baguio City tourism officer Benny Alhambra on Monday said that the first edition of “Camelot on the Lake” was able to provide a unique entertainment to visitors and residents Sunday night as they celebrated Valentines Day.

He estimated more than 2,000 who watched the musical play of artists at the center of Burnham Park lagoon which was actually one of the new features of the on-going Baguio Flower Festival known as “Panagbenga”.

Art and cultural shows abound in this city throughout the year as Baguio is known to be among the best destination of world tours. Continue Reading

Posted in Baguio City, Luzon3 Comments

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

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Posted in Aurora, Luzon, Travel Guide1 Comment

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

Posted in Luzon, Nature and Adventure, Sorsogon, Travel Guide2 Comments

Global Heritage Fund Mission to restore historic Intramuros ala Williamsburg

Global Heritage Fund Mission to restore historic Intramuros

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) received a pledge of support for the preservation of historic Intramuros from the Global Heritage Fund (GHF) Mission.

The Global Heritage Fund Mission is a distinguished non-profit conservation group that provides assistance to developing countries in preserving their cultural heritage sites.

Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano and GHF International Conservation Director John Hurd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday at the Ilustrados Restaurant in Intramuros to formally commence the working partnership. Continue Reading

Posted in Luzon, Manila, Philippine Travel News3 Comments

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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Posted in Featured, Luzon, Pampanga, Travel Guide2 Comments

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