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National Geographic and a French TV crew to cover Sinulog festival 2011

Sinulog will gain more international exposure this year, with a French TV news team and a National Geographic writer documenting the grand parade and other religious activities.

Photographers from Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and other countries also have joined some 1,800 participants of the Sinulog photo contest.

Sinulog Festival 2011
Sinulog Festival 2011

For the first time, the National Geographic will feature the Sinulog in its magazine, which is distributed worldwide.

Writer Paul Christy from the National Geographic office in New York was only supposed to document the grand parade on Sunday, Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) Executive Director Ricky Ballesteros said. Continue Reading

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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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Cebu trade group launches first tourism brochure

The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) launched its first tourism brochure Thursday to help show other attractions in Cebu aside from its beaches.

Old Church in Southern Cebu
Old Church in Southern Cebu

The first of CCCI’s tourism brochure showed eco-tourism trails that tour operators and other tourism stakeholders can introduce to local and foreign tourists.

CCCI president Samuel Chioson said helping out to promote tourism was one way they could help enhance the economy of Cebu.

The brochure, which is the first of a series, introduced four eco-tours to choose from. Continue Reading

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Guimaras Island banks on community-based projects to boost local tourism

The province of Guimaras is optimistic that its community-based rural tourism livelihood program will help boost its local tourism and economy.

Guimaras Governor Felipe Hilan A. Nava said that community-based rural tourism (CBRT) projects all over the island-province will boost the tourism industry.

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Mango Trees in Guimaras

The CBRT will definitely increase the income of the community as well as its locales, said the governor. Gov. Nava said that among the CBRT projects in the province include the eco-park village in barangay Dagsa-an, Buenavista. Continue Reading

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Posted in Guimaras, Travel Guide, Visayas9 Comments

Cebu was ranked third best island in Asia recently by New York based travel magazine Travel + Leisure

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has welcomed the report that central Philippine island province of Cebu was ranked third best island in Asia recently by New York based travel magazine Travel + Leisure.


Cebu Island

It followed Bali, which ranked first, and Maldives, second.  Cebu got a rating of 87.5 points, eight points up from last year’s 79.68 point.

Garcia said this could not have come at a better time, given the celebration of the Province’s 441st founding anniversary on August 6. Continue Reading

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Malay local council to regulate tour-guiding operations in Boracay

The Malay Aklan local council is geared into regulating the tour guide operations in this resort island.  Councilor Jupiter Gallenero, a former broadcaster of Bombo Radio, said that several freelance tour guides in this resort island have been deceiving both foreign and local tourists, giving this resort island a negative impression.


Boracay Island

“Fake tour guides are asking for down payment for their probable clients but upon payment many of them fail to show up during the scheduled service,” said Gallenero.

Part of the regulations is to identify who among the tour guides in Boracay are legitimate and who are not. Existence of the fake tour guides have been a perennial problem by many stakeholders here.

Gallenero said that he want the local government unit to provide accreditation cards to the legitimate tour guides.

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Cebu wins best honeymoon destination award in the recent World Trade Fair 2010

Cebu Philippines, was named ‘Best Honeymoon Destination’ at the Awards Night, of the recent World Trade Fair 2010 held in Shanghai, China.

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Maribago Bluewaters Beach Resort in Cebu

The win was declared after a public vote and a strict evaluation process undertaken by professional jurors from the Shanghai Tourism Municipal Administration, VNU Exhibitions Asia, and Shanghai International Conference Management Organization. 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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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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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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