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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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Guimaras Manggahan Festival 2010 showcases local celebrations

The provincial government of Guimaras here showcases the various municipal and barangay celebrations during its Manggahan Festival that kicked off April 5.


Manggahan Festival 2010

The island-province boasts of at least 21 annual local celebrations ranging from municipal level fair of ‘Asinan Festival’ to the more prominent ‘Ang Pagtaltal Sa Balaan Bukid.’

Guimaras, aside from its main mango produce, also celebrates 10 barangay-level festivals. These are the Banigan Festival, Bayuhan Festival, Kadagatan Festival, Karosahan Festival, Layagan Festival, Rosas Sa Baybayon Festival, Sarangola Festival, Sibiran Festival, Pangasi Festival, and Niyogyogan Festival. Continue Reading

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Bohol Welcomes the Peacock

Bohol’s new luxury tourist destination, The Peacock Garden Resort and Spa was recently inaugurated by Tourism Sec. Ace Durano along with DOT regional director Dawnie Roa and top local government officials led by Gov. Erico Aumentado, Rep. Edgar Chatto, Tagbilaran Mayor Dan Neri Lim and the Peacock Garden’s visionary owners Hans and Lani Schoof. Monsignor Leonardo Medroso, Bishop of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, officiated at the blessing rites.

Panoramic View of the Hotel

The Peacock Garden is situated in Upper Laya, Baclayon, a tranquil and picturesque town only 15-minutes away from Tagbilaran City. Nestled on a hill promontory, it looks out to Bohol Sea and its fabled beaches. Continue Reading

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Hot Summer caused by El Nino phenomenon seen to boost Cebu’s tourism sector

Cebu’s tourism sector has seen the current dry spell as a boon to the province’s flourishing tourism industry.

Shangri-la Mactan Cebu Beach Resort

Though the El Nino phenomenon is affecting the country in terms of water and food supplies, tourism ventures are expected to increase during the dry spell as foreigners form colder countries take advantage of the heat, said Department of Tourism Secretary Joseph “Ace” Durano. Continue Reading

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Boracay business owners urge Philippine Tourism Authority to start Phase 2 of drainage system project

Boracay Island Paradise

Business associations here have urged the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) to immediately start the construction of the Phase 2 of the drainage system project to avert possible flooding incidents.

The Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Boracay (PCCI) sent a separate request to the PTA regarding their concern. Continue Reading

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Iloilo Paraw Regatta 2010 kicks off in Iloilo Sunday

Paraw Regatta 2010 in Iloilo

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The Iloilo Paraw Regatta, dubbed as Asia’s oldest and largest sailing competition in search for a “perfect wind” is set to kick here on Sunday.

The sailing competition, now on its 38th year, is not only a showcase of the seamanship of Ilonggos but it will also highlight the culture of the residents of Iloilo.

This year’s competition has for its theme, “Honoring Proud Filipino Seafaring Traditions.”

Tourism regional director Edwin Trompeta said the sailboat race makes use of boats with outrigger that were also used “centuries ago designed for energy conservation.” Continue Reading

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Philippine Department of Tourism promotes Boracay rock as tourism landmark

Boracay Travel Guides

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) has pledged to include the new grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary in what now to be considered as the Boracay rock as one of the tourism landmarks in this resort island.

Boracay Parish priest Fr. Maglore Placer said that tourism officials had called him and vowed to include the Boracay rock in its tourism promotions around the world.

Around 3,500 Catholic devotees witnessed the ceremonial re-enthronement of the two-foot statue Thursday afternoon. Continue Reading

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