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Kayaking as Philippines tourism and sport come-on

If there’s any recreational sport sport that’s environment-friendly, it’s kayaking which is one of the Philippines’ most popular outdoor nowadays among families and individuals seeking for thrill and relaxation in the oceans, seas and lakes that surround the beautiful and scattered more than 7,000 islands.


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What’s more, kayaking supports the country’s extensive tourism campaign that shows colorful and unique Filipino arts, culture and history to foreign and local visitors the whole-year through.

The Philippine Kayaking Association headed by Val Camara and his wife Didi always see to it that that eco-tours are conducted whenever and wherever an event or two is held. Continue reading Kayaking as Philippines tourism and sport come-on

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 Cebu is the Philippines second most visited tourist destinations

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 Team Manila Lifestyle Products : Now available Online

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 88 Hotspring Resort in Calamba Laguna

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 Cebu tourism players target Middle East market

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 Philippines leads neighbors in formulating ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan

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 Philippine Department of Tourism lights up Cebu Heritage monument

Early rain showers make Baguio Cold weather more appealing to visitors

The cloudy skies and brief rain showers here Wednesday made the cool weather more appealing to the visitors from foreign countries like Australia and Europe, according to the city tourism office (CTO).

Gabby Keith of the CTO said “our monitoring indicates that we continue to have a good number of local and foreign visitors at this time of the year especially with parents of returning students for their summer classes.”

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Baguio City

Earlier, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) explained that the early rain showers were brought by passing clouds in the area due to a system called “high pressure” northeast of Luzon.

Baguio temperature ranges from 14 to 26 degrees celsius with the least expected rain showers and cloudy periods.

In past years, unexpected rains during hot months of the year here happened that the residents were not surprised with the brief downpour this morning especially at the central business district.

Although the prolonged drought known as “El Niño” phenomenon has caused the city to experience 30 degrees celsius as the highest temperature this year, the maximum temperature since last week had already lowered to 25 to 26 degrees celsius.

EU ban on Philippine carriers triggers tour cancellations

The Department of Tourism (DOT) urged the Civil Aviation Authority in the Philippines (CAAP) to work out a speedy resolution to the European Union’s (EU) ban on Philippine carriers which has already triggered an alarming number of tour cancellations from Europe.


Philippine Carriers banned in EU

The EU included the Philippines in its 13th updated list of countries with carriers banned from EU airspace, as a precautionary decision based on the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (USFAA) downgrading of the country’s safety rating to Category 2 and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) concerns on aviation safety regulators.

“Major European travel operators from Germany, UK and France have regretfully informed us their booking cancellations. The entire industry is affected as European arrivals account for a significant percentage of our target in the first quarter. In January 2010, air arrivals from European countries already posted an 11% growth,” said Ace Durano, Secretary of Tourism. Continue reading EU ban on Philippine carriers triggers tour cancellations

Carrion takes her oath as first COO of Tourism Promotions Board; tourism industry hails and welcomes the election

The entire tourism industry has rallied behind the election of Department of Tourism Undersecretary Cynthia Carrion as the first COO of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB).


Board members of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) representing the different public and private sectors show support in the Oath-Taking Ceremony of TPB Chief Operations Officer Cynthia Carrion (6th from left), officiated by Department of Tourism Secretary Joseph Durano. Shown are (from left to right): Dexter Deyto, Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (PACEOS); Cesar Cruz, Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA); Jaime Bautista, Philippine Airlines; Celine Clemente, Asian Gem and Tourism Foundation; Daniel Corpuz, Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC); Thelma Dumpit Murillo, Department of Trade and Industry; Rose Libongco, Hotel Sales and Marketing Association; and Eric Tamayo, representative of Undersecretary Edsel Custodio, Department of Foreign Affairs. TPB Board Members not in the photo are: Undersecretary Edward Harun Pagunsan, Department of Transportation and Communications; and Mark Lapid, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).

Usec. Carrion took her oath of office in a well-attended ceremony before DOT Secretary Ace Durano last April 6, 2010. The multi-sectoral support for Carrion underscores her remarkable accomplishments and qualifications in promoting the Philippines as a tourism destination. Continue reading Carrion takes her oath as first COO of Tourism Promotions Board; tourism industry hails and welcomes the election

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