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

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 program for the next few years.


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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 which 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. Continue reading Philippines leads neighbors in formulating ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan

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 Guimaras Manggahan Festival 2010 showcases local celebrations

Can Lupon Empanada Festival place Davao Oriental in the country’s tourism map?

Good food has always been one of the factors that make people want to visit a certain area. This is exactly what the organizers of the Empanada Festival are rooting for when they started planning for the festival which was held on March 25 this year in Lupon, Davao Oriental.


Empanada of Batac Ilocos

“Lupon lacks activities that will bring in people from other places so we thought of something that will increase the number of visitors in the area,” Ramil Corbeta said. Continue reading Can Lupon Empanada Festival place Davao Oriental in the country’s tourism map?

Baguio City summer visitors go to Itogon for unique resort facilities

The visitors of adjacent Baguio City found their way here to enjoy the unique mountain springs developed as swimming pools, according to municipal vice mayor Noel Ngolob.

He said there was a marked increase of visitors to this town which is part of the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba (BLIST) economic zone during the recent Holy Week.


Baguio City Philippines Summer Capital

The mountain swimming facilities and resorts were however closed during the Good Friday in deference to the Catholic faith that people must contemplate on religious matters during the day and avoid worldly fun and frolic. Continue reading Baguio City summer visitors go to Itogon for unique resort facilities

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.(

Holy Week in the Philippines : Then and Now

“Semana Santa” or Holy Week has become a part of Filipino culture since the First Holy Mass celebrated on Limasawa Island on March 31, 1521.


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This religious event taught by the Augustinian friars brought by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan under Spanish flag was widely practiced by the converts in Luzon, Visayas and later in Mindanao in the 400-year colonization of the archipelago by Mother Spain. Continue reading Holy Week in the Philippines : Then and Now

International Passengers traffic up 2.3% in 2009 according to Civil Aeronautics Board

The number of international passengers rose 2.3 percent to 12.323 million last year from 12.04 million in 2008 despite the global economic crunch, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

Data from CAB showed that of the total, incoming passengers were up by 4.7 percent to 6.07 million while outgoing passengers increased by 1 percent to 6.25 million.


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The airline regulator said of the 43 airline carriers with authority to operate in the country, only 33 airlines operated during the period. Continue reading International Passengers traffic up 2.3% in 2009 according to Civil Aeronautics Board

3rd Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival on April 9 to 11

The Department of Tourism’s Office of Product Research and Development (DOT-OPRD) with the provincial government of Camarines Norte, Power Play Events Management, MOJO Slippers and sandals are spearheading the holding of the 3rd Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival on April 9 to 11.


Bagasbas Summer Surfing Festival

The surfing event will be held at the Bagasbas Beach in Daet where students and yuppies as well as college kids on summer break are expected to gather and learn about the sport in the pristine, two-kilometer, peeble-free beach. Continue reading 3rd Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival on April 9 to 11

Be a WOW TOUR GUIDE and Win P300,000!

IslandsPhilippines.Net, a cutting edge Philippine Travel Portal that endeavors to be a powerful digital channel in boosting the growth of the tourism industry, will officially launch a nationwide online and on-ground tourism campaign with a kick-off event at the SM Mall of Asia on April 22, 2010.


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WOW Tour Guide is a seven-month nationwide tourism rally to search for the best destination guides from around the Philippines. Open to all interested parties aged 18 and above who want to represent a Philippine destination, the campaign aims to ignite the sense of nationalism among the youth sector and to answer the tourism industry’s need for destination guides. This is also a great chance for everyone to introduce less explored destinations to the rest of the Philippines and the world through creative tour guiding videos that will be uploaded on www.IslandsPhilippines.Net.

Interested participants need to undergo a pre-screening process at the Department of Tourism Auditorium on April 19 and 20 and must complete the FREE Tour Guiding Seminar to be facilitated by the Department of Tourism at the SM Mall of Asia on April 22-25. Qualified parties may then submit a 5-minute tour guiding video featuring their destination to be uploaded on www.IslandsPhilippines.Net. Entries will be trimmed down to TOP 30 through an online poll and on-ground judging by representatives from both private and government sectors.

A WOW Tour Guide Caravan, in partnership with SM Supermalls, will take place in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to bring the campaign to different destinations in the country. The event will feature a video booth where interested participants may shoot their tour guiding entry, and computer stations where guests may log on to www.IslandsPhilippines.Net to vote for their favorite tour guides.

The WOW Tour Guide Caravan will be in SM Baguio on May 21-23, SM Naga on June 11-13, SM Cebu on June 25-27, SM Iloilo on July 9-11, SM Bacolod on July 23-25, SM Davao on August 6-8 and SM Cagayan de Oro on August 20-22.

A Gala Night Dinner for the awarding ceremony will take place on November 27, 2010 in Manila. The top three tour guides will receive the following cash prizes: P300,000 for the Grand Prize Winner, P150,000 for the 1st runner up and P50,000 for the second runner up. The finalists will also receive a prize from the Department of Tourism for an extensive Tour Guide Training, public speaking training from the Executive Toastmasters Club and other exciting prizes from sponsors.

Stand up and be proud of your heritage. Be a WOW Tour Guide now! For the complete mechanics and for other activities and schedules, log on to www.IslandsPhilippines.Net/wowtourguide.

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