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

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 White Rock Water Park and Beach Resort in Subic Zambales

The Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation to validate readiness of Davao City to host MICE in 2012

Durian from Davao City

The Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC) will validate the readiness of Davao City of hosting the Meetings Incentives Conventions Exhibitions (MICE) in 2012.

Susan Palad, vice president representing Mindanao at the Tourism Congress, said hosting the MICE is an important event for the tourism sector as this will gather not only domestic but also international event organizers.

“If they consider the area, they would bring in several thousands of visitors,” she said. Continue reading The Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation to validate readiness of Davao City to host MICE in 2012

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

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

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 Survivor Series Israel films sequel in Caramoan Peninsula

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

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 Baler in Aurora Province : a fast-rising local travel destination

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 Bicol’s Beckoning Beauty

Philippine Department of Tourism Regional Offices

The Philippine Department of Tourism has various Regional Offices across the nation.

If you need information, assistance and or inquiries – you may reach them through email, fax or telephone.

If you want to contact DOT head office in Manila, you can call the DOT Trunkline (632) 523-8411.

REYNATO L. CHUA, Regional Director
Rm. 207 DOT Bldg., T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila
Tel No.: (632) 524 2345 / 525 6114
Fax (632) 524 8321 / 521 1088
Airport Office Tel.: (632) 832 2964
Airport Office Fax: (632) 832 1687
E-Mail: ncr@tourism.gov.ph
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

MR. MARTIN S. VALERA, Regional Director
Oasis Country Resort
National Highway, Bgy. Sevilla, San Fernando, La Union 2500
Tel.: (6372) 888 2411
Fax: (6372) 888 2098
Cell. Phone: (0917) 791 5346
E-Mail: dotregion1@pldtdsl.net
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

MILAGROS GONZALES, Officer-in-Charge
Ilocano Heroes Memorial Hall, Laoag City 2900
Tel. No. (6377) 771-1473
Telefax: (6377) 772 0467
E-Mail: dotlaoag@digitelone.com

MS. BLESSIDA G. DIWA, Regional Director
29 Rizal Street
Tuguegarao City
Cagayan Valley Region
Tel.: (6378) 844 5364/1621
Fax: (6378) 844 1621 / 844 1736 c/o PNA
Cell. Phone: (0917) 903 2849
E-Mail: dotr02@yahoo.com
Website: www.dotregion2.com.ph

MR. RONALDO P. TIOTUICO, Regional Director
Hilaga Village, City of San Fernando, Pampanga 2000
Tel.: (6345) 477-2499/479-6490
TeleFax: (6345) 961-2612/5617

Angeles Satellite Office
Ms. Karen Maliwat, Officer-In-Charge
G/F Marlim Mansions Hotel Bldg.
Diamond Subd. Balibago, Angeles City
Tel. No. (63 45) 625-8525/477-2498
E-mail: celtour@yahoo.com
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

MS. LOUELLA C. JURILLA, Regional Director
Rm. 208 DOT Bldg., T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila 1000
Tel.: (632) 524 1969 / 542 1528
Fax: (632) 526 7656
E-Mail: lcjurilla@tourism.gov.ph
Website: www.visitsoutherntagalog.com

MS. MARIA ONG-RAVANILLA, Regional Director
Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City 4500
Tel.: (6352) 482 0712 / 482 0813 / 482 0811
Fax: (6352) 820 5066
Cell. Phone: (0918) 2120 788
E-Mail: dotr5@globalink.net.ph
Websites: http://wowbicol.com

EDWIN G. TROMPETA, Regional Director
Western Visayas Tourism Center
Capitol Ground Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City 5000
Tel.: (6333) 337 5411 / 509 3550
Fax: (6333) 335 0245
E-Mail: deptour6@mozcom.com
Websites: http://corporate.mozcom.com/dot

MS. JUDITH ICOTANIM, Officer-in-Charge
Balabag, Boracay, Malay, Aklan 5608
Tel. No.: (6336) 506-0094
TeleFax: (6336) 288 3689
Website: www.boracay.com.ph

MS. AGNES LIRA-JUNDOS, Tourism Operations
Officer 2
Door No. 4, Ceferina 2 Bldg, 22nd Lacson Sts.,
Bacolod City
TeleFax.: (6334) 709-0626

MS. RICA C. BUENO, Regional Director
G/F LDM Bldg., Lapu-Lapu Street, Cebu City 6000
Tel.: (6332) 254 2811 / 254 6077
Fax: (6332) 254 2711
Airport Office Tel.: (6332) 340 8229
E-Mails: dotr7@cvis.net.ph
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

DOT Complex, Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City 2600
Tel.:(6374) 442 6708 / 442 7014
Fax: (6374) 442 8848

MS. KARINA ROSA S. TIOPES, Regional Director
Ground Flr., Foundation Plaza Bldg.
Leyte Park Resort Compound
Magsaysay Blvd.
6500 Tacloban City
Tel.: (6353) 321 2048 / 321 4333 / 325 3900
Fax: (6353) 325 5279
E-Mails: dotev@skyinet.net
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

Lantaka Hotel By The Sea
Valderosa Street, Zamboanga City 700
Tel.: (6362) 992 6242
Fax: (6362) 993 0030
E-Mails: jecadraincem_rdot9@yahoo.com
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

CATALINO E. CHAN III, Regional Director
A. Velez Street, Cagayan de Oro City 9000
Tel.: (6388) 726 394 / 723 696
Fax: (6388) 723 696 c/o PTA / (6388) 727 432
E-Mail: dotr10@yahoo.com
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

MS. SONIA V. GARCIA – ANTONIO, Regional Director
Door 7, Magsaysay Park Complex
Sta. Ana District, Davao City 8000
Tel.: (6382) 221 6955
Fax: (6382) 221 0070 / 221 6798
E-Mail: dotr11@yahoo.com
Websites: www.visitmyphilippines.com

MR. JOSE B. CABULANAN, Officer-In-Charge
2nd Flr., COMSE Bldg., Quezon Ave., 9600 Cotabato City
Tel. No (6364)4211110
TeleFax No (6364)4217868
E-Mail: stddotr12@pldtvibe.net
Website: www.visitmyphilippines.com

MS. LETICIA TAN, Regional Director
No. 174 km. 2, J.C. Aquino Ave., 8600 Butuan City
Tel. No. (6385)2255712/3418413
Fax No. (6385)3416371

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