Improved infra to boost tourism in Ilocos Region: DOT exec

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — More roads and other infrastructure projects are lined up this year for the region, a Department of Tourism (DOT) Ilocos official said on Wednesday. In an interview, DOT-1 regional director Joseph Francisco Ortega said infrastructure improvements are needed to boost tourism in the region. “Under DOT’s Tourism Road Infrastructure Project (TRIP), we … Read More

Pangasinan’s sampaguita farms eyed as agri-tourism spots

MANAOAG, Pangasinan — Pangasinan fourth district Representative Christopher De Venecia aims to develop sampaguita farms at Barangay Baritao here as agricultural-tourism destinations in the province. Some 15 to 20 minutes away from the famous pilgrimage site, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Rosary of Manaoag, hundreds of sampaguita trees, as well as ilang-ilang trees, are … Read More

Camiguin celebrates Lanzones fest; 4th most competitive province

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN — This year’s annual Lanzones Festival has become more festive as the island-province is also celebrating its win in the national award for local government units with best practices. The 40th Lanzones Festival is one of the island’s major attractions and was established to celebrate the bounty of the lanzones fruit, considered as the … Read More

Tourists invited to explore Ilocos Region’s 18 fruit farms

MANILA — Aside from surfing in La Union, island-hopping in Pangasinan, and revisiting history in Ilocos Norte and Sur, Region 1 also offers an authentic countryside experience to visitors with its growing number of farm tourism sites. Farm tourism is a hybrid concept that merges elements of the agriculture and tourism industry to open farms as … Read More

Palawan among CNN’s most beautiful islands list

MANILA — The Philippine government, through the Department of Tourism (DOT), welcomed the continuous recognition of Palawan for its pristine beaches and clear water with CNN Travel recently citing the island’s allure to foreigners. “Our rehabilitation efforts to preserve the beauty of Palawan did not go unnoticed. We are thankful for this CNN citation of … Read More

CNN picks Vigan as one of Asia’s most picturesque towns

MANILA — Atlanta-based CNN has picked Vigan, Ilocos Sur as one of the “most beautiful towns” in Asia for its heritage and architecture dating back to Spanish colonial-era. In a statement on Wednesday, the Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomed the selection, agreeing that Vigan’s heritage and food made it “a picture-perfect site and deserving of the … Read More

Dive tourism, the next big thing in Camiguin

CAMIGUIN, Northern Mindanao — Keen on attracting the growing dive tourism market, the first-ever dive festival in the south has been launched in Camiguin, the northern tip of Mindanao, indicating the province and the region’s readiness to accommodate divers. Bo Mancao, a Cebu-based international dive photographer, said “a couple more years” and the volcanic island could … Read More

Korean Air to remove nuts from in-flight meals

MANILA — To protect passengers who are allergic to peanuts, South Korean flag carrier Korean Air (KE) has stopped serving nuts and will soon remove food containing peanut ingredients in its in-flight meals, an airline executive told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Monday. Jill Chung, deputy general manager of KE’s Corporate Communications, said the decision … Read More

US travel firm names Boracay among best beaches in Asia

MANILA— Boracay’s White Beach was named the ninth best beach in Asia in TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Award. The recognition came following the island resort’s reopening after it went through a six-month intensive rehabilitation last year. The award named 24 other beaches in Asia’s Bests category with the Radhanagar Beach of Havelock Island in India … Read More

Cebu Pacific warns public vs. fake websites, promos

MANILA — Local carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) has warned passengers against fake websites and promos. The carrier has an ongoing seat sale in line with its anniversary this month. Beginning March 1, however, many netizens were complaining that they couldn’t access CEB’s website, or that it is undergoing maintenance. In its official social media account’s post … Read More

Baguio City remains all-time favorite summer destination

MANILA — With the scorching months of March, April and May coming soon, expect thousands of Filipinos to flock to Baguio City (aka the City of Pines) to escape the searing heat. Located 4,810 feet or 1,470 meters above sea level, the nation’s Summer Capital is also known for its “Panagbenga” or the annual Flower Festival, … Read More

Benguet marks 118th anniversary, 13th Adivay Festival

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The 13th Adivay Festival opened here on Monday, coinciding with the 118th foundation anniversary of the province, for which various simple activities have been lined-up. “Our celebration of Adivay will continue. The festival is already an institution,” Governor Crescencio Pacalso said during the special edition of “Kapihan” at the provincial capitol. The … Read More