Palawan ‘turtle sanctuary’: Nominee in ‘World Luxury Hotel’ awards

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary (AITS) in the municipality of Narra in southern Palawan has been nominated again for the 12th Annual World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018. The international luxury hotel search gives awards and celebrates service excellence, bringing confidence and status to industry players, which are voted for by the … Read More

Solon lauds Samar’s local festivals

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar – Senator Cynthia Villar lauded the local government here for honoring the historic past of Samar province through the Tandaya Festival. “I would like to congratulate all the organizations and people who are behind the preparation for this festival and all the activities and events. It shows that you really worked hard to … Read More

Puerto Princesa steps up promotion of tourism sites

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The City Tourism Department (CTD) and the tourism sector here are stepping up the development, promotion, and marketing of 18 community-based sustainable tourism (CBST) sites to prevent Puerto Princesa from becoming merely the “jumping-off point” of tourists. Arnie Lim Tan, president of the Accredited Tour Operators of Puerto Princesa (ATOPP), on … Read More

Ormoc City stages 2nd Piña Festival

ORMOC CITY – Thousands of spectators lined up along the city’s thoroughfare for the second Piña Festival with the city’s prime crop — sweet pineapples taking the center stage. Celebrity couple Mayor Richard Gomez and Leyte 4th district Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez along with other city government officials led the parade before sunset on Sunday. Also joining … Read More

Ilocos Norte’s tourist arrivals on the rise

LAOAG CITY — More local and foreign tourists are arriving in Ilocos Norte, making the province an alternative tourist destination in light of the total closure of Boracay Island. Provincial tourism officer Aianree Raquel said Tuesday more tourists are expected to visit this northern gateway of Luzon this summer, as visitors consider alternatives to Boracay. Based … Read More

More Chinese tourists arrive in Ilocos seaport

LAOAG CITY—More than 800 passengers on board the maiden voyage of M/V Diamond Glory of the Sea arrived on Tuesday morning at the privately-owned Omnico Natural Resources Inc. (ONRI) seaport here. From Shanghai, China, the passengers are composed of 831 Chinese tourists and at least four Philippine nationals visiting Ilocos province for the first time, … Read More

DOT seeks budget for restoration of old churches

MANILA — Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo bared the agency’s plan to propose a budget for the restoration and development of historical shrines and old churches all over the archipelago to boost faith-based tourism in the country. The Philippines’ diversely-rich religious culture, though predominantly Roman Catholic, provides a strong catalyst for “faith tourism,” … Read More

Week-long 2018 Bambanti festival begins

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela — The annual Bambanti Festival of this province has formally kicked off Monday with a Thanksgiving Mass held at the St. Michael Cathedral here. Governor Faustino G. Dy III led the faithful who attended the mass together with other provincial officials and employees, local leaders from the cities and municipalities of Isabela, … Read More