Visit Philippines Pa More!

Considering its mandate and in line with the forthcoming World Tourism Day, the Philippines Department of Tourism in collaboration with the private sector launched various events this year primarily to invite and attract prospective tourists and visitors (both local and foreign) to visit and see the beauty of the Philippines Islands, with the end view of raising potential revenues for the Government, among others. 

Cultural Performance

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which supervises the World Tourism day (which is held every year on 27th September), encourages all countries in the world to spread and talk about the importance of tourism not only in terms of economic related benefits but likewise the communities and environment so as to achieve a better world for all. The World Tourism Day's theme for 2015 is “One Billion Tourists” (#1billion tourists).  

As such, the Philippines Tourism Department established a new tag line for its tourism activities for 2015 called, “Visit the Philippines Year” or VPY. This is effectively a supplement to its existing promotional program, the famous and most-abused tag line (either used positively or negatively) “More Fun in the Philippines” #itsmorefuninthephilippines and to motivate its countrymen and other nationalities to visit the country more. Hence, our coined blog title “Visit Philippines Pa More” or VPPM in short! (Note: lovely peeps you can use these as hashtags (#visitphilippinespamore and #VPPM).



One of the events held this month to respond to and boost DOT's theme was a 3-day 26th Philippine Travel Mart at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia which showcased Philippine products and services (hotels, inns and beach resorts) particularly from the country’s top destinations.

The Manila Hotel booth

Fuego Hotels and Properties

Makati Diamond Residences

Las Casa Felipinas de Acuzar

Being lover of travels ourselves, we decided to see “what's new” and being talked about in the said event. In our minds, we thought that apart from domestic trips, probably there could be travel offers and promos for foreign travels. My dear lovely peeps, yup, you heard me right, we would love to move from one country to another especially with a discounted fare but we go anyway even if there's none.

Bohol

SOX or SOCCSSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and General Santos)

City San Fernando La union

This city tour jeepney can be rented. It is fully air-conditioned with a TV set and Wow Magic Sing on system on board

However, as the Travel Mart at that moment was basically for Philippines, the travel promos being offered were obviously for places around the Philippines. We were surprised to see how the big and small islands in the country, from Batanes to Jolo, were well represented. 

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Palawan

Province of Cagayan

Ilocos Norte

Sun Cruises where you can book your Corregidor Tours

In fact, even Samar and Leyte which were badly hit by the typhoon “Yolanda” were there to promote their respective areas and local goods as well. National and local tourism officials and business associates were present during the said event and some of them brought their best products for exhibits or for sale to interested buyers.

Province of Leyte

Samar

Samar Tandaya Trail

We felt we were able to roam around the archipelago for about few hours only and to top it all, we were like tourists bringing back home some gifts, souvenirs and ooooh yes local food! (from honey, carabao milk candy, lemon grass tea, chichacorn (cornick), and others. We also took some brochures we liked, as reference for our future travels. The only downside which we observed was that some booths were selling products not made in the Philippines. How come? 

Lambanog (commonly described as Coconut Wine or Coconut Vodka) from Province of Quezon

Lemongrass Instant Herbal Tea from City of Fernando La Union

Ilocanos Sur Sardines, Cabaroan Salabat Tea, Pacpaco Peanut Butter, San Agustin Anchovy Bagoong, Sweet Tamarind Candy, Pias Papaya Pickles, San Francisco Artisan Bagoong from City of Fernando La Union

Banana Wine, Mango Wine, Wild Berry Wine, Lubeg Wine, Organic Honey, Banana Vinegar and Cacoo Balls from Province of Cagayan

Footwear from Liliw Laguna

Banana Chips, Camote Chips and Chichacorn (Cornick) from Ilocos Norte

Sukang Iloko, Duhat and Basi Wines from Ilocos Norte

Our dear lovely peeps, we hope with this blog we were able to entice you to visit the Philippines and we assure you guys, you won't regret it! The Philippines remains a beautiful, an adventure-filled and a fun destination in Asia! Mabuhay!


To end the story, we will leave you with this quote from UNWTO Secretary General Talib Rifai: "Everytime we travel, we become part of a global movement that has the power to drive positive change for our planet and all the people".

Till next time,
Maven and June

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