The newest tourism ad campaign of the Philippines, released to coincide with the 119th celebration of Independence Day, is entitled “Sights.” This, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT), is a call to action (“Experience the Philippines“) under the bigger It’s More Fun of the Philippines. The video ends with the quote “Life Feels Better When With Filipinos.” To recall, when the tagline/ad campaign It’s More Fun of the Philippines was released, it was criticized for being subpar to the old one (“WoW Philippines”) and is purportedly a copycat of another country’s old campaign. The same criticisms are being thrown against the “Sights” campaign. Watch the video and tell us what you think. Continue reading Video: “Sights” (Experience the Philippines, It’s More Fun in the Philippines)
Don’t go chasing waterfalls, goes a popular song. But you really don’t have to chase waterfalls — you simply jump from one. Around three hours south of Cebu City is the three-tiered Kawasan Falls, with its clear spring water forming part of the Matutinao River System. It’s found in Barangay Matutinao, municipality of Badian. Foreign and Filipino tourists love this ecotourism destination. One recent guest of the Philippines, the British visitor Lydia Garner (check her Instagram acount, @lydiagxx), lost no time testing her nerves by jumping off Kawasan Falls. See her photo below. By the way, expect a full trip when visiting Kawasan Falls. Beyond enjoying the waterfalls, another popular activity in this area is canyoneering upstream of the Kawasan Falls. The Osmeña Peak in the Badian Mountain Range, a popular trekking destination, is located nearby. Pescador Island, with its corals and marine life for divers, is found in the nearby town of Moalboal. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Chasing the Kawasan Waterfalls (Badian, Cebu): Photo of the Day
It’s not unusual to have a theme song for every important moment or emotion in our lives. Love songs, for instance, immortalize our great loves and the not-so-great breakups. When it comes to travel, specifically in and around the Philippines, there are certain kinds of songs that capture the energy and beauty of the Philippines. While our new favorite is the It’s More Fun in the Philippines campaign, one of the first Philippine travel songs that we fell in love with is this Biyahe Tayo jingle. It still fills us up with sunny happiness even during the rainy season. Please share it with the world. Watch it, here: Continue reading Fall in Love with Philippine Travel: Halika, Biyahe Tayo!
We first saw this video when it was presented by Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. during an event. It’s one awesome video, we thought, and we simply have to share it with everyone. So we looked high and low but we didn’t find it. That was months ago. As luck would have it, and as the usual case when we stop looking, we stumbled on this video today. Please share this beautiful video (and while you’re at it, tell the world about the beauty of Pinas!). Mabuhay! Watch this: Continue reading You can Call us The Philippines: Watch this Awesome Video
Figures from the Department of Tourism (DoT) showed a growth of almost 10% of foreign visitors to the Philippines for 2013. This translates to a total of 4,681,307 foreign visitors in 2013, which is a 9.56% increase from the 4,272,811 arrivals in 2012. According to Secretary of Tourism Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., “Our key source markets generally performed well during the month of December, proof that international confidence has been regained. The Philippines is profoundly grateful for the outpouring of support, aid, and goodwill from all over the world. They were all instrumental in our road to recovery.” Continue reading Growth of Philippine Tourism in 2013