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Teenee and the Giyahero love to travel and explore. They are not connected with any of the establishments and products featured in VisitPinas. This is where they join fellow Filipinos in exploring the Philippines and invite non-Filipinos to visit the country. Read more.

Philippine Travel: Locations Open for Tourism + Requirements during the Community Quarantine

Bored yet? We’ll soon have the first-year anniversary when the Philippines, and pretty much the whole world, stayed due to the quarantine measures implemented by the government. Staying at home has its perks, but doing it for one year definitely has its downside. Perhaps it’s time to spend some serious time under the summer sun in some of our favorite Philippine travel destinations.

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Vaccines and Vaccine Passports in the Philippines

Two batches of COVID-19 vaccines already arrived in the Philippines. The latest batch, AstraZeneca, arrived on March 5, 2021 (see story from CNN in the video, below). According to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. a total of 161 million vials of various brands of coronavirus vaccines will arrive in 2021. Around 20 million doses are secured for the second quarter, 68 million for the third quarter, and around 69 million for the fourth quarter. The President has declared that the rollout of the vaccination program is a requirement before the lockdown protocols may be relaxed some more.

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What Travelers / Tourists Should Know when Traveling in the Philippines under the “New Normal”

The term “new normal” has been on people’s lips these past couple of weeks. Some say we should strive to bring back the “old normal”, but government regulations drive home the point that, moving forward, it’s all about the New Normal. For travel-related establishments, particularly Accommodation Establishments (e.g., hotels, resorts, apartment hotels, tourist inns, motels, pension houses, private homes used for homestay, ecolodges, serviced apartments, condotels, bed and breakfast facilities, and other establishments operating primarily for accommodation purposes), the Department of Tourism (DOT) has issued the Memorandum Circular No. 2020-002, entitled the New Normal Health and Safety Guidelines for Accommodation Establishments. Here are the salient points of this DOT circular:

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List of Typhoons: 2020 (Philippines)

More than 20 typhoons visit the Philippines every year, a fun fact for Philippine weather. We have a list of typhoons for the past years. It’s time to track and start the list of typhoons for the 2020 typhoons). We’re going to see phrases like Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), Low Pressure Area (LPA), Tropical Depression (TD). 

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Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

U2 once complained, in song form of course, that he has climbed the highest mountains, and ran through the fields, yet, in Bono’s words, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” Don’t worry, Mr. Bono, for you’re not alone. Here in VisitPinas, in the midst of this mind-numbing and wallet-crunching lockdown, we’ll feature our kababayan apparently still looking for whatever they are looking for (and if you see some great photos, tell them to tag us at VisitPinas@Instagram so we can include the photos here).

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How Much We Miss the Outdoors: Let Us Count the Ways

The covid-19 lockdown is almost a month old, with a half month more to go. Adapting to the home quarantine is no problem for wanderers, as they are used to changing surroundings and shifting realities. Let’s see how our fellow travelers are dealing with the prolonged deprivation of outdoors. Tag us in Instagram so we can add your photos.

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The Meaning of Easter Sunday 2020

The Lord has risen! Behold the risen Christ. Hallelujah! That’s the basic essence of Easter Sunday — that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, on the third day after He suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified and was buried. There are theologians and experts who can discuss the profound meaning of Easter Sunday. For us ordinary Catholics and Christians, Easter Sunday marks the bedrock of our faith, for this is the day when God fulfilled His promise to save mankind by offering His Son. 

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Island Lockdown: Beating Hunger and the Virus

We all have to face the community quarantine imposed to slow down the coronavirus. It’s called a “community quarantine” because, well, it’s designed to lockdown the entire community at home. When we stop moving around, the virus stops moving. That’s just the way it is. We need to come to terms with the lockdown. Some need assistance to survive the social isolation, others relish it. In an island. With a few people. And abundant catch from the sea, ready for lunch.

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Good Friday in the Time of COVID-19

It’s easy to lose track of the day of the week. There’s no more Monday or Thursday or Friday. It’s simply yesterday, today and tomorrow — the new reality in almost 2 months of home quarantine. It’s easy to forget that today is a Good Friday.

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Double Holiday: 9 April 2020 is Araw ng Kagitingan and Maunday Thursday

Today, 9 April 2020, is unique in so many ways. There’s the Covid-19 keeping us indoors. There’s the unusual commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (including our frontliners, of course) and usual quiet to observe Maunday Thursday, rolled in one. For those still with jobs, they enjoy a rare double holiday pay (triple if they’re working today). With the quarantine, we thought of featuring tandem photos, flashback photos. 

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