Category Archives: Tips and Reminders

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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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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Home Photos in the Time of COVID-19 Quarantine

Just because everyone is under home quarantine doesn’t mean we can’t have Instagram-worthy photos. And just because the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has brought so much suffering doesn’t mean we can’t smile anymore. So, to lighten up the mood while we’re all stuck at home (yes, it’s our duty to stay at home at this time to limit the spread of the virus), let’s feature some of your at-home photos (don’t forget to tag us at VisitPinas@Instagram to submit your photos).

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Siargao Island, Surigao: Travel Tips and Itinerary for Land Trip

Siargao Island, located on the Pacific Ocean-facing side of Surigao, is a tiny speck in the Visayas-Mindanao geographical divide. It is accessible by air, sea or land. Direct flights from Cebu or Manila take a daily pilgrimage to this world-renowned Surfing Capital of the Philippines, landing on Sayak Airport, simply known as Siargao Airport. Continue reading Siargao Island, Surigao: Travel Tips and Itinerary for Land Trip

Want to Live Longer? Take a Vacation, a Study Says

A 40-year study study reveals that taking vacations can prolong your life. In fact, foregoing holidays can’t be compensated by simply having a healthy lifestyle. “Don’t think having an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for working too hard and not taking holidays,” notes Professor Timo Strandberg of the University of Helsinki, Finland. Continue reading Want to Live Longer? Take a Vacation, a Study Says

Finding Charlie: Reminder for Divers to Protect Corals and Marine Life

Photos of a vandalized live coral in a Philippine diving site recently circulated in Facebook. A group of concerned divers, including Vince Tenchavez, found a set of corals etched with a name — Charlie — and the date. This is similar to vandalism found on cave walls and other sensitive ecotourism areas. Continue reading Finding Charlie: Reminder for Divers to Protect Corals and Marine Life

4 Reasons Why Today is the Best Time to Visit the Philippines

Perhaps you’re sitting in your office and thinking, “Where is the best place to travel where I can get the highest value for my money?” Well, you can join the increasing number of tourists flocking to the Philippines. The largest chunk of foreign arrivals in the Philippines, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT), is from Asia (61.11% of the total or 290,177 visitors in June 2017, including tourists from Korea, Japan and China). Tourists from North America come next, followed by travelers from Europe and Australasia/Pacific. So, why is it the best time to visit the Philippines today? Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Today is the Best Time to Visit the Philippines