Filipinos are known for our warm smile. Filipinos have the capacity to smile even through bad times. The Philippines, together with the whole world, is facing an extraordinary crisis brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). The Department of Tourism (DOT) posted a heartwarming video of the Philippines in the time of the virus. We love the video. We love the message. It shows what a whole-of-government approach can do to uplift the spirit of a country. It also shows how a whole-of-country approach can help us get through the crisis, with our warm smiles intact. We help as one. We heal as one. Watch this awesome video:Continue reading We Heal As One: Nothing Can Take Our Smile Away
Like many of you, we’re looking forward to the re-opening of Boracay, scheduled on October 26, 2018. Since Boracay’s closure on April 26 this year, we’ve only seen glimpses of how this rested beach-paradise from news reports and government agency officials. While we do our countdown for the re-opening of Boracay on October 26, let’s summarize what we know so far. Continue reading Boracay October 26 Re-Opening: What We Know So Far
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)
There’s a lot of unfilled slots in our Philippine travel bucket list. One of those blank slots is Siargao, found in the province of Surigao del Norte, way south of Manila. It’s the undisputed surfing capital of the Philippines, with Cloud 9 at its core. If surfing is our thing, Siargao would be at the top of our travel list, but we don’t surf. Still, we intend to go there someday, not to surf, but to soak in the island vibe (sounds weird because we’re living in an island, sort of, in the first place). For those who don’t understand why surfers are raving about Siargao, watch this video from the Department of Tourism: Continue reading Surfing in Siargao: It’s More Fun in the Philippines
We’ve long wondered exactly how many individual Chocolate Hills are there, but we never got down to actual planning exactly how to do that. Good thing the Department of Tourism came out with this awesome video promoting the Philippines, Bohol in particular, and inviting everyone to come visit and see the Philippines. We won’t grow tired echoing this invitation. So, whether you’ve seen the Chocolates Hills or you’ve always wondered how many there are, you’ll enjoy this great video. Watch! Share! Continue reading It’s More Fun in the Philippines: How Many Chocolate Hills?
From learning new dance moves “at an 800-year old festival” to working on your photo skills “at the world’s selfie capital” — two of the 15 ways to have more fun in 2015, the new campaign by the Department of Tourism highlights the prospect that “any activity you want to do is definitely going to be more fun if you’re in the Philippines.” While we’re more attached to this year’s video (watch), we’re always willing to wait for the full unfolding of the 2015 tourism campaign. Watch the full video and see the 15 ways to have more fun in the Philippines, here: Continue reading 15 Ways to Have More Fun in 2015: Visit the Philippines Year 2015
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
Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) — the strongest recorded typhoon to hit land and one of the strongest typhoons in history — struck and devastated the Philippines on November 8, 2013. The Filipinos’ unbreakable spirit was bolstered by the outpouring of support from the world. There have been countless of “thank you” messages expressed, but this time, the Department of Tourism (DoT) is organizing a concerted movement. “This February 8, 2014, exactly three months after the typhoon, we want to be one in expressing our gratitude.” Share the photo through social media, check out the DoT twitter account, and register here. Update: Here’s the “thank you” video. Continue reading The Philippines Says Thank You
The second TV commercial launched by the Department of Tourism (DoT) explores various reasons why it’s more fun in the Philippines. It features photos/memes created by internet users. The opening statement: “We asked people why it’s more fun in the Philippines.” A collection of nice photographs labelled “It’s more fun in the Philippines”. Continue reading Why It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Department of Tourism TV Commercials