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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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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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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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Patience in the Time of Covid-19: Travel Bug Special

The government has required people to stay put and stay at home during the Enhanced Community Quarantine, which has been extended to 30 April 2020, to lessen the transmission of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). This is not limited to the Philippines, of course. Throughout the world, we see medical frontliners reminding everyone that: “We came to work for you. Please stay home for us.

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We Heal As One: Nothing Can Take Our Smile Away

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:

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