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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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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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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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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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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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Life in the Time of Corona

Travel, both domestic and international, is practically dead at this time. Countries are closing their borders. The lockdown in the Philippines, for instance, bars all inbound international flights, as well as domestic flights. This means that hotels, restaurants, airlines, travel agencies and other tourism-related activities must take a big gulp of financial oxygen and hold on until the lockdown, called enhanced community quarantine in the Philippines, is lifted. 

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2020 HOLIDAYS: OFFICIAL LIST OF PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS

We always say that vacation planning is always better when done way in advance. Advance planning brings more bank to your buck (and your time). We are about to wrap up 2019 (see full list of 2019 holidays), so it’s time to plan for 2020. Here’s the official list of the nationwide holidays for 2020, per Proclamation No. 845:

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