Travel and Tourism

'Balut': Yucky but yummy

'Balut': Yucky but yummy

March 18, 2019, 12:32 pm

MANILA -- Some foreigners find it yucky but to Filipinos, "balut" (boiled duck embryo) is one yummy delicacy that will never go out of style. Adding to the peculiarity of this appetizing street food is the melodious way vendors go about selling their wares throughout the night. Cries of balut will… Read More

DOH-Calabarzon provides more lifeguards to secure tourists

DOH-Calabarzon provides more lifeguards to secure tourists

March 14, 2019, 7:58 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) 4-A (Calabarzon) has intensified its campaign on the safety and security of tourists engaging in water activities in the region through the Lifeguard Qualification Training Program. The training, which was held in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas from March 4-13,… Read More

2 hot air balloon fests set in Pampanga in April

2 hot air balloon fests set in Pampanga in April

March 14, 2019, 4:27 pm

MANILA -- Two hot air balloon festivals will be held in Pampanga next month, bringing once again the spotlight to the province as the Philippines' prime sports aviation events hub. The Lubao International Hot-Air Balloon and Music Festival, to be held on April 5-7, will be followed by the Front… Read More

Korean Air grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 planes until safety proven

Korean Air grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 planes until safety proven

March 14, 2019, 3:16 pm

MANILA -- South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air (KE) on Thursday announced it would not operate Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft "until safety is perfectly secured". "It's our own initiative. For now, the South Korean government has ordered Eastar Jet to suspend the operation of B737 Max 8, as it… Read More

Korean Air bares 50th anniversary plans

Korean Air bares 50th anniversary plans

March 12, 2019, 8:26 am

MANILA -- South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air (KE) celebrates its 50th year this month, with more bold and exciting plans awaiting travelers. So Yeon Park, Korean Air's Global Communication Team assistant manager, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that continuous upgrade, new fleets, a new… Read More

Local tourists comprise 75% of arrivals in Dumaguete

Local tourists comprise 75% of arrivals in Dumaguete

March 11, 2019, 2:11 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY – About 70 to 75 percent of the total tourist arrivals in Dumaguete City are local visitors and mostly Filipinos. City Tourism Officer Jacqueline Veloso Antonio on Monday said it has been a trend since around 2014 that local tourists are far greater in number than foreigners,… Read More

Revisiting Antipolo's famous 'Hinulugang Taktak'

Revisiting Antipolo's famous 'Hinulugang Taktak'

March 11, 2019, 12:32 pm

MANILA -- Pissed off with the daily commuting grind in Metro Manila's hot, steaming and concrete jungle? There is no need to look farther as "Hinulugang Taktak" Falls, one of Antipolo City's most famous landmarks, is a perfect venue for a weekend getaway.  Located 21 kilometers from Manila and… Read More

Boracay citation reflects acceptance of PH tourism reforms: DOT

Boracay citation reflects acceptance of PH tourism reforms: DOT

March 3, 2019, 1:20 pm

MANILA -- The recent naming of Boracay and El Nido as Asia's best beaches in the TripAdvisor 2019 Travelers' Choice Award reflects acceptance on the country's reforms and new policies to attain sustainable tourism, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Sunday. “We take it that this… Read More

 US travel firm names Boracay among best beaches in Asia

US travel firm names Boracay among best beaches in Asia

March 2, 2019, 6:10 pm

MANILA-- Boracay's White Beach was named the ninth best beach in Asia in TripAdvisor's 2019 Travelers' Choice Award. The recognition came following the island resort's reopening after it went through a six-month intensive rehabilitation last year. The award named 24 other beaches in Asia's Bests… Read More

PRRD to tap Gray as PH tourism ambassador: DOT

PRRD to tap Gray as PH tourism ambassador: DOT

February 26, 2019, 5:58 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) will continue working with Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray in promoting the Philippines as President Rodrigo Duterte seeks to tap the beauty queen as the country's tourism ambassador, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Tuesday. "We want her to… Read More

Baguio City remains all-time favorite summer destination

Baguio City remains all-time favorite summer destination

February 23, 2019, 1:44 pm

MANILA -- With the scorching months of March, April and May coming soon, expect thousands of Filipinos to flock to Baguio City (aka the City of Pines) to escape the searing heat. Located 4,810 feet or 1,470 meters above sea level, the nation's Summer Capital is also known for its "Panagbenga" or… Read More

Puyat defends font, logo of refreshed PH tourism campaign

Puyat defends font, logo of refreshed PH tourism campaign

February 20, 2019, 3:24 pm

MANILA -- Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Wednesday defended the country's refreshed tourism campaign after its new font and logo generated a few negative reactions from social media users. "The logo is inspired by woven textiles, the green is the rice terraces, the blue is the water… Read More

PH now included in Argentina's easy visa access system

PH now included in Argentina's easy visa access system

February 20, 2019, 12:37 pm

MANILA -- Filipinos holding a non-immigrant B2 United States visa, who are planning to visit Argentina, may now find it easier to apply for a visa in the South American country. The Argentine government has included the Philippines among a group of selected countries that may avail of easier… Read More

DFA bares countries allowed visa-free entry to PH

DFA bares countries allowed visa-free entry to PH

February 19, 2019, 3:40 pm

MANILA -- In line with the country's refreshed tourism campaign inviting foreign tourists to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday released the list of nationals allowed visa-free entry to the country. The list, styled with the new font and logo for the country's… Read More

Gov't committed to ensure tourists' safety

Gov't committed to ensure tourists' safety

February 18, 2019, 9:07 pm

MANILA -- Despite the recent Jolo bombings that prompted the issuance of fresh foreign travel advisories on the Philippines last month, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) assured foreign tourists the government is committed to their safety and security in the country. DILG… Read More

DOT eyes rehab in Siargao, Coron

DOT eyes rehab in Siargao, Coron

February 18, 2019, 8:21 pm

MANILA-- The national government is serious in its bid for a sustainable tourism industry in the Philippines, Tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on Monday as she bared that future rehabilitation efforts are seen in Siargao and Coron. This as ongoing activities in Manila Bay, Boracay, and… Read More

PH launches refreshed tourism slogan

PH launches refreshed tourism slogan

February 18, 2019, 6:49 pm

MANILA-- The Philippines is repurposing the word "fun" in its old tourism slogan, "It's More Fun in the Philippines", by involving the travelers themselves and incorporating sustainability in the refreshed campaign. At the unveiling ceremony on Monday, Tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said… Read More

DOT opens one-stop shop for tourism biz in NCR

DOT opens one-stop shop for tourism biz in NCR

February 15, 2019, 1:40 pm

MANILA-- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is opening an express accreditation stop for primary tourism enterprises in the National Capital Region (NCR) from February 18 to 22 and from February 26 to 27. In an announcement Friday, the DOT said the initiative, in coordination with the Department of… Read More

Ensure tourism enterprises are accredited, LGUs told

Ensure tourism enterprises are accredited, LGUs told

February 12, 2019, 9:26 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday reiterated calls from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to all local government units (LGUs) to ensure the accreditation of primary tourism enterprises (PTEs) in their respective areas. In a memorandum issued last week,… Read More

Taiwan targets 500K Pinoy tourists in 2019

Taiwan targets 500K Pinoy tourists in 2019

February 12, 2019, 3:18 pm

MANILA -- Taiwan targets to attract 500,000 Filipino tourists this year, a ranking officer of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau said Tuesday. Abe Chou, director of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau for Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei, said more than 400,000 Filipino tourists visited Taiwan in… Read More