Travel and Tourism

P15-M butterfly garden, koi lagoon to boost Iloilo City attraction

P15-M butterfly garden, koi lagoon to boost Iloilo City attraction

April 5, 2024, 4:35 pm

ILOILO CITY – The Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC) on Friday officially turned over to the city government here the PHP15 million "Green Butterfly Garden" and the "Blue Koi Lagoon" that will boost the city attraction at the public plaza in La Paz district. "In transforming the La Paz… Read More

Ilocos Norte sustains tourism growth with increased tourist arrivals

Ilocos Norte sustains tourism growth with increased tourist arrivals

April 4, 2024, 8:38 pm

LAOAG CITY – More local and foreign tourists are visiting Ilocos Norte, securing its spot as one of the premier tourism destinations in the country. Tourist arrival data released on Thursday show that the province welcomed nearly 342,000 visitors during the Holy Week, Xavier Ruiz,… Read More

All set for Biliran’s Higatangan Island summer fest

All set for Biliran’s Higatangan Island summer fest

April 4, 2024, 6:25 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – Higatangan Island in Naval, Biliran is all set for its annual summer event that will draw at least 5,000 tourists over the weekend. Visitors from Biliran province and neighboring provinces are expected to flock to Higatangan on April 5 to 7 to enjoy the various activities lined… Read More

Cebu Pacific cancels 6 Tacloban flights

Cebu Pacific cancels 6 Tacloban flights

April 4, 2024, 9:05 am

MANILA – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) has canceled six Tacloban flights scheduled for Thursday, despite the resumption of Tacloban airport's runway operations on Wednesday afternoon. In an advisory posted Wednesday evening, CEB said the following flights are canceled on April 4:• DG… Read More

Intramuros gets record-breaking 2.2M visitors last Holy Week

Intramuros gets record-breaking 2.2M visitors last Holy Week

April 3, 2024, 8:11 pm

MANILA – The walled city of Intramuros drew about 2.2 million visitors last week as it opened its churches and streets to the Catholic faithful for the Lenten season. The number surpasses both the 2023 figures of over 980,000 and the pre-pandemic level of one million in 2019. Intramuros… Read More

PH ‘eatsperience’ to run yearlong; showcase Filipino food in Manila

PH ‘eatsperience’ to run yearlong; showcase Filipino food in Manila

April 3, 2024, 7:11 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has launched its newest food tourism program, the “Philippines Eatsperience” to showcase local cuisine and popular Filipino street food, starting in two popular landmarks in Manila —the Rizal Park and Intramuros. The program’s concept, albeit… Read More

Tacloban flights canceled due to emergency runway repair

Tacloban flights canceled due to emergency runway repair

April 3, 2024, 2:25 pm

MANILA – Local carriers have canceled flights between Manila and Tacloban due to emergency runway repairs at the Tacloban airport on Wednesday. In an advisory, Cebu Pacific (CEB) said it has canceled the following flights:5J 651/652: Manila – Tacloban – Manila 5J 653/654: Manila – Tacloban… Read More

PAL to launch nonstop flights to Seattle, revive Japan routes

PAL to launch nonstop flights to Seattle, revive Japan routes

April 2, 2024, 4:03 pm

MANILA – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Tuesday announced the launch of nonstop flights between Manila and Seattle in the United States starting October 2. In a press conference, PAL president Stanley Ng said the airline chose to launch Seattle for the long-haul flight but is also… Read More

DOT-Cordillera: Provide experiential tourism to sustain gains

DOT-Cordillera: Provide experiential tourism to sustain gains

April 1, 2024, 8:52 pm

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Tourism in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOT-CAR) said stakeholders should take advantage of the gains of experiential tourism to increase return visits. Destinations must come up with activities which tourists can participate in and will give a personal… Read More

Boracay readies security, safety measures for tourists this summer

Boracay readies security, safety measures for tourists this summer

April 1, 2024, 7:55 pm

ILOILO CITY – The Malay local government has activated its municipal incident management team to monitor tourist arrivals in Boracay Island this summer. “In terms of preparation, we consider our peace and order and security, medical and emergency preparedness, as well as our solid waste… Read More

Manaoag logs over 600K visitors during Holy Week

Manaoag logs over 600K visitors during Holy Week

April 1, 2024, 7:50 pm

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – Around 600,000 visitors trooped to the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan during the Holy Week. Manaoag Mayor Jeremy Agerico Rosario, in a phone interview on Monday, said devotees and visitors started to flock to the church on Maundy Thursday… Read More

Mingay Beach: An off-the-grid getaway

Mingay Beach: An off-the-grid getaway

March 28, 2024, 6:43 pm

LAOAG CITY – Off the beaten path is the majestic cove of Mingay located in the quaint village of San Julian in Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan. It is described by both locals and visitors as a hidden gem, and unique for being both a recreation and economic place, being located in a fishing village. It is… Read More

Hundred Islands National Park: a one-stop vacation hub

Hundred Islands National Park: a one-stop vacation hub

March 26, 2024, 6:33 pm

ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan – The Hundred Islands National Park (HINP), which has 17 islands that are open to public, is a place for a dynamic family, group, or solo vacation for its sceneries and activities that are tailored-fit for the needs of every tourist. The city government of Alaminos has… Read More

PH-Thai ‘two-country, one-destination’ tie-up eyed in June

PH-Thai ‘two-country, one-destination’ tie-up eyed in June

March 22, 2024, 3:42 pm

MANILA— Thailand is hoping to sign within the year a tourism deal with the Philippines that would jumpstart the “two-country, one-destination” initiative, its top diplomat in the Philippines said Friday. Under the concept, the two governments will ramp up promotions and encourage foreign… Read More

CebuPac cancels Pagadian flights due to runway repair; options offered

CebuPac cancels Pagadian flights due to runway repair; options offered

March 21, 2024, 5:25 pm

MANILA – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) is cancelling its Pagadian flights from April 15 to May 15 in line with the Pagadian Airport’s closure for runway repair. "As safety is of paramount concern, operations will be suspended until the works have been completed and we have assessed and… Read More

PAL to reroute Pagadian flights to Dipolog April 15 to May 15

PAL to reroute Pagadian flights to Dipolog April 15 to May 15

March 19, 2024, 8:19 pm

MANILA – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will reroute its Pagadian flights to Dipolog due to the airport's monthlong closure from April 15 to May 15. Pagadian Airport's runway will be repaired and rehabilitated during this period. In an advisory, PAL said Dipolog will serve as its… Read More

Holy Week 'drop-pick up' to allow more tourists in Hundred Islands

Holy Week 'drop-pick up' to allow more tourists in Hundred Islands

March 19, 2024, 6:50 pm

ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan – The Alaminos City government will implement the “drop and pick up” policy for tourists visiting the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) during the Holy Week. The policy aims to accommodate the expected influx of tourists in the 17 islands of the national park,… Read More

Alaminos City targets to become eco-sports hub

Alaminos City targets to become eco-sports hub

March 18, 2024, 4:01 pm

ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan – The city government here is eyeing to make the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) an eco-sports hub with the success of the relay race activity during this year’s Hundred Islands Festival celebration. The race, held last March 15, was called Amazing Race Challenge… Read More

Oceana cruise returns to Salomague Port with 500 passengers

Oceana cruise returns to Salomague Port with 500 passengers

March 18, 2024, 3:09 pm

LAOAG CITY – International cruise ship Oceana Cruises MS Insignia again docked at Salomague Port in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur on Monday with around 500 passengers, after its initial visit on June 9, 2023. Araceli Salem, operations officer of the Department of Tourism Laoag sub-office, said the… Read More

Disputes should not affect surge of Chinese tourists in PH – solon

Disputes should not affect surge of Chinese tourists in PH – solon

March 17, 2024, 6:42 pm

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) must lure more tourists from China after a “very encouraging” surge of Chinese tourists in the Philippines, Quezon City 4th District Rep. Marvin Rillo urged. Rillo said he is counting on the tourism industry to drive the creation of new jobs in… Read More