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The Philippines lights up Rizal Monument in solidarity with Paris, rest of the world

The country’s Rizal Monument in Rizal Park lights up in French national colors in a display of support for France and unity with the rest of the world following recent events in Paris. The Rizal Monument stands as a visual icon of the Philippines proud heritage and is as a major tourist attraction in the City of Manila.

The Philippines lights up Rizal Monument
The Philippines lights up Rizal Monument

The inaugural lighting ceremony was held in the evening of 16 November 2015. Viewers will continue to witness the special lighting display everyday until 20 November 2015, with the following schedule: 6PM, 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM.

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Philippines welcomes global support for resolution of Maritime disputes

Following Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario’s recent call for the United Nations (UN) to affirm international law as the great equalizer among States, however powerful or weak, the Philippine Mission to the world body welcomed the international community’s growing recognition that developments in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea maritime disputes concern the international community as a whole.

Sunset in West Philippine Sea
West Philippine Sea

Addressing the Legal Committee of the UN General Assembly at debate on the rule of law last October 16, Ambassador Lourdes Yparraguirre, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN, recalled that the root cause of the disputes is China’s claim of “indisputable sovereignty” over almost 90 percent of the South China Sea, as enclosed by its so-called Nine-Dash Line. Continue Reading

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More Tourists to visit Davao City this August for Kadayawan Festival 2014

The city government of Davao is expecting an increase of visitors for the month of August when people from nearby and outside the region flock to this city for the Kadayawan Festival.

kdayawan 2014City Tourism Officer Lisette Marquez said they expect 14 percent increase in visitor arrival this month with 180,000 guests compared to last year’s record of 150,000 visitors.

Aside from the festival, Marquez said the city is also host to several national conventions this month. In fact, the city is already seeing a rise in the number of people coming in.

“Several of our hotels are experiencing high occupancy rate during this period,” Marquez said after guesting at the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM Annex.

Benjie Banzon, general manager of The Royal Mandaya Hotel said the hotel industry is doing good with either high occupancy rate or fully booked status. He said August is among the months of the year when visitors come in time for the Kadayawan festival.

He also attributed this to the efforts extended by the Department of Tourism in promoting the city’s destinations and its corresponding “a must visit” events. Continue Reading

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Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2014 to end with a bash

Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival, the first international music and arts festival in the Asia-Pacific region, caps another successful year on its 3rd installment Monday, March 3, on the foothills of Mt. Malasimbo in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.

Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2014
Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival

The festival’s five-day affair which started on February 27 ends Monday evening by showcasing another set of local and international artists who will surely entertain and rock the worlds of the festival’s patrons and first-timers. Artists like Unlimited Rise, Mellow Submarine, Late Session II, Toto Delgado, Coco Jam, Mad Professor and Japoy are on the last day’s line up of performers. Continue Reading

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Philippine 5 Star hotels up for standardization

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) is eyeing for a standardization of five-star hotels in the country to meet the level of excellence that Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is known of.

What Thrills You in Resorts World Manila
Resorts World Manila

According to Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) chief operating officer, Domingo Ramon “Chicoy” Enerio III, in an interview, the DOT wanted this to make sure that the Philippines is not left behind from its neighboring countries. Continue Reading

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Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Resom sign P20-B tourism project

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has recently signed a contract with Korean-owned Resom Resort Phils. (Resom) for the development of a P20-billion world-class tourism resort complex in this Freeport.

An aerial view of the station and, to the left, Naval Air Station, Cubi Point. (courtesy of

SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto V. Garcia and Resom chairman Sang So Shin signed the lease development agreements that would pave the way for the construction of this landmark tourism project.

The first phase of the project involves the development of a prime waterfront property previously known as the mini-golf course with a gross area of two hectares and a buildable area of 6,000-square meter (sqm.).

Resom is committed to construct in this area a luxury hotel with around 300 rooms, convention facilities, pool, spa, restaurants and other support facilities. Continue Reading

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Top Hotel Casinos in the Philippines

The Philippines, a sovereign state in Southeast Asia is a place with a number of Tourist attractions. The diverse culture, music and arts festivals and wonderful beaches welcome tourists. The Philippines is also a place with a number of hotel casinos.

Resorts World Manila
Resorts World Manila is a casino resort in Newport City.

The resort is a combined venture of Genting HongKong and Alliance Global Group. The resort saw a soft launch in August 2009. The resort is also a sister resort to Resorts world Sentosa, Malaysia and Resorts World Genting.

Manila Waterfront Hotel is another hotel in the Philippines which is located 0.4 mile from Rizal Park. The hotel is at 0.7 mile distance from Baywalk and 3 miles from the giant Mall of Asia. The hotel has a 24-hour casino, and in addition to casino, it offers a poolside bar at the outside pool and complimentary breakfast. The 22-story hotel has 502 guest-rooms equipped with Wi-Fi access, coffee makers, International Direct Dial and minibars.

Casino Fillipino heritage, a casino in Manila is open 24 hours a day. The casino has a 21,316 square foot gaming space which features fifty-seven table games and 464 gaming machines. The Casino has four restaurants, a hotel and a bar with 484 rooms.
Pagcor Heritage is a top Casino in Philippines which is rated as a well accessible hotel casino in the country. The casino is situated at the cross of two famous highways. The hotel is just few minutes away from the largest malls and airport of Philippines. There is a variety of gaming tables in hotels for customers to choose from. The food here is delightful, and customers are sure to have comfort mixed with fun.

Casino Widus, the extravagant casino in Philippines greets every customer with innate hospitality. The tourists can have here, a great casino experience. The ambience of the hotel casino is so pleasant that it soothes the minds of people visiting the hotel. The entertainment and quality food in the hotel casino is good enough to capture hearts of people.

Legenda Hotel and Suites are the ultimate choice in Subic Bay, which guarantees utmost comfort and entertainment to travellers. The rooms here are elegant, and so are the cuisine and hotel services. The hospitality is worth-mentioning. Travellers can take a deep-dive in the Subic Bay and also admire the marine life.

At Thunderstorms Casino there is a party everyday and the casino gives visitors the best service and stay. Fiesta Casinos give out biggest cash prizes, cars, jackpots in Philippines. Casablanca Casino in the city of Angeles is one of the attractive Casinos in Philippines with a wide gaming space. The gaming space in the casino features 121 gaming machines and four table games. The hotel casino also has 239 spacious guest-rooms that allow visitors to relax the night of their stay. The hotel enjoys best of both worlds with just 5 minutes distance from sanctuaries and shopping places.

Casinos such as these offer all the casino games you can think of, however the gambling industry has recently taken a turn for the better, or worse, with the advent of online casinos. Establishments such as gaming club casino hold many advantages over their land-based counterparts, including the same range of games being made available, and not least the fact that you can play these games at anytime, anywhere you are. The popularity of these online casinos, which also allow players to practise their games for free before actually putting money down, has become somewhat of a worry for land-based casinos.

This doesnít seem to have resulted in a reduction in the amount of establishments around though, as a quick look at the amount of casinos in the Philippines here can show. There are also other casinos in the city like Casino Fillipino Angles, Casino Fillipino Apo View Hotel, and Casino Fillipino Olongapo etc where travellers can stay and enjoy during their visit to Philippines.

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Philippine tourism breaches 4M visitor arrival mark

Davao Samal IslandThe Philippines welcomed a total of 4,272,811 foreign visitors in 2012, posting a 9.07% increase from 3,917,454 visitors in 2011. This marks the first time in the country’s tourism history to surpass the 4 million visitor arrival mark.

 South Korea set a new all-time high by supplying a total of 1,031,155 visitors or 24.13% of the total visitor volume to the Philippines.  Registering 11.45% growth from 2012, South Korea remains the biggest market and the first to contribute one million visitors.

The United States of America came in second with 625,626 visitors, equivalent to a 15.27% share. Japan ranked third with 412,474 visitors or 9.65% of the total inbound traffic.

Other markets consistently providing significant volume and positive growth are China with 250,883 arrivals (5.87%), Taiwan with 216,511 (5.07%), Australia with 191,150 (4.47%), Singapore with 148,215 (3.47%), Canada with 123,699 (2.90%), Hongkong with 118,666 (2.78%), Malaysia with 114,513 (2.68%), United Kingdom with 113,282 (2.65%), and Germany with 67,023 (1.57%). Overseas Filipinos supplied 5.05% to the total tourist traffic at 215,943 arrivals, exhibiting a steady growth rate of 4.24%. Continue Reading

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Subic Bay Freeport tourism master plan bared

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is aiming to model this Freeport after Singapore’s Sentosa Island in order to make it a truly viable world-class tourist destination.

Lighthouse Marina Resort Subic
Lighthouse Marina Resort Subic

SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia, during the recent Third Planning and Development Conference on Rural Tourism held here, said the SBMA is conducting feasibility studies on the conversion of the Subic Bay International Airport into an integrated family resort similar to Sentosa. Continue Reading

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The Philippines brings FUN to the Middle East

The Philippines successfully rolled out its new tourism campaign It’s more fun in the Philippines at the recently-concluded 19th Arabian Travel Market (ATM) at the Dubai International Convention Centre targeting the Middle East high-end market.

Thunderbird Poro Point
Thunderbird Poro Point

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. shared, “As the region’s leading travel event, the ATM is an important venue to push our new tourism brand to various tour wholesalers and individual travellers. This is one of our efforts to tap the high-value Middle East market, considered one of the highest spending travellers in the world. This year’s participation is very timely to drum up awareness for our marketing campaign, as well as to sustain confidence and patronage from our partners in the region.” Continue Reading

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It’s more fun to retire in the Philippines

It’s more fun to retire in the Philippines!

Come to think of it, it’s really more fun to enjoy running, hiking, biking, cooking, food tripping and then sunset-watching before the cool evening or stargazing when the night falls.

These, as one thinks of a leisurely life in the horizon under the retirement program prepared by the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA). Continue Reading

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300,000 people watch Panagbenga flower festival grand street dancing parade

An estimated 300,000 visitors are in this mountain resort 250 kilometers north of Manila to watch the Baguio Flower Festival grand street dancing parade.

City tourism officer Benny Alhambra said the city is especially thankful for the special participation of Baguio’s sister cities in South Korea and Japan whose delegates wore their costumes in the parade.

As of Friday evening, all hotels and inns were already fully booked and many have to build their tents at camping sites at the Burnham Park.

The parade was lively as expected with the participation of 18 elementary and high schools here and neighboring provinces. Continue Reading

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