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SOCCSKSARGEN to launch ‘Festival of First Peoples’

KORONADAL CITY -- SOCCSKSARGEN's regional tourism office has invited local and foreign tourists to take part in the "Tau SOX: Festival of First Peoples" that begins Wednesday. The festival will feature the cultures of the SOCCSKSARGEN region, which consists of the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato and Sarangani, and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Tacurong and Gen. Santos. Explaining the festival's name, director of the regional tourism office, Nelly Dillera, said “Tau SOX” simply means people of "SOX" or the SOCCSKSARGEN region. "Tau", Dillera said, was lifted from the Nusantau (Tau) Hypothesis that states that there have been TAU or people traveling to the NUS or south even in pre-historic times. The Nusantau Hypothesis says that “Nus” is an Austronesian root word which means “south” and “tao” or “tau” refers …

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PH tourism destinations featured in taxis driving around New Delhi

Taxi cabs in New Delhi helped in promoting the Philippines' beautiful world class tourist destinations, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday. Philippine Ambassador to India Ma. Teresita C. Daza launched the taxi transit advertising of Philippine tourist destinations at the Embassy grounds on Oct. 10 as part of the Embassy’s continuing tourism promotion efforts in partnership with the Philippine Tourism Marketing Office in New Delhi. One hundred thirty taxis ply the roads of New Delhi, featuring key tourist attractions such as Bohol, Cebu, Davao, and Manila on the taxis’ sides and back. The use of taxi transit advertising is a powerful tool to raise awareness on Philippine tourism and to project the country’s beautiful tourist destinations. The taxis were also equipped with brochures containing five tour packages to famous tourism destinations in …

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Beyond Tourism

Palawan has been voted as the best island in the world. Puerto Princesa made its mark in the world because of the Subterranean River or what is more commonly known as the Underground River, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Seven Wonders of Nature. You can also go island hopping around Honda Bay where you can find one of my favorite snorkeling sites, Pambato reef. Palawan, popular for its clear waters, rich ecosystem, and pristine beaches has wooed tourists to visit its islands. In July, Republic Chemical Industries Inc. (RCI), maker of Pioneer Epoxy, and its affiliate Pioneer Adhesives Foundation Inc. (PAFI) as part of their corporate social responsibility, organized a three-day event to promote environmental awareness. Their campaign, “Our Earth, Our Responsibility” in collaboration with …

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37th MassKara Festival highlights to feature street, arena dance competitions

BACOLOD CITY -- The highlights of the 37th MassKara Festival this coming weekend will feature the much-awaited street and arena dance competitions in both school and barangay categories. On Saturday, seven elementary and four secondary schools are joining the showdown to be held in partnership between the Silver MassKara Festival Organization and the Department of Education Division of Bacolod City. Participants in the elementary level are Andres Bonifacio Elementary School-II, Rafael Alunan Elementary School, Bata Elementary School I, Handumanan Elementary School II, ETCS III (District VI), J.R. Torres Elementary School, and Francisco R. Flores Elementary School. Contestants in the high school category are Domingo Lacson National High School, Luisa Medel National High School, Fr. Gratian Murray, AFCS Integrated School, and Sum-ag National High School. There will be separate winners for the elementary and secondary …

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DoT, Davao bus operator launch Go Mindanao tour bus project

DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Davao Metro Shuttle officially launched Thursday the Go Mindanao Tour Bus Project during the Regional Tourism Assembly held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel. The launching was highlighted by the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and Go Mindanao (Davao Metro Shuttle) as witnessed by Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. "First phase of the Go Mindanao Tour Bus will start in March 2017," Davao Metro Shuttle President De Carlo Uy said. Davao Metro Shuttle revealed the initial destinations of the Go Mindanao Bus Tour namely: Cagayan de Oro, Mati (Davao Oriental), Siargao (Surigao del Norte), Bukidnon, Butuan, Pagadian, Davao, Camiguin. Surigao, Lake Sebu (South Cotabato), Dipolog (Zamboanga del Norte) and Cotabato. Uy said tourists will have the option to …

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DOT eyes Pacman fight in PH

MANILA -- Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo has expressed optimism that Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao might be able to stage a boxing bout in the Philippines, which will be a big boost to the country’s sports tourism. With the signing of the contract afoot for the country’s hosting of the Miss Universe pageant on January 30, 2017, Teo said the Department of Tourism (DOT) is banking on sporting events like boxing championships as a potential visitor market. “Sen. Pacquiao no doubt can help us score a knockout victory in terms of international visitor arrival if he were to fight in the Philippines. Imagine how the world stops to watch it against the backdrop of, let’s say Cebu City,” Teo said. Any of Pacquiao’s top rivals Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Jose Manuel Marquez would be …

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Historic Cairo to emerge as “bride in new dress” when renovation completes in 2020 — official

By Xinhua CAIRO -- "When all monuments in the Historic Cairo area are restored by 2020, Cairo will become a bride in a new dress," Mohamed Abdel Aziz, manager of Historic Cairo Developing Project (HCDP), said. "We have finished the restoration of 102 monuments out of the 200 on our renovation list, and we are working now on 39 others," Abdel Aziz, also an assistant to Egypt's minister of antiquities for the Islamic and Coptic monuments, told Xinhua in a recent interview. Historic Cairo, also known as Islamic Cairo, is a part of central Cairo noted for historically important mosques, madrasas (schools), fountains and other Islamic monuments dating back to as early as 10th century. With its 600 registered monuments, the 4-square km old city was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1979 …

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DOT on the lookout for new PH tourism slogan

The Department of Tourism's "It's More Fun in the Philippines" slogan will be soon replaced, said Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. During a media conference on Tuesday, Teo said a new slogan is set to be released in time for the Miss Universe (MU) 2016 pageant which will be held in the country. The DOT official revealed that statistics show the campaign was appealing yet ineffective, particularly in the European and North American markets. A Nielsen survey about the "It's More fun in the Philippines" branding shows, 65% of Europeans like the slogan, but only 26% intend to visit the country because of the said campaign. The same goes for North American countries, with 72% of those surveyed liking it but only 45% would like to visit the islands because of the slogan. DOT Undersecretary Katherine …

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AEDC to bid for NAIA project

Asia’s Emerging Dragon Corporation (AEDC) will submit a bid for the redevelopment of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) under the government’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme. The AEDC will have a foreign partner in bidding for the $1.65 billion project that would “improve the operational efficiencies” of the four NAIA terminals, both landside and airside, to meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. AEDC President Gen. Salvador Mison said, “We are participating in the bidding because we firmly believe in the growth potential of our country’s premier airport, given our past experience of pushing for Philippine aviation development.” The AEDC is confident it can provide viable solutions to NAIA’s inter-terminal connectivity as well as traffic congestion in the area. AEDC’s foreign partner is expected to provide the technical expertise in its long-term proposal. The National …

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Construction underway and planned for World War II Museum

NEW ORLEANS  — With eight projects under construction and 16 more on the drawing board, the National World War II Museum is about to take over 3 ½ square blocks in the city's Central Business District. Two new structures are being added to the museum campus to provide additional exhibition space, classrooms, a library offices and retail. The museum has started building the Hall of Democracy, a $33 million three-story pavilion for academic and outreach programs and additional exhibit space. Work is also underway on the nearly $12 million Bollinger Canopy of Peace. The Canopy will symbolize the hope and promise unleashed by the end of WWII hostilities. Museum officials say the 150-foot-tall structure will also unify the diverse campus in the enduring spirit of the wartime slogan, "We're all in this together!" "The second …

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