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Survivor Cagayan Boosts Tourism

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Popular American reality TV series Survivor, which was filmed on the idyllic Palaui Island in Cagayan province, began airing its new season, “Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty” on 27th February 2014.
Filipino film producers who joined the production said USA Survivor’s 27th and 28th seasons were filmed at Palaui Island, showcasing the sustainable tourism initiative of Cagayan Economic Zone Authority in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
 

Albay Province to Hosts APEC Events

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People of Albay province consider as another economic milestone their having easily hurdled  last week’s hosting assessment for the forthcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum events by the national organising council.

How Many Tourists Visit Cebu and Bohol

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Some 3.3 million foreign and domestic tourists visited Central Visayas in 2013, despite the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu provinces on 15th October and typhoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) that devastated Eastern Visayas on 8th November 2013.

The figure represents a 12.45-percent increase from the 2.9 million visitors recorded in 2012 and surpassed the original target of 3.03 million tourists for 2013.

Boracay and Palawan are Among Top Beach Islands in Asia

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Boracay and Palawan were once again cited as among the best islands in Asia.

The two were included in this year’s “Top 10 Islands in Asia” list of TripAdvisor, a popular travel ratings website. Boracay ranked sixth, while Palawan landed in the eighth spot.  Ko Tao in Surat Thani province in Thailand topped the list of TripAdvisor, which is based on travellers’ reviews and ratings. This was followed by Bali (Indonesia), Ko Phangan (Thailand), Ko Lanta (Thailand) and Gili Trawangan (Indonesia).

Ice Skating Rink at SM Megamall Opens

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SM Megamall Building D opened on January 28, 2014, marking the return of the ice skating rink and the birth of speed skating in the Philippines, the SM Group said.

It said such a feat, considered almost impossible in a tropical country, is an affirmation of the vision of SM founder Henry Sy Sr. who once dreamt that all Filipinos could be given a chance to skate on ice.

2014 Hot Air Balloon Festival in Lubao, Pampanga

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The Philippine International Balloon Festival 2014 will be held in Lubao, Pampanga on April 10 to 13 2014, according to Mr. Noel Castro, Jr., Chairman of the newly established corporation registered as Pilipinas International Balloon Festival Inc.

Mr. Castro said the annual festival has been moved to its new location in view of the air traffic situation in aviation-related activities at the Clark International Airport where some ten (10) international and domestic airlines now operate.

How Many People Visit Enchanted Kingdom?

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Some 1.7 million people visited Enchanted Kingdom (EK), the country’s largest theme park, in 2013.  Enchanted Kingdom Chairman and President Mario Mamon said the number of visitors dropped to 1.7 million last year.  "In the second half of 2013, the foot traffic was not good because of the bad weather conditions and the Typhoon Yolanda. Most of our group bookings last December were cancelled," he said.

Whale Sharks or Butanding in Legazpi City

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More foreign tourists are flocking to Legazpi City for the chance to interact with whale sharks, known locally as ‘butanding,’ which have stayed in the waters of Albay Gulf close to the seaport.

Donsol town in neighbouring Sorsogon has been known as the capital of butanding interaction in the country, an experience sought by guests from all over the world. That adventure is now also being offered in Legazpi City.

London as a Sightseeing Destination for Filipinos

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London BridgeLondon, the capital of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s financial hubs, presents the charm of an old world as well as the modern conveniences of a first-class city.
 
When Philippine Airlines relaunched its flights to London on November 4, 2013, after a 15-year hiatus, Filipino tourists are given an easier access to Europe via London.  PAL provides direct, non-stop flights of 14 to 15 hours between Manila and London.

Non-Gambling Side of Macau

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MacauThe Ruins of St. Paul's is the most visited historic site in Macau although what remains standing is the facade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei which was built by the Jesuits in 1602 but was destroyed by fire in 1835.  The ruins of St. Paul's College stand adjacent to the church.
 
In 2012, some 28 million tourists came to Macau, which had a population of just over 500,000.  Many of these tourists came from Hong Kong and mainland China.  Five million tourists arrived by planes, exceeding the total number of visitor arrivals in the Philippines, a country of over 100 million.
 
The average temperature in Macau (22.7 degrees Celsius) is about four degrees cooler than in the Philippines (26.6 degrees).  Aside from St. Paul’s, a tour of Senado Square leads to a public venue paved with wave-patterned stone mosaic.  It is also famous for its souvenir shops and stores.