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The Philippines has some of the best islands with white sand beaches in the Pacific Ocean. These idyllic resort islands and white sand beaches are spread across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Some of the best Pacific white sand beaches are in northern Luzon, including the white beaches in Batanes, Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte and Palaui Island in Cagayan province.
Ortigas is a commercial center at the heart of Metro Manila and rivals Makati City and the Fort Bonifacio Global City in terms of its tall buildings, large shopping malls, five-star hotels, fine dining and tourism and leisure destinations. Located on the boundaries of Mandaluyong City, Pasig City and Quezon City, the Ortigas complex is on an expansion mode, with new developments across Ortigas towards the Corinthian Gardens and across the Shaw Boulevard towards Pioneer Street, where JG summit Holdings and Globe Telecom have erected new condominium buildings, hotels and office buildings.
Surigao del Norte province plans to offer more attractions beyond surfing to entice more visitors. In August, the local government held its first Siargao Surfing Festival, making the sport an official part of the province’s tourism programme. Aside from the usual surfing contest, the festival also involved an Agri and Aqua Trade Fair in the town of General Luna.
More tourist spots are now being developed on Siargao Island, including a mangrove fishing project to be patterned after Darwin, Australia’s mangrove sports fishing festival. The project will cover the town of Del Carmen, extending to the towns San Benito, Santa Monica and Pilar. The mangrove area on the island covers around 8,000 hectares.
Two international events are also held in Siargao - the International Surfing Cup in Gen. Luna and the International Game Fishing Competition in the town of Pilar.
Cagayan de Oro City will put up a cable car system as a tourist attraction. Mayor Vicente Emano said the planned cable car system will start in the upstream area of the Cagayan de Oro River to allow viewers a good view of the rapids. The ride will end at the back of the City Hall which is also along the river.
Almeria town in Biliran is intensifying the promotion of its little-known tourism destinations. Municipal councilor Leonel Morillo, who chairs the council’s committee on tourism, said that several spots, such as the waterfalls in the villages of Sampao and Caucab, have remained largely unknown to local and foreign tourists.
For a world-class shopping, dining and leisure experience, Manila has a lot to offer. Unknown to many, Metro Manila is a major metropolis that has different centers of commerce, pockets of development and leisure destinations. However, it would be better for foreign visitors and tourists who are visiting Manila for the first time to know some basic tips about moving around Metro Manila.
Manila has about two dozens of five-star hotels, and they are mainly found at the Ayala Center in Makati City, Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong City, the Manila Bay area along Roxas Boulevard, and the newly built Resorts World near the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City. These hotels are classified as deluxe hotels and have superior amenities and facilities to those of first-class hotels, standard hotels and economy hotels.
Guimaras, an idyllic island province which hogged the limelight four years ago because of an oil spill that has damaged its beaches and corals, saw tourists coming back in a big way, according to a report by BusinessWorld.
New hotels and resorts are supporting a double-digit growth in visitor arrivals in Legazpi City and Albay this year. Albay saw a dramatic 35 percent growth in visitor arrivals to around 300,000 in 2009, despite the impact of weather disturbances and threat of Mayon volcano eruption, according to Jose Briones, provincial tourism office of Albay.
"We expect another 40 percent growth in arrivals this year," Briones said, citing the increased capacity of the accommodation
Leyte province’s tourism potential has been cited by the regional office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). DTI provincial director Desiderio P. Belas, Jr. said the Northwest Leyte corridor is an ideal place for investment since it now hosts geothermal power plants, large industries, roll on-roll off (RO-RO) ports, an airport, schools and undiscovered tourist destinations.