Category: Trivia

Philippines Visitors

At least 6.3 million international arrivals and over 32 million domestic travellers by 2016 are now the new targets of the Department of Tourism (DOT), according to a report by Philippine Star.  Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said the government considers tourism as a frontliner and revenue driver in reducing poverty “so we want to make sure that the development of tourism is more sustainable and inclusive.”

Seair Tiger

South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) has partnered with Singaporean low-cost carrier Tiger Airways to lease two Airbus aircraft as well as an online marketing arrangement.  Under the agreement, SEAIR flights will be sold through Tiger Airways’ Internet booking system.  Southeast Asian Airlines also started its flights between Clark and Singapore on 16th December 2010.

Philippine Trivia

World's Largest Breast-feeding
On May 4, 2006, some 3,738 mothers simultaneously breastfed their babies for one minute at the San Andres Sports and Civic Center in Malate, Manila, breaking the old Guinness World Record set by 1,135 mothers in Berkeley, California on August 3, 2002.

World's Largest Kissing Scene
On February 14, 2004, some 5,327 couples in the Philippines kissed simultaneously for 10 seconds, setting a new record for the Guinness Book of World Records. The participants occupied two kilometers of Roxas Boulevard in Manila. The event was organized by toothpaste maker Close Up.

World's Largest Aerobics Class
On February 16, 2003, some 48,188 individuals participated in a simultaneous aerobics class at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Manila, breaking another Guinness World Record.

RP now has 42,008 villages

As of December 2008, the Philippines had 17 regions; 81 provinces; 136 cities; 1,495 municipalities or towns; and 42,008 barangays.

In the fourth quarter of 2008 alone, 13 new barangays or villages, including Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City (Metro Manila), were added in the Philippine Standard Geographic Code masterlist, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB).

Tourist arrivals hit new record high in 2008

International visitor arrivals in the Philippines hit a new record of 3.139 million in 2008, thanks to double-digit rise in volume of tourists from Europe and emerging markets such as Russia and India, despite the global economic downturn that affected movement of tourists in many countries.

The figure was up by 1.5 percent from 3.092 million arrivals recorded in 2007, according to Tourism Secretary Ace Durano. In 2007, arrivals grew 8.7 percent from 2.843 million.

Fast Rising Tourist Spots in the Philippines 2

CNN cites 3 Philippine beaches. Cable News Channel (CNN) has included three Philippine beaches on its list of the best 100 beaches in the world.  The Atlanta-based CNN said Puka Beach in Boracay, El Nido in Palawan, and Palaui Island in Cagayan are among the best destinations for beachgoers around the globe. It listed Palaui at No. 10, the only Southeast Asian beach in the Top 10.

Lonely Planet Philippines

Lonely Planet has included the Philippines as one of 10 best value destinations for 2011.  The Philippines was cited as the go-to spot "for those who desire nothing more than to find great, undiscovered beaches, surf the odd wave and eat unique, distinctive food for under US$20 a day."

Filipino Brands are Going Global

A number of Filipino brands are going global, thanks to franchising scheme that enables them to penetrate foreign markets, according to an industry group.
The Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) said 12 local brands have gone global, led by Potato Corner which now has the most number of franchises abroad with 54 stores. AFFI has 112 members comprised of micro, small and medium enterprises.