He could make a beautiful song out of “Filipino”, “Bebot” or “Take U to the Philippines”. Apl.de.ap, or Allan Pineda Lindo, a Filipino-American member of the hip hop group Black Eyed Peas certainly celebrates his Filipino heritage through his music.
After growing 14 percent to around 2.6 million in 2005, international visitor arrivals to the Philippines surged 22.1 percent year-on-year in January, buoyed by the staging of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Tourism Forum in Davao City.
Entertainment City blooms. Property prices at the Entertainment City project in Paranaque City may further increase in the coming months, after doubling over the past four years, according to a report by Manila Standard Today.
International visitor arrivals to the Philippines hit a record high of 2.843 million in 2006, according to the Department of Tourism. "2006 was a good year for Philippine tourism," said Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano, adding that prospects for 2007 are even better, with the expected completion of new resorts and accommodation facilities that will bring the total number of hotel rooms to about 18,000 by yearend.
The government expects tourists from Taiwan to return to the Philippines, after Taipei lifted the red alert status for Taiwanese travellers bound for the country.
Most major Southeast Asian airlines have regular flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, with a few also flying to Cebu. Hong Kong is the best gateway to the Philippines because Cathay Pacific has five flights a day and Philippine Airlines has three. British Airways, Emirates and Gulf Air all fly to Manila through Hong Kong and it is possible to get good fares because they are keen to fill seats for the last leg of the journey.
Thai Airways has one or two flights a day from Bangkok , depending on the day of the week. Garuda flies twice weekly from Indonesia and Malaysia Airlines flies from Kuala Lumpur to Manila and Cebu.
Every week or so a cargo boat leaves Bitung in northern Sulawesi for General Santos, the Philippines' southernmost city. Boats also sail from Sandakan in Sabah to Zamboanga twice weekly.
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Cebu Pacific has launched direct flights between Manila and Phuket, Thailand, according to a report by ABS-CBN. Phuket, Thailand's biggest island, is the airline's 21st international destination and its second in Thailand after Bangkok.
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.
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.