Cherry, a 22-year-old graduate of Mass Communication from a Manila-based university, ended up working at a health club that is actually a high-class brothel in Quezon City. Unable to get a job for which she was qualified, she had dabbled in low-paying jobs to help support her family before finding her way to Quezon Avenue. Her desperation eventually led her to become a sex worker earning as much as P5,000 a night.
Filipinos visiting local tourism sites will spend US$19 billion (PhP855 billion) this year, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTT).
The amount is close to one-third of the planned government budget for next year.
The Department of Tourism, DOT, has worked with its partner airlines, hotels, and tour operators to offer cheap travel and tour packages in the Philippines for the US market of as low as $799, including air fare and accommodation.
Budget carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) will start flights to Beijing on 5th September 2010. The airline will operate thrice-weekly services from Manila to Beijing using its fleet of Airbus aircraft. Beijing is Cebu Pacific’s 16th international destination and is part of the airline’s planned international expansion.
Pilar town in Bataan built what could be the longest zipline in Luzon. Pilar Mayor Charlie Pizarro said the Mt. Samat zipline is expected to attract environment and mountain lovers and boost awareness on environmental protection. The zipline, measuring 540 metres long, is considered to be the longest in Luzon. It was built on an area that is 43 metres above sea level overlooking Manila Bay, Pampanga and Bulacan.
The government aims to develop 10 strategic tourism areas in the country.
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the 10 “international tourism gateway clusters” are Laoag, Ilocos Norte (including Pagudpud) and Vigan, Ilocos Sur (with 373,000 underemployed and 172,000 unemployed among the local population); Central Luzon, which covers Subic-Clark-Tarlac-Corregidor, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, the Zambales coast, Bataan coast and inland, and Aurora (505,00