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Tourism booster

After six years of waiting, the Philippines was upgraded to Category-1 status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), meaning Philippine carriers may now expand their operations in the United States and, eventually, boost tourism and businesses between the two countries. The announcement, first made on Twitter by US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, came as a surprise as it had been expected to be made by US President Barack Obama during his state visit later this month.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Should CamSur’s tourism be anchored on CWC?

The strong reaction (“Report on tourists inaccurate, biased—Camsur gov,” Opinion, 3/15/14) of young and new Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte to the news report “Camarines Sur tourism figures down” (Across the Nation, 2/24/14), written by Juan Escandor Jr., was clearly in defense of the provincial government’s efforts to sustain the operations of CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) which has brought numerous economic benefits in the past under the able leadership of former governor LRay Villafuerte.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The next Boracay


It will be officially summer a week from now, and Holy Week two weeks later when the annual exodus to the provinces and the resorts begins.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Report on tourists inaccurate, biased-Camsur gov

The article is inaccurate and biased. Even Tourism Regional Director Maria Ravanilla can attest to this. For instance, the report says the number of tourists who visited Camarines Sur in 2013 declined, but it says the province has yet to submit its last quarter report for that year.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Site-specific’ tourism marketing


If the Department of Tourism, under Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez, banked on the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” slogan to “sell” the Philippines to the world’s tourists, the tagline, he says, is being tweaked a bit to make it more “site specific.”

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Treasure in Paete


Laguna offers a variety of attractions for tourists. Nature has blessed the province with lush mountains, hot springs, cold pools, and postcard-pretty landscapes. It offers folk crafts and distinct cuisine. It is the birthplace of heroes, and Jose Rizal is its most illustrious son.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Turnoff from ‘fun in the Philippines’


The slew of holidays during the Christmas season is often an enticing opportunity for leisurely travel around the country. And so it was particularly during the dry and cool weeks just past.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Holiday reflections


Last week I discussed the negatives that happened in 2013 and during the early years of the Aquino administration, negatives that can be corrected for the remainder of President Aquino’s term—if the recognition that they exist is there.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Nostalgia, modernity in world’s ‘Christmas capital’


My first stop in this city, on a day for sightseeing, was, would you believe, a local Starbucks.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Costa Rican adventure


At the risk of sounding like the tourism authority, I am making a strong pitch for Costa Rica as a “must-see country,” which is so different from other tourist destinations elsewhere—clean, green, pristine, peaceful and probably the only independent nation in the world that does not have a military, but more about that later.

Posted: September 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Let’s put our best foot forward for twin int’l events

The planned P250-million makeover of Roxas Boulevard for the forthcoming World Economic Forum on East Asia in 2014 and the Asia Pacific Economic Forum in 2015 is long overdue and a shot in the arm for Philippine tourism.

Posted: September 8th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Why not compromise on controversial hotel sale?


Here IS the latest on the controversy over the sale of the long-abandoned McAdore Hotel in Dagupan City:

Posted: July 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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