Category Archives: Places

Sights and destinations that are as high as the skies, as steep as the mountains, as humble as the plains and as wide as the seas.

DOT Philippines Invades London’s Waterloo Station

Do you ever wonder how people as far back as those from the United Kingdom find their way to the Philippines for a holiday? Of course, there is the ever reliable Google that most tech savvy people turn to when looking up for specific information. But what of the ordinary people who are far too busy to hit the Internet? How do they find out that the Philippines is even a worthy travel destination?

Philippine Tourism Invades Waterloo Station


Well, spreading information and disseminating to the rest of the world the beauty that is the Philippines is the job of our Department of Tourism (DOT). Our DOT is responsible for creating Audio Visual Presentations (AVPs) to market Philippine Tourism to the world. This year, our DOT Philippines mounted one of the biggest campaigns and introduced(or reintroduced) our beautiful island destinations to people in London. They mounted a month-long campaign called Visit Philippines Again 2016 at London’s Waterloo Station – the busiest train station in England’s capital. DOT Philippines has truly outdone themselves in creating this marvelous tourism campaign. The campaign at London’s Waterloo Station featured a special immersion zone. Here, commuters are made to taste and feel the country’s beauty and shown many things to have “more fun” overall experience when they visit the Philippines. To encourage participation from Londoners and visitors alike, commuters were given instant prizes and a chance to win a holiday to the Philippines. In order to win, Waterloo Station commuters took part in any one of the activities such as taking “foot selfies” using floor stickers mapped around the station course, taking part in the 3D selfie stand, and experiencing the Philippine islands in the virtual reality pods that features the 360 images of Philippine scenery taken by our very own Rommel C. Bundalian.

In addition to the experiential zone, the campaign also featured a month-long Philippine branding presence at the station including London Waterloo’s large motion digital screen, which is Europe’s largest digital motion display, floor media, large banners and showcase offers from Secret Escapes, Hayes and Jarvis, Explore, Dive Worldwide, Netflights and Philippine Airlines.

Can’t quite picture how DOT Philippines did the campaign? Well, check out this video from the YouTube channel of PDOT London.
Enjoy and be amazed at how awesome this Philippine Tourism campaign at London’s Waterloo Station is!

Now folks, you now know how Philippine Tourism is marketed to the people in the United Kingdom. What do you think of the campaign?

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Gone fishing in Tibiao River, Antique

Tibiao town, Antique is about a two-hour drive away from Boracay Island jump off point, Caticlan. Tourism in this sleepy town is starting to pick up with Malalison / Mararison Island drawing droves of tourists.  The development of the Tibiao Eco-Adventure park has also complemented tourism efforts.

The attractions in Tibiao Eco-Adventure Park hinge on the beauty of the Tibiao River with its infinite flow of clear waters gushing along its rocky channel. White water rafting, ziplines, waterfalls trekking, and the Kawa hot bath are among the activities one can avail here.

While observing Tibiao River for our hazard mapping  project, I spotted some kids scouring for fishes, shrimps, and shells in Tibiao River, Antique. This barkada spent hours diving, spearfishing with their home-made pana / arrows, and turning rocks for a catch good for lunch and/or dinner.

One of the beautiful sights of Tibiao River in Antique. The mini-falls is formed from a small dam near the Kawa Hot Bath.

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Hotel hopping in Iloilo

The hotel you find for your vacation plays a significant part of how much you will enjoy your time. Even the most beautiful tourist spots will be forgotten if you get yourself into a bad hotel.  To avoid this problem, I refer to discounted agency travel packages to get an idea of the hotels to check out. TripAdvisor is a good resource too.

Since I have been hopping between Iloilo and Cebu lately, I would just like to share short reviews of the hotels I have stayed in in my short trips to this quaint city.


Richmonde Hotel

Richmonde Hotel
Richmonde Hotel sits right in the middle of the new Iloilo Business Park.

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Water and Sands in the Philippines

Just a few days ago Cebu registered a high 44.1 degrees heat index according to PAG-ASA Mactan. According to the said local state weather bureau, the heat index (also called human discomfort index) is the actual temperature felt by the body based on air temperature, humidity, and the surrounding environment. Quite a number of people on my FB feed shouted their discomfort with a slew of posts ranging from how polar caps are melting to comparisons of heat felt to the fires of hell reiterating how HOT this summer is becoming.

When it is this HOT, you can’t helped but think of the many places you’d rather want to be than stay at your sauna-like home. Luckily, the Philippines is blessed with a lot of wonderful places offering escape from the summer heat. As an archipelago, our country literally abounds with bodies of water that will refresh you!!! Here are a few outside of Cebu that I was fortunate enough to have visited over the years. I believe these will give you reason to hop on a ferry or book your next flight out of the city!


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Compact Bohol 1-Day Tour: 9 Beautiful spots in a day

Travelling to Cebu’s next door neighbor has always been a plan but I never had the chance to explore the beautiful places of Bohol. So when I heard that my former classmate, Mich, along with her friends and cousins will be exploring the island, I got myself on board.

We were able to book a van for our Bohol Day Tour for P1,050 each for 12 pax inclusive of entrance fees and buffet lunch during the Loboc River Cruise. The itinerary included 10 tourist spots of Bohol: Hinagdanan Cave, Blood Compact Shrine, Dauis Church, Loboc Church, Loboc Floating Restaurant, Chocolate Hills, Man-made Forest, Tarsier Conservation Center, Hanging Bridge, and Prony. Continue reading Compact Bohol 1-Day Tour: 9 Beautiful spots in a day

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Canigao Island

Canigao Island of Matalom, Leyte is my first trip in Eastern Visayas as a tourist. I once visited Palo and Tacloban, Leyte during a leadership conference a decade back but didn’t have a chance to tour around.

At work, our colleague in UP Cebu pitched for this lovely island for our summer vacation / adventure last year. We conceded gladly after a quick check over the Internet of photos featuring Canigao Island (Due also to a hospitable offer that her family in Matalom will send us off with food :)). Continue reading Canigao Island

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Northern Negros Occidental

Northern Negros Occidental is a happy mix of rural and city life. A halo-halo of the old and new. Happy to frequent this quaint place.

The Ruins is mistaken as a Bacolod tourist spot. However, it is actually located in Talisay City and perhaps the most popular tourist itinerary for people who visit Negros via Bacolod or Silay (Related post: A quick visit to The Ruins).

The Ruins
The restoration efforts around The Ruins has transformed an abandoned, rundown mansion into Negros Occidental’s most famous tourist spot.

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Gigantes Islands

Located in Iloilo’s north, the beautiful Gigantes Islands of Carles Municipality share the Visayan Sea with the fisherfolks of Negros Occidental and Cebu. Going there would take around 2 hours of land travel (private vehicle) from Iloilo City to Estancia port and another 3 hours through the sea on a motorized banca from Estancia town.

The boat-ride is quite rough so those who are prone to sea-sickness or motion-sickness better take some medicine beforehand.

Your island hopping itinerary would be a mix of white islands and sandbar, the blue sea, a “living” cave, and good dose of fun minus the distraction of a mobile connection. To top that, cheap fresh seafoods abound. Shells sell at around 200 pesos to fill a basin.

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South Cebu itinerary: Osmeña Peak, Tumalog Falls, Cangcua-Ay Beach, and Aguinid Waterfalls

To maximize what remains of the holiday break for another adventure, off I went with friends to visit Cebu’s popular southern tourist destinations. On our itinerary were: Osmeña Peak in Mantalongon, Dalaguete; Tumalog Falls in Oslob; Cangcua-Ay Private Beach in Tan-awan, Oslob; and Aguinid Waterfalls in Tangbo, Samboan.

The itinerary was quite pain-inducing: A good climb and descent to/from Osmena Peak; an uphill walk through the steep road from Tumalog Falls; the 200+ steps of Cangcua-Ay Private Beach; and the trek through the 5 levels of Aguinid Waterfalls. Continue reading South Cebu itinerary: Osmeña Peak, Tumalog Falls, Cangcua-Ay Beach, and Aguinid Waterfalls

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