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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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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!

BLUE LAGOON, PAGUDPUD ILOCOS NORTE

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Around the Philippines as witnessed by the setting/rising sun

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” –Jo Walton

 

The sun best accentuates the places we see. For a few minutes, the sun allows us time to meditate on what has been and what will be. Be it the daily work grind, weekend vacation, or an ordinary day, a sunrise or a sunset never fails to evoke beauty and optimism.

Here are some of the place I have been in the Philippines and the sun as my constant companion.

SUNSET

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under.” – C. JoyBell C.

Greenviews Resort sunset
CORONG-CORONG, EL NIDO, PALAWAN. The beach in Corong-corong gives the best view of the golden sun while lying on a hammock at Greenviews Resort.
CORONG-CORONG, EL NIDO, PALAWAN. This beautiful sunset to cap a day of hopping the different picturesque islands of El Nido.
CORONG-CORONG, EL NIDO, PALAWAN. This beautiful sunset to cap a day of hopping the different picturesque islands of El Nido.
CANIGAO ISLAND, MATALOM, LEYTE. Volunteered to take the photo of a group of volunteers from different countries who made a side trip to Canigao Island after their relief activities in Tacloban City.
CANIGAO ISLAND, MATALOM, LEYTE. Volunteered to take the photo of a group of volunteers from different countries who made a side trip to Canigao Island after their relief activities in Tacloban City.
MT. TAPYAS, CORON, PALAWAN. The sun turns gold as it waves goodnight.
MT. TAPYAS, CORON, PALAWAN. The sun turns gold as it waves goodnight.
Mount Tapyas, Coron, Palawan
MT. TAPYAS, CORON, PALAWAN. After a tiring climb over the 742 steps of Mount Tapyas, got a good view of Coron poblacion and this. Wew!
Bais City Negros Sunset
PAROLA, BAIS CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL. After a day of surveying the dolphin population in Tañon Strait, our group made a short trek to the parola a top the hills of Bais City and got a peek of the sun through bamboos.
Iloilo International Airport sunset
ILOILO AIRPORT. Shot through the glass filter of Iloilo International Airport.
MOUNT MANABU, BATANGAS. After climbing one mountain peak to another, we finally capped the long trek marveling as the sun paint the horizon to reddish hue.
MOUNT MANABU, BATANGAS. After climbing one mountain peak to another, we finally capped the long trek marveling as the sun covers the horizon with reddish hue.
SM City Cebu Radisson sunset
SM CITY CEBU. Hidden behind the tall Radisson Blu Hotel, the sky lit up to a mixture of blue and golden orange.
HACIENDA LUISITA, TARLAC (November, 2009). Had an exposure trip for a night and a day at Hacienda Luisita of the landlord family of President Aquino to commemorate 5 years of injustice after the Hacienda Luisita Massacre.
HACIENDA LUISITA, TARLAC (November, 2009). Had an exposure trip for a night and a day at Hacienda Luisita of the landlord family of President Aquino to commemorate 5 years of injustice after the Hacienda Luisita Massacre.
UP Diliman, Quezon Hall
QUEZON HALL, UP DILIMAN (March, 2010). Not quite sunset. Youth activists celebrate their victory against fee increases proposed in PUP and UP.

SUNRISE

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. –Bernard Williams

 

GUIMARAS. Surviving hours of bus travel from Kalibo, Aklan to Iloilo after a courtesy call to introduce our flood hazard mapping project.
GUIMARAS. Surviving hours of bus travel from Kalibo, Aklan to Iloilo after a courtesy call to introduce our flood hazard mapping project.
kiltepan peak, sagada, sunrise
KILTEPAN PEAK, SAGADA, MT. PROVINCE. Through an ocean of clouds, the sunrise greets tourists lying in wait.
Gibitngil Island, Medillin, Cebu
GIBITNGIL ISLAND, MEDELLIN, CEBU. Went for an ocular survey of Gibitngil Island for the water catchment project of Team BANG for the Unilab Ideas Positive contest.
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