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Tourism Campaign: It's MORE FUN in the Philippines!

Updated on March 15, 2012

As the year 2012 opens for the Philippines with diverse emotions and alarming news, the Department of Tourism is hopeful that amid such catastrophes, it is more fun to travel in the beautiful 1,707 islands of this tropical country.

As a Filipino, I welcome this new campaign:It's More Fun in the Philippines! with lots of optimism.

Here are my personal reactions regarding this trending topic both in Facebook and Twitter and other social media online.

  1. I've seen a glimmer of hope as this campaign shed a ray of light on the first week of January. We all know that the country is facing disastrous effects due to natural calamities, aside from internal problems in politics, as in the impeachment of Supreme Court Judge Renato Corona.
  2. The news at the prime television networks in the country will draw mix reactions, both positive and negative. I will add my thoughts on the positive side as this slogan will bring more jobs to small business owners and individuals who are jobless right now.
  3. This tourism campaign will bring more tourists here in the Philippines!
  4. Redefining FUN through tourism may be a double-meaning word, both clean and dirty. What do you think?

Photo by Travel Man
Photo by Travel Man

Have a visit to my country, Philippines!

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What to expect for the Philippine tourism this 2012

Aside from the Philippine heritage sites being marveled and peddled to visiting tourists through online travel promos and beautiful pictures online, there's more-than-meets-the eye once you descend at the tarmac of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Paranaque then with the connecting flights to the strategic tourist destinations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Let me refresh my memory regarding the national tourist spots that are promoted each year to lure tourists to visit and have some fun here in the country. Take note, aside from inhaling the tropical fresh air of the countryside, these foreign tourists will also have fun at the lists of surprises that will amaze or annoy them.

Luzon has its surfing spots, the Banaue Rice Terraces (Mountain Province at the northern part), Rizal Park (Iis compared to Vatican City in Rome when it comes to its size), the CWC (Camarines Sur Watersports Complex in Bicol Region),Mayon Volcano in Albay, Underground River (in Palawan), to mention a few.

Visayas has its Chocolate Hills (in Bohol), Boracay (in Aklan) and lots of heritage sites.

Mindanao have many amazing falls (as in Maria Cristina Falls in Lanao), heritage sites in Camiguin island and Dapitan. The only hindrance in order to boost tourism is the insurgency happening in the peninsula.

The hospitality being given by the Filipinos is unequaled. The term will have a deeper meaning, as in treating you like an old member of the family.


A Trek to the Mountains c/o MrMusicman1971

Travel Man as a local tourist

I love to travel and take memorable photos whenever my camera can (as long as its batteries endure).

Last year, with the help and invite of family and friends, I was able to document some of the beautiful spots that are known to the locals and hidden to the public eye.

While writing hubs regarding travel and places here in the Philippines, I started sharing what I did aside from just sitting in front of the desktop computer.

I assure you that pictures really paint not only thousand but gazillion of words that you can add.

Let's revisit those places, once again and you will agree that it is really 'more fun' to visit the Philippines this year.

I also included the albums of those photos for you to enjoy and appreciate with.

(Copyrighted, personal writings and opinion by travel_man1971 aka Ireno Alcala)

Some of my adventures as local tourist

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Manito, Albay for its hotsprings (Photo by Travel Man)Penafrancia Fiesta in Naga City every September (Photo by Travel Man)The Vista at Del Socorro, Minalabac, Camarines Sur (Photo by Travel Man)Wakeboarding @ CWC-Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (Photo by Travel Man)Jogging time at Mall of Asia grounds (Photo by Travel Man)
Manito, Albay for its hotsprings (Photo by Travel Man)
Manito, Albay for its hotsprings (Photo by Travel Man) | Source
Penafrancia Fiesta in Naga City every September (Photo by Travel Man)
Penafrancia Fiesta in Naga City every September (Photo by Travel Man) | Source
The Vista at Del Socorro, Minalabac, Camarines Sur (Photo by Travel Man)
The Vista at Del Socorro, Minalabac, Camarines Sur (Photo by Travel Man) | Source
Wakeboarding @ CWC-Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (Photo by Travel Man)
Wakeboarding @ CWC-Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (Photo by Travel Man) | Source
Jogging time at Mall of Asia grounds (Photo by Travel Man)
Jogging time at Mall of Asia grounds (Photo by Travel Man) | Source

It's More Fun in the Philippines c/o paudelange

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @tanveerbadvari: Thank you for the recognition you've cited. The campaign helped boost the tourism industry in my country amid the complexities of life that intl. tourists can see whenever they visit my country.

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      tanveerbadyari 5 years ago

      Philippines is growing as a tourist destination and as a hotspot for outsourcing companies from U.K and USA.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @nilofuentes2004@yahoo.com: We're on the same boat or advocacy regarding our country. TOURISM can generate more jobs to our fellow countrymen. The government should continue creating jobs for them or accept their ideas for the local, undiscovered tourist spots that can be appreciated, enjoyed and properly exploited.

      Thanka you for appreciating this hub.

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      nilofuentes2004@yahoo.com 5 years ago

      great campaign---bec. of this i took my wife to baguio city..first time for her..she enjoyed so much that we would do more trips to other places in our country...i am very proud of our country and to those who initialized this campaign. i love nature as well as travelling...one thing i would like to share...lets all help achieve this so every filipino benefits..lets fight corruptions--the bottomline of our instability....

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @senderwollas: Yes, I believe you, but promotions in tourism here in my country really banner this 'mantra' this 2012.

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      senderwollas 6 years ago from Earth :)

      Well, I suppose Philippines has a huge competitor on that market, I'm talking about India. India has more variants of trips (cultural, heritage, etc.)

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @looniestlove: Haha! I will always take side on having MORE FUN!

      I just hope that those entrance fee we usually give to the staff of those tourist spots will be put to use, like the maintenance, improvement of such local attractions.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @IslandVoice: Thanks if you'll do that. I am hoping this post will go viral in order to help boost our tourism industry.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @mr kumbah: Thanks and I hope you'll visit my country soon.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Rachel Richmond: Thanks, Ms. Rachel. I am sure you'll have more fun re-tracing the history of my ancestors if you can visit the underground river in Palawan.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @moiragallaga: I felt the same reaction. It's a two-meaning slogan that can go over the extreme if some fraudulent businessmen will use it to promote other things in our country (like prostitution, drugs, etc.).

      Anyway, thanks for dropping by, Moira. :D

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @htodd: Thank you for appreciating this post. I was reluctant to finish this, but at least, I'm helping my country promote its tourist spots. This will more jobs to my countrymen.

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      looniestlove 6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      This is a great hub, thanks for sharing this with us,, how about you do you agree that it is more fun in the Philippines? hehe I surely agree that its more fun in the Philippines...thia is a very interesting and useful hub...

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 6 years ago from Hawaii

      I'll post this on my friends fb page:"Exciting Philippines" where there is a robust conversation going on about this. I enjoyed your writing.

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      mr kumbah 6 years ago

      Very good hub , its alaways a place I wanted to go .

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      Rachel Richmond 6 years ago from California

      Excellent - the underground river sounds adventurous. Thanks for the hub.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Growth of tourism in the Philippines is indeed key to generating jobs and stimulating the economy. I do hope the new campaign gets to bring in more tourists. Honestly, I'm not too impressed with the current slogan but I do have faith in our country's riches and natural beauty that if properly promoted, it could bring in the tourists. Nice hub!

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the great post..nice

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