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Las Farolas Attracts 200,000 Visitors

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Nearly 200,000 visitors in the last 11 months visited Las Farolas, the newest tourist and educational destination in Pasig City.

Students from both private and public educational institutions in the National Capital Region and the provinces along with local and foreign tourists make up the crowd along with employees from the government and private sectors.

Balloon Festival to be Held in Lubao Pampanga

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A world-class theme park and wakeboard facility site are now under construction on a 250-hectare property in the village of Prado Siongco in Lubao, Pampanga, where the balloon festival will be held for four days on 10th to 13th April 2014.

The annual event was previously held at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga. It was first staged in 1994 to spark economic activities and lift the morale of local residents affected by the series of eruptions of Mount Pinatubo beginning 1991.
 
 

Panagbenga Festival Earns PhP15 Billion

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Panagbenga, Baguio City’s flower festival, proved to be the country’s most lucrative, tourist attraction.

After being able to usher in at least 4 million visitors, the government-backed, community-led festival which was also shown worldwide through live streaming, could be worth at least PhP15 billion, organisers said.

Smart Araneta Coliseum

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Araneta Coliseum, which is known as the Big Dome in Cubao, Quezon City, has been renamed the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  The Coliseum, which used to be the largest covered coliseum in the world, is undergoing a major redevelopment.

 

ISST International School of Sustainable Tourism

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The International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) offcially opened in Subic Bay on March 23, 2011.    The school is the first institution of its kind that in the ASEAN region that provides both short-term courses (seven days to three months) and facilities that inspire and encourage quality of tourism human resources, environmental and cultural conservation, marketing and product development strategies on sustainable tourism.

Pyromusical Fireworks

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Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, trooped to the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City on Saturday nights from February 12 to March 12, 2011, to witness the dazzling display of fireworks dancing to the tune of popular music.

The Second Philippine International Pyromusical Competition in 2011 put on an amazing shower in the sky of explosive colors and electrifying music, best viewed at the Seaside Boulevard at SM Mall of Asia.

Participating countries include South Korea, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, China, France, Japan, Canada, Australia and the Philippines.

Philippines Holidays 2011

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President Benigno Aquino III has issued Proclamation No. 84, which identified the holidays in 2011. This goes against the previous administration’s practice of moving the holiday to the nearest Monday to enable workers to enjoy long weekends.  The previous administration pursued the so-called holiday economics which encouraged people to visit tourist destinations during long weekends.

Cultural tourism Philippines

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The Department of tourism (DOT) aims to promote cultural spots, rather than the numerous white sand beaches dotting the country's 7,000 plus islands, according to a report by GMANews.   "This year we are going beyond the sun and sea destinations. We want to highlight our cultural and heritage sites as well as health and wellness destinations," Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim was quoted as saying.

PATA Travel Mart 2012 in Manila

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Manila will host the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart 2012.  The Philippines has successfully won the bid over other strong contenders.  The event is scheduled to take place at the SMX Convention Centre in Pasay City.

Christmas in the Philippines

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CCP Christmas LanternChristmas in the Philippines is a spectacle of lights and vibrant colors that convey a festive mood and jolly atmosphere.  As a Christian country, the Philippines joins the rest of the world in celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This makes Manila and other major cities in the Philippines a tourist draw during the Christmas season.

From lively interior decors inside homes to giant Christmas trees outdoor, the country comes alive with a kaleidescope of neon lights and beams on the nights of December to early January.

Metro Manila is particularly glowing with rainbow colors in December.  Favorite destinations during this time of year include Cubao in Quezon City which has the tallest outdoor Christmas tree matching the size of Araneta Coliseum, the twin giant malls of SM City North EDSA and Trinoma also in Quezon City, Roxas Boulevard in Manila, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, Greenhills in San Juan and the Ayala Center in Makati City.