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Weekends at Marvelous Koronadal
Manila Bulletin
July 24, 2010

If you are wondering where I spent my weekend recently, think again. I was having a blast: Knowing the importance of mining, sleeping at a sprawling resort, watching street dancing, and more importantly eating mouth-watering foods (see the photos).

Every weekend, I usually go to a place which I have not visited yet. And recently, it was already Thursday and I still didn’t have an itinerary for the weekend. There was no invitation yet! But by Friday morning, I received a text message from Nikki Gomez, who belonged to my circle of friends when we were still in college.


Simply Sagada
Manila Bulletin
July 24, 2010

Eerie silence pervaded as we drove along the narrow road, surrounded by wooded areas on both sides, going to the highest point of Sagada. The fog was slowly descending on the land shrouding the pine trees like a thin veil obscuring the panoramic view from the travelers’ eyes.

At 4 a.m., Sagada was all serene and calm, yet it was alive somehow. The land was softly breathing, the trees seemed to be whispering to each other, and all things were murmuring of contentment. It was as if they were waiting for something to happen.


Musing and Awestruck in Idyllic Cateel
Manila Bulletin
July 14, 2010

When Philip “Sonny” Dizon (yes, the man who owns the Davao Crocodile Park) invited me to join the group in unearthing Mindanao’s biodiversity corridor, I immediately accepted it. After all, it was a trip worth the experience.

It was! We visited several places but the one that really struck me the most (from a historical perspective) was the municipality of Cateel in Davao Oriental. Considered to be one of the oldest towns in Southern Mindanao, it was once a part of the Encomienda de Bislig during the Spanish regime.


New Tourism chief to focus on product, infrastructure dev’t
Business World
July 5, 2010

MORE focused funding for products and infrastructure, as well as better service delivery and marketing are the general thrusts to be adopted by the newly appointed Tourism chief.

In a party held yesterday by tourism stakeholders, Secretary Alberto A. Lim told reporters he wanted to redirect more funds to product development, identify and address key infrastructure gaps, raise the standards of tourism workers, and maximize tourism attachés abroad. "We are 10 yards behind the starting line because...there’s really a lot to do and a lot to fix,"Lim said.

Primary on his list is product development, particularly of travel destinations. "If you have a bad product, no amount of promotion will make it sell well. But if you have a good one, by means of word of mouth, you will be able to sell the product," he said.

Noting that state funds are spread thinly, he said he has been coordinating with the departments of Public Works and Highways and of Transportation and Communications "to identify priority infrastructure in key areas." -- MJKRC



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