From the Philippine Islands — A Merry White Christmas

White Christmas... more fun in the Philippinesimage via DOT

White Sands

In my beloved Ilocos, the sands in Pagudpud lend an air of a beachy white Christmas. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sunrise in BanniaranBanniaranThe Cabanas

Leehua, some friends and I did the honors of warming the first cabana of THE CABANAS, the brand-new place to stay in Sitio Banniaran near the Blue Lagoon area. A loft makes it possible to comfortably accommodate up to 8 people.  Breakfast was fine; clean roomy spaces and amenities such as flat screen TV, air-conditioning, hot/cold shower, loads of soft pillows, warm fleece blankets, firm mattresses and thick white towels made our stay cushy and warm. (Contact Espie or Geralyn for bookings at thus number: 0919 387 7528.)

The Cabanas 2The CabanaPancakesThe Cabanas' BreakfastPagudpud

Photo of Blauearth by Ivon Dominngo
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DOT and Globe seal tie-up to promote the Philippines

DOT-Globe MOA signing "It's More Fun in the Philippines" and Pinoy Homecoming

The Department of Tourism (DOT), Tourism Promotions Board (TBP) and Globe Telecom seal partnership through a memorandum of agreement to aggressively promote the new tourism brand “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” and the Pinoy Homecoming campaign, in pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 181 “Declaring the Years 2011 to 2016 as the Pinoy Homecoming Years, in a prelude to the 114th Independence Day celebrations at the Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila, yesterday.

“Embodying the new voice for Philippine tourism, the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign is an open invitation for people to join in for a more heartfelt, interesting and complete touristic experience,” DOT Assistant Secretary/TPB Officer-in-Charge Domingo Ramon “Chicoy” Enerio III said. “It’s been making a lot of headway six months after its launch,” he added.

To fortify the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign, Pinoy Homecoming was designed to encourage overseas Filipinos, particularly the 2nd/3rd generation and their peers and colleagues from the mainstream, who are either relatives or friends to come and visit or invest in the country and avail of the incentive-based balikbayan program, wherein they can avail of various discounts from its many merchant partners, and be ambassadors of promoting the country to the world.

DOT-Globe Press Con

On the other hand, Ms. Rizza Maniego-Eala of Globe Telecom International Business Group announced that Globe is embarking on a multi-million dollar expansion project which includes top tourist destinations.

Synergy between DOT and Globe and the collective effort and involvement of the people will help sustain the momentum of the new integrated tourism campaign. Let’s all keep the FUN rolling.

Watch the Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Team’s Agawang Buko – It’s More Fun in the Philippines.

At the press con and launch, I got to meet and photograph fellow bloggers and print and TV personalities.
Rizza Maniego-Eala and ABS-CBN news reporter Jing Castaneda

Rizza-Maniego-Eala and ABS-CBN news reporter Jing Castaneda.


Shared a table with fellow bloggers Enzo Luna, Chuckie Dreyfus, Chuckie’s wife Eileen and Jonver David.

GMA News Unang Hirit writer Teng Agatep

GMA News Unang Hirit segment producer Teng Agatep.

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