Vote for Pagudpud Beach (Blue Lagoon) to be Recognized as Top 10 Emerging Tourist Destinations
Manila, Philippines — From Batanes in the North to Siargao in Mindanao, 25 emerging Philippine destinations were shortlisted by Isla Lipana & Co. in partnership with the Department of Tourismâ€™s (DOT) Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) to recognize the 10 new Philippine Gems or the next mainstream tourist destinations in the country.
Apo Island, Apo Reef Natural Park, Batanes, Biri Island Rock Formation, Bucas Grande Island, Busuanga and Coron, Cagayan de Oro, Calaguas Island, Camiguin, Camotes Islands, Caramoan Islands, Danjugan Island, Donsol, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Lake Sebu, Mount Pulag, Mount Kanlaon, Mount Pinatubo, Pagudpud Beach, Pangloa Island, Sagada (Sumaguing Caves), Siargao Island, Siquijor Island, Taytay in Palawan and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park were among the emerging destinations chosen by a screening committee coming from the DOT, Philippines-Asian Institute of Tourism, travel bloggers and media personalities.
The 25 sites are now open to public online voting from June 26 to August 9 2013. The DOT will also pick up the top sites and the list will go online in its website and official Facebook page.
A corporate social responsibility of Isla Lipana & Co., the Philippine Gems project aims to showcase the Philippinesâ€™ â€śgood sideâ€ť to the world, especially the many pristine natural sceneries. In terms of consideration of the top 25 sites, first in the list was the wow factor â€“ the site should be breathtakingly beautiful. Another factor that came into place was peace and order.
The readiness for tourist influx, however, was not given much weight because thatâ€™s one of the intentions of the project. When the 10 Philippine Gems are recognized, the local governments governing the sites should do something to be able to harness or maximize the publicity that they will be getting from the project.
According to Alexander Cabrera, Isla Lipana & Co. chairman and senior partner, increasing the awareness and appreciation for these sites will foster both local and international interest and attention that may eventually increase economic activity in the localities where the sites are situated.
â€śIf these sites will be known locally and internationally, we can bring action in the localities, development can finally happen, tourists will come, businesses will open, economic activity can follow, then the Philippines can be a better off country generally and not only on the popular tourist spots like Boracay, Bohol, Legazpi and Puerto Princesa,â€ť Cabrera said.
Cabrera added that after recognizing the ten Philippine gems, the project committee will evaluate which of them are already ready for tourism and with what kind of effort is necessary for these sites to make them ready.
â€śWhat weâ€™re really trying to do now is to build awareness. When we have recognized the top 10, we will turn over the project to the DOT, they will connect with the local government units concerned, and connect with government agencies to spur development in those areas,â€ť Cabrera explained.
For more information about voting and the Philippine Gems project, visit www.philippinegems.com.