WOW Philippines E-Newsletter - September 2007

Presenting the September e-newsletter edition of WOWPhilippines, a country packed with winter holiday inspirational ideas, especially for those who barely caught a glimpse of this year's summer. Set in year-round tropical climate, all destinations in the Philippines are guaranteed to keep you warm during the upcoming winter months. Christmas and New Year are the most popular holiday seasons in the country, so book early and plan your trip well in advance.

Also, watch out for the launching of two new destination pages in the WOWPhilippines website - Puerto Galera and Bohol. Each page will have its own immense array of overland and underwater adventures and attractions to choose from. They are sure to provide you with more information on the wonderful holiday opportunities that await you in the Philippines!

In this issue:

  Major Program Updates of DOT London
  Destination of the Month
  Article of the Month
  Package of the Month
  DOT News

Major Program Updates of DOT London

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Travel Philippines Seminar in the Isle of Man

DOT London joined the Philippine Embassy in their Consular Outreach Program to the Isle of Man last 24-26 August 2007. During the seminar organized by the Filipino-Manx Community, Attache Chicoy Enerio presented the visions of Philippine Tourism and encouraged all delegates present to take part in tourism sales and promotions activities. He further challenged the leadership of the Filipino Association in the Isle of Man (FAIM) to become pro-active in inviting more of their fellow islanders to visit our own 7,107 tropical islands.

The response from the association was exuberant and immediate. Nora Loudon Brown, newly-inaugurated Chairperson of FAIM, and her Board of Directors expressed their readiness to assist in organizing groups from the Isle of Man to the Philippines in the near future. DOT London will work closely with FAIM and, through our combined efforts, aspire to create more awareness of the Philippines for holidays and investments / business opportunities.

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Friends Philippines - Reception at the House of Lords


Friends Philippines will be organizing a special Friends Reception at the House of Lords on Friday, 22 February 2008. Through the tireless efforts of Amb. Paul Dimond, Chairman of Friends Philippines, the reception intends to gather 80 distinguished Friends of the Philippines in what promises to be a milestone in the association's young history. Preparations for the reception are currently being handled by Dr. Ken Reed, and supported by DOT London. More information on this event will be announced in due course.

In other news, registration for the Special Friends Tour in November 2007 is still open. There are now some 40 registered participants who will journey to Manila, Cebu and Bohol on 15-30 November and be part of the extraordinary activity which includes, among others, attendance to the First Friends Philippines Congress and a possible courtesy call on Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

For more information on the Special Friends Tour, please click on the link provided below.
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Destination of the Month

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Siquijor - Isla del Fuego

Siquijor is known as Isla del Fuego or Island of Fire, so named by the Spanish centuries ago as it seemed to glow from a distance. Today we know that the glowing effect is caused by the abundance of fireflies that make the island look like it is on fire especially at night.

The island is located in the Central Visayas Region, and from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental is only a 45-minute ferry ride away. It is surrounded by beaches, many of them virgin and unexplored. The surrounding waters are ideal for leisurely swimming, scuba diving or boating. And the immediate inland hills and mountains give the traveller a chance to go on a challenging hiking or biking adventure.

The dive sites around the island offer excellent opportunities for macro photography. Some of the best preserved dive sites can be found in the area, including Tubod Sanctuary, Paliton Wall, Maite Point and Sawang. It is an excellent day trip from Dumaguete, but better still if you stay a night or two in one of the local inns and resorts.

Curiously, Siquijor beckons to the adventurous traveller with stories of magic, witchcraft and the occult. The island is known for its folk traditions and healing rituals, and some skeptics have left the island with a totally new impression. It continues to attract more and more tourists, especially during the Easter season.

Life in Siquijor is simple, but the people on the island are content and happy with the simple joys of living. It is a jewel of an island which should be included in one's adventures in the Central Visayas Region of the Philippines!

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Article of the Month

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Diving the Visayas


X-RAY International Dive Magazine (X-RAY Mag) has featured the Philippines in its August 2007 issue. The title of the article is "Diving the Visayas", which showcases top-class images taken by award-winning Filipino photographer Nonoy Tan.

X-RAY Mag is an international dive magazine which is published in pdf-format and distributed worldwide over the internet every other month on a complimentary basis. To know more of the magazine, visit www.xray-mag.com

The article enumerates the various diving destinations available in the Visayas region. Malapascua Island is featured for its famous thresher sharks, while Cabilao Island gets mentioned for its bizzare fish species.

We are proud to share the article with all our subscribers. To view the article, please click on the link below.
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Package of the Month

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Dive Safaris in the Visayas

Sea Explorers offers Dive Safaris to the best diving locales around the Visayas, from Moalboal to Siquijor, and from Dauin to Malapascua. The safaris usually take one to two weeks at a time using fast outrigger boats to bring you around the islands.

Dive safaris are inclusive of all meals, unlimited diving and accommodation in a resort. Land trip adventures are also possible during the safari.

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DOT News

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Philippines hosts international marine film and photography festival


The Department of Tourism (DOT) will play host to the 6th Celebrate the Sea Marine Imagery Festival (CSMIF), the biggest sea imaging event in Asia Pacific, from September 21 to 23, 2007 at the Coconut Palace in Manila.

Previous festivals were held in Singapore and Australia, and participated in by 38 countries around the world. Launched in 2002, CSMIF has evolved into one of the major global events that help raise awareness and public interest in marine ecology.

The main highlight of the CSMIF is the International Underwater Imagery Competition, the biggest underwater imaging contest in the Asia Pacific. Various macro, wide angle and black and white photographs, digital images, short videos, full-length documentary films and books on marine life will be on exhibit during the three-day festival. The 2006 competition drew in 4,500 entries from 38 countries.

To drum up local support, the DOT will also be holding the Philippines CTS Shoot Out Competition from September 16 to 20, 2007. Photographers are invited to register at any of the partner resorts and dive operators in Anilao, Puerto Galera, Bahura, Dumaguete and Bohol. Awards will be given to the most outstanding image, the best collection and the best action shot. Deadline of entries is on September 21, 2007. Winners will be announced together with the awardees of the International Underwater Imagery Competition.

Also part of CSMIF is the International Underwater Film Festival. Fifteen documentary features from the World Underwater Pictures Festival in Antibes, also known as the Cannes of underwater films, will be shown to the public.

The event organizers have further scheduled seminars by a panel of world renowned image makers and marine scientists, including aquatic ecologist Jennifer Hayes, whale shark scientist Brad Norman, National Geographic???s David Doubilet, Celebrate the Sea author Michael AW, Anilao author Scott Tuason and World Underwater Picture Festival founder Daniel Mercier.

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