Congratulations to the Top 10 Philippine Gems!

Today, the top 10 up and coming tourist destinations in the country dubbed as the Philippine Gems were announced at the Manila Hotel! It is a corporate social responsibility project of Isla Lipana & Co., the Philippine member firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers which aims to increase the awareness and appreciation of different sites in the country to foster both local and international interest and attention that may eventually increase economic activity.

There were 25 short-listed sites that went through online voting from June 26 to September 25, 2013, from which, the top 10 sites emerged as the "10 Philippine Gems". They are:
  1. Calaguas Island
  2. Lake Sebu
  3. Tubbataha Reefs and Natural Park
  4. Caramoan Islands
  5. Biri Island Rock Formations
  6. Mt. Kanlaon
  7. Danjugan Island
  8. Panglao Island
  9. Apo Island
  10. Batanes

The Philippine Gems hopes to promote and further boost the country's growing economy. Awareness on these sites through the Philippine Gems Project will certainly improve the local tourism in these places. Congratulations to Isla Lipana & Co. for the success of the Philippine Gems Project!

Congratulations to the Top 10 Philippine Gems!

For more details about this project, like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PHGems) or visit their website at www.philippinegems.com.

*Photo from Philippine Gems Facebook account.


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1 comment :

  1. Hello ! I'm a spanish who are going to do a tour of Mindanao, I have found your blog and we are still very useful, give great advices!
    I'll make the route next december/january in Mindanao with a good friend (also Spanish). We've already bought the flight Manila Dumaguete. The plan is to spend a few days in Dumaguete and Siquijor. After that take the ferry to Dipolog, and from there go by road to Davao (making stops in some areas).

    The plan is to make the route by road, bus and/or jeepneys, stopping at different places, We take the trip very prepared, but at the same time we let's go improvising. In principle we want to stop in OZAMIZ, PAGADIAN, ILIGAN, CAGAYAN DE ORO and CAMIGUIN (cities and surrounding areas, We would like to rent a bike or motorbike in these areas to explore). We have also been recommended to visit Surigao, but I think we'll go to that area another time.
    From Cagayan de Oro would go to Davao, perhaps stopping in the city of Valencia and visit the Province of Bukidnon.

    Someone who knows these places can give us some opinion or advice on the route?
    We have doubts about going to Ozamiz and from there maybe we can take a ferry to Kolambugan, or to Iligan.
    We don't know if do that, or make the journey by land, from Ozamiz buses stopping in Pagadian and elsewhere. From what we have said may be some danger going on buses and stopping for these areas being foreigners, but I think it exaggerates the danger, and the real risk of theft or kidnapping must be very very small.

    We asked some people in the Philippines and they have told us that may not be good idea to do this route by road, perhaps because it was so recent conflict with the Moro National Liberation Front. I know it is a conflict that goes back many years, but it seems that it has now gone to more. Do you know if there is conflict and danger of kidnappings of foreigners is only Zamboanga City, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi... or maybe in some areas of the province of Zamboanga?

    We were also told that Pagadian may not be a good place to stop being foreigners, because there have been problems. We were surprised to be told this, can be true?

    Thank you very much in advance!



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