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Guimaras Town is Pilot Area for Market Tourism

Market day in Guimaras

The Alibhon Public Market (“New Site”) in Jordan, Guimaras will serve as the pilot area for market tourism, which is a new product of the Department of Tourism (DOT-6.) Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and other regional tourism directors are expected to attend the launch. DOT-6 has identified 20 markets all over the region for the market tourism initiative, with Jordan as the first to respond to the invitation of the department.

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Boracay’s “Black Eye”: Slimy Green Algae Covers Beaches

white beach boracay covered with slimy green algae

Boracay’s ‘Black Eye’: Slimy Green Algae Covers Beaches” relates the impact algae had on our four-day vacation in “paradise”. My asawa and I, along with two nieces and a nephew, recently visited Boracay, touted as one of the best beaches in the world.

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Department of Toursim Director: “Sea Tragedies Happen Anywhere in the World”

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Department of Tourism, regional director, Helen  Catalbas downplayed Sunday’s tragic loss of lives when a Guimaras-bound motorboat capsized in the Iloilo Strait, taking the lives of nine people.  According to the Panay News the DOT Director stated  “sea tragedies happen anywhere in the world.”

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Philippine Immigration Extends Visa-Free Entry to 30 Days

Starting in August, nationals from 151 countries may now enter the country without a visa and stay here for 30 days, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced.  BI OIC Commissioner Siegfred Mison (former Commissioner David has resigned)  disclosed that the visa-free entry privilege of the said nationals was extended from 21 days to 30 days … Read morePhilippine Immigration Extends Visa-Free Entry to 30 Days

Long Stay Visa Available at Philippine Bureau of Immigration

Bureau of Immigration in Iloilo

A new six-month, Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) will soon be available for foreigners intending to stay in the Philippines longer.  Currently non-visa required nationals are admitted for 21 days and have had the option to extend their stay in the archipelago by applying for a visa waiver. This current visa waiver entitles them to an additional stay of 38 days and allows them to stay in the Philippines for a period of 59 days.  If you want to stay longer, the tourist visa has to be renewed. Bureau of Immigration entrance in Iloilo

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Iloilo City Ready for Foreign Tourists

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas,  the region where my Filipina asawa have resided since July 2009,  has declared Iloilo City one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines.  “The City of Love”  is second to Boracay Island with most number of events, facilities and hotels.  Iloilo City is ready to accommodate … Read moreIloilo City Ready for Foreign Tourists