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Boracay’s Bombastic Bugle Call for Tourists

Boracay’s tourism is hurting due to the COVID-19 mass hysteria fueled in part by news organizations desperate for higher ratings. My Filipina wife and I ignored the media hype and visited the white sandy beaches of Boracay the end of February 2020. While we didn’t avail of any promotions designed to lure local tourists, the … Read more

Quickest Land Travel from Iloilo City to Boracay

Because I wanted to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in a special place, my loving wife agreed to return to Boracay. We had been to this top-rated white beach destination on two previous occasions. Today’s post mainly deals with one topic “Quickest Land Travel from Iloilo City to Boracay.” Vacation Time in Stunning Boracay Furthermore, … Read more

Philippine Tourism Arrivals & Competitiveness Improves

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Foreign tourist arrivals increased in the Philippines by 12.36 percent to 4.8 million in the first seven months of 2019. That’s according to a report from the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday in the Inquirer.net. Philippine Tourism Arrivals & Competitiveness Improves DOT recorded a total of 4,852,107 international tourists who arrived in the country … Read more

Countries Allowed Visa-Free Entry to PH Infographic

Saw this infographic on the Philippine News Agency website. “Countries Allowed Visa-Free Entry to PH Infographic” comes courtesy of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs, DFA. Frankly, it’s one of the best government-issued graphics I’ve ever seen. The list, styled with the new font and logo for the country’s official tourism slogan “It’s More Fun … Read more

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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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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