By: Monette Iturralde-Hamlin
Contributors: Putu Laksaguna, Ryan Sebastian, Anabelle Ochoa, Ma. Christina Aquino, Anton Diaz
March 23, 2015. After months of preparation, the 3rd Tourism HR Congress organized by the Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI) was held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City. I was honored to help as chair of the Programs Committee, and as a speaker for "Delivering on the M.I.C.E. Promise: It's More Fun in the Phillipines."
The well-attended congress was keynoted by Department of Tourism Sec. Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. And of course, with Asec. Art Boncato as our Davao host, everything went well.
Kudos to TIBFI chairman Anabelle Ochoa and to the hardworking board consisting of Dean Ma. Christina G. Aquino of Lyceum representing the Council of Hotel & Restaurant Educators of the Philippines (COHREP), Dr. Miguela Mena of the University of the Philippines Asian Institute of Tourism, Paul So of Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), Daniel Edralin of the National Union of Workers in Hotels, Restaurant & Allied Industries (NU-WHRAIN-APL), DOT Director Maria Rica Bueno, TESDA Director Luz Victoria Amponin. Thanks too to Lady Razen Singson who led the Secretariat, and to Phoebe Areno, Marissa Gamuro, Leni Ugarte, Stephanie, Kevin and Brian who all pitched in to make the event a success.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 22:09
AN INVITATION TO EXCEL
Hernando O. Castillo | Mindanao Times | March 04, 2015
IN MY FORMER favorite restaurant for crispy pata, my friends and I told the manager that the crispy pata was far from crispy and the imbao soup served had plenty of shells but many meat parts were missing. Her reaction? She just asked if the service was good. Ouch. She neither offered an apology nor replacement for the awful things they call food in that resto in a mall. It’s the same restaurant where we found a dead insect in the pinakbet last year (at least, the then manager replaced it).
How come that the pretty manager insinuated that the service was good despite the bungling in the kitchen? For patient and forgiving customers like us, vowing to never set foot again in that place was enough. We didn’t demand for an explanation, apology, or replacement.
If that beautiful manager is reading this, I’m inviting her and the owner of the restaurant to improve their skills by attending relevant training programs and conferences.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 03:23
Take your palate on a culinary journey as the globally famed Madrid Fusión comes to Manila for the first time on April 24-26, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines!
Through this activity, the Philippines is bringing the future of food in Asia.
Madrid Fusion is held annually in Madrid, Spain and is attended by elite chefs and experts in the culinary field to discuss trends, the evolution of tastes, and the new food habits. The Philippines Department of Tourism inked an agreement with Arum Estrategias Internationalizacion, S.L. and Foro de Debate S.L., the legal owner of the Madrid Fusion trademark on July 23, 2014 to jointly organize the first ever Madrid Fusion in Asia. Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III also witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the holding of the event in Manila in 2015 between the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in the Kingdom of Spain (ICEX) last 14 September 2014 in Madrid, Spain by Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. and Hon. Jaime Garcia – Legaz of ICEX.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 15:33
Bohol Travel Fair in Glorietta to feature Loboc Children’s Choir
PHILIPPINES. World-renowned Loboc Children’s Choir (LCC) will take the center stage as Bohol launches its year-round tourism campaign in Glorietta Mall, Makati City on Dec. 8 to 10, 2014.
Dubbed as Visit Bohol 2015, the campaign is aimed at re-launching Bohol as a major tourism destination. Monthly activities will be lined up for next year, including the launching of two international music festivals, international triathlon event, dive festival, new eco-tourism products and the much-awaited geo-science tours.
Next year also marks the grand homecoming of Boholanos all over the world called Tigum Bol-anon Tibuok Kalibutan, a triennial event which also coincides with the Sandugo Festival held every July.
In a press statement, Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto, said Visit Bohol 2015 is his province’s way of supporting Visit the Philippines Year rolled out by the Department of Tourism.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 09:50
JOIN! The 1st Betis Open National Furniture and Wood Carving Competition!
PHILIPPINES. As part of the celebration of its Dukit Festival, the Municipality of Guagua in Pampanga, in collaboration with the Betis Fiesta Committee 214 and the Betis Parish Heritage Foundation, is staging the 1st Betis National Furniture and Wood Carving Competition on December 23 – 28, 2014 at the Betis Church. Judging and awarding of winners will take place on December 28 with Governor Lilia Pineda of Pampanga and Regional Director Ronnie Tiotuico of the Department of Tourism – Region III as special guests.
This event will feature artists from different regions in the country in a bid to showcase their homegrown talent / skills and propagate the woodcarving industry and products to both national and international market while at the same time promote tourism and travel in this part of the region as a prime destination among local and international visitors. The event is likewise part of the celebration of the feast of St. James the Apostle, the patron saint of the town.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 10:03
Department of Health Memorandum Circular No. 2014-07 | Policies and Guidelines Governing Health Measures for Arriving Passengers and Crew from All International Flights and Shipping Lines Due to MERSCoV & Ebola Virus.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 22:53
Summary Report to Date (March - May 2014)
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Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 12:04
MOUTHWATERING FESTIVITIES AT MARQUEE MALL’S BIG BITE: THE NORTHERN FOOD FESTIVAL
Food-loving Filipinos have every reason to visit the province of Pampanga this month as MarQuee Mall, Ayala Malls’ premier destination for shopping, leisure and entertainment in the province, presents Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival on October 17- 19, 2014.
In partnership with Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade & Industry(DTI), Angeles Tourism Office, North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)& Lifestyle Network (LN), Big Bite promises a three (3)-day celebration of all things delicious for tourists, locals & foodies. Cooking demos, food art, free food samples, live entertainment and more await festival goers.
Over 100 best & homegrown food merchants from Region I, II, III and the Cordillera Administrative Region are going to be made available at the food market. From condiments, spices, to coffee and jams, to local favorites such as Ilocos empanada, bagnet, putocalasiao, there is something for every taste bud. Enjoy these foods or bring it home for pasalubong.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 15:28
DOT expo in Clark seen to set NorthPhil as int’l tourism hub
An international expo being organized by the Department of Tourism is seen to boost the rise of North Philippines as a global tourism hub centered on Clark with its airport’s ever-increasing passenger volume and huge, yet highly expandable, capacity for both international and domestic air traffic.
DOT Central Luzon Regional Director Ronaldo P. Tiotuico said the forthcoming NorthPhil Expo 2014 would further highlight the inevitability of the Clark International Airport emerging as a premier global gateway even by mere capacity alone.
“The current and potential capacity of our airport (Clark) can complement, absorb and conveniently accommodate any spillover airlines from NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport), prompting foreign carriers to give Clark some serious considerations.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 19:01