Philippines collageTBEX and the Tourism Board of the Philippines are offering a Blogger trip to Philippines. 12 selected bloggers will join with three local Philippine bloggers to discover why it’s more fun in the Philippines! The dates for the trip are June 6-10th, 2016.

The blogger trip will be divided into small groups of five, each group focusing on a different destination within the country and a different theme. Bloggers will select from the following:

  • Adventure in Legazpi City
  • Culture and Heritage in Laoag and Vigan Cities
  • Eco-luxury in Pangulasian, El Nido, Palawan

The trips have all been planned in conjunction with local bloggers to give you a balance of jam-packed adventure and experiences, and unscheduled time to explore your personal interests and editorial ideas. This trip is for bloggers seeking editorial content for their blog and/or freelance outlets. Submission of published articles (link or clips) will be required.

Here are a few highlights of the trips.

Adventure

Legazpi, the capital of the province of Albay and the government center of Bicol, is one of the Philippines’ premier destinations and among the fastest growing cities. Situated on the shores of the Albay Gulf, 16 kilometers southeast of the beautifully symmetrical Mt. Mayon, Legazpi is blessed with a spectacular landscape and scenery that has enthralled visitors and graced innumerable photos and postcards over the years.

Legazpi is also the most convenient gateway to Bicol owing to its central location in the geographic heart of the region and its complete land, air, and sea transportation facilities. The city also has all the modern amenities and facilities for the tourists’ convenience – from several malls and shopping hubs to hotels and inns catering to a wide range of budgets.

Renowned as a tourist city for many decades because of world-famous Mayon Volcano, the Legazpi of today is more than just your front seat to Mayon or jump-off point to Bicol’s attractions. Offering a fusion of nature, adventure and culture experiences, Legazpi is already a complete destination by itself.

New tourism developments introduced in the past few years have reaffirmed Legazpi not only as a place where nature’s grandeur abounds, but also as an adventure destination and a melting pot of Bicolano culture.

Culture & Heritage

In 1571, when the Spanish conquistadors had Manila more or less under their control, they began looking for new sites to conquer. A young Spanish explorer, Juan de Salcedo, volunteered to lead one of these expeditions. Together with eight armed boats and 45 men, the 22 year old voyager headed north.

Salcedo and his men landed in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and then proceeded towards Laoag, Currimao and Badoc in Ilocos Norte. As they sailed along the coast, they were surprised to see numerous sheltered coves (“looc”) where the locals lived in harmony. As a result, they named the region “Ylocos” and its people “Ylocanos”.

You’ll start your tour of Ilocos in Laoag which is the capital of Ilocos Norte and the hub of everything Ilocano. The city has an international airport that jets in hundreds of tourists per day. A flight from Manila is a mere 40 minutes , a bus ride is an overnight trip.

The neighboring city of Vigan, the capital of Ilocos Sur, is special. UNESCO deemed it a World Heritage Site and noted, “Vigan is an exceptionally intact and well-preserved example of a European trading town in East and Southeast Asia. The architecture is truly reflective of its roots in both materials and design, in its fusion of Asian building design and construction with European colonial architecture and planning.”

Eco-Luxury

Because El Nido was quite remote from most of the inhabited islands in the Philippines, its pristine beauty was hidden to the world until 1979 when a sea accident happened in Bacuit Bay. As the story goes, “a tuna line disabled a dive boat’s propeller in the middle of the night forcing it to drop anchor in an inlet”. The following morning, the divers woke up to an amazing scenery of skyscraping dark cliffs, thick green forest, white sand beach, sparkling water and, rising above it, a series of magnificently sculpted jade islands.

El Nido is a showcase of the Philippines’ geological and biological diversity. In recognition of the
importance of its unique ecosystem, the Philippine government declared the entire area of El Nido a turtle sanctuary in 1984, then to a marine reserve park in 1991, and finally in 1998, a managed resource protected area.

The El Nido Resorts is a group of eco-resorts located in the El Nido-Taytay municipalities in northern
Palawan, Philippines. The resorts offer genuine, local hospitality and unique and enriching experiences amidst the beautiful natural landscape. It is comprised of Miniloc Island Resort and Lagen Island Resort in El Nido, Apulit Island Resort in Taytay, and the newly opened eco-luxury property, Pangulasian Island Resort in El Nido.

The resorts operate responsibly in an ecologically gifted area. Embracing a strong commitment to sustainability, it exercise stewardship over the flourishing diverse environment, stressing the importance of preserving nature to all who visit.

Numerous exciting, low-impact activities are offered to guests. These include snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayaking, hiking, and island-hopping to visit fascinating caves, emerald lagoons, and pristine white sand beaches. Lunch barbecues and romantic dinners may be arranged on private islands, and relaxing spa and massage services are available upon request. Guests can also simply relax on the beach or enjoy cocktails at the bar while enjoying fabulous views of the sunset.

The El Nido Resorts brand has been globally recognized for embracing nature-based guest activities and sustainable menus, and for providing environment education programs for staff and guests, and employment opportunities for the local community. It has received numerous international awards as testament to its green practices and commitment to sustainable tourism.

To Apply

We are looking for bloggers who can provide storytelling, photography, video, and/or service pieces showcasing why it’s more fun in the Philippines.

A preference will be given to bloggers from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia. These are significant inbound destinations for the Philippines.

Bloggers should be prepared to submit a Google Analytics screen shot upon request.

Please fill out the application here, taking note of a few specific details:

  • You may select a first and second choice of trip to apply for. We ask that you consider the type of content that is best suited for your readership and audience, and select accordingly. You will be asked to provide links to or clips of your published content.
  • Please make sure that you are available for the dates specified (June 6-10). You are expected to participate for the entire duration of the trip.
  • Applications are for individuals, there are no group or couple application form. Every person must fill out the application form.
  • Round trip airfare to the Philippines will be covered. Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific flight, flight time, or routing.
  • Ground transportation and activities on the press trip will be covered. Gratuities, personal purchases, and any items not included on the itinerary will be an individual expense.
  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Please fill out the application form here. The application process will close on May 14th 2016 at midnight Pacific Time. Selected participants will be notified the following week.