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As I See It
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
THE 14th Annual National Convention of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines will be hosted by Legazpi City in Albay. This will be on Oct. 2 to 5, 2013. The highlight of the event is the Pearl Award Awarding Ceremonies of the ATOP-DOT Tourism Best Practices Award in the Philippines.
This is not just the show of attendance from each region. There is pageantry here because all the delegates will be wearing their traditional or regional costumes. The presentation of delegates, government officials and ATOP officers will be at Ibalong Center for Recreation (ICR) at Quezon Avenue, Legazpi City during the official opening of the convention (Oct. 2). Hataw sa Embarcadero also known as Boulevard Dancercise will open the second day (Oct.3). It will be followed by the clean-up of the area and mangrove planting.
All delegates are invited to a guided tour in several tourist attractions. City tour will feature Cagsawa Ruins, Ligñon Hill, Pinukpok, Sanitary Landfill, and Legazpi Eco-Park. Albay First District Tour includes coron making, cutlery making, stone houses, Mayon skyline in Tabaco, Karagumoy site, and hand-made paper factory. Albay Second District Tour covers ‘pamaypay’ making in Bascaran, Daraga Church, Old House in Camalig, and pinangat making. The Third District of Albay will showcase longganisa de Guinobatan, puto oas, kawa-kawa, flaming water of Libon, and calamay of Polangui.
All the participants will be provided warm evening cocktail reception at the Embarcadero Activity Center. Day Three (Oct.4), will be the sharing of updates and information on tourism. Topics for discussion are the ‘The Importance of Multi-Stakeholders Partnership in Local Governance’, ‘Social Media and the Present Trend in Destination Marketing’, ‘Dinagyang Beyond Festival: The Iloilo City Experience’ and ‘Rewarding Local Tourism Best Practices.’
The afternoon will be for ATOP Hour (plenary proper) to be followed by the presentations of bids to the 15th National Convention. The next convention will be in the Visayas and Negros Occidental is going to bid. I was told by a reliable source that Leyte is not bidding anymore. We are almost certain that the next convention will be hosted by the Negrosanons. With this, Gov. Freddie and the local chief executives of the province can show to the world the NEGROS FIRST package and the reason why Negros Occidental and Silay City were the Most Outstanding Tourism-Oriented LGUs of the Philippines in 2012.
Ibalong Centrum for Recreation will also be the venue for the election of ATOP Officers (2014-2016). Tourism Officer Al Tesoro of Capiz Province is running for president and Cristine Mansinares, the Negros Occidental tourism officer, is running as board member. Good luck! Dinner and Closing Program will present all regional delegates in their Filipiniana attire. The ATOP Officers will be inducted to office. PNoy is expected to be there as honored guest.
For the Pearl Award 2013, we hope that Negros Occidental, Silay City and Sagay City will bring home the bacon. We are finalists. The battle for the Pearl Award is always tough. Our bets had their ‘moments of fire’ with the panel members who reviewed our entries at Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City last month.
ATOP carries our banners for excellence in LGU tourism program. If we want to have fun in the Philippines, we offer Western Visayas First. Start in Negros Occidental. We are sugar and more!
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 01, 2013.