Camiguin, Oro among top 25 PH gems

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Friday, July 25, 2014


A MOVEMENT, spearheaded by Isla Lipana Co., a Philippine member-firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers global network, was recently initiated in search for the country’s next mainstream tourist destination.

“The search for the ten PH gems hope to uphold of tourism in the country which hopefully invite investors,” said Atty. Alexander Cabrera of Isla Lipana Co., in a statement.

The Philippine gems campaign aim to help promote cities and provinces in 2016 where visitors from all over the world are expected to arrive in the country.

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The promotion of these destinations will help country’s cities and provinces gain recognition both locally and internationally.

Out of 175 destinations, the list was narrowed to 25, namely, Apo Island, Apo Reef Natural Park, Batanes, Biri Island Rock, Bucas Grande Island, Busuanga and Coron, Calaguas Island, Camotes Islands, Caramoan, Danjungan Island, Donsol, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Lake Sebu, Mt. Kanlaon, Mt. Pinatubo, Mt. Pulag, Pagudpud beach, Panglao Island, Sagada, Siargao Island, Siquijor Island, Taytay, Palawan, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Camiguin and Cagayan de Oro City.

The 25 natural wonders of the country were presented for public online voting on June 26 last year. The top ten will be chosen from the 25.

Apo Island, Batanes, Biri Rock formation Calaguas Islands, Caramoan, Danjungan, Lake Sebu, Mt. Kanlaon, Panglao Island and Tubbataha are destinations on the final list of top ten Philippine gems.

City Mayor Oscar Moreno, who was pleased with the city’s inclusion in the list, received the certificate of recognition from Cabrera of Isla Lipana and Co. recently at the Mayor’ s office.

“I congratulate CdeO for being chosen as one of the top 25 destination of the Philippine Gems,” Cabrera said.

In the Price Waterhouse Coopers website, Cagayan de Oro’s tagline read “challenge the rapids and hanging canopy” referring to the city’s famous whitewater rafting adventure and also “the gateway to Northern Mindanao” while Camiguin province is a place to “immerse in serenity” known of its pristine waters and relaxing resorts and tourist spots.

According to Isla Lipana Co., the 25 were chosen to sites that are breathtaking, in a good condition, peaceful, secure and accessible. The panel of judges were Carlos Libosada, Jr. of Asian Institute of Tourism and Tourism Research and Extension Services division in UP-Diliman; Nedalin Miranda, of the Tourism Promotions Board; Christel Arguelles, also of the Tourism Promotions Board; Cosette Romero of Fleishman Hillard Manila and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines; James Betia of journeyingjames.com; Junie del Mundo of the Asean Intergration Committee Management Association of the Philippines; Jing Lejano of Turista Magazine,Cherrylin M. Javier of Isla Lipana and Co.; Love Añover of GMA Network, Inc.; and writer/director Jose Javier Reyes.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 25, 2014.

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