Guimaras boasts of community-based rural tourism program-A A +A
Friday, July 4, 2014
THE island province of Guimaras is aggressively promoting its community-based rural tourism (CBRT) program in different barangays as a major attraction for tourists to see the real Guimaras now.
The Provincial Tourism Office said the Province has a total of six sustaining programs composed of agri-tourism, eco-tourism and heritage tours.
The Sapal weaving village in the municipality of San Lorenzo is churning out bags, mats, hats and other products made of Barrios leaves that barangay residents planted at the roadsides of the village.
Tourists came to see the actual weaving activities, now considered as major livelihood activities of the residents.
In Rizal, Buenavista, the residents engage in making miniature boats and toys that tourists want to buy and bring home to their home countries.
In Guisi, Nueva Valencia, children in native costumes dance and sing to the tourists as the century-old lighthouse looms in the background to perfect a heritage tour of the place also good for swimming, camping, rapelling and night overstay.
In Barangay Hoskyn, Jordan, the community’s main attraction is salt making, while in Barangay Salvacion, Buenavista, the community is set for hosting of trainings and other livelihood practices.
In San Roque, Nueva Valencia, the “malaba nga suba” or long river beckons the tourists to come and discover the secrets of the place.
The Department of Tourism is encouraging local government units to show off what they have as attractions and natural spots. Tourists will come and see these spots regardless if these are small and community-based. (LCP)