Kagawaran ng Turismo



PST: October/23/2018 



Countless "emerging" tourist destinations in the Philippines await the world's discovery, offering not only the usual sun and beach recreation but widely-diverse fun experience.

"There are, in fact, many activities for visitors of different itineraries in Metro Manila alone," said Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo Department of Tourism (DOT).

Teo visited tourist attractions in Malabon yesterday, and said emerging destinations deserve publicity, particularly those in the National Capital Region (NCR).

"We are banking on the media to tell stories that will attract not just the foreign tourists but also the locals," Teo told the media members, citing the importance of domestic tourism.

The DOT head made the pitch as she led a media familiarization tour on-board tricycles to visit Malabon City's best-kept secrets, including the 404-year old Bartolome Church, Syjuco Heritage House, the art gallery of Angel Cacnio, Borja Mansion, and the Immaculate Concepcion Church.

"This tricycle is very unique. There's nothing like it anywhere else, that is why we should make an effort to promote this project," said Teo, after taking the Malabon Tricycle Tour that highlights local art, heritage, cultural, and Malabon's culinary tradition.

She lauded the local government unit's outstanding efforts to promote Malabon City's tourism.

Malabon City Mayor Lenlen Oreta hosted the Malabon "Lugaw Xperience" for Teo's media entourage, featuring special chicken arroz caldo, but not without the renowned pancit Malabon and delicacies like puto and kakanin.

"We are thankful the Secretary visited us in Malabon City, which we call all-in-one destination. We have historical sites, food and culture," Oreta said.

Not to be outdone, Las Piñas City proved to be just as comely to the DOT media entourage headed by DOT Asst. Sec. Frederick Alegre.

Fast-becoming popular visitor attractions include the 196-year old Bamboo Organ at St. Joseph Church, the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecological Area (LPPCHEA), and the Sarao Jeepney manufacturing plant.

"Las Piñas City has preserved its old town charm and intimacy. The community of the home of the iconic Bamboo Organ resonates Filipino hospitality, especially during the traditional festivities," Alegre said.

The DOT official went on to say, "Isn't it amazing that this attraction for nature lovers, which is the critical habitat is, in fact, an international destination for 84 species of migratory birds?"

Alegre also noted the extraordinary Filipino craftsmanship in the manufacture of fancy jeepney, a cultural icon that is one of its kind.

Sec. Wanda Teo

Sec. Teo enthusiastically boarded a tricycle to go around the tourist destinations in Malabon.


Sec. Wanda Teo

Sec. Teo visited one of the oldest houses in Malabon City owned by the Syjuco family.


Sec. Wanda Teo

The art gallery of Mr. Angel Cacnio.


Sec. Wanda Teo

DOT Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre, together with the media, visited the Sarao Jeepney Factory in Las Piñas. Also in photo is Architect Edgardo Sarao, the owner of the factory.


Sec. Wanda Teo

The Boardwalk Trail at LPPCHEA.


Sec. Wanda Teo

The bird sanctuary at LPPCHEA.


Sec. Wanda Teo

The Las Piñas Bamboo Organ.



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