Discounted swab test for tourists extended at PCMC

The discounted RT-PCR test for qualified tourists at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center has been extended until December, the Tourism Promotions Board announced. This extension cuts into half the 1,500-peso regular cost of RT-PCR test at PCMC and is seen to benefit some 13,000 qualified domestic tourists whose destinations require a negative RT-PCR result. The Department of Tourism and TPB …

DOT to tourists: Interact responsibly with marine wildlife

The Department of Tourism reiterates the need for tourists to be educated on sustainable interaction with marine wildlife. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said, “Observing marine wildlife in its natural habitat is incredibly fulfilling and quite an experience you cannot forget.” Puyat stressed that while this is an extraordinary experience, “irresponsible interaction with marine wildlife can cause severe long-term damage to …

Local carriers gear up for ‘revenge travel’ demand

Local carriers are gearing up and desperately looking forward to “revenge travel” after the pummeling they experienced due to travel restrictions brought about by the pandemic. Revenge travel refers to the expected surge in demand once restrictions ease up, as people hope to get back the travel opportunities and moments they lost and missed during lockdowns. Flag carrier Philippine Airlines …

Frustration greets balikbayans

Many balikbayans, having been immunization against COVID-19 and confident to visit their homeland to see family and friends, are starting to seek refunds on plane tickets. Their eagerness is turning to irritation the moment their plane touches down on Philippine soil. According to one balikbayan, upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from the US, they were made to …

Duterte orders arrest of tourists with fake swab results

President Duterte has ordered law enforcement agencies and local governments to arrest travelers using fake COVID-19 test results and to ensure that health protocols are followed in tourist destinations. Duterte said, “Recently, the government has allowed leisure travel from NCR Plus to areas under modified general community quarantine. However, it has come to my attention that some travelers arriving in …

Vlogger ‘The Hungry Syrian Wanderer’ is now a proud Filipino citizen

Content creator Basel Manadil, popularly known as The Hungry Syrian Wanderer, revealed he is now a Filipino citizen. In his latest video blog on his YouTube channel which has over 4.3 million subscribers, Basel showed his Filipino passport, revealing he has been a Filipino citizen since 2019. Basel said, “Look at this. Filipino ‘yan, mga tao. You see, kalbo ako …

No change in Baguio’s travel requirements

Travel requirements for visitors from Metro Manila and nearby provinces remain even as Baguio City has reopened to essential travelers and tourists. Mayor Benjamin Magalong said essential travelers are still required to register online through hdf.baguio.gov.ph and tourists through visita.baguio.gov.ph and should undergo RT-PCR or antigen testing. Antigen testing is conducted at the Baguio Convention Center triage, saliva test in …

#BakaNaman: Netizens share twists on trending ‘litson baka’

Being stuck at home due to community quarantines brought out creative and innovative food ideas from Filipinos or as they call it, “quaranthingz.” From Dalgona coffee to Baked Sushi, foodies are now putting different twists on Andok’s “litson baka” (or roast beef). The social media trend began in late May, and Andok’s “buy five litson baka, get one free griller” …

DOT, TikTok partner to promote local food tourism

The Department of Tourism and video making and sharing app Tiktok introduced their newest campaign, #SarapMagingPinoy, to encourage locals to celebrate Filipino pride by sharing treasured dishes from all over the country and promote a renewed interest and love for local cuisines. The campaign has been received positively by TikTok users, garnering more than 35 million views since it was …