Dumaguete, Bicol, MIMAROPA star in Philippine islands tourism videos

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Three new tourism videos themed “Wake Up in the Islands of the Philippines” were released as the country prepares to reopen for visitors. Screengrab from DOT video.

Dumaguete, Bicol, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (MIMAROPA) are featured on three new tourism ads about the Philippine islands released ahead of the country’s reopening to visitors.

The 3 new video ads shot and produced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic were themed on the call to “Wake Up in the Islands of the Philippines”.

The wake-up-call ads were released in the days leading up to June 1, 2020, as Metro Manila and several areas in the Philippines shifted from Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) after over two months as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wake Up In MIMAROPA

MIMAROPA Region offers the beauty of the islands’ beaches, oceans, and people. Screengrab from DOT video.

“Once in a while, we catch ourselves dreaming of paradise. Known for its culture and biodiversity, it’s time to put #MIMAROPA – MIndoro, MArinduque, ROmblon, and PAlawan on your list as we enter the 2nd half of 2020,” went the caption on a 1-minute video ad posted on DOT social media on June 1.

DOT suggests planning for visiting the region with tips from here.

Wake Up in Dumaguete

Dumaguete is a prime diving destination for marine diversity, natural wonders, and shipwrecks. Screengrab from DOT video.

“Calling all adventurers, you may now board your virtual trip to Dumaguete. Explore haunting shipwrecks and beautiful coral reefs as you dive deeper into the sea,” reads the caption on the 360 video that showcases the diving destination in the Philippines.

Wake Up in Bicol Region

Mayon Volcano welcomes visitors to the BIcol region’s varied offerings for adventure sports, nature parks, and adventurous eating. Screengrab from DOT video.

“To all the wave riders and ATV junkies who dream of thrilling adventures, Bicol has just the right amount of action-packed activities that’ll make you break a sweat. It offers sports enthusiasts plenty of room to explore while learning about the region’s diverse culture,” reads the caption on the video.

DOT encourages planning for a trip to Bicol with tips from here.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) also issued its first set of guidelines for the sector with health and safety guidelines for accommodation establishments. The agency said it will next issue minimum guidelines as mandatory standards for the new normal in tourist transportation, MICE, travel and tours, tour guides, and restaurants.

Ahead of the lockdown, El Nido Resorts in Palawan was awarded the world’s 1st Sea Turtle Friendly Tourism Certification.

The quarantine that closed tourist spots in the country had tourism offices in the Visayas and Soccsksargen adopt flexible working hours to save jobs while the industry waited for the reopening to visitors.

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