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Confusion fills air over balloon festival

A HOT AIR balloon takes off as the sun rises during the 2012 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Clark Freeport. JUN MALIG/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Conflicting information on the upcoming hot air balloon festival in Lubao town in Pampanga province is creating confusion among people, including netizens.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

DOT hires Tacloban’s tourism students


Angel Mae Basibas, a 19-year-old tourism student of ABE College here, has found a way to continue her schooling after storm surges brought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” washed away her parents’ jeepney and store—the family’s sources of livelihood—along with their house and other belongings.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Clark hot air balloon fest vanishes into thin air

This former United States air force base will not host the annual hot air balloon festival this year, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

DOT execs, workers told to return bonuses

The Commission on Audit. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

State auditors have asked officials and employees of the Department of Tourism (DOT) to return P162.4 million in bonuses and allowances they received in 2011 and 2012.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Safety issues raised over hot air balloon fest

GIANT hot air balloons take off from the Clark Freeport during the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in February 2012. JUN MALIG/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

CLARK FREEPORT—The foundation that has been organizing the annual hot air balloon festival here since 2000 has expressed concern about the safety requirements related to the ballooning event set to be held by the Department of Tourism (DOT) in April.   In a statement sent to the Inquirer, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta [...]

Posted: January 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Travel agents slam new passport processing rules


WHILE a travel agency group continues to fight for the usual daily passport processing allocation, another problem arises which an executive said will add more inconvenience to the agencies. A new policy requiring travel agencies to first be members of national organizations before they are allowed to process passports of their clients is unnecessary and [...]

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in CDN - Enterprise,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

PH still ‘safe and fun destination’ for tourists despite Yolanda crisis – DOT


The Philippines remains a “safe and fun destination for all tourists” despite the devastation caused by “supertyphoon Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) in some parts of the country, according to the Department of Tourism.

Posted: November 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cebu tour guides’ DVD ready


A NATIONAL Association of Independent Travel Agencies in the Philippines (Naitas) official has presented to the Department of Tourism the first copy of tour guides’ digital video disc (DVD) of Cebu. Consul Robert Lim Joseph, Naitas chairman emeritus, said yesterday that they already presented the the DVD copy to Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr., who [...]

Posted: September 18th, 2013 in CDN - Enterprise,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

DOT supports fight against neglected tropical diseases

The Department of Tourism is supporting the fight of the Department of Health to eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the country.

Posted: September 7th, 2013 in CDN - Community,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Roxas Blvd face-lift to start with tacky lampposts

Department of Public Works and Highways secretary Rogelio Singson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Lampposts are top of mind in yet another scheme to transform Roxas Boulevard into a commercial and tourist attraction.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Ifugao rejects plan to build roads to terraces

AN IFUGAO farmer inspects one of his newly watered rice paddies at the rice terraces of Batad in Banaue, Ifugao. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The provincial government of Ifugao has asked the Department of Tourism (DOT) to stop building a road that leads to its most picturesque cluster of rice terraces in Banaue town.

Posted: August 4th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

E. Visayas tourism earns P2B for region

SAN Juanico Bridge float. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The tourism industry in Eastern Visayas generated more than P2 billion in income for the region.

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Oslob advised to consult experts


OSLOB town officials should continue to monitor the practice of feeding whale sharks and engage experts to study whether the tourist activity harms the sea creatures, an official of the Department of Tourism said.

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

  1. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  2. Gigi Reyes’ only option: tell all
  3. Unease in Vatican over cardinal’s luxury flat—report
  4. Santiago sees Palace hand in Gigi’s return
  5. Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst
  6. Gigi Reyes back to face charges
  7. Aquino vows to intensify anti-corruption drive further
  8. In the know: Gigi Reyes
  9. Healing priest invites political leaders to join ‘prayer for nation’
  10. ‘Malang’ next crocodile attraction after ‘Lolong’
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  7. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


  • LPA enters PH, to bring rains and thunderstorms
  • Sing-along saint: Showbiz world gets papal inspiration
  • Two-thirds of underwater search done, no sign of MH370
  • S. Korea prosecutors turn to mobile app for ferry probe
  • 31 dead in Holy Week incidents—NDRRMC
  • Sports

  • Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win
  • Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener
  • Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters
  • Ageless Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal
  • Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts
  • Business

  • Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade
  • Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade
  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Technology

  • PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics
  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
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