Batangas Province tourist destination

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Taal Basilica Wikimedia.org

First day of September and I’m already hearing Christmas songs (musical instruments maybe from musiansfriends) in the airwave, signifying the start of a long holiday celebration. I’m also looking at a group-on site for promos for a possible trip to the beach near the city, without the need to travel by air and one of the choices I found is Batangas, a 3-4 hours travel from our place. Batangas province boosts of beautiful beaches and very popular among diving enthusiasts because of the diversity of the marine wildlife found there and according to the study of American Marine Biologist Dr. Kent Carpentier, Batangas’ Seas host more than half of the world’s species of coral.

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Taal volcano – wikimedia.org

Batangas is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Metro Manila. It is home to the famous Taal Volcano, one of the Decade Volcanoes, and Taal Heritage town, a small picturesque town that has ancestral houses and structures dating back to the 19th century. The province also has many excellent beaches and diving spots including Anilao in Mabini, Sombrero Island in Tingloy, Ligpo Island in Bauan, Matabungkay in Lian, Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Calatagan and Laiya in San Juan. source: Wikipedia

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Portulano-Dive-Resort photo credit: www.etravelpilipinas.com

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4v beach resort photo credit: http://batangasresorts.info

Vigan City – Ilocos Sur : Candidate for the New Seven Wonder Cities in the World the World

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Vigan City – Ilocos Sur

After winning one of the New Seven Wonders of the World title via the Underground River in Palawan, we have a new candidate for the Seven Wonder Cities in the World and this is Vigan city in Ilocos Sur. Vigan city is declared by UNESCO World Heritage Centre as historic because since it was established during the 16th century Spanish Era, it was able to preserved all the architectural elements from the time it was built up to the present.

Vigan city

Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.

As of this writing, Vigan City is now included in the 21 city finalists out of the 1,200 nominees. And will be shortlist to 14 , the voting will run for three months from July to October then the seven official winners will be declared. You can cast your vote here https://www.new7wonders.com/en/cities.

I always love old places, as it gives me insights on people’s way of living during those years, their homes, their lifestyles and how they celebrate special occasions like birthdays and weddings (if they also have Bridesmaid Tank Tops), the food they served during those events and the traditions they followed. When you visit Vigan, it feels like you are transported to another world in another time, far from the frenzy and fast lane life we have today. Truly a wonderful place to visit.

Disclosure: Photos not mine

 

SOLAIRE RESORT AND CASINO UNVEILS ITS NEW PLANE LIVERY

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Solaire Resort and Casino, the Philippines’ premier integrated resort, in partnership with Air Asia unveils a breakthrough branding project in the Philippines.

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Solaire owner Enrique Razon Jr. and Air Asia Global CEO Tony Fernandes

Solaire again raises the bar as it wraps its brightly colored livery on Air Asia’s popular Airbus A320, which is scheduled to embark on its maiden flight this July. Solaire is the first-ever consumer brand in the country to fully wrap and brand a commercial airline, with an underlying thrust of further promoting tourism in the Philippines and in greater Asia.

This dynamic collaboration between Solaire and Air Asia represents another step forward in an on-going journey towards providing modern travel and leisure experiences for its customers, with a fresh new approach to their target market. This partnership will facilitate more passenger and cargo traffic in both regional and domestic flights, and foster stronger trade, cultural and tourism ties within Asia.

This milestone is a key undertaking between two passionate brands with entrepreneurial and dynamic mindsets. This unprecedented branding project in the Philippines may be taken as a “leadership statement,” which attests to Solaire’s strong growth momentum in the industry. Yes we are again raising the bar; this time we’re taking it to the skies.” says Donato Almeda, Board Director of Solaire Resort and Casino.

Currently, Solaire’s brand colors are donned by just one airplane, but nothing is stopping them from further rolling out this innovative wrap on additional aircrafts in the future with broader partnership arrangements. The campaign will continue until 2016 and it is envisioned that this high-impact ad in the sky will generate more hype and publicity as the partnership progresses.

Jasper Evangelista, Vice President of Brand & Marketing, Solaire Resort and Casino said, “This aircraft-branding campaign is a strategic branding initiative which would allow us to literally take our brand to greater heights. We have created amazing moments for our customers since Solaire launched last year, and now we’re aiming to further connect with our local & foreign guests and travellers by reinforcing our brand presence in the country’s airports. Sky Solaire will enable us to get immediate traction on this effort and even take it to a level all its own.”

In-line with Solaire’s “Create Your Moments” campaign, which highlights Solaire as the perfect place to create unforgettable memories, this fitting partnership with AirAsia, one of Asia’s leading and multi-awarded airlines in their category, harmoniously evokes the key thrusts of customer service, hospitality, and excitement for both their industries. This marketing initiative is also primed to open up new revenue streams for both the integrated resort and the airline carrier.

AirAsia Philippines Chairman Maan Hontiveros said, “AirAsia Philippines is a sociable and innovative brand. We also take pride on our collaborative nature. This new livery demonstrates our creative approach to partnerships and marketing opportunities especially with companies that support our vision to grow tourism. We are thrilled to carry Solaire’s brand in the sky and on the grounds at the airports here and abroad extending to as far as our destinations in Malaysia, China and Korea.”

The Solaire experience is stamped with an unparalleled brand of service style, world-renowned Philippine hospitality, top-of-class luxurious accommodations, diverse dining options and impressive gaming facilities, which have all contributed to the way people people view resort casinos in Manila. Many have opted to extend their stay at the resort, to have simply grown to embrace the aspirational and stress-free lifestyle offered to them at Solaire. Solaire Resort and Casino clearly offers the utmost experience of comfort, elegance and luxury in the Philippines right now.

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About Solaire Resort and Casino:

Solaire Resort & Casino, the primary property of Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, is a USD $1.2 Billion integrated destination resort on an 8.3-hectare site in Manila, Philippines opened March 2013. Solaire, a luxury destination casino resort, is the first property to open in the Entertainment City, a government sponsored (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) economic development zone.

Solaire’s Phase 1 features 500 luxurious rooms, suites and bayside villas, 18,500 square meters of gaming space, a wide range of award-winning dining experience and signature restaurants, sophisticated bars and lounges, and an ample multi-level car park. The property has additional 258,721 square meter expansion project under development which is expected to open 3rd quarter of 2014. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.solaireresort.com

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