Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Receives Award from Merrell

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Merrell Senior Concessionaire Charisse Aquino, Merrell President Charles Yu and TPB’s Officer-in-Charge for Media Relations and Communications Arnold Gonzales


The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) was recognized by Merrell, the high-performance footwear brand, for their unrelenting support not just to Merrell’s “Getaway To Adventure” campaign but also in the promotion of fun, safe and memorable adventures in the country.


TPB was also acknowledged for its efforts to promote the Philippines as Asia Pacific’s adventure capital, showcasing the country as a world-class destination.


The Philippines has indeed many well-known and developing destinations for outdoor travel and with the support of the government and the private sector, the country will continue to increase the number of both local and international travelers.


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Discovering the Wonders of the Philippines on Bicycles

French couple Fabrice and Celine Garlenque, along with their three children, Titouane, Amielle and Fantine, discovered the beauty of the Philippines, its people and culture as they visited some of the fantastic destinations in the country – on bicycles.


Galenque family


Well-traveled, the Garlenques have traveled around Europe, Australia and Asia but they were smitten by the Philippines’ natural beauty and unique customs. According to them, their trip to the Philippines was not comparable to anything they have ever experienced before.


beaches in Tablas


Their biking adventure started at Romblon’s largest island, Tablas. The Garlenques then biked around the islands of Marinduque and Mindoro and were awed by spectacular mountains, alluring caves and breathtaking beaches.


custom bicycle


Riding their own special bikes made it easier for them to enjoy nature up close. It also allowed them to interact with the locals and experience a taste of rural life.


“There is a huge diversity of things that can be seen and experienced in the Philippines,” noted Celine. “Filipinos are very friendly towards tourists. It is authentic and inherent among the people.”


The Garlenques were able to experience many firsts such as riding a “bangka” (an outrigger boat) and bathing at a communal water source or ‘poso’. The children also got to climb coconut trees to pick the fruits themselves, a practice common in the country’s provinces.


rice and pansit for lunch


They were also amused by local delicacies such as quail eggs, which are eaten as snacks, and noted how sweet and fresh fruits like bananas, papayas and mangoes, were. Above all, they were delighted to eating rice, the staple food of Filipinos, for breakfast, lunch and dinner paired with assortment of viands.




The last leg of their three-week holiday was a visit to Intramuros in the city of Manila. Instead of using their custom bicycles, they rode around the walled city on bamboo bikes to get a glimpse of the country’s history during the Spanish regime still preserved in the midst of the urbanized capital of the country. Their trip to Intramuros included stops at Casa Manila, the plaza of San Agustin Church, Puerta Real, Plaza Roma and Fort Santiago.


“With so many things to see and experience, we will definitely come back. We’ve only been to three islands and there are more than 7,000 islands to explore. In fact, we have to come back many times!” shared Fabrice. For their next visit, they are looking forward to explore more of Romblon and a visit to Palawan.


The Garlenque family is only one of the millions of tourists who are continuously impressed by the vast natural wonders of the Philippines, and oftentimes, their experience of the Filipinos’ unique brand of hospitality makes them want to visit the Philippines again and again.


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March 2016 Holidays (Philippines)

Heads up for advanced planning!

It has been declared by Malacanang last August 2015 that the REGULAR holiday for the Holy Week this 2016 would be:

  • March 24, 2016 – Maundy Thursday
  • March 25, 2016 – Good Friday

And how lucky I am with our company that we don’t have to go to work until Monday, March 28 because our practice is to off set Black Saturday holiday to Monday. You may want to check your company’s policy, too! 🙂

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However, if you’ll be working on regular holidays like these, here’s how to compute your pay:

image source: Official Gazette

But the best move for this coming holiday is to kneel down and pray. Let’s thank God for our blessings with our family.


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