21 March, 2011

Promoting Mindanao: Culture and Adventure

I was born and raised in the southern part of the Philippines in the Island of Mindanao, so often called the Land of Promise.

For what it’s worth, Mindanao probably has the most beautiful places in the Philippines – a beauty shrouded with so much discrimination and fear.

Blessed with rich-biodiversity, exotic wilderness, and rousing cultural heritage, Mindanao has all the makings of a world-class destination. But the long-standing travel advisories restricting foreign visitors to take so much of a peep to this island region has discouraged even some Filipinos to travel down south.

Recently, though, several tourism-related promotions have stirred up enough awareness to attract domestic tourists and foreign visitors to visit to some provinces of Mindanao. Culture and adventure are the vital pegs for the tourism pitch in the region and these aspects will be the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) main thrust to increase tourist traffic to the area.

With the country’s participation in the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA, DoT is optimistic to promote Mindanao not only for tourism, but also for tourism investments.

Security issues, however, is still a big concern for tourism in any country. For this matter, DoT reiterated that except for a few isolated areas, peace and order in Mindanao is intact and ready for tourism.

On the other hand, the tourism development project, ‘Biyahe Ta Mindanao’ (Let’s Travel to Mindanao) aims to encourage Mindanaons to explore the potential tourism hubs in their own island and later become promoters of these destinations to the rest of the country and the world.


Kamila said...

i agree... gusto ko din pumunta sa south na south para tingnan yung magaganda.. huhuhu.. but but.. yun na nga katakot.. pero pero pero.. yun nga nakakata-cute lang

Biboy Ordinario said...

never pa kong nakakapunta ng south but soon makakapunta rin ako diyan :)

Diamond R said...

Land of the Promise. nakarating na ako diyan. YOn talaga ang naiisip ng marami magulo.pero dinaman talaga.

Keatondrunk said...

di pako nakapunta ng mindanao, this year i hope..

nonoy said...

This is very true. Mindanao has so many beautiful things to explore that many people don't know about, especially with Davao, when a visitor gets to Davao, he/she will not think twice of settling down in this peaceful and the most livable city in the Philippines.

Nice post Roy! Cheers! :-)

halojin said...

hello kuya roy! good morning po! sorry po kuya kung now lang ako nakadalw ulit dito panu po kasi defense ng thesis namimn kaya pinag handaan po tlga eh! regarding po sa post mo po kuya roy... ganda nga jan.. at dapat lang na ipromote dahil napaka ganda at higit sa lahat relaxing ang place ^____^ ska sa totoo lang napakarami pang magagandang lugar dito sa atin na pwdng ipromote!

Bino said...

mindanao is a beautiful place. dangan nga lang at maraming npa eh

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