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Wow Travel Blogs Philippines

The Philippine Department of Tourism plans to tap the services of travel bloggers, social networks and media to promote travel and tourism around the country. There are quite a number of travel bloggers and this post is for those who want their blog to be unique, below are suggestions you can experiment: Geolocated photos (Flickr and Panoramio) and youtube videos are more effective than an album or a slideshow web presentation - live data link.Geo RSS feeds, real-time traffic and events calendar. - for live feeds.Digital maps e.g. Google maps and Earth is accessible on smart phones and other wireless gadgets.Create a 3D view of your community or a selected tourist spots in the Philippines. You can also create a walking tour in selected Philippine cities which can be accessed by a traveler on smart phones.Use of streetview technology for panoramas, makes browsing more fun and interesting.Create a live online gadget of domestic airline flights, buses and ferry/ship schedules in major po…

Vatican's Nativity Scene to Include Elements of Filipino Culture

For a few weeks now, the area around the obelisk in St. Peter's Square, has been concealed from onlookers to shield the construction of the Vatican's Nativity scene. Spanish nun, Sister Áurea, has worked on the setting up of the nativity scenes for 30 years now. She is also in charge of the dresses that go on the figures. She remembers when John Paul II started the tradition the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square – a Christmas tradition which continues today.

Giuseppe FacchiniBureau of Studies and Projects, Vatican “The construction of the structures which are then covered with polystyrene, are made by Vatican workers, laborers, electricians, and painters. After a year of working on other things, they become impromptu artists, and they do spectacular work.”

Every Christmas this artwork adds new details to surprise the public. The architect Facchini says this year's nativity scene will be visible from 360 degrees. And, the Philippines has a special place in this uni…

Tourists Ready for PH; PH not Ready for Tourists

MANILA, Philippines—It’s not about terrorists.

Tourists aren’t deterred by travel warnings to the Philippines, but by a host of other factors, major tourism industry players said Monday.


“There are not enough flights, not enough seat capacity, ill-prepared marketing and the quality of accommodations is not good enough,” said Alejandra Clemente, president of the Federation of Tourism Industries of the Philippines (FTIP).

Simply put, the Philippines is “not ready” to take in tourists in large numbers, Clemente said in a press conference at the Mandarin Oriental called by tourism stakeholders in support of embattled Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim.

Clemente said travel advisories cautioning foreigners about purported terrorist threats in the Philippines hardly made a dent in tourist arrivals.

She said 2.8 million arrivals had been so far recorded this year, including returning Filipinos, compared to about 3 million last year.

Even the Manila bus hostage-taking incident that left eight Chin…

Mapping Mangroves

Mangroves are among the most biologically important ecosystems on the planet, and a common feature of tropical and sub-tropical coastlines. But ground-based evidence suggests these vital coastal forests have been strained in many regions because of harvesting for food, fuel, and medicine. Now, scientists have used satellite images to compile the most comprehensive map of mangroves worldwide, which should help in future efforts in monitoring and conservation. Mangrove forests are typically made up of trees, shrubs, and palms that have adapted to the harsh conditions of high salinity, warm air and water temperatures, extreme tides, muddy, sediment-laden waters, and oxygen-depleted soils. They are fertile nurseries for many marine species, and also serve as a first line of defense against hurricanes and tsunamis by dissipating wave and wind energy. These maps show the location and relative density of mangroves, which cover roughly 137,760 square kilometers (53,190 square miles) of Eart…