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Singapore Graduate Students Have More Fun in Bicol Town

Libon, a small but rich agricultural town in the third district of Albay province, has the potential to become a rural tourism hub in the Bicol region. A group of senior management students from Singapore’s foremost university, who recently visited the province in June, thinks so. The 27-member Senior Management Program (SMP) students of the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY SPP) of the National University of Singapore, which ranks No. 2 among the top universities in Asia, reached this conclusion following a weeklong visit to Albay from June 17 to 22, said the group’s professor, Scott Fritzen. The students, senior government and private firm officials from Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Botswana, Nigeria, Australia and United Kingdom, said farming, fishing, beach resorts and seaports are the likely areas for investments that could develop Libon as Albay’s rural tourism hub. Libon, with 4,000 hectares of rice fields, produces 30.4 million kilograms of palay per year and is c…

Bicol Watersports Attract 2.33 Million Visitors; Cebu’s Beaches, Resorts Bring in 1.7 million

Camarines Sur, the new watersports adventure capital of the country, has edged out Metro Manila and Cebu as the top tourist stops in the Philippines. This is based on the report of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) report using data from the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) regional offices. In 2010, CamSur overtook Metro Manila and Cebu as the top tourist destination in the country with 2.33 million visitors, the NSCB said. Metro Manila was second place with almost 2.3 million visitors and Cebu was third with 1.77 million visitors. Cebu, which has an international airport like Manila, used to be the number 1 destination in 2008 with 1.6 million visitors. Camsur was then a distant placer with only 721,024 visitors after Metro Manila’s 1.35 million and Baguio City’s 814,975 visitors. In 2009, CamSur dramatically improved its rank to the third top destination with 1.56 million visitors. Metro Manila was first with 1.9 million visitors and Cebu was second with 1.6 m…

Fr. Joel Rama Died Thursday Morning

REV. JOEL S. RAMA, Died June 14, 2012, following a car/train collision on Sunday June 10, 2012 while travelling between Macoun and Estevan to say Mass.

Rev. Rama was a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Regina for the past five years, serving as Administrator of the parishes of St. John the Baptist, Estevan; St. Monica, Bienfait; St. Joseph, Midale and Our Lady 0f Immaculate Conception, Macoun and Parish moderator of the Lampman area which includes Lampman, Benson, Forget and Maryland.

Born March 15, 1969 in Pandan, Catanduanes, Philippines. He was predeceased by his father Jose Rama and is survived by his mother Emerlina Sabeniano Rama and two siblings. Rev. Rama attended Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, Naga City, Phillippines and graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Theology. He was ordained October 25, 1995 by Most Rev. Manolo A. delos Santos, Bishop of Virac. After serving as an Associate pastor and Diocesan Youth Director for ten years in the Dicoese of Virac. He s…

ASEAN Moves to Promote Bloc as Single Tourist Destination

BANGKOK (Xinhua) - The member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are now joining hands in promoting the bloc as a single tourist destination to further develop the tourism industry in the region, according to the Indonesian tourism minister. "Through the cooperation between ASEAN tourism ministers, we have already developed ASEAN joint-market promotion and marketing strategies; we are going out to develop ASEAN's image as a single tourist destination," Mari Elka Pangestu, Indonesia's Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, said in a recent interview with Xinhua on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on East Asia. Under the single tourist scheme, ASEAN countries can issue a common visa for visitors travelling in any member-country of the regional grouping. Currently, only citizens of the ASEAN member- countries can travel throughout the region without visas. According to the minister, the initiative is part of the region '…