Cebu’s Hidden Gems

Cebu, Queen City of the South, is consistently becoming one of Philippines’ most visited destinations. The place may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think about dream vacations and tropical holidays but if you just, for a moment, try to stop yourself from going through inviting photos of the more popular beach destinations like Boracay or Palawan, you will see that this city is where the buzzing electric of the metropolis meets the quaint charm of a tropical island.

The city is known for being home to some of the country’s most historical places. From Magellan’s Cross to the Minor Basilica of the Holy Child (the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines), there is more to Cebu than just history (which we still suggest you see, of course).

Cebu, being one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, has the second busiest airport in the country so you can be sure that booking a holiday travel here will be breeze. To guide you on the not-so-obvious, hidden secrets that Cebu holds, read on:

1. Ka-Tinggo Falls

Ka-Tinggo Falls may not be that dramatic in terms of height but this 100-meter waterfall is a sight to behold and a journey to experience. It’s a great place to explore for adventurers looking for an adrenaline-pumping ride because to get to Ka-Tinggo Falls, you have to trek, crawl, climb, and swim. Because of its friendly height, it is a perfect destination for jumps and dives. Besides the actual falls, you could also enjoy another attraction leading to it- a hanging bridge built over clear waters.

2. Binaliw Spring

Located in the north-eastern part of Cebu, the shallow spring locally known as Binaliw is rumored to have extraordinary healing powers. Near the source of the spring, a grotto with a statue of the Our Lady of Lourdes is erected. Tourists and visitors are more than welcome to take a dip in the spring while basking in the magnificent flora that surrounds it.

3. Virgin Beach

Now we get to the part we know you’ve been waiting for- the beach. Who says Boracay and Palawan are the only tropical destinations that offer sun-kissed white sand beaches? Another of Cebu’s well-kept secrets is Virgin Beach, a quiet, secluded, idyllic beach resort located in Daanbantayan Northern Cebu. The resort has everything you need for a peaceful tropical vacation away from the city chaos- the beach, the pool, the cottages.

No more waiting around! Book a flight now and get roundtrip fares starting $608! Plan your trip here.

Beautiful Destinations, Tourism Philippines team up for a pioneering partnership in Asia

Beautiful Destinations, Tourism Philippines team up for a pioneering
partnership in Asia

New York (May 9, 2016) – For the first time in Southeast Asia, a national tourism organization teams up with the award-winning creative technology agency, Beautiful Destinations, which built the largest travel and lifestyle portfolio on Instagram and Snapchat.

From 11 – 24 May 2016, the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) is bringing in to the country five (5) of the biggest influencers from the Beautiful Destinations team who will capture destination images and videos in a unique perspective and curate them in a way that will drive interest amongst its followers and inspire them to visit the Philippines.

The team from Beautiful Destinations will be composed of its Founder and CEO, travel social media expert, Jeremy Jauncey; Head of Brand Partnerships and celebrated travel drone pioneer, Tom Jauncey; Community Manager and London’s top Instagram travel photographer and videographer, Jacob Riglin; world-renowned iPhone-only photographer James Relf Dyer; and the videographer for American DJ duo – The Chainsmokers, Sam Kolder.

Some of the top Philippine destinations that the team will travel to include Cebu, the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines and home to some of the country’s most iconic heritage spots; Bohol, home of the world renowned Chocolate hills and the world’s smallest primate, Tarsier; Palawan, the title-holder for the World’s Best Island according to Conde Nast Traveler; Manila, which was included by travel publication “Lonely Planet” among Asia’s coolest cities; and Pangasinan, home of the Hundred Islands Natural Park.

The Beautiful Destinations team will share moments throughout each day of the trip on the Beautiful Destinations Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, as well as the PDOT’s Instagram and Facebook accounts, reaching more than 10 million followers around the world. The videos will also stream outside the Philippine Center at 556 Fifth Avenue, New York, giving passersby a glimpse of the teams’ daily adventures in Cebu, Bohol, Palawan, Pangasinan, and Manila.

In Manila, the PDOT will host an InstaMeet between the Beautiful Destinations team and local travel and lifestyle influencers from the Philippines whose photos have been featured on the Beautiful Destinations Instagram page. The meet will provide a platform, both to
the local and foreign travel influencers, to exchange insights and ideas about photography, travel, and lifestyle. Some of the local influencers invited include celebrated Cebuano furniture designer Vito Selma, Filipino backpackers, and photographers Jaypee Swing and Rod Ruales.

“Advertising is evolving away from an art of interruption and towards an art of inclusion. We’re showcasing living, breathing, destinations stories in real time and are incredibly excited about partnering with the Philippines Department of Tourism to harness the power of Instagram & Snapchat,” said Jeremy Jauncey, Beautiful Destinations Founder and
Chief Executive Officer. Jauncey added that “Shooting what we call social-first content prioritizes unique perspectives shot by social media experts, that captivate travelers in a much more genuine way than content typically shot for print and broadcast campaigns.”

“With the highest percentage of its population highly active on social media compared to any other country, the Philippines has been dubbed as the social media capital of the world. On many occasions, the PDOT would leverage this strength by utilizing social media in most of our campaigns. Social media has, in fact, allowed us to be a gamechange in the tourism industry through our It’s More Fun in the Philippines campaign, whose central strategy is executed and propagated by millions of active, enthusiastic Filipinos themselves, who feel they have the power to persuade people to visit their country as tourists,” says Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr.

“As the social media landscape continues to develop at a rapid pace, we have to adapt to changing times in order to stay ahead of the curve. Collaborating with Beautiful Destinations, which has already set the global standard for creating social content, is surely an effective way to make our country’s presence in the digital space more felt by travelers who are highly reliant on social media,” Secretary Jimenez added.

About Beautiful Destinations:

Beautiful Destinations is the award-winning creative technology agency that built the largest travel & lifestyle portfolio on Instagram and Snapchat. More than 10 million followers in over 180 countries turn to Beautiful Destinations for daily travel, food, fashion and lifestyle inspiration. Beautiful Destinations creates “social first” content for brands through smartphone, drone and 360 video technology; using visual analytics to optimize & enhance content, Beautiful Destinations adopts a data-driven approach to creating brand narratives and effective marketing on social media.

1,200 of the world’s most influential content creators ranging from National Geographic photographers with professional equipment, to everyday travelers with their smartphones, are a part of the Beautiful Destinations community. Paired with content creation, the agency has built and managed Instagram and Snapchat accounts for global brands
including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Airbnb, Marriott International and Food & Wine. For more information, visit or follow: @beautifuldestinations@beautifulhotels, @beautifulcuisines, @beautifulmatters, @beautifulmenswear (Instagram) and @bdestinations, @bcuisines (Snapchat).

About Philippine Department of Tourism:

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) is the lead government agency in charge of developing the country’s tourism industry as a major socio-economic activity that generates employment, income, and investment for the benefit of the Filipino people. The agency is committed to adhere to the national development goals through the formulation
of policies and implementation of plans and programs that intend to accelerate sustainable development, in addition to positioning the Philippines as a premiere and globally competitive tourist destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. For more information about The Philippine Department of Tourism, visit


Nick Schweers
Account Manager
Beautiful Destinations

Armand Lorenze Sapitan
Chief Marketing and Promotions Executive, Office of the Tourism Secretary
Philippine Department of Tourism

Zeny C. Pallugna
Officer-In-Charge, Philippine Department of Tourism – New York

Albay boosts sports tourism drive with 4 major events

LEGAZPI CITY—Albay unleashes a grand display of its sports tourism power this year, when it hosts several major international and national events, including the 2016 Albay Xterra Off-Road Triathlon and Le Tour de Filipinas in February, and the 2016 Palarong Pambansa and Mayon 360° Ultra Marathon in April.

Gov. Joey S. Salceda said these events are sure to push further Albay’s strong tourism surge, this time powered by international and national sports tournaments, and bring hordes of multinational athletes, and foreign and local visitors alike to the province.

Boracay receives more tourists from China, USA

Despite terror warnings, this resort island continues to receive more foreign tourists coming from China, United States of America (USA) and Malaysia.

Data from the jetty port administration show that in 2015, Boracay received a total of 1,560,106 foreign and local tourists and overseas Filipino workers.

South Korea continue to be at the top spot with 292,174 tourists arrivals; China with 177,926; Taiwan with 57,765; Malaysia, 34,970; USA, 25,403; Singapore, 16,446; United Kingdom, 14,210; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 14,210; and Japan with 12,195.

Boracay to sharpen focus on European, American market

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan — While tourists from Asian region continue to dominate in Boracay, the local tourism office in this island resort aims to focus its promotional activities to attract visitors from other regions this year.

Felix delos Santos, Malay chief tourism officer, said Boracay aims to target more tourists from Europe and America.

Delos Santos said there is a big potential for both European and American market to increase this year because they were already among the top visitors in 2015.

PH consulate sets tourism ad drive for Super Bowl in SF

SAN FRANCISCO—In time for the Super Bowl in the Bay Area, the Tourism Office of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is offering attractive travel packages to various destinations in the Philippines.

In a push to promote Manila, Boracay, Palawan, Cebu, Bohol and Albay, some cable cars, MUNI buses and trains will showcase the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” ad campaign to coincide with San Francisco’s hosting of Super Bowl 50, America’s biggest sporting event.