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  • The Philippines adjudged ‘Top Destination’ by TripAdvisor for the third year in a row

    Published on March 8, 2013

    The Department of Tourism, Philippines has announced that its White Beach, Boracay has topped the list of TripAdvisor.com’s Travelers’ Choice 2013 – Best Beaches in Asia 2013. The Philippines has been consecutively adjudged this title for three years for having the best beaches in the region. TripAdvisor, one of the world’s most popular online travel guides, conducts regular polls of favorite vacation places and properties through its Travelers’ Choice Awards.

    White Beach was described as “a stunningly beautiful white powder sand beach with crystal clear, warm water that one can laze on for days on end.” Also making it to the list of 25 great beaches in Asia are the Secret Lagoon of El Nido, Palawan at number 9 and Boracay’s Yapak Beach at number 10. Secret Lagoon Beach was tagged for its ‘wonderful view,’ while Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) was acclaimed for its ‘big waves.’

    Boracay has consistently made it to the poll results of the travel website, the previous one as second in the 2012 Best Beaches in the World Awards. In 2012, Boracay was also cited by Travel + Leisure Magazine in its World’s Best Awards as the Best Island Destination and one of the Top 10 Best Beach Party Destinations by Cheapflights.com.

    Boracay’s protection and preservation is a main concern that is now being addressed by both national and local authorities and stakeholders. “In order for us to continue reaping the benefits of development and great publicity, we ought to seriously address the environment challenges. We call on all stakeholders to come as one in preserving our country’s jewels,” Ramon R. Jimenez, Tourism Secretary enthused.

    The Philippines also recently made it to the Lonely Planet Traveller’s Choice 2013 and was rated as one of the Top 10 popular destinations to go to for meeting locals (ranked sixth) and value-for-money (ranked eight). We are so thrilled that these accolades keep coming, proof positive that our marketing efforts are paying off, and more and more satisfied travelers are proudly spreading the word about their many fun experiences in our beautiful country,” he added.

    It’s more fun in the Philippines

    Crescent-shaped beaches dusted with talcum powder-like sand; uninhabited tropical islands, lush impenetrable jungles bristling with unique wildlife, the thrusting soaring capital of Manila, historic cities, a diverse local cuisine and culture …the Philippines has all this and more. Go there and discover some of the 7,107 islands of this vibrant archipelago where English is widely spoken, the people are fun loving and life moves to a lilting beat.

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