It’s definitely MORE fun in the Philippines!

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. has been quoted as saying, ”What differentiates the Philippines from every other place in the world… is the Filipino. It’s his special gift for transforming what is already a beautiful place into an unforgettable special place.”

“You take two identical islands, put FILIPINOS in one, and it’s going to be more fun in there where they are!”

High five to that.

Well, here are my initial takes to the new DOT tourism slogan which has triggered an avalanche of memes in the internet…

Communing with nature at Hagimit Falls, Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), Davao del Norte

Taking care of Lola at the airport, Tacloban City, Leyte

Fishing at the rock formations, Biri Islands, Northern Samar

Power napping at San Pedro Island, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte

Tacloban Port Area, Tacloban City, Leyte

Tacloban City, Leyte

Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte

Birdwatching at Samar Island Natural Park (SINP), Paranas, Samar

Zip Southern Leyte – the longest (1km) zipline ride over the tallest bridge in the country today, Agas-Agas Bridge in Sogod, Southern Leyte

Stargazing at Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte

Calle Mena Crisologo in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur – dubbed as the Heritage Lane

Tubing at Ulot Rapids Torpedo Boat Adventure, Ulot River, Paranas, Samar

Bitukang Manok, Atimonan Natural Forest Park, Atimonan, Quezon

The music scene at 6500, Tacloban City

Calayucay, Sto. Domingo, Albay

 

 

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The Ulot River Torpedo Boat Adventure experience at Paranas, Samar – the longest river in the entire Samar island crossing all 3 provinces, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.

The Torpedo Boat Adventure route, however, only traverses 11.5 kilometers of this lengthy river (23 kms back and forth) and takes about an hour downstream, and over an hour upstream back to the jump-off point.

The jump-off point is located near the HQ of the Samar Island Natural Park (SINP) in Paranas, Samar along the Buray-Borongan highway.

Getting there: It’s about 1.5 hours drive from Tacloban City to the jump off point. From Tacloban City, head on to Catbalogan, Samar via the Maharlika Highway. Upon reaching the Buray junction (this is before Catbalogan), turn right headed for Borongan. SINP HQ is 16 kilometers from the Buray junction.

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The staff of calle Z Cafe goes on its Annual Summer Outing, April 22, 2011 at the Ulot River Torpedo Boat Adventure at Ulot Watershed, Samar Island Natural Park (SINP) in Paranas, Samar.

calle Z Cafe closes operation only 6 days in a year: Good Friday, June 30, Dec 24 & 25; and Dec 31 & Jan 01. Good Friday is usually when the staff goes on a summer respite.

The Ulot River Torpedo Boat Adventure is about an hour’s motorized banca ride (no outriggers) downstream at Ulot River – Samar’s longest river – and back upstream (1.5 hours) navigating portions with river rapids. Traversed distance is about 23 kilometers, roundtrip.

The river boat adventure is located near Samar Island Natural Park HQ at Paranas, Samar. It’s almost a 2-hour drive from Tacloban City.

GETTING THERE: From Tacloban City, take Maharlika Highway headed towards Catbalogan, Samar. At the Buray junction (that’s before Catbalogan), turn right. The jump off point is 16 kms from the Buray junction. Read more from my previous post: http://callezaragosa.com/gerryruizphotoblog/2010/11/eastern-visayas-newest-destination-ulot-river-torpedo-boat-adventure/

For travel assistance and other arrangements, contact Leyte Gulf Travel & Tours: (053)321-7966; (053)523-7966. email: leytegulf@callezaragosa.com

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We were privileged to have been invited to experience first-hand what promises to be the newest and most exciting tourism activity in Eastern Visayas – the Ulot Watershed Ecotourism Loop at Paranas, Samar!

In a pre-launching run of the Ulot Watershed Ecotourism Loop held yesterday, November 24, 2010, officials from the Samar Island Natural Park (SINP) and local Dept. of Tourism headed by Director Karen Tiopes together with tour operators and members of the media got to experience the loop’s torpedo boat adventure ride into the rapids of the Ulot River – the longest river in the whole island of Samar.

One rides the rapids downstream using the “torpedo” boats – canoes with no outriggers – over a distance of 10.5 kilometers and back again (upstream) for a total of 21 kilometers.

The whole exhilarating trip took about 2.5 hours.

We had lunch-break at the route’s end point amidst the natural beauty of the cascading cool waters of the river rapids with thick virgin rainforest surrounding us. Naturally, we jumped into the cool waters for a refreshing swim. Whew!

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