only in the philippines

Taal Volcano, a volcano within a lake within a volcano within a lake, and known to be the smallest volcano in the world, is not a property of the Philippine government, but of two legendary families living in Southern Luzon.

I heard this from a radio broadcast this morning, in the framework of a news that a Korean company was interested to redevelop the area. Apparently, the land titless are in the hands of the Laurels and another prominent family.

Meanwhile, in its bid to boost local tourism among Japanese travelers who ranked second in terms of tourist arrivals for 2004, the Department of Tourism recently launched the “Island In Your Name” promotion.

The idea is to raffle off the naming (not owning; for a period of one year) of 25 islands of the Hundred Islands, a long-popular group of islands and islets, looking like giant turtles, scattered off the coast of Alaminos in Pangasinan, northern Luzon. The Secretary of Tourism explains that this aims to lure more young and adventurous Japanese tourists to visit the Philippines.

Finally, in yet another attempt to promote the Philippines as a brimming tourist destination, Wow Philippines goes to London via the city’s famed gleaming black cabs, liveried with the country’s cultural icons and hottest destinations like the Banaue Rice Terraces and Bohol’s Chocolate Hills (full report at the Philippine Daily Inquirer).

So if you are in London, hail those freshly-designed cabs and ride around town, baby!


2 Responses to “only in the philippines”

  1. 1 myke October 11, 2005 at 4:22 am

    perhaps i’ll get to see the phillipines one day … it looks lovely.

  2. 2 Mark October 11, 2005 at 4:15 pm

    it is, and you should go and visit! :)

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