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TOURISM STAR PHILIPPINES Awardees #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines @TourismPHL

Blogging with a purpose. Ms. World? Hahahaha. Seriously, there is more to blogging than hits, earnings and bragging rights , especially travel blogging. We get to showcase the best that the Philippines has to offer and it helps independent travelers both local and foreign to plan for their trips and at the same time entice those who are still not convinced of the beauty of the country. The Department of Tourism recognize that especially after the success of the It's More Fun in the Philippines campaign which went viral thanks to social media. As such, the department awarded forerunners of our tourism efforts in an event which saw movers from both the traditional media to social media as well as individuals in what is dubbed ----TOURISM STAR PHILIPPINES.

Tourism Star Philippines is a recognition program developed to celebrate the valuable contribution of Filipinos from the tourism industry, media, and local government units. Through TSP, DOT seeks to underscore the distinct Filipino brand of warm hospitality that marks our culture of tourism.

The very first roster of Tourism Stars include:

Individual Category: Gerry Bie Dalimag and Bobby Adrao
Media Category: Drew Arellano of Biyahe ni Drew of GMA-7 and
Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet for the  and
Local Chief Executive (LCE) Category: Governor Joey Salceda of Albay.

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Who Are They

Gerry Dalimag, a college student who serves as a local volunteer guide around the famous Callao Caves in Cagayan. At a very young age, he has helped in boosting the province’s local tourism by taking his guiding responsibilities to heart, which earned him the respect and commendation from various people and even the media. 

Bobby Adrao, is a licensed Butanding interaction officer and a dive master in Donsol, Sorsogon. In addition to advocating safe and environment-friendly diving practices, Adrao represents a Filipino tourism frontliner who goes beyond the call of duty to save the lives of an Australian couple who went adrift in the rough seas while diving due to inclement weather.

Drew Arellano headlines a local TV show called Biyahe ni Drew, which features fun travel adventures in different Philippine destination every week. Known for his quirky and entertaining brand of hosting, Arellano successfully embodies the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” concept.

Anton Diaz -- the man behind Our Awesome Planet (, a top lifestyle blog that showcases the best of food and travel destinations in the Philippines. Awarded for For his valuable contribution in promoting Philippine cuisine and destinations through his blog Our Awesome Planet thereby encouraging tourists to visit and taste the best in what the Philippines has to offer.

Governor Salceda --led the Albay region’s phenomenal growth in tourism as it rose from the ruins of disasters that stunted the province for decades. Awarded for his advocacy and active leadership in steering the Province of Albay to be one of the top tourism destinations in the Philippines. Under his leadership, Albay has developed to be a world-class tourist destination. His administration invests in tourism through development of various tourist attractions and activities in Albay, participating and hosting international conventions and travel fairs in support of Philippine tourism.


Anchored on DOT’s It’s more fun in the Philippines campaign, the Tourism Star Philippines also marks a significant milestone for the agency, as it is part of the full implementation of the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) which leverages on public-private sector partnerships to improve competitiveness of tourism facilities and services, capacitate local government units, ensure sustainable tourism development and initiate focused marketing and promotions.

Congratulations to all the winners.
Let's all work together to promote Philippine tourism!

photos by:
Krizelle Marie Pari-An 
Krizelle is a young professional working in the hospitality/hotel/travel sector and often serves as a correspondent of She is also a budding photographer. She loves events and socializing with people. Read  Krizelle's other correspondent work on this blog here.