Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Merienda with the Media in Donsol, Sorsogon

Vitton & Woodland Beach Resorts

Donsol, Sorsogon
22 February 2010

To officially start her Central Philippines Tourism Super Region tour, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visited Donsol, Sorsogon, which is one of the world-class tourist destinations in the Bicol Region.

In a merienda with the local media and some members of the Malacanang Press Corps held at Vitton Resort, the President said that the whale shark interaction in Donsol has changed the lives of the people in Donsol, which is considered as the Whale Shark Capital of the World.

Allan Amanse, one of the beneficiaries of the eco-tourism development in the municipality, told President Arroyo that he used to earn P100 a day as a fisherman and a tricycle driver. When he started working as a butanding interaction guide, his salary increased to P1,000 per day.

Aside from whale shark watching, the Mayon Volcano in Albay, Mt. Isarog in Camarines Sur, and the Bulusan Lake in Bulusan were also among the key eco-tourism destinations in Bicolandia. To make these more accessible to local and foreign tourists, President Arroyo said that the government plans to build an international airport in Daraga, Albay, so they can fly directly to Albay instead of taking the flight from Manila. (*CTP)

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