Philippine Department of Tourism urges travelers, “Discover Calabarzon”
Manila, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) wants more and more tourists to discover CALABARZON – the region next to the National Capital Region.
For the uninitiated, CALABARZON stands for the provinces that comprise the region, which include Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. It is otherwise known as the Region 4A.
The DOT says this region is home to an extraordinary tourism experience as it comes with recreational resorts, natural wonders, and cultural and historical heritage sites.
DOT recently unveiled its latest campaign for the region dubbed #DiscoverCALABARZON at the Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa City in Laguna. The unveiling of the said campaign was led by DOT Assistant Secretary Maria Rica Bueno together with DOT-Region 4A Officer-in-Charge Director Marites Castro.
“Truly, CALABARZON should be receiving all of the tourists from Metro Manila,” said Bueno in a statement. “For people who would want to escape the concrete jungle, this should be your playground—closer to nature and everything. Two or three hours, you are already on the beach, trekking mountains or even enjoying fun farm experiences.”
In the meantime, Castro said tourists have a lot of choices in terms of travel experiences in the regions, including extreme nature adventure in Rizal and Laguna, water sports in Cavite, beach-hopping in the Quezon province, and visiting pilgrimage and historical sites in Rizal and Batangas.
One of the most popular historic sites in the region is Calamba, Laguna. It is the birthplace of Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. Moreover, Batangas and Cavite are “among the cradles of Filipino patriotism and Christian faith.”
A lot of international photographers also visit the seas of Verde Island as well as Anilao, Batangas because of the diverse marine species in these areas.
Meanwhile, CALABARZON received 25 out of 75 awards during the 7th Regional Competitiveness Summit on Oct. 24. It was held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.