New digital magazine launched to boost PH tourism

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MANILA — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has launched a digital magazine as part of its effort to entice more people to travel through the Philippines.

Entitled “7641 Islands of the Philippines”, it highlights various tourist circuits developed by the regional offices of the DOT.

These include Bicol and Central Visayas Bike Trails, Camiguin and Misamis Oriental’s Green Adventure Loop, Davao’s Dive Tourism, Boracay Food Crawl, SOCCSKSARGEN’s Farm Tours, and the inter-regional cuisine and culture of Ilocos, Central Luzon and Cordillera.

“In ‘7641’ we dig deeper into the stories of a destination, a cultural tradition, a dish, a personal affiliation with a place, all while providing the background information you need as a than a traveler,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.

The digital magazine is part of the DOT travel website and also includes itineraries, reminders and stories about lesser-known destinations such as Siquijor, Marinduque, Nueva Vizcaya and Zamboanga.

To provide more immersive content, DOT collaborated with regional creators such as SinoPinas and Zamboanga City’s Playground Films, as well as award-winning writers Edgar Calabia Samar, Joyce Roque and MJ Tumamac.

“We want to promote all the tourist destinations in the archipelago that have already reopened to visitors. Each month we will highlight different places so that the public can discover the wonderful sites that our 7,641 islands can offer,” said Puyat.

Amanda P. Whitten