Exciting and Colorful Naga X- Press Launching

Barbaras Restaurant ,General Luna street -Intramuros , Manila -Philippines

L-R Mr. Alec A. Santos ( Naga City Tourism Officer ) , Hon. John G. Bongat (Naga City Mayor) and Ms. Genevieve Asselin ( Canada International Development Agency 

The Colors of Naga Excursions
Naga X is colorful, vibrant and nurturing

Colorful. Naga is the center of the biggest festivity in the region, the Peñafrancia Festival. The colors of Bicolano life – spicy, expressive, diverse- are all here.
Vibrant. Its nightlife throbs with music and good, clean fun. Progressive, Naga City is one of the fastest growing in the country. Its people are active, friendly and lively.

Malabsay falls

Nurturing. It enjoys a nearness to nature, and has an environment that is relatively free from the ills of pollution and crowdedness. It nurtures talent, nourishes innovation, and encourages participation and creativity.
Accessible. Naga X destinations are easily accessible, and because of their strategic locations, more choices are available for vacations that are beyond the usual. Suits a wide range of needs.

During the launch of the Naga Excursions (Naga X) packages, Naga Mayor John Bongat said bulk of the P1 billion or P400 million to P600 million would go to the Naga River Rehabilitation Project.

Naga X, a tourism brand, targets group travel and positions Metro Naga as an excursion away from destinations in the region, as well as presenting Metro Naga as a premiere tourism destination.

Naga X packages will appeal to all visitors, including domestic tourists, balikbayans and foreigners:

Groups of friends, families and relatives looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend their vacations together, experiencing the best of what nature and culture have to offer.

Penafrancia festival

Marian devotees who seek to strengthen or revisit the roots of their faith, experiencing the divine in a distinctively Bicolano way. Naga, as a tourism service center, has also been given special status after being declared ‘Pilgrim City” under Presidential Executive Order 33, issued in September 2010.
Professional, civic and religious organizations who wish to hold their gatherings in a setting that is peaceful and secure, meet their requirements for the smooth handling of conferences, conventions, meetings and events, and at the same time affords them easy access to popular recreation sites and accommodation establishments.

Naga City board members and councilors

Portion of the P1 billion estimated budget, Bongat said, would go to other projects such as repair and construction of roads, bridges, promenades and walkways.  There are also plans of building a Secretary Robredo museum and a convention center.

“Metro Naga is now gearing up and positioning itself as the tourism hub for Region V,” said Bongat, who is also the chairman of Metro Naga Development Council (MNDC).

MNDC is an alliance of 16 local government units in the Province of Camarines Sur that seeks to bring about accelerated, equitable and sustainable growth and development by maximizing the resources of its members, following an integrated development framework.

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LEGO PILIPINAS, TARA NA ! exhibit

Atrium -SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

Lego Philippines in cooperation with SM Mall of Asia , Department of Tourism staged the first ever Philippine map complete with scenic spots  fully made by Lego.

18 Feet X 30 Feet Relief Map of the Philippines

The event is well-received by the crowd and even legion of foreigners were amazed on the exhibit.  One of the foreigner said that the exhibit is very colorful.

Lighthouse in Basco, Batanes

Paoay Church , Bangui Wind Mills in Ilocos Norte

colonial houses in Vigan , Ilocos Sur complete with horse drawn carriages 

World Famous- Banaue Rice Terraces

SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City

Mayon volcano and Butanding (whale shark )

Another eye catching exhibit was the attraction from  Bicol region , the region  is world re-known for their Mount Mayon and Cagsawa Church ruins,  also on display is the Pating – Bulik  popularly called Butanding  on display . Whale watching had become a favorite tourist attraction in the towns  of Pilar, Donsol in Sorsogon province.

crocodile farm in Palawan

Social Responsibility

  Aside from creating awareness about the beautiful tourist spots in our the country , The exhibit also allowed  visitors to make a concrete contribution to our country through the SM Foundation. In the “Brick House for Children” corner, guests are asked to donate P1,000 and in the donor’s name, a Lego house is displayed to symbolize the donation. The SM Foundation will be the lead agency to identify Department of Social Welfare and Development or DSWD’s centers for children who will benefit from this project. According from a reliable source,  the event had already collected more than one hundred thousand pesos !

Bohol chocolate hills and tarsier

Museo Iloilo

Davao Pearl Farm , bust of  Davao Eagle  , Samal houses and Bukidnon provincial capitol

close-up view of vinta from Zamboanga

stilt houses of Sitangkai , Tawi-tawi province

The colorful lego exhibit is until August 27, 2011 and everyone is invited to come and see the many tourism spots , festivals , natural  ,  architectural and man made  wonders of our country. A friend who collects a lot of lego toys  invited the author to come to the opening of the event last August 12, 2011 but the author manage to went to the  venue   a few days later.