The Mount Hamiguitan Heritage Park, the historic Pusan Point and the famous Aliwagwag Falls are just three of Davao Oriental’s heritage and tourism sites that will be highlighted in the upcoming launching of the “2018 Kabilin Festival.”
Next month, Davao Oriental will hold a soft festival launch as a prelude to the celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the easternmost province of the Philippines next year.
Karen Lou Deloso, Davao Oriental information officer, said the soft launch, dubbed “Prelude to the Kabilin Festival,” will give local and foreign tourists a glimpse of what to expect in the event slated next year.
The festival seeks to attract more foreign and local tourists to the province, she added.
Deloso said a series of activities has been slated for the five-day soft launch, including a caravan tour to various tourism sites in the province – from Banaybanay town to the eastern coastal tip in Boston town. The caravan will be spearheaded by local and Davao-based tour operators.
The main destinations during the tour are the Mount Hamiguitan World Heritage Park in San Isidro town, San Agustin Eco Park in Governor Generoso town, Pusan Point in Caraga town, Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park in Cateel, and Subangan Museum in Mati City.
The Provincial Tourism Office, headed by Miguel Trocio, has prepared a series of activities for the soft launch, Deloso said.
Based on the records of the provincial tourism office, Deloso said that more than 700,000 tourists, 13,000 of them foreigners, came to the province in 2016, which is 15 percent higher than the 2015 arrivals.
The province, noted, however that most tourists spent only a day and only about 20 to 30 percent stayed overnight due to lack of accommodation facilities.
While the Kabilin Festival is Davao Oriental’s first and official festival, Deloso said this will also be the first festival in the country that is “truly devoted to the conservation of the environment with strong advocacy to fight, abate and adapt to climate change.”
She said the provincial government, through the tourism office, is working together with many national government agencies to develop ways to promote tourism and at the same time protect the environment. (PNA) LCM