The projects to be launched; a long queue for the registration; and the audience watching the launch videos.
The Western Visayas Regional Office of the Department of Tourism, led by its Regional Director Atty. HELEN CATALBAS, ended the 2017 with a bang! It launched four national projects in one regional event at Cinema 6 of SM City Iloilo.
The first project was the unveiling of Bring Home A Friend (BHAF) to the Philippines. With award-winning actor PIOLO PASCUAL as Brand Ambassador, BHAF aims to showcase the beauty of the Philippines and the charm of its people to the whole world. Joining is easy. Just invite, accept, travel and register, and get a chance to win a duty-free shopping spree, a brand new Toyota Vios and a posh condominium unit at Megaworld! Check the DOT website for inquiries and details!
The games spiced up the launch event; Dante Beriong performs “Go, Western Visayas, Go!”; and Raymart Escopel and yours truly.
“Tahum,” a TV show on DOT VI branding campaign featuring lawyer/TV host SEDFREY CABALUNA, was also shown. Singer and songwriter DANTE BERIONG also performed “Go, Western Visayas, Go!” The song is part of the soft launch of United Western Visayas.
DOT also celebrated the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day!
In between launches and games, Tumandok Crew, Grand Champion of Experience Western Visayas 1st Hiligaynon Rap Song Writing Competition, and 2Live Crew entertained the crowd made up of students from various universities and colleges in Iloilo City, members of the press and blogging community, tourism officers from all over the region and representatives from government agencies. Also seen on the scene was Miss Asia Global 2017 MARY EVE ADELINE ESCOTO who hails from Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.
The Mechanics of Bring Home A Friends to the Philippines; and the giveways
After the launch, the VIP guests were treated to a sumptuous lunch at Pitstop in Southpoint of SM City Iloilo. (Photos by Ray Tabafunda)
Mango Pizza, Crispy Pata and Native Chicken Adobo; and Chopsuey, Bihon Guisado, Garden Salad with mango Vinaigrette, and Buttered Shrimps