• Cebu tops 1st Choose Philippines Awards

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    Media conglomerate ABS-CBN’s Choose Philippines website recognized the tourist spots, attractions, and dishes that were deemed most memorable and delicious by the public in the first-ever Choose Philippines Awards held on December 1 with Cebu bagging three honors.

    Honoring the best of what the Philippines has to offer, Choose Philippines Awards aims to honor the country that inspired people to eat, explore, and share meaningful experiences in its three major categories: Best Destination, Best Dish, and Best Accommodation.

    Cebu bagged the Best Festival award (Sinulog), Best Accommodation for Solo Travelers for Plantation Bay Resort and Spa located in Lapu-Lapu City, and Best Destination (Water Form) for the three-stage cascading waterfall Kawasan Falls.

    Representatives from government, tourism officers, industry experts, celebrities, establishment owners, and travel bloggers and photographers hold their respective Choose Philippines Awards trophy

    Representatives from government, tourism officers, industry experts, celebrities, establishment owners, and travel bloggers and photographers hold their respective Choose Philippines Awards trophy

    It was followed by Quezon, which won Best Accommodation for Barkada for Balesin Island and Best Accommodation for Family for Villa Escudero, located in the municipality of Tiaong.

    El Nido, Palawan, known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs, won the Best Destination (Islands and Beaches) award.

    Representatives from the government, tourism officers, industry experts, celebrities, establishment owners, and travel bloggers and photographers graced the event to accept their respective awards.

    Meanwhile, recognized as the Best Pinoy-at-Heart was Canadian Kyle “Kulas” Jennerman, whose viral campaign #BecomingFilipino aims to remind Filipinos of their country’s rich culture and heritage.

    ABS-CBN chief digital officer Donald Lim

    ABS-CBN chief digital officer Donald Lim

    Banduria teacher Zosima Acuram, on the other hand, was named the Best Pinoy Advocate. Acuram, whose passion for music inspires her to teach children, created the now-acclaimed Dimlao’s Children Rondalla.

    At the awards night held at the Dolphy Theater, singer Angeline Quinto performed “Piliin Mo ang Pilipinas,” the theme song of Choose Philippines. Kapamilya stars Matteo Guidecilli, JK Labajo, and Yohan Hwang also entertained the audience in their production numbers.

    All Choose Philippines Awards winners were nominated and voted for by netizens from all over the country and the world.

    Choose Philippines Awards is only one of the ways ABS-CBN is promoting and supporting Philippine tourism. The network, now rapidly transitioning into an agile digital company, also regularly features the country’s must-see destinations on multiple media platforms – on its magazines, TV shows, films, and other digital platforms and services. Its Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation’s Ecotourism Projects also offers packages that support the livelihood of locals and protect and maintain the natural ecosystems of the tourist sites.

    2016 Choose Philippines Awards winners are as follows:

    Best Accommodation. For Solo Travelers – Plantation Bay Resort and Spa (Cebu); For Barkada – Balesin Island (Quezon); For Couples – Stilts Calatagan Resort (Batangas); For Families – Villa Escudero (Quezon).

    Best Destination. Recreational Spots – Picnic Grove (Tagaytay); Water Forms – Kawasan Falls (Cebu); Mountains and Volcanoes – Mayon Volcano (Albay); Heritage Sites – The Ruins (Negros Occidental); Islands and Beaches – El Nido (Palawan).

    Best Dish. Poultry Dish – Max’s Fried Chicken; Beef Dish – Rodick’s Beef Tapa; Pork Dish – Buffalo Bros’ Baby Back Ribs; Vegetable Dish – Kuya J’s Restaurant’s Lumpia Presko; Seafood Dish – Shrimp Bucket’s Salty Eggsperience; Panghimagas – 1st Colonial Grill’s Sili ice cream; Fusion Dish – Lars’ Buko Batchoy; Native Exotic Delicacy – Barrio Fiesta’s Kare-Kare.

    Best Festival. Sinulog (Cebu City).

    Best Pinoy Advocate. Zosima Acuram (Banduria teacher, Bohol).

    Best Pinoy At Heart. Kyle “Kulas” Jennerman (Canada)

    Best Photo. Accommodation – Ulysses Almocera (East Cost White Sand Beach Resort); Destination – Justine Ancheta (Basco Lighthouse); Dish –

    Aris Mape (Aged Local Beef Tenderloin with Tuba Garlic Sauce-Negros Museum Café).

    The awarding ceremony was hosted by Kim Atienza and Ai Dela Cruz.

    To know more about the winners, visit ChoosePhilippinesAwards.com.

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