15 July 2018

The 5th International Travel Festival opened with a blast as various performances from Cebu’s best talents kicked off the most awaited one-stop shop fair for travelers on July 13-15, 2018 at the Ayala Center Cebu. Organized by Eventology and co-presented by the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board, the festival was participated in by various travel and tour operators ,resorts and hotels from the private sector, and Department of Tourism Regional offices from all over the country with the theme, “ITF 2018: It’s All Here”.


(Official launching of Dive Region 10 and Camiguin Dive Festival at the 5th International Travel Festival 2018)


Dive Region 10, the branding for Department of Tourism 10’s dive tourism initiative, was launched during the opening day of the 5th International Travel Festival 2018 in Ayala Center in Cebu City on July 13, 2018. Guests from the tourism and dive industry in Cebu and from other Regions came to attend as the Department of Region 10 presented to the public what Region 10 has to offer in terms of Dive Tourism. Featured sites were Agutayan Island, Medina, Magsaysay, Laguindingan and other dive sites in Misamis Oriental and the many pristine dive sites in the Province of Camiguin such as Mantigue Island, White Island, Burias Shoal, among others.

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(DOT 10 Regional Director Marie Elaine Unchuan delivering her Welcome Message)

DOT 10 Regional Director Marie Elaine Unchuan delivered the welcome message emphasizing that the dive sites in Region 10 are some of the best and are ready for tourism promotion. Unchuan also mentioned that the DOT Regional Office will promote sustainable dive tourism, encouraged to carry out their dive programs as the LGUs, government agencies and the private sector are very supportive and have put environmental rules in place, setting specific plans on environmental protection and enforcement of the laws, which are important for conserving the Region’s underwater treasures.

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(DOT 10 Ambassador and Social Media Influencer Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann of Becoming Filipino inviting everyone to come and visit Region 10 as he shares his experience exploring and living in the Region)

Renowned international Underwater Photographer, Bo Mancao, spoke about his memorable dive experiences in Region 10 particularly in Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, and Misamis Occidental. He presented his pictures of beautiful seascapes, rare critters, schools of fish, and other marine life. He also reechoed that the most important component of dive tourism is environmental awareness and conservation. Mancao then declared that Camiguin and Misamis Oriental can already be considered as some of the most beautiful dive sites in the country and is already ready for promotions to both the local and foreign market.

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(International dive photographer, Bo Mancao, speaks about his experience diving in Region 10)


The 1st Camiguin Dive Festival was launched on the opening Day of the International Travel Fair in Cebu as the first official event of Dive Region 10.


Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo presented on stage about what Camiguin has to offer in terms of its rich marine biodiversity and its numerous dive sites.  Congressman Xavier Jesus Romualdo also talked about Camiguin as an ecotourism destination and why it is becoming one of the most popular islands in the country.

Region 10 Tourism Director Marie Elaine Unchuan, together with Cong. Romualdo, Gov. Romualdo, Provincial Tourism Officer Candice Borromeo-Dael officially declared the start of the 1st Camiguin Dive Festival and Underwater Photography Contest.


(Camiguin Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo presenting the numerous dive sites and lush marine life of Camiguin)

(Camiguin Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo presenting the numerous dive sites and lush marine life of Camiguin)