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Philippines bags best diving area award in Tokyo

Catherine Talavera - The Philippine Star
Philippines bags best diving area award in Tokyo
In a statement, the DOT said the Philippines received the award as the Best Overseas Diving Area in the Marine Diving Awards 2020 held recently in Tokyo.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines continues to sustain global interest for its diving offerings as a number of the country’s top diving spots raked in overseas awards and recognition, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported.

In a statement, the DOT said the Philippines received the award as the Best Overseas Diving Area in the Marine Diving Awards 2020 held recently in Tokyo.

“Garnering 814 out of the 3,572 total votes cast by subscribers of the Marine Diving Magazine, the Philippines was number one for the first time in the Overseas Diving Category. The magazine cited the Philippines as ‘a first pick for many diving lovers,’” the DOT said.

The award was given in ceremonies at the Marine Diving Fair 2020 in the district of Ikebukuro in Tokyo.

“This award is a testimony that diving is more fun in the Philippines, with each underwater paradise offering a unique adventure and experience to behold, and return to. Our underwater landscape is a colorful kaleidoscope of nature’s living jewels, one that divers cannot find anywhere else,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

Marine Diving Magazine cited the diving sites in Cebu, Bohol, Moalboal and Busuanga which are teeming with whale sharks, snappers, dugong, other big fishes, large schools of sardines and long mackerels, and other rare and endemic species.

The magazine said the country’s diving sites captured the hearts of many divers and made them want to revisit the Philippines.

“And with its easy access from Japan and reasonable tour prices, the Philippines is no doubt a first pick for many diving lovers,” it added.

Meanwhile, the DOT also said it celebrates the mention of multiple Philippine dive sites in the Lonely Planet’s article entitled “6 national parks around the world with surprisingly spectacular diving.”

“This citation from the largest travel guide book publisher, Lonely Planet, is positive news, something to be proud of especially for the tourism stakeholders of Tubbataha, Palawan and Cebu,” Puyat said.

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