The Provincial Government of Cavite thru the efforts of the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office headed by Ms. Elinia Imelda Rozelle S. Sangalang facilitated the very 1st Cavite Tourism Summit held on November 29, 2018 at the Bayleaf Hotel in the City of General Trias. The event was designed to acknowledge and recognize all the tourism stakeholders who play a big part and greatly contributed to tourism development in the province of Cavite.

On behalf Gen. Trias City Mayor Antonio A. Ferrer, City Administrator Winifred Remulla Jarin voiced out the city’s active participation and willingness to take part in different programs launched by the local administration.

Provincial Governor Boying C. Remulla mentioned the importance of tourism industry in the province for the upcoming years as well as the different facets of tourism that the province is known for. He also believes that human resource is one wealth of the province and country that cannot be underrated. Meanwhile, Indang Councilor Crispin Diego “Ping” Remulla expressed his appreciation of the provincial government’s support to a more comprehensive tourism. He also noted that the event may open up opportunities not only for travel markets but most especially for the promotion and understanding of Cavite’s unique cultural history to become a globally-competitive tourism destination.

Department of Tourism, Office of Industry Manpower Development Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera, CESO III imparted the message from DOT Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on how Local Government Units play a crucial part in the tourism industry since this is where tourism experiences happen. She also extended her gratefulness to the local government for actively participating in a more aggressive national tourism agenda that resulted to a continuous upward growth. She also announced the simultaneous launch of different tourism products in different parts of the Philippines and seeks for tourism stakeholders’ continuous active support in image-building efforts to achieve the Philippine tourism’s full potential.

On the other hand, DOT IV-A OIC Regional Director Marites T. Castro discussed the region’s plans and programs for the year 2019 including the formulation of tourism plan. Cavite Historian and Faculty of De La Salle- Dasma Dr. Emmanuel Calairo reiterated the awareness campaign, plans and events prepared in commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of General Emilio Aguinaldo to show his heroic contribution to the country’s history.

The occasion was made lively by a choir performance from Kawit Singing Ambassadors and cultural dance performed by JBAI Artistix from the City of Dasmariñas.

Highlight of the summit was the awarding of different DOT Accredited Establishment and Front liners in the cities and municipalities in terms of highest tourist arrival, same day and overnight, based on 2017 tourist attraction record and highest sales of Cavite Tour Packages. Local Government Units also received awards according to their same day tourist arrival, number of tourist attraction, number of DOT accredited entities and front liners based on 2017 tourism attraction record. Plaque of appreciation was also given to Cavite Historian Dr. Emmanuel Calairo, Culinary General Founder Chef Christopher Carangian, Teatro Baile de Cavite Artistic Director Brezhnev Larlar, and Republic of Taste: The Untold Stories of Cavite Cuisines Author Mr. Guillermo Ramos, Jr. and Pito-Pito Art Group who have valuable impact in different events facilitated by the tourism office. Final set of awards were given to the LGU Tourism Officers.

PTCAO OIC Zelle Sangalang formally closed the activity and extended her appreciation to all the attendees who shared their time and effort in making the event possible. She hopes that the event would be able to contribute an insightful impact for the development of projects that will boost Cavite Tourism Industry.