As part of its recovery program, the Department of Tourism (DOT) recently rolled out its new program, Lakbay-Lahi, Philippine Experience: Heritage, Culture and Arts Caravan, across the archipelago’s different regions.
In Zamboanga Peninsula, the DOT regional office held the “Laag Na! Dali sa Dipolog, Dapit sa Dapitan” (L4D), a localized version of the national program to instill ‘pride of place’ among residents of Dipolog and Dapitan Cities in Zamboanga del Norte.
Thirty representatives from tourism organizations, tour operators, online, print, and broadcast media airline companies, and DOT officials and personnel participated in the activity and experienced the tour’s five elements, namely food tourism; wellness; culture, people and heritage; arts and music; and entertainment and adventure.
The group visited Dapitan City Hall, welcomed by Mayor Seth Frederick Jalosjos, and enjoyed the world-class facilities of Dakak Resort and Beach Park, Villa Angelina Luxury Suites, the 18-hole Dakak Golf, and Country Club, and Glorious Fantasyland theme park.
For a journey down memory lane, the participants went to historic spots such as Rizal Shrine, where the national hero Dr Jose Rizal was exiled from 1892-96, the public plaza which contains the relief map of Mindanao designed by Rizal, the St. James Church, Punto del Desembarco where Rizal landed to begin his exile.
A new must-see is Balay Hamoy Museum which the Great Malayan frequented to meet his friend Don Mariano Hamoy and spend bonding moments with his family.
In Dipolog City, the itinerary included the Dipolog School of Fisheries, Demo Farm, Cathedral of the Holy Rosary, the Dipolog City Hall and Museum, and the Dipolog Boulevard Complex for a product presentation with Rondalla makers, Pamansalan weavers of Nito handicrafts, and local tour operators.
The four-day activity is supported by the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte, the city governments of Dapitan and Dipolog, and RomGarJal Development Corp.
The Lakbay-Lahi tour will be formally launched in ZamPen in the first quarter of the year, where the regions’ top destinations will be visited by tourism organizations, media practitioners, local government units, and industry partners.