MOTOVLOGGERS ON THE GO. Over 150 riders took part in a 360-degree ride around Catanduanes during the Philippine Motorcycle Tourism Exciting Bicol Ride last May 25.
No other than the Regional Director of the Department of Tourism, Mr. Herbie Aguas, reiterated what could be the overall assessment of the different motovloggers and celebrity vloggers who joined this year’s Abaca Festival.
“I’m with the Manila vloggers, mga celebrity vloggers and of all the Philippine Motorcycle Tourism, eto daw po ang pinakamagandang lugar na napuntahan nila,” the director conveyed during the closing ceremony of the 6th Abaca Festival.
“Galing daw silang Marinduque, nag-ride sila sa north. Pero dito po sa Catanduanes…it’s not because of the places din po, it’s because of the people here. You’re so beautiful inside and out,” Aguas shared.
Tourists returned to the Happy Island to celebrate the week-long fest of 6th Abaca Festival which was restaged after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the highlights of the festival was the Philippine Motorcycle Tourism Exciting Bicol Ride, a 360-degree ride around Catanduanes to showcase the beautiful scenery of the province. Over 130 riders participated in the said ride, with special guest Ms. Jet Lee, Ambassadress of Philippine Motorcycle Tourism, gracing the event.
“Isang karangalan po na mashare ang aking passion sa pag-momotor at the same time promoting tourism and safe travel. I can’t wait to explore Catanduanes and be safe and enjoy the ride,” Lee added.
In the closing ceremonies, Supervising Tourism Operations Officer Carmel Bonifacio-Garcia also expressed her sincerest gratitude to all the members of the court committee of the 6th Abaca Festival.
“Certainly, we are in the most exciting part of our journey towards tourism recovery. Together, let’s bounce back with a happy heart. Lugod na sa mga minasunod na taon, padagos po ang pag-uswag nin Abaca,” she added.
The celebration served as a vehicle for the province to reposition itself as a tourist destination and a major cultural event.
Governor Joseph C. Cua said that through the festivities, tourism industry recovery will jumpstart.
“Ang pangalawang gusto naming mangyari sa Catanduanes is makabalik at ma-improve and tourism sa pamamagitan ng pagpili nyo na maging destination ang Catanduanes ngayong occasion namin Abaca Festival,” he said.
The governor also said that this year’s celebration is historic as Catanduanes is officially declared as the Abaca Capital of the Philippines, by virtue of Republic Act No. 11700, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 22. The law recognizes the province as the country’s leading producer of abaca fiber, or Manila hemp.
Gov. Cua lauded the efforts of the abaca farmers, who served as the backbone of the industry.
“We are even more dedicated to provide better services for our abacaleros,” he added.
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