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25 emerging PH tourism hot spots named

APO ISLAND. Apo Island is a small, pristine island surrounded by calm and clear waters. It is perfect for underwater activities such as snorkeling and diving; it has even been rated as one of the best dive sites in the world. Here, divers can encounter an incredible variety of marine life: among the species which can be found near Apo Island are big-eyed jacks, hump-head wrasses, hammerheads, manta rays and even tuna. The island has immaculate white sand, and it is also littered with unique rock formations. Apo Island is located just a few kilometers off the coast of Negros. (Photo and caption from philippinegems.com)

25 emerging Philippine tourism hot spots named

After the success of Boracay, the Puerto Princesa Underground River and and Vigan, among others, 25 Philippine destinations have been shortlisted as emerging tourism magnets. The “Philippine Gems” project, which is part of consultancy firm Isla Lipana & Co.’s corporate social responsibility, identified locations off the beaten track that exhibit tourism potential.

“Increasing the awareness and appreciation for these sites will foster both local and international interest and attention that may eventually increase economic activity,” Isla Lipana said. Out of the 25 locations, which have yet to be mainstreamed in tourism campaigns, Pinoys will be asked to choose 10 top destinations through a poll in the firm’s website.