The Philippines has 18 regions, more than 80 provinces, more than 100 million people, more than 7000 islands—and 20 of the best were honored at the Choose Philippines Awards Night held at the Dolphy Theater.
The awards aim to celebrate the people who shared their meaningful Philippine experiences and the country that inspired them to eat, explore, and share every second of their journey.
“As the world becomes more global, we have to hold to our share in marketing the Philippines," said ABS-CBN Chief Digital Officer Donald Lim in his opening remarks.
With hundreds of nominations received from all over the country, the entries were shortlisted to only 5 finalists.
The winners were determined via combined scores of the netizens, bloggers, influencers and industry experts: Margie Munsayac, Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International President; Leon Flores III, Department of Trade and Industry Philippines Deputy Program Director; Cesar Villanueva, Department of Trade and Industry Marketing Officer; Anton Ojeda, Zomato Country Manager; and Anton Diaz, Our Awesome Planet Founder, among others.
List of winners:
Choose Philippines Best Destination
Heritage Site: The Ruins in Bacolod
Island and Beaches: El Nido, Palawan
Mountains and Volcanoes: Mayon Volcano
Water Forms: Kawasan Falls
Recreational Spot: Picnic Grove Tagaytay
Choose Philippines Best Accommodation
For Families: Villa Escudero
For Couple: Stilts Calatagan Resort
For Barkada: Balesin Island Resort
For Solo Traveler: Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
Choose Philippines Best Dish:
Poultry Dish: Max’s Restaurant’s Fried Chicken
Beef Dish: Rodic’s Beef Tapa
Pork Dish: Buffalo Bro’s Baby Pork Sisig
Vegetable Dish: Kuya J’s Restaurant’s Tofu Sisig
Seafood Dish: Shrimp Bucket’s Salty Eggsperience
Panghimagas Dish: 1st Colonial Grill’s Sili Ice Cream
Fusion Dish: Lar’s Buko Batchoy
Native Delicacy: Barrio Fiesta’s Kare-kare
Choose Philippines Special Awards:
Best Festival: Sinulog Festival
Best Pinoy Advocate: Zosima “Maming” Acuram
Best Pinoy at Heart: Kyle “Kulas” Jennerman
Best Photo Entries:
East Coast White Sand Beach Resort in Bohol by Ulysses Almocera
Basco Lighthouse in Batanes by Justine Ancheta
Aged Local Beef Tenderloin w/ Tuba Garlic Sauce in Negros Museum Café by Aris Mape
Hosted by Kim Atienza and AI Dela Cruz, the event was made more exciting by the performances of Angeline Quinto, Matteo Guidicelli, JK Labajo, and Yohan Hwang.
Also in attendance were Congressman Joey Salceda (Albay), Mayor Oli Dator, Vice Mayor Sam Nantes (Quezon Province), Mayor Jessie Galano (Ilocos Norte), Vice Governor Kaye Revil (Masbate), Mayor Helen Alaba, Vice Mayor Pablio Sumampong, Councilor Raymond Jala (Bohol), Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, ASEC Art Boncato (Davao City).
Another highlight of the event was the unveiling of the newest features of Choose Philippines website which includes a predictive search function, directory of provinces, and a “Market Page”, to name a few.
Visit ChoosePhilippines.com and discover amazing Filipino travels and adventures that are yet to be experienced.