Gawad Kalinga launches Social Tourism
Renzelle Ann Palma | Oct 22, 2013
Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan is not just a home for relocated settlers from the streets of Manila, but it is most especially a place where magic truly happens.
It is dubbed by its founder Antonio Meloto as a Disneyland for Social tourism. This new brand of tourism aims to boost travel visitors and deepen their travel experience.
Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm is home to 50 families, over 500 people, which are former illegal settlers in Manila. Its mission is to give land to the landless, a home to the homeless and food for the hungry.
Through social tourism, visitors will not just see places but also meet people who they would not normally encounter and build relationships. This will encourage them to come back and will hopefully even encourage them to share their skills and goodwill.
According to the Department of Tourism, this big step is the newest and most exciting development in the tourism industry today. Its very concept is based on people, which is one of our strengths.
It is also home to student volunteers from all over the world. The farm exposed them on social enterprise and the community. It’s been called a mentorship hub where everyone can help in building a better quality of life to those who have less in life.
To know more about Gawad Kalinga, visit their official site: http://www.gk1world.com/ Photos from: www.gk1world.com