By Analou De Vera
The Department of Tourism (DOT) urged both local and foreign tourists to visit the different destinations in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (Calabarzon).
The DOT said that Calabarzon “offers a complete package” as it has natural wonders, modern recreational resorts, as well as cultural and historical heritage sites.
“Truly, Calabarzon should be receiving all of the tourists from Metro Manila. For people who would want to escape the concrete jungle, this should be your playground—closer to nature and everything. Two or three hours, you are already in the beach, trekking mountains, or even enjoying fun farm experiences,” said Tourism Assistant Secretary Maria Rica Bueno.
Tourists may try water sports in Cavite, extreme nature adventure in Laguna and Rizal, island-hopping in Quezon province, and visit historical and pilgrimage sites in Batangas and Rizal, said DOT-Calabarzon Officer-in-Charge Director Marites Castro.
“Region 4A is replete with the best-kept secrets awaiting to be discovered and we welcome everyone to come and see the region’s wildly diverse destinations that will suit just about everyone’s preferences,” said Castro.
“Calamba, Laguna is the birthplace of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Likewise, Cavite and Batangas provinces are among the cradles of Filipino patriotism and Christian faith. There is so much to be discovered in the depths of the seas of Verde Island and Anilao, Batangas where international underwater photographers have come to see the world’s most diverse marine species there is,” she added.
The DOT-Calabarzon said that it is committed to ensuring the sustainable tourism practices in the region.
“Recognizing the rich natural and cultural wealth of the Calabarzon region, we further pledge to fully implement sustainable tourism practices, consistent with the best environment and heritage protection standards, such that our present tourism resource requirements optimize both local community benefit and future sustainable uses,” it said.