International delegates of the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) Asia Pacific 2016, the world’s biggest gathering for travel bloggers, writers, content media creators and tourism industry professionals, were treated to impressive cultural performances by some of the country’s top performers.
Presented by the Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), in coordination with NMX Events, TBEX afforded the delegates from North America, Europe and Asia a glimpse of the country’s diverse culture and colorful festivals.
The cultural numbers included an entertaining narrative of the country’s Malay, Chinese, Muslim and Spanish cultural influences. Also featured were some of the country’s most popular festivals such as the Flores de Mayo, Masskara of Bacolod, Dinagyang of Iloilo, Sagayan and Moriones of Marinduque, Pintados of Tacloban, Kadayawan of Davao, Sinulog of Cebu, and Ati-Atihan of Aklan.
TBEX 2016 was made possible with the support of Philippine Airlines, Globe Telecom, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and Duty Free Philippines. Other sponsors included Amorita Resort, The Lind Boracay, Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel, Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Primer Group of Companies, The Funny Lion Palawan, Merrell Philippines, Lakan, Banana Peel, Le Spa at Sofitel, Park Inn by Radisson, Hotel Luna, Bluewater Maribago Resort and Spa, Sonya’s Garden, Museo Orlina, and Grab Philippines.
The event was also made possible by the participation of volunteers from the University of the Philippines, Centro Escolar University, University of Santo Tomas, and Philippine Women’s University.