As if the scenic natural wonders and colorful local festivals weren’t enough to pique the interest of tourists, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is promising something bigger and bolder for foreign visitors this year with Visit the Philippines 2015.
The year-long tourism campaign aims to highlight a series of international events, which will be hosted by the country for 2015 beginning with the arrival of no less than Pope Francis himself.
His Holiness, who captured the world’s attention with his attempts to bring the Church closer to the people, will be in the country from Jan. 15 to 19 for his Apostolic tour to comfort the victims of typhoon Yolanda and meet the faithful in Metro Manila.
Big Lagoon, El Nido, Palawan
Newly-appointed tourism undersecretary Benito Bengzon, Jr. says the event is expected to draw hundreds of Catholics from other nations, particularly in other neighboring Asian countries.
“The Papal Nuncio is handling the most of the matters related to the visit, but we are also helping in its promotion,” Bengzon adds. DOT’s overseas offices have already reported some foreigners from other Asian nations, who will be arriving this month specifically to see the Pope.



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