Philippine Consulate General’s Pasko ng Bayan sa Chongqing
Celebrates Hope in the New Normal
04 December 2021 – The Philippine Consulate General in Chongqing, in cooperation with the United Filipinos in Chongqing, staged this evening the Pasko ng Bayan sa Chongqing, a Christmas gathering of around a hundred Filipinos in this southwestern Chinese municipality.
Setting the tone for the event, Consul General Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo, in her Christmas message, appreciated the long-awaited blessing of physically convening as a community for a real Christmas celebration. “After two long years of complying with public health measures, we can be grateful to enjoy our cherished Filipino Christmas traditions tonight,” she said. “Preparations for this Pasko ng Bayan lit our inner Christmas lights much like a Pinoy parol and this is one bonding event that will fortify our hope and resilience as Filipinos in Chongqing while enhancing our sense of community as we head into the New Year,” she added.
The United Filipinos in Chongqing, the Chongqing Filipino Teachers, and their children, and the Chongqing Warriors, pooled their talents for a mini-variety show bringing Christmas cheers to an appreciative audience that included Chinese and other foreign friends of the Filipino community. Members of the Filipino community gamely participated in Pasko ng Bayan’s special features such as the Christmas parol and belen exhibit, the Noche Buena Food Contest and the Christmas headdress competition.
The Philippine Consulate General hopes to sustain the Pasko ng Bayan sa Chongqing as an annual event in close partnership with the local Filipino community. END
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"TRILIPPINES” TRAVEL APP LAUNCHED EXCLUSIVELY FOR CHINESE VISITORS TO THE PHILIPPINES
3 November 2021 - The Philippine Consulate General in Chongqing, on behalf of the Philippine Embassy in Beijing, welcomed today the unveiling of Trilippines, a one-stop-shop mobile application dedicated to Philippine tourism products and services for Chinese mainland visitors. The launch event took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chengdu, China with dozens of local travel and tourism offices in attendance.
Owned by ADJ Happy Travel Inc. and developed by Beijing Xiuyuan Travel, the Trilippines online platform is a one-stop shop providing destination guides and offering a comprehensive menu of flights, accommodations, day tours and domestic transportation. The travel company’s CEO, Mr. Leon Liu, introduced key features of the app which consolidates and customizes products and services for the Chinese user, including translation help during their stay in the Philippines.
Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) Attaché, Dr. Edwin F. Balane, underscored the value of the initiative to the eventual reopening of the country’s borders to leisure travel. More than a year in the making, Trilippines is the only app that makes Philippine tourism products directly available to the Chinese travel market. “Despite ongoing travel restrictions, the market can already select destinations to put in their bucket list, packages they want to enjoy, and journeys within their budget so that, when they are ready to pack their bags, they would certainly know which to enjoy the most,” he suggested. Dr. Balane also spotlighted the Philippines’ More Fun Awaits campaign by way of a video presentation.
For her part, Chongqing-based Philippine Consul General Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo lauded the PDOT-ADJ Happy Travel partnership for keeping up with trends in smart tourism. She thanked Trilippines’ creators for their foresight and appreciated their confidence in Philippine tourism despite present border restrictions. “When pent-up Chinese travel demand meets pent-up Philippine hospitality, we will all be there - Philippine foreign service posts and DOT offices in China, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Trilippines - to help open the floodgates for our long-awaited visitors from the mainland,” she stated. The Consul General touted the Safe Travels Stamp given to the Philippines in September 2021 by the World Travel and Tourism Council even as PDOT’s Have a Safe Trip Pinas campaign continues in earnest. “As we launch Trilippines today, I have every confidence that the combined efforts to promote smart tourism and a safe, enjoyable stay in the Philippines could very well yield the best travel deal in no time at all,” she concluded.
Also present during the event were Philippine Airlines Area Manager (Eastern China) Geri Zhuang and Cebu Pacific Account Executive Sami Ni. Both airline representatives delivered presentations on their respective domestic and international operations as well as adherence to health protocols.
Prior to the pandemic, China was the Philippines’ second largest market with a total output of 1.75 million visitor arrivals and one of the biggest contributors of foreign exchange through tourism expenditure valued at USD 2.33 billion in 2019. As it approaches its target of fully vaccinating 100% of tourism workers this year, the Philippines is committed to providing a safe and pleasant stay while visitors experience the country’s popular destinations, in addition to new tourism products and packages. END
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