Boracay takes 3 prizes at Travel+Leisure awards
ABS-CBNnews.com, July 23, 2012
On July 19, Boracay Island took 3 World’s Best awards presented by Travel+Leisure. The ceremony was held at Conrad Flagship Hotel in New York. Now running on its 17th year, this accolade is an annual tribute to the world destinations, hotels, resorts, tour operators, cruise lines, airlines, and other major tourist services which have been voted by readers of the magazine. Boracay Island won World’s Best Overall Island prize and Asia’s Top Island prize, and Discovery Shores Boracay nabbed Asia’s Top Hotel Spa. The winners were earlier announced by the magazine’s Editor, Nilou Motamed on the US morning show NBC “Today” last July 6.
The awards were handed out by Nancy Novogrod, Travel+Leisure’s Editor-in-Chief and Jean-Paul Kyrillos, Travel+Leisure’s Vice President and Publisher. The 2 prizes for Boracay were received by Vernie Velarde-Morales, tourism representative of the Department of Tourism (DOT) office in Chicago and concurrent Officer-in-Charge of the DOT office in New
York, and Abigail Yap, the wife of Malay Mayor John Yap, while Jose C. Parreño, General Manager accepted the award for Discovery Shores Boracay. Discovery Shores has also ranked No.5 on the list of Top 100 Hotels in the world and No.2 Top Resort in Asia.
Red Mountain Resort, Ivins, Utah won Top Destination, Singita Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania won Top Hotel, Bangkok won Top City, Singapore Airlines won Top International Airline and Virgin America won Top Domestic Airline.
Novogrod affirmed that an unprecedented number of the magazine’s readers this year had cast their votes for their favorite travel destinations for being best in the world and that the award for Boracay and Discovery Shores speak volumes about the lasting positive impressions made by these Philippine destinations.
Regl TWG working for rabies-free Boracay
Philippine Information Agency, July 27, 2012
Pre-declaration activities are being conducted by Regional Technical Working Group (RWTG) of the Rabies Prevention and Control Program funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, together with Department of Agriculture – RFU 6 and the Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-OCD) for a rabies-free Boracay Island. As part of the activity on July 24, a mass vaccination, registration, consultation and documentation of dogs were held around the three Barangays: Balabag, Yapak and Manoc-manoc. Same activities were carried out on the following days and an exit conference to conclude on July 27.
Vaccination teams were deployed in the afternoon to vaccinate dogs around the island. On the opening day a program was held at Barangay Plaza of Balabag in Boracay Island with guest speakers as Dr. Nachito Baylon, Former President of Philippine Veterinary Medical Association-Western Visayas, Larry Nacionales, Regional Executive Director, DA-RFU-6, Dr. Nerissa Dominguez, Representative, World Health Organization and Malay Mayor John Yap. Dr. Peter Sobrevega, Chairman of RWTG, Rabies Control and Elimination Program gave the rationale and briefing of Activities and Assignments.
Boracay Island has long been targeted to become rabies-free by OPVET and the RTWG, while the province of Aklan aims to be rabies-free in 2015.