Sabah traders meet Mindanao counterparts to explore business deals

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Key business players from Lahad Datu of Tawau in Sabah recently met with business counterparts from Mindanao to explore joint-venture collaborations in agribusiness, tourism, logistics and the manufacturing sector. The 27-business delegation from Sabah participated in the business-to-business meetings held in connection with the Strategic Planning Meeting (SPM) of the Brunei [...]

Mindanao to host first EAGA cultural fest

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A festival that will showcase the cultural diversity of the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) is slated to take place in various Mindanao cities in the Philippines next year. Dubbed as the 1st Budayaw BIMP-EAGA Festival on Culture and the Arts, the week-long festival aims [...]

BIMP-EAGA member countries conclude air linkages expansion deliberation

KUCHING: Transport ministers and high ranking officers from member countries of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines’ East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) have concluded their deliberation on the Protocol to Amend the Memorandum of Understanding on Expansion of Air Linkages. A joint statement by the BIMP-EAGA Transport Ministers said the protocol would be signed in conjunction with the [...]


Regatta de Zamboanga is one of the highlights during the celebration of Zamboanga City’s Fiesta Hermosa where racing of vintas are anticipated every October. These iconic vintas bring color to the shores of R.T. Lim Boulevard where the event is annually held. Vintas are traditional boats originally used by indigenous people in Mindanao that plays [...]


The Zamboanga Hermosa Festival or Fiesta Pilar is an annual celebration in honor of the patroness of the City of Zamboanga – Our Lady of the Pillar. The Zamboangueños are known for their fervent devotion to Our Lady of the Pillar or better known to them as “Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar”. This is [...]

Duterte calls for unified sub-regional agreements

By Irma Isip September 08, 2016 The Philippines is pushing for full integration of sub-regional agreements within Asean particularly the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) to maximize the opportunities presented by existing and future free trade agreements (FTAs). Speaking at the 13th Asean Business and Investment Summit in Vientiane on Tuesday, President Duterte reported [...]

ARMM tourism roadmap in place

BY PIA ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 COTABATO CITY: The Department of Tourism in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOT-ARMM) vows to further enhance efforts in the promotion of tourism industry in the region. Newly-installed Regional Secretary Bai Ayesha Vaneesa Hajar Dilangalen said her office has presented to the ARMM government its Tourism Roadmap for [...]


The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), hosted the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) 2016, the country’s largest and most important annual travel trade event. There are 220 international buyers, 40 countries, 220 local sellers, 145 companies doing business-to-business sessions on tourism, travel and trade opportunities and post tour events from September [...]

The 13th BIMP-EAGA Joint Tourism Development (JTD) Cluster Meeting

The 13th BIMP-EAGA Joint Tourism Development (JTD) Cluster Meeting was held on 26 – 27th August 2016 at Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The meeting was attended by delegates from all BIMP-EAGA Member Countries, BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Center (BIMP-FC), and Asian Development Bank (ADB). Highlighted are the four (4) main initiatives in the BIMP-EAGA JTD Cluster namely: [...]

Amid Kadayawan feast, Mindanao tourism agenda pushed

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo joined hundreds of thousands tourists and spectators that flocked to Davao City for the recently concluded Kadayawan 2016 festivities, to seek stakeholders’ support for a Mindanao tourism agenda. She arrived in Davao amid the weeklong celebration of Kadayawan 2016 after lobbying support from Filipino-American communities and businessmen [...]