New Orleans, USA – The Philippines, renowned for its award-winning underwater sceneries, attracted diving industry professionals and enthusiasts at the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) Show held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 14 to 17 November 2023.


Led by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines in collaboration with the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) USA, the country reaffirmed its status as a premier dive destination on the global stage by generating Php306.1M sales, marking a remarkable 60% increase from the turnout of the Philippines’ participation in the DEMA Show 2022 held in Orlando, Florida.

“Recently, we were honored as Asia's Leading Dive Destination at the World Travel Awards 2023, a title that the Philippines proudly maintained for five consecutive years since 2019. This is no small feat and a big source of national pride for us. Leveraging this achievement, we seize all opportunities to actively promote diving as a key tourism product of the Philippines, with a specific focus on the American market through the DEMA Show,” said TPB Chief Operating Officer Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles.

“The tremendous increase in leads from last year solidifies our position as a top-tier global dive destination. We warmly invite the world to discover the Philippines, home to some of the world's best dive sites,” she added.


Leading the delegation is DOT Undersecretary for Tourism Regulation Coordination & Resource Generation Shahlimar Hofer Tamano, with DOT Regional Directors Marites Castro of Region IV-A and Herbie Aguas of Region V, and Philippine Commission on Sports SCUBA Diving Executive Director Marco Angelo Ancheta along with other representatives of the DOT and TPB Philippines. Consul Robert Romero of the Philippine Honorary Consulate - Louisiana also dropped by the booth to express support for the delegation.

Visitors to the Philippines booth immersed themselves in the country's diverse marine offerings, from the captivating sardine run to exhilarating wreck diving adventures. Strategic B2B networking and insightful presentations take center stage, highlighting recent developments in the Philippine dive industry.

Supported by 16 private sector companies such as renowned dive resorts and operators Atlantis Dive Resorts & Liveaboards, Kokays Maldito Dive Resort, Magic Resorts Philippines, Lalaguna Villas Luxury Dive Resort & Spa, Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa / Salaya Beach Houses, El Galleon Dive Resort/Asia Divers, Crystal Blue Resort, Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, Discovery Fleet, Seadoors Liveaboard, Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort, Kasai Village Dive Inc., Scandi Divers, and MY Resolute (Liveaboard), and the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines, the Philippines showcased the country's top dive sites in Batangas, Puerto Galera, Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Palawan.

For 2023, the Philippines has been named Best Dive Destination by the Dive, Resort and Travel Show in Taiwan and Malaysia, and Asia’s Best Dive Destination by the World Travel Awards.


In the fast-paced world, where mobility is key, having a reliable portable monitor can be a game-changer, whether you're a professional on the move, a dedicated gamer, or simply in need of an extra screen for your work setup. Introducing the KOORUI 15B1 Portable Monitor, a budget-friendly monitor from IPASON Philippines.

The KOORUI 15B1 is a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display designed for versatility, offering a seamless blend of performance and portability. Here are the key features that make this portable monitor stand out in its class and for whom this portable monitor is for.

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The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines was recognized as one of the Most Improved Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) during the inaugural Governance Awards Ceremony hosted by the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) held at the PICC Complex yesterday, November 20.

The GCG lauded TPB’s significant strides in its corporate performance; registering a validated performance scorecard rating of 94.90% for 2022 which covers key performance indicators in its marketing operations, customer service, finance management, internal process, learning and growth, and stakeholder relations.

TPB Chief Operating Officer Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles expressed her gratitude upon receiving the accolade, “This award signifies a monumental milestone in our journey, a testament to the steadfast commitment of TPB to delivering exceptional service and elevating its operations and services in heralding the Filipino brand of service.”

The recognition underscores TPB’s dedication to transparency, efficiency and continuous enhancement in its operations. Aside from this award, the TPB has earned multiple recognitions including Best NTO Award at the TTG Travel Awards, National Tourism Initiative of the Year for PHITEX 2022 at the 2023 GOV Media Awards, and named Sustainability Leader of the Year for the second year in a row by Tripzilla.

The award comes on the heels of record-breaking sales for several trade fairs in the Philippines and abroad, the release of the Travel Philippines app, and mounting, supporting or participating in over 200 events, tours, programs and business missions locally and internationally.

The GCG is the central advisory, oversight and monitoring agency of all government owned and controlled corporations in the Philippines under Republic Act 10149 otherwise known as the GOCC Governance Act of 2011. This is the very first Governance Awards Ceremony, which aimed to recognize exemplary practices and outstanding performance rating among GOCCs.

Internet at your fingertips. A camera in your pocket. And then, artificial intelligence improving your everyday life. 

Samsung Galaxy helped democratize internet access and turned cameras into a communication tool we can’t live without. Even as all eyes are on AI, some of its best benefits haven’t come to mobile technology yet. Galaxy is about to change that. 

No company can harness AI’s potential like Galaxy. Why? Because only Galaxy puts the power of openness in the palm of your hand. Designed to empower everyone, everywhere, Galaxy AI is universal intelligence on your phone as you’ve never seen it before. In all the places it matters most — from barrier-free communication, to simplified productivity, to unconstrained creativity — we’re unleashing new possibilities. 

Galaxy AI is a comprehensive mobile AI experience, powered by both on-device AI developed at Samsung and cloud-based AI enabled by our open collaborations with like-minded industry leaders. It will transform your everyday mobile experience with the peace of mind you count on from Galaxy security and privacy.

For a tiny glimpse of one benefit Galaxy AI will enable, look no further than the very thing our phones were originally created to do, calling each other. AI Live Translate Call will soon give users with the latest Galaxy AI phone a personal translator whenever they need it. Because it’s integrated into the native call feature, the hassle of having to use third-party apps is gone. Audio and text translations will appear in real-time as you speak, making calling someone who speaks another language about as simple as turning on closed captions when you stream a show. Because it’s on-device Galaxy AI, you can trust that no matter the scenario, private conversations never leave your phone. 

Coming early next year, Galaxy AI will bring us closer to a world where some of the most common barriers to social connection dissolve, and communication is easier and more productive than ever. 

That’s AI changing the world and your life for the better. 

“Mobile technology has an incredible power to enable connection, productivity, creativity and more for people around the world, but until now, we haven’t seen mobile AI ignite that in truly meaningful ways,” said Wonjoon Choi, EVP and Head of R&D, Mobile eXperience Business. “Galaxy AI is our most comprehensive intelligence offering to date, and it will change how we think about our phones forever.” 

Breakthrough experiences that empower real connection and open up new possibilities right from your phone. That’s Galaxy’s promise. 

This is just a glimpse of what’s to come. Life opens up with Galaxy, so get ready for a new era of mobile AI. 

Ipinaranas ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Muntinlupa sa mga batang estudyante mula sa iba’t ibang paaralan sa Lunsod ang buhay ng isang public servant sa pagdiriwang ng Boys and Girls Week 2023.

Every year, we celebrate the Boys and Girls Week through a program called “Little Officials,” kung saan ini-immerse natin ang mga kabataan sa trabaho sa gobyerno,” saad ni Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon sa kaniyang official Facebook page.

Sa pagbubukas nasabing programa nitong lunes, Nobyembre 6, 2023, pinangunahan ng mga Little Boys and Girls Officials ang Pagtataas ng Watawat sa Muntinlupa City Hall Quadrangle. Dito ay ibinahagi din nila ang kanilang mga adhikain para sa kanilang kapwa bata.

Flag-raising ceremony at pagbubukas ng Boys and Girls Week 2023. "Sabi nga, the best legacy a leader can leave behind is the legacy of raising the next generation of leaders" saad ni Mayor Biazon. (Photo from Muntinlupa PIO)

Nakakatuwang makita ang Little Officials natin, pati yung mga nagsalita at nagbahagi ng plataporma nila during the flag raising ceremony,” dagdag ni Mayor Biazon.

Nasa 55 pampubliko at pampribadong institusyon ang lumahok sa taong ito. Ang mga paaralan ay itinalaga sa apat na “districts.” Ang districts 1 at 2 ay para sa public elementary schools, ang district 3 ay para sa private elementary schools, at ang district 4 naman ay para sa mga estudyante sa high school level.

Sa pagdiriwang ng National Children’s Month na may tema ngayong taon na “Healthy, Nourished, Sheltered: Ensuring the Right to Life for All,” inilunsad ng Youth Affairs and Sports Development Office (YASDO) sa pamumuno ni Ms. Cynthia Viacrusis, ang mga activities ng Boys and Girls Week 2023, kasabay ng regular na pagtataas ng watawat sa City Hall Quadrangle. Layunin ng selebrasyon na kilalanin ang mga bata bilang pinakamahalagang yaman ng bansa at bigyang-diin ang kanilang tungkulin sa pamilya at lipunan—alinsunod sa R.A. 10661 o ang National Children's Month Act of 2015. (Photo by Muntinlupa PIO)

Ang mga nahalal na little officials ay sina: Little Congressman Sandler S. Santillan, Little Mayor Alodia Shane M. Sumawang, and Little Vice Mayor Gabriel P. Gonzalo of District 1; Little Congressman Raven James B. Bernardo, Little Mayor Jorainza Lei D. Ramirez, and Little Vice Mayor Analyn D. Tapian of District 2; Little Congressman Martin Ezekiel Zaballero, Little Mayor Francelle Arien Balicat, Little Vice Mayor Casey Andrei C. Reyes of District 3; and Little Congressman Maya Celine Bugaling, Little Mayor Nathan Lopena, and Little Vice Mayor Samantha Marie Diloy of District 4.

Ayon sa Muntinlupa Public Information Office (PIO), sa loob ng isang araw, mararanasan nilang maging leader ng lungsod, aattend ng meetings, mag-oobserve sa mga proseso sa opisina, at makikihalubilo sa mga constituents na bumibisita sa tanggapan. 

Dagdag pa ng Muntinlupa PIO, layon ng programa na i-expose ang mga kabataan sa good governance para makatulong sa paghubog sa kanila bilang responsableng mamamayan.

Kasama ni Mayor Biazon at iba pang mga opisyal si Little Mayor Jorainza Lei D. Ramirez, Grade 6 student mula sa Cupang Elementary School - Main sa pamamahagi ng food assistance noong November 7 sa mga apektadong pamilya ng sunog na naganap sa Purok 7A, Ilaya, Brgy. Alabang. (Photo by Muntinlupa PIO)

Mula Nobyembre 6 hanggang 9, ang bawat Little Official ng bawat "district" ay uupo sa opisina ng isang buong araw kung saan natutuhan at naranasan nila mismo ang mga gawain ng mga opisyal ng lokal na pamahalaan, ehekutibo, lehislatibo, at maging sa sangay ng hudikatura.

Panoorin at kilalanin ang ilang Little Officials at alamin ang kanilang mga naging karanasan sa "CityTok" livestream.  

Maaari ding mapanood ang iba pang videos tungkol sa mga Little Officials sa official FB page ng City Government of Muntinlupa at Mayor Ruffy Biazon.

Ayon sa Muntinlupa PIO, ang Boys and Girls Week ay proyekto ng City Government of Muntinlupa na naglalayong maparanas sa mga batang estudyante ang pang araw araw na trabaho sa serbisyo sibil at magbigay ng inspirasyon sa kanila na maging community leaders. Ito ay inumpisahan ni dating Vice Mayor Jimmy Fresnedi sa termino ni dating Mayor Ignacio "Toting" Bunye. (PR/PIA-NCR)

For the second consecutive year, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines has clinched the coveted Sustainability Leader of the Year (Asia) award at the prestigious TripZilla Excellence Awards 2023. The Philippines has also been named the Destination of the Year, marking a significant milestone in its journey to tourism excellence.

Hosted by TripZilla, Southeast Asia’s leading digital travel media company, the 9th TripZilla Excellence Awards recognizes travel organizations that redefine industry standards, delivering exceptional experiences and driving positive change within the tourism industry.


As the marketing and promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Tourism, TPB's consecutive win of the Sustainability Leader of the Year (Asia) award underscores its steadfast initiatives in responsible tourism. This recognition follows an extensive round of voting by travel enthusiasts from 16 to 30 October 2023.


"We are proud to receive the Sustainability Leader of the Year (Asia) award for the second time in a row and be named the Destination of the Year by TripZilla. These accolades are a testament to our passion for showcasing the beauty of the Philippines and our ongoing efforts in championing sustainability and providing genuine local experiences. Together, we are crafting a sustainable legacy so that future generations of travelers may also enjoy it in the years to come,” said TPB Chief Operating Officer Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles.


TripZilla's Sustainability Leader of the Year award aims to honor companies and organizations taking strides in responsible tourism with initiatives that minimize tourism’s negative impact on key destinations' social, economic, and environmental landscapes.


Moreover, the Philippines’ being recognized as the Destination of the Year reflects its capacity to provide unparalleled travel experiences. This prestigious accolade showcases the country as a top travel destination, celebrating the nation's diverse attractions, rich heritage, and warm hospitality.


“Travel is a positive and transformative experience. As a leading travel inspiration platform in Southeast Asia, we are proud to recognize these travel brands that share our vision of creating exceptional journeys and making travel a force for good,” said Winnie Tan, CEO of



The Philippines’ participation at Tourism Expo Japan (TEJ) 2023 garnered impressive negotiated sales leads amounting to around PHP297,833,650.00 during its four-day run on 26-29 October 2023 at INTEX Osaka, Japan. 

Through the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines and the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) Osaka, the country’s delegation at TEJ sustained its strong presence in Japan's largest and most prestigious travel event, while also offering a platform for Philippine travel and tour suppliers to connect with Japanese counterparts and engage with stakeholders and consumers from around the world. 

“Our commitment to participate annually in Tourism Expo Japan shows how much the Philippines values our partnership with the Japan travel trade industry. The remarkable number of negotiated sales leads in this year’s participation demonstrates our promotional efforts coming to life and evinces the developments we have being doing to grow Japan as one of the leading source markets of the Philippines,” said TPB Philippines’ Chief Operating Officer, Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles. 

Organized by the Japan Travel and Tourism Association (JTTA), Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA), and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), the event drew over 148,000 visitors and was participated by 70 countries/regions including the Philippines, and 1,275 companies and organizations.


With the theme “Open the Door to the Future”, the expo featured the future of Japan's diverse tourism offerings in the aftermath of the pandemic. The event started with business-to-business meetings to strengthen partnerships among tourism industry practitioners. The expo site formally opened on October 28, allowing visitors to explore and experience tourism products from various suppliers.

The Philippine booth presented Cebu, Palawan, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, and Manila's culture, adventure, wellness, and gastronomy offerings. 

The country’s delegation consisted of 10 stakeholders namely, Attic Tours Phils., Inc., Bohol Beach Club, Cebu Pacific Air, Earth Explorers Travel and Tours. Hotel 101 Group, Philippine Airlines Inc., Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), The Bellevue Hotels & Resorts, and The Manila Hotel. Kaulayaw Coffee and Destileria Limtuaco Inc. were also present at the Philippine pavilion to showcase the country's coffee and liquor.