AFTER five years of discovering, sharing, and exploring the Philippines, ABS-CBN’s travel website Choose Philippines marks 2016 with a special celebration that aims to honor the country that inspired people to eat, explore, and share meaningful experiences via the Choose Philippines Awards.
Netizens from all over the country and around the world can start submitting their nominations for different awards after its launch on “It’s Showtime” on Saturday (Aug. 27) through its website ChoosePhilippinesAwards.com. Submission of nominations will end on Sept. 24.
Honoring the best of what the Philippines has to offer, Choose Philippines Awards will collect nominations for three major categories – Best Destination, Best Dish, and Best Accommodation.
Choose Philippines Awards is only one of the ways ABS-CBN is promoting Philippine tourism.
ABS-CBN, through its Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation’s Ecotourism Projects, also offers packages that support the livelihood of locals and protect and maintain the natural ecosystems of the tourist sites.
The most-loved tourist spots are recognized in the Best Destination category, with sub-categories Heritage Sites, Water Forms, Islands and Beaches, Mountains and Volcanoes, and Recreational Spots.
Choose Philippines also acknowledges the local gastronomic treats that best represent the uniquely Filipino taste in Best Dish’s Poultry, Beef, Pork, Vegetable, Seafood, Fusion, Native Exotic Delicacy, and Panghimagas sub-categories.
Accommodations that excel in service, hospitality, comfort, accessibility, and aesthetics and double as a home away from home are also honored in the Best Accommodation’s Family, Solo Traveler, Couple, and Barkada sub-categories.
The final five nominees for each category will be announced on Oct. 10, when the voting for the Choose Philippines Awards will also begin.
Aside from the major categories, Choose Philippines will also present special awards. There is Best Pinoy Advocate, Best Pinoy at Heart, and Best Festival.
Not to be missed is the Best Photo Contest, which will honor netizens who will send their nominations for different categories.