CITY OF MALOLOS- Addressing the awardees of the 2nd Gawad Singkaban, an award giving body that recognizes the efforts in elevating the tourism industry in Bulacan, Gov. Daniel R. Fernando said that they should be proud that they are in the business of making people happy and making people’s dreams come true.
“We are here to celebrate tourism excellence and let us not stop. We must think of modern, innovative and inspiring ideas to showcase the very best of what Bulacan has to offer. We must capture a good part of the expected arrival of the 32 million tourists annually. We can do that by demonstrating why our province is a fantastic place to visit and do business with,” Fernando said.
The Provincial Government of Bulacan through the Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office honored seven top individuals, places and activities in the field of tourism during the awarding ceremony held yesterday at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Hiyas ng Bulacan Sentrong Pangkultura, Antonio S. Bautista Bulacan Provincial Capitol Compound in this city.
On its second peat, Guiguinto town’s Halamanan Festival won the Natatanging Pook sa Pagpapaunlad ng Turismo and took home P200,000, trophy and plaque of recognition.
“Kami sa Guiguinto ito ang aming pangarap, maging tourist destination kami kaya namin binuhay ‘yung aming 21 years nang Halamanan Festival na ginaganap tuwing January 20-22 . Ang maganda rito ‘pag tinanong ang halaman, Guiguinto ‘yon, sentro ng halamanan. At nangangarap kami na ang Guinguinto ay maging sentro ng halamanan sa buong Pilipinas and this is a challenge,” Mayor Ambrosio “Boy” Cruz said.
Moreover, recognized as Natatanging Hotel was The Greenery in Baliwag; Hapag Restaurant in Malolos as Natatanging Restwaran; Manejkom Travel and Tours in Malolos as Natatanging Travel Agency; and Duran Farm in San Ildefonso as Natatanging Agri-Tourism Site wherein each received P100,000, trophy and plaque of recognition.
For individual awards, Erwin R. Valenzuela from Baliwag bagged the Natatanging Tour Guide Award while Renato T. Villanueva from Guiguinto won the Natatanging Tourism Officer. Both of them took home P30,000 cash prize, a trophy and a plaque of recognition.
“I thought such award never existed kasi naiisip kong walang propetang kinilala sa sariling bayan, for me this is a first. I’ve received awards in the national ang international scenes, too but never in my province and I am really honored. Truly a tour guide, can make or break a tour, tourist spots are just destinations but at the end of the day, it is the experience that spells the difference and that is what we were trained to do, give the tourists the best experience,” Valenzuela, Natatanging Tour Guide said.
Gawad Singkaban also acknowledged the contribution of national media partners in the promotion of Bulacan tourism and gave the Most Supportive Media Award on Television to Biyahe ni Drew and Pinas Sarap of GMA News TV, Rated K of ABS-CBN, and CLTV 36.