The country’s best tourism offerings — from food to vacation destinations — were recognized in the first Choose Philippines Awards at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theatre on Thursday.
Cebu bagged the most trophies, winning Best Accommodation for solo travelers (Plantation Bay Resort and Spa) Best Water Form (Kawasan Falls) and Best Festival (Sinulog).
City government officials, tourism officers, industry experts, celebrities and establishment owners graced the awards ceremony hosted by Kim “Kuya Kim” Atienza and Ai dela Cruz.
From August to September, netizens from throughout the country and around the world submitted their nominations for categories such as
Best Destination and Best Accommodation. From there, a shortlist was drawn by a panel of industry experts and travel bloggers.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
For Families: Villa Escudero (Quezon)
For Couples: Stilts Calatagan Resort (Batangas)
For Barkada: Balesin Island (Quezon)
For Solo Travelers: Plantation Bay Resort and Spa (Cebu)
Heritage Sites: The Ruins (Negros Occidental)
Islands and Beaches: El Nido Resorts (Palawan)
Mountains and Volcanoes: Mayon Volcano (Albay)
Water Forms: Kawasan Falls (Cebu)
Recreational Spots: Picnic Grove (Tagaytay)
Poultry Dish: Max’s fried chicken
Beef Dish: Rodick’s beef tapa
Pork Dish: Buffalo Bros baby back ribs
Vegetable Dish: Kuya J’s Restaurant’s lumpia presko
Seafood Dish: Shrimp Bucket’s salty eggsperience
Panghimagas (dessert): First Colonial’s Grill sili ice cream
Fusion: Lars buko batchoy
Native Delicacy: Barrio Fiesta’s kare-kare
BEST FESTIVAL: Sinulog (Cebu City)
BEST PINOY ADVOCATE:
Zosima Acuram (Banduria teacher, Bohol)
BEST PINOY AT HEART
Kyle “Kulas” Jennerman from Canada
Source: ABS- CBN News Image: Booking