“GUAM: THE NEW ‘IT’ TRAVEL DESTINATION FOR FILIPINOS”

The 1st ever InstaGuam Fair, held last June 1 to 3 at Bonifacio High Street – Taguig, was a rousing success. Attended by media editors, celebrities, influencers, and regular Juans, the event proved that Guam is ready to be in the forefront of tourism in the Philippines.

Coconut Toast

INSTAGUAM was the perfect header to the campaign because it fully encapsulated the initiative’s objective to drive Guam as an ‘instant destination’ through ‘instant share ability on social media’.

The island paradise, albeit small and sparsely populated, boasts a rich culture unparalleled by any other. It’s Chamorro heritage can be seen in traditional performances, clothing, and their cuisine, yet, everything feels familiar and relatable because of the heavy influences brought forth by various cultures and immigrants.

INSTANT DESTINATION.

In this day and age, people are so used to having things readily available at all times. In Guam’s case, an instant vacation means it has to be a quick and enjoyable getaway. Only 3 hours away from Manila, Guam is a viable destination for weekend wanderers who wish to unwind for a few days. More so, fun and enjoyment are always guaranteed due to the plethora of activities and tourist destinations on the island.

Mr. Nathan Denight, President & CEO of Guam Visitors Bureau, put it best: “You can sky-dive in the morning, and you can scuba-dive in the afternoon, everything is that close.”

INSTANT SHARE ABILITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

Social media is the perfect vehicle to directly communicate Guam’s winning qualities to the market. From its untouched natural wonders to man-made locations like Two Lover’s Point, Guam is the perfect backdrop to anyone’s Instagram feed.

Hafa Adai 🇬🇺

These two pillars, combined with great food and Guam’s unique Chamorro hospitality, were front and center during the 3-day Guam extravaganza.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

To commence day 1 of the festivities, a media launch was held to showcase the very best offerings from Guam. Media attendees were treated to authentic Chamorro dishes, such as red rice, Chicken Kelaguen and Tinala Katne, while Jesse & Ruby with the Guam Hafa Adai Show performers took the stage to entertain the crowd with an electrifying presentation of Chamorro song and dance. The event was then opened to the public at 6:00PM.

Event held at BGC

The succeeding days allowed GVB, its co-exhibitor GEDA, and event partners to further promote their products and services to the public. From discounted airline tickets (courtesy of Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and United Airline), to special hotel rates and tour packages, travel opportunities were plenty thanks to sponsors like Pacific Star, PacTours, Vacation Guam, Discover Guam, Phil-Guam USA and Two Lovers Point.

In addition to the activities highlighting the simplicity and vivacity of Guam’s everyday living, audiences were able to participate in different coconut-related games, such as the Coconut Olympics, Tap the Coconut, and Coconut Grinding Contest. More so, Ms Marte Hara-Parr of Discover Guam brought the house down with a spontaneous Chamorro dance class that got everyone grooving, including the event’s security team, much to everyone’s delight.

More about #InstaGUAM here.

The exhibition culminated with an SM raffle giveaway courtesy of Pacific Star Resort and Spa, Kloppenburg Enterprise, Wyndham Garden Guam, and PhilGuam USA Travel and Tours. Raffle winners will be announced in GVB’s social media accounts, so make sure to follow @VisitGuamPH on Facebook and Instagram for updates. Finally, the over-all success of the event was able to establish two things; first, Filipinos are economically capable to travel abroad should they wish to do so, and second, Guam is on its way to becoming the next IT travel destination for Filipinos.

To know more about Guam, you may visit the Guam Visitors Bureau’s PH Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/visitguamph, or you may follow the @visitguamph page on Instagram.

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#GerifiedPH: InstaGUAM

Hafa Adai everyone! Do you want to be in the USA and Asia at the same time? Be in Guam! Guam, albeit a United States island territory in Micronesia, is located at the tropical Pacific, specifically 900 miles north the equator in the West side of Pacific.

Guam is The island’s Spanial colonial heritage is still evident as seen in the Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad on top of a bluff in Umatac and has distinguished summer beaches spread across the entire country with Chamorro villages and ancient latte-stone pillars.

Did you know? Hafa Adai in Guam’s language Chamorro means Hello.

Aside from the beautiful location, Guam is also known for their warm and hospitable people,

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and yours truly had the opportunity to meet and dance some of them at the recently concluded #InstaGUAM event held at the Activity Center, Bonifacio High Street.

Disclaimer: I’ve never been to Guam. But last week, I was cordially invited to witness what Guam has to offer, and I must say, I want to discover Guam, for real!

Discover Guam the Local Way

Do not be just a tourist, be a traveler. And you could be a traveler when you roam around the the villages of Guam the local Chamorros’ way. The island is like an open water park with open playground for water sports enthusiasts from swimming to windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, jet skiing, kite boarding, parasailing and diving!

Skydive in Guam

Boost your morning with the jump of your life! Before diving in the sea, dive in the sky for adventure! Also known as tandem skydiving, the sport which was initially used as a military application offers visitors the extreme risk adventure of a lifetime! Get the adrenaline rushing while falling in the sky in style!

If you’re not ready yet to skydive, enjoy Guam’s Air in Parasailing! Peaceful ocean waters is a great view to plan your Guam’s itinerary.

Dive in Guam

Hundred varieties of colorful fishes, 300 kinds of coral species, 220 species of benthic marine algae and historic wrecks from World Wars I and II are the highlights of Guam’s seascape offerings. Guam’s open sea is not just home to diverse coral and marine life, it is also one of the most affordable place to learn how to dive. Tick diving off the bucket list in Guam’s diving environment fit from beginners to expert divers!

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The best part in Diving in Guam is not just the vast sea creatures and beautiful corals, it is also abundant in history, from Apra Harbor to Harbor Dives only accessible by small boats like Blue Hole, Shark Pit, The Crevice, Barracuda Rock, Hap’s Reef and 11-Mile Reef, shipwrecks from WWI and WWII and hard coral reefs are a delight you would not want to miss.

Didi you know? Kitsugawa Maru  is a deeper water located in the west of Tokai Maru where two of the best shipwrecks are located.

Aside from the rich sea, visitors are encouraged to do dolphin watching, riverboat trips and visit the seven picturesque golf course paradises! Guam is all in one from, water, to land, and even air! Yup, you could skydive in the morning and dive in the afternoon in Guam! Skydiving is one of the extreme daredevil sports for visitors who seek adrenaline rush.

Roam in Guam

As a tropical country, Guam offers explorations from picturesque golf courses to historical landmarks to hiking!

Guam is a golfer’s paradise with its golf courses including Leo Palace Resort, Onward Talofofo Golf Club, Starts Guam Golf Resort, Onward Mangilao Golf Club, Guam International Country Club, WIndward Hills Country Club and Country Club of the Pacific. These resorts feature various degrees of dificulty and are located in magnificent spots throughout the island.

34192196_1781410221902230_6964188719121170432_n.jpgYours Truly with Miss Guam during the #InstaGUAM Fair 2018

Guam’s landmarks southern homes and villages across the island. That’s right, cities in Guam are called villages and they have a lot to offer! One of which is the Latte, also known as the foundation pillars for the thatched huts of the Chamorros and are found in parks and out-of-the-way jungle areas.

Did you know? Guam is the largest of the Micronesian islands with 4-8 miles wide and 32 miles long.

Since the island was formed by the union of two volcanoes, a limestone plateau in the northern and southern sections of Guam can be visibly seen, a remembrance from the extinct volcanoes. The Spanish Era are visibly seen in the graceful remains of Spanish buildingst like the Plaza de Espana where the Spanish governor reside, and stone bridges in Hagatna.

Did you know? Hagatna is the Capital City of Guam.

Northern Guam offers Mount Santa Rosa which is the highest point in the North, South Pacific Memorial Park. Central Guam includes Asan Bay Overlook, Sigua Falls and War in the Pacific Historical Park. Southern Guam on the other hand offers a sweeping view of the mountainous southern portion of Guam in Sella Bay, and the waterfall valleys, mountain ranges and Umatac Village below the I Memorias Para I Lalahita shrine.

Shop in Guam

Shopping in Guam is a lot less expensive.  You can even pick up luxury and high-end brands at relatively affordable prices plus, it’s tax free.

It’s a shopping haven if you want to buy quality brands for a lot less.

The best parts? No traffic and malls are open 24/7!

#InstaGUAM

The InstaGuam Fair is the biggest Guam Travel Expo in Philippines. It showcased the best of Chamorro culture with traditional presentations from indigenous performers and authentic island cuisine straight from Guam.

The #Instaguam Fair gave visitors a taste if the locally made produce and products in Guam like the Chamorro chips and cookies, Chamorro Gourmet Pika Jelly, Hafa Adai flavored honey that includes coffee, cinnamon, pepper and ginger honey.

33987316_1781411658568753_9065434991185362944_n.jpgDelicious island dishes like Chamorro BBQ with red rice, Tinala Katne aka Dried Beef, Chicken and Shrimp Kalaguen all flushed down with CocoTap and shaved iced in blueberry and strawberry syrup!

More photos of the #InstaGUAM event here.

I had so much fun while learning about Guam in the #InstaGuam event. I danced, laughed and eat my heart out as I listen to performers sing and dance in the windy afternoon! But discovering about Guam for real by traveling there, sipping buko juice and tanning in the sun is the real deal! How to get there? Visa! Guam allows dozen of countries for a pass entry of without visa for a period of up to 45 days! this includes UK and Australia among others.

Visit Guam Visitors Bureau at 8491-A, Rockwell Drive Kalayaan ave. Corner Matilde St. Poblacion, Makati City

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Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/visitguamph/

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