Alab ng Puso, sa dibdib mo’y buhay…
Sa dagat at bundok, sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw…
Lines from the Philippine National Anthem, ushered the “Tag-Araw Na” theme of PHILTOA’s 2nd General Membership Meeting (GMM) last April 8, 2015. The well attended GMM was held at the main ball room of Hotel Intercontinental Manila in Makati. Welcome remarks were delivered by Mr. Christopher Wichlan, General Manager of Hotel Intercontinental Manila and Mr. Karim Klaa, General Manager of Holiday Inn Suites who both co-sponsored PHILTOA’s GMM.
The program started to roll with no less than Dr. Ed Lapiz of Kaloob Foundation, who expounded on the topic, “Why pinoy prefers group travel”. A great communicator, Dr. Lapiz explained the Filipinos preference to group traveling which can be traced to the inherent character of Filipinos to be always together.
As an upcoming tourist destination, the island province of Camiguin had no less than the amiable, Hon. Gov. Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo presenting the must see and experience in his province: white sand bar; hot springs; sunken cemetery and more.
Who could be the best person to present an established tourist destination like Ilocos Norte, but no other than the charming governor of Ilocos Norte, Gov. Imee Marcos. The governor in her most convincing way gave enough reasons to the membership of PHILTOA to revisit Ilocos with its many new activities and tourist sights.
The GMM paved the way for the induction of the newly appointed two trustees of PHILTOA Board. Ms. Carla Z. Bravante, sales manager of Dusit Thani Hotel will serve as trustee representing the accommodation sector. Ms. Bing Francisco, Manager of Business Development Department of TIEZA will serve as trustee representing the other services sector of PHILTOA.
Total of 5 new members were inducted:
1. Aguila Travel and Tours
2. All Amazing Air Travel and Tours
3. GMB Lasam Travel
4. MTTS Travel Services
5. Makati Diamond Residences
President Cesar R. Cruz, presented the upcoming programs of PHILTOA which includes the series of Caravan Programs, the upcoming 26th Philippine Travel Mart and the Sports Tournament line up.
It was indeed another successful GMM event for PHILTOA.