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Dive and Run on 100 Years of Guam’s History

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Here’s a little bit of history about Guam, popular with divers ’round the world but not too much with plain tourists like us.

Twenty-six years ago, the German cruiser SMS Cormoran II was scuttled in Guam’s Apra harbor That was April 7th of 1917, during World War I. Then, on August 27, 1943, the era of World War II, the Japanese freighter Tokai Maru was torpedoed and sunk right over the wreck of the Cormoran, laying 120 feet below sea level. In July 1974, the SMS Cormoran II was listed on the Guam Register of Historic Places, as well as the National Register of Historic Places a year later.

This makes Guam having the only dive site in the world with wrecks from two world wars. So, in honor of this piece of history and the lives that perished on the SMS Cormoran II, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) will commemorate the 100th anniversary by holding memorial services on April 7, 2017, with wreath-laying activities at Apra Harbor and the Naval Cemetery in Hagatna, and a series of lectures and an exhibit during the weeklong celebration.


Guam’s annual premier running event, the United Airlines Guam Marathon, will also happen on the same day, the fifth year running, together with the Hafa Adai Expo and Pick up event.

The 5th United Airlines Guam Marathon (or more known as “UGM”) happens on April 9th from 3:00AM until 11:00AM. The participant or runner packet pick up location will be at the Hafa Adai Expo which opens on April 7th from 12:00PM until 6:00PM, and will continue to be open to the public the following day, April 8th from 9:00AM until 6:00PM. There will also be a running clinic by Naoko Takahashi, 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medalist and UGH ambassador, lots of booths, live entertainment, cultural activities, food concessions, official UGM and running merchandise shops, and other #OnlyOnGuam activities. Of course, there will also be shopping incentives and discounts to be given to all registered runners, visitors and local residents.


Culminating all these activities is a BBQ Beach Party at the Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park, located at Ypao Beach overlooking Tumon Bay, with live concert performances, beach games, the traditional Tumon Bay post-race dip, beachfront photos (you gotta do this – sunset selfie is a must!), food, drinks, and more entertainment.

The UGM is also sponsored by the Guam Visitors Bureau and the Pacific Islands Club. For more information about the SMS Cormoran Centennial Commemoration and the 2017 UGM marathon, please visit or You can also visit and like GVB’s Facebook Page at and GVB’s Instagram @visitguamph

Source: Tropical Productions Inc. (TPI) via Carmel Carpio

Photos from source.


Written by Raffy Pekson II

March 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

Globe to Temporarily Suspend Mobile Services During Dinagyang Festivities

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PRESS STATEMENT (January 20, 2016) — Globe Telecom will comply with the directive of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to temporarily suspend mobile services in some areas of Dinagyang festivities in Iloilo City.

Globe General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo said the company will always comply with directive of the NTC, particularly in relation to public safety and security. “Similar to the directive we received from the NTC during the recent Black Nazarene and Sinulog events, we are compelled to temporarily suspend mobile services in some event areas of the Dinagyang festival and we would like to appeal for our customers’ understanding,” Castelo said.

The Dinagyang Festival is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog in Cebu and the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan. It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis. For this year, it will be held from January 20 to the 22nd.

Source: Corporate Communications Group, Globe Telecom |

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New Video Blog About the Philippines from Portuguese Travel Blogger and Videographer João Cajuda

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Here’s a new find – a new travel video blog about the beauty and wonders of the Philippines created and produced by a Portuguese.


João Cajuda is a travel blogger and videographer from Portugal who travels the world to produced content for the Travel Channel and more than 30 hotels, including for Mandarin Oriental, Kempinski, Four Seasons, Small Luxury Hotels, among other groups.

In 2013, João Cajuda was finalist of the worldwide travel video contest Biggest Baddest Bucket List (Best Job in the World 2013), chosen from over than 5000 candidates.

In 2016, João Cajuda his blog was ranked in the top 15 most influent travel bloggers in the world by Rise.

João Cajuda is the owner of Adventure Travel Agency called LEVA-ME, being tour leader and organizing tour groups to selected destinations as Morocco, Tanzania, Thailand, and others.

João Cajuda’s professional experience extends in TV and cinema in Portugal, New York and Los Angeles with a degree in Marketing, Publicity and P.R. to do what he loves the most – travel and produce leading video content for hotels, tour companies and tourism boards.

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Shop Guam App Launched During 5th Shop Guam e-Festival

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Håfa Adai! That is Guam’s version of welcoming you to this U.S. island territory in Micronesia, all 160,000 plus people living in this Western Pacific paradise of tropical beaches, Chamorro villages, world-famous sunsets and ancient latte-stone pillars. These are just a few reasons why millions of tourists have made Guam their top travel choice. The one other preference for visiting Guam? Shopping!

I was there last year and I can only say this is the nearest near-shore USA you can be when it comes to shopping. Their duty-free shops has one of the best selections of branded items with racked-down prices. Kmart’s there, too. And Ross? I just found out while there that Guam has the biggest Ross outlet.

So, this year, Guam Visitors Bureau’s Philippine rep office and head-honcho Carmel Carpio sent me a message saying there’s a mobile app now available for the sole purpose of helping you shop better while in Guam. The official Shop Guam app now brings over 230 offers from 178 vendors at your fingertips, from an exciting array of deals on luxury and popular brands, fine and casual dining, optional tours, entertainment, beauty, spa, tourism services, and much more. As a bonus, the Shop Guam e-Festival’s exclusive deals on Made in Guam products and Only on Guam activities will further enhance your experience, all through the Shop Guam app.

Guess what? The Shop Guam app is intuitive. It automatically alerts a shopper of a special offer whenever he or she is within a 40- to 50-meter range of a participating vendor. Browse the Events section of the Shop Guam app for in-store events at selected vendor locations and use the app to enter the Shop Guam e-Festival Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Guam travel package valued at $1,000USD!

This year’s Shop Guam e-festival includes exclusive offers from Balenciaga, Chloé, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, LeSportSac, Lacoste, and Rimowa, to name just a few of them.

The Shop Guam app is FREE to download and is available in six languages: English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

So, download the Shop Guam App now and start planning your shopping spree in paradise. From December 1, 2016 to February 4, 2017, share your Shop Guam experience by tagging your photos with #ShopGuameFestival.

Use these links to download the Shop Guam app:



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

Source: Guam Visitors Bureau Philippine Rep via Tropical Productions, Inc.

Photos and image from source.


Written by Raffy Pekson II

December 14, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Posted in ICT, Incentives & Promotions, Travel & Tourism

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Guam Visitors Bureau New Official Philippine Representative

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Guam Visitors Bureau New Official Philippine Representative

I went to Guam by way of Guam Visitors Bureau, the official tourism agency for the U.S. Territory of Guam, which gave the go-signal to the previous representative company in the Philippines to fly half-a-dozen media people to Guam; I was representing a travel magazine at that time. For six days, Guam Visitors Bureau toured us around their tiny island state, and showed us the sights, sounds, thrills and food that anyone visiting Guam for the first time, or the nth time, should go, do, listen, watch and savor.

In fact, 18,704 Filipinos have visited Guam just for their 2016 fiscal year, a 52.3 percent increase versus the previous fiscal year. So, what is the total number of people who have visited Guam this year? It’s a staggering 1.51 million visitors, 10 times more than its tiny population of 165,00. Whoa!

The same Guam Visitors Bureau just announced the appointment of Tropical Productions, Inc. as its exclusive and official Philippine Market In-Country Representative. Tropical Productions went through a rigorous selection process by Guam Visitors Bureau with a dozen or so other companies in the Philippines vying for the in-country representative designation. I got this good news from our friend Carmel Carpio, Tropical Productions’ Integrated Marketing Communications Director, who also happens to be the Market Account Director of Guam Visitors Bureau.

Congratulations to Carmel Carpio and the rest of the Tropical Productions team!

In statement released by Guam Visitors Bureau, its President and CEO Nathan Denight says, “GVB thanks all the companies that put in time to submit their proposals and congratulates TPI on being the highest ranked qualified offeror. This is a unique opportunity to work with a company that has local roots. They know the Guam brand well and their expanding marketing network will strengthen the relationship between Guam and the Philippines. We look forward to working with them in promoting the events, activities and attractions that our island paradise has to offer.

In response to Denight’s statement, Tropical Productions CEO EJ Calvo replied back, saying:

We are excited to work with GVB to showcase what makes Guam unique and attract more visitors from the Philippines. We are committed to promoting all our island has to offer, utilizing our international business experience, marketing expertise and resources in the Philippines.

The Guam Visitors Bureau, a non-profit membership corporation, is the official tourism agency for the U.S. Territory of Guam. Among its responsibilities, Guam Visitors Bureau is charged with setting tourism policy and direction; developing and implementing Guam’s tourism strategic and marketing plans; managing programs and activities that enhance and showcase Guam’s people, place, and culture in order to deliver an incomparable visitor experience.

Tropical Productions, Inc. (TPI) is a full service Marketing Communications agency that caters to the marketing needs of the company’s internal clients and industry partners. TPI offers advertising, event management, public relations, digital marketing, branding & corporate communication services and specializes in developing and executing content marketing initiatives. Incorporated in 1991 as a Guam corporation, TPI has over 25 years of event management experience and offers a complete suite of live entertainment and event services. In the Philippines TPI is legally incorporated as Calvo Tropical Productions, Inc., with its office located inside Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

To know more about Guam, you may visit the Guam Visitors Bureau’s Philippine Facebook Page at, or follow them in Instagram via or use @visitguamph.

Sources: Tropical Productions Press Release | Tropical Productions, Inc. | Guam Visitors Bureau

Photo: Tropical Productions Press Release – Left-to-Right: TPI COO John Paul Calvo, GVB Marketing Manager Mark Manglona, and TPI CEO EJ Calvo.


Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 12, 2016 at 5:45 am

Posted in Press Release, Travel & Tourism

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