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Shane Mercy Iguiban
· December 5, 2017
Spark Samar highlighted my Eastern Visayas Tour this Sept.2017. We were awed and sighed at how marvelous and gifted with hidden gem, one of a kind delicacies, friendly locals, customer oriented Touris...m officials, patronizing community for their local restaurants, pubs and cafes and most of all, they boost tourism and alleviate the living of fisherfolks, peasants, farmers and people's organization. I am so delightful that I truly enjoyed my stay and travel escapades in Samar thru their assistance of Tourism Office. Until next time, I come back with more tourists and let them experience the same. Cheers, Spark Samar! See More
Leo Christian V. Lauzon
· July 17, 2017
A very promising and sparkling initiative by the Provincial Government of Samar that aims to propel sustainable economic growth thru sustainable tourism. Kudos to Governor Ann Tan and Spark Samar team!!!
Jessica Lopez
· September 7, 2017
Highly recommended for adrenaline junkies. The Ulot River Extreme Torpedo Boat ride was one of our most memorable activities.
Gian Carlo Jubela
· May 8, 2017
You are stealing photos from other individuals. Moreover, you are cropping and modifying them! That is illegal and constitutes an infringement of copyright, if you don't know. In addition, in the onl...ine industry, what you're doing is extremely unethical and unprofessional. See More
Carl Sanchez Bordeos
· July 29, 2017
The newest and most exciting attraction in Samar today. Panalo 'to! ;) #MoreFunInSamar #ComeVisitSamar
Benny Pedraza Malinao
· March 4, 2016
You never seen it till you're there . . . That one of the blessing of being a little bit behind in terms of technology and economic growth it's almost like having no guns running around you preserve t...he wildlife. Samar is the same we have nature at its best nothing added. See for yourself. See More
Laura Mae Pelicano - Bote
· April 18, 2016
Indeed it is a hidden treasure of Samar, and you will really find out the correct and perfect adjective you will going to use when you experience it personally. Wish to be in more Samar destination soon.
Caleb Joshua
· December 25, 2015
its about tym to explore the beauty and glory of samar. looking forward for a merriest summer, samar had everything you ever dreamt. backpackers will enjoy the sight in a very economical way.rayhak n...gan malipayon nga pagbisita ha samar See More
Sogalac Pank'zkie
· August 21, 2017
Come and visit the beautiful natural park of SAMAR
John Uno
· April 15, 2015
Beautiful City and beautiful people! Catbalogan has a rich history and tradition. It is a vital economic player and business hub with modern conveniences and old-world charm.
Paskong Pinoy: Puso, Pamilya, Tradisyon
Governor Ann Tan added 22 new photos — with Perlita Progella and Claire Pumanes.

Basey witnessed massive destruction and loss when Typhoon Yolanda came in 2013. The Provincial Government of Samar, with the help of NGO's and other organizations, focused on this town to help its people rise up and rebuild their communities.

We saw the potential for growth of tourism in Basey, so from there, we explored the best support systems to offer them. Thankfully, our efforts are paying off as the Baseynons themselves are coming up with creative ways to add value to a tourist's experience.

Here in Brgy. Magallanes, the people have formed a sing-and-dance troupe to entertain visitors with renditions of Baseynon folk songs. We visited them last week to see for ourselves and encourage and applaud their efforts.


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Governor Ann Tan added 29 new photos — with Sharee Ann Tan.

January ended with a humbling recognition of our tireless efforts in Spark Samar.

The Local Government Academy (LGA) and the Council of Local Authorities for I...nternational Relations (CLAIR) through this year's Japan-Philippines 2018 Knowledge Exchange Forum on Harnessing Community Involvement in Tourism Development and Promotion flew 132 Japanese and Filipino local chief executives and their representatives to Region 8 in order to listen to our story and visit our key tourist sites for a 2-day seminar last January 30 and 31, which opened at The Oriental Hotel in Palo, Leyte.

It truly was a distinct honor to be recognized and chosen by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to share our Spark Samar experience and best practices. With the theme, "On Track Towards Sustainable Peace and Development: The Spark Samar Development Agenda," I was able to proudly highlight the people's organizations we established post-Yolanda in our key tourist areas.

Among our successful and independent PO's are Sohoton Services Cooperative in Sitio Wespal (Basey), whcih manages the tourism services of the Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park, and TORPEDO (Tour Guides and Boat Operators for River Protection and Environmental Development Organization), the group that runs the Ulot River Torpedo Extreme Boat Ride in Brgy Tenani, Paranas, Samar.

The next batch of PO's that we helped establish are the association of ticog weavers in Basey and the women's group in Sta. Rita who run San Juan by the Bay. Our sights are currently focused on strengthening these 2 groups of women.

Indeed, the invitation to speak before the Knowledge Exchange Forum was a testament that Spark Samar is on the right track. We are thankful to DILG and DOT Region 8 for acknowledging our hard work and giving us a platform to share Spark Samar with the rest of the world.

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Dolli Angeles-Bustamante to Come Visit My Philippines

San Juan by the Bay, Samar
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Check out #Lakwatsero Robi Domingo as he makes his way through the different stalactite and stalagmite formations inside the #SohotonCave.


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Papatunayan ni Robi Domingo na maraming mapupuntahan sa Samar, na tinatawag na caving capital ng Pilipinas. #Lakwatsero #NanditoSiRobi

Watch out for Tribu Katbalaugan of Catbalogan City, Samar who will once again compete in this year's Sinulog Festival in Cebu.

  The 500-member troop of Tribu Katbalaugan of Catbalogan City, Samar is set to arrive tomorrow (Sunday) as they join the Sinulog festival for the fourth year. Catbalogan City Tourism, Culture, Arts & Information Officer Ador Hurtado said the troop’s performance in the street dancing competition ...

We're calling on all the young and talented Samarnons to join the Samar Cultural Dance Group. Shoot us a private message for more details!


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Governor Ann Tan added 27 new photos — with VG Jimboy Tan and Sharee Ann Tan.

As we prepare our homes for the festivities and family gatherings in the coming days, may we also prepare and open our hearts to our brothers and sisters in nee...d.

All over Samar and Eastern Visayas, hundreds of homes are still in need of repair and many families remain waiting for help after the onslaught of Typhoon Urduja.

With the aid of servicemen and our barangay officials, we were able to bring some relief in different barangays all over our province immediately after the storm passed.

But the job is not over yet.

This yuletide season, we urge everyone to bring joy not only within our homes, but also in our communities as well. Let us share our blessings with the victims of Typhoon Urduja and let us bring good cheer to those who have less.

This Christmas, let us SPARK and LIGHT UP SAMAR with LOVE.

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As part of our Christmas celebration we are inviting everyone to this year's #SparkSamar "Kids Can! Bazaar" participated by all cities and municipalities of Samar.

The bazaar will open at December 01, 2017 5:00PM at the Provincial Covered Court.


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Christmas is just around the corner and the best way to spend your time this holiday season is to be with your loved ones.

Bring your family and friends and join us as we light up a tree at this year's #SparkSamar Christmas Village on December 1, 2017, 6:00PM at the Provincial Capitol Grounds for the Ceremonial Switch-On of the Province of Samar's Light A Tree 2017 (Paskong Pinoy: Puso, Pamilya, Tradisyon).


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Follow Bea Binene as she explores #Samar. Her segment airs tomorrow in Good News, 8 pm on GMA News TV.


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Governor Ann Tan added 8 new photos.

Humbled to present Spark Samar: Roadmap to Peace and Development during the Philippine Development Plan and Regional Development Plan Launching and Roadshow in Eastern Visayas held at the Oriental Hotel, Leyte last November 10, 2017.

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Governor Ann Tan added 3 new photos.

As part of the Spark Samar Comprehensive Research for Tourism Development for the 1st District of Samar, check amounting to P330,800.00 was awarded to Northwest... Samar State University thru Dr. Leo Lacaba. On hand to assist was Mr Jason Garrido, 1st Spark Samar Cave Summit Head Organizer and Ms Eugene Bautista, Division Chief of Conservation Development, DENR.

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Lets choose to develop and manage our cave and karst resources the sustainable and responsible way.


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Congratulations to the Province of Samar for winning the First Runner Up for the Best Tourism Oriented LGU at the 12th ATOP-DOT Pearl Awards!

Congratulations once again to the people behind all the hard work of Spark Samar!


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Been wanting a different kind of travel adventure? Check out our #TandayaTrail tours. Best experienced with family and friends!

Drop by the Bahandi Eastern Visaya Trade Fair from October 4-8, 2017 at Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Floor, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

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