‘Dive Philippines’ officially launched by Philippine Embassy in Brazil

Dive Philippines was open to the public for free on 22 to 24 November 2019 at the Patio Brasil. (Brasilia PE photo)

Brazil — The Philippine Embassy in Brazil officially launched “Dive Philippines,” a special tourism promotional exhibit held from 22 to 24 November 2019 at Pátio Brasil, a premier shopping mall in Brasilia.

Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro made the official announcement in a press briefing held at Rubaiyat Brasilia Restaurant on 8 November 2019.

A tour agent tries on the goggles prior to the start of the briefing. The highlight of the Dive Philippine exhibit is the use of oculus goggles that will allow visitors to experience in Virtual Reality on what it is like to dive in the Philippines. (Brasilia PE photo)

“Why come to the Philippines to dive?,” Ambassador Mauro asked the press and tour operators present at the briefing. “Because we have amazing underwater dive sites full of healthy coral reefs, rare marine life, seascapes, sunken wrecks, and much more. The Philippines is a wonderful combination of ocean diversity. Our many islands and large landmasses provide an amazing array of habitats under the sea that attract some of the most unusual and sought-after creatures in the world…We may be at the other side of the planet, but the Philippines offers so much to divers and non-divers alike. We have first class facilities and amenities available in a wide choice of special destinations coupled with the exceptional quality of service and extraordinary hospitality of the Filipino people which makes for a sublime experience for every visitor,” Ambassador Mauro said.

Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro gives a briefing about the advantages of diving in the Philippines to members of the press and selected tour operators. (Brasilia PE photo)

After the Philippines was recognized for the first time as Asia’s Leading Dive destination by the World Travel Awards, “Dive Philippines” is the Philippine Embassy’s contribution to the initiative of the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) in promoting dive tourism which has been identified as a key area in the National Tourism Development Plan.

Located at the ground floor entrance of Pátio Brasil, the visitors to Dive Philippines had the unique opportunity to experience what it’s like to dive in the Philippines in Virtual Reality using Oculus goggles. There was also a special photo exhibit that showcased the amazing array of the most unusual and sought-after creatures in the world that inhabit Philippine waters. “Dive Philippines” aims to raise awareness of the Philippines as a diving haven to Brazilians and other South Americans.

For more information, visit  https://www.brasiliape.dfa.gov.ph,
https://www.philembassybrasilia.org or https://www.facebook.com/PHinBrazil/.

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