DOT-6 lauds CPU for ESL Marketing in Japan

November 19, 2015 11:41 am 

SAN JOSE, Antique, Nov. 18 — The Department of Tourism Region 6 (DOT-6) has expressed its appreciation and commended the Central Philippine University (CPU) for investing in marketing of the school and Iloilo City as venue and site of Educational Tourism particularly English as Second Language (ESL).

In line with this, CPU president Teodor Robles sent three faculty members to participate in the Learn English in the Philippines Roadshow and Long Stay Fair in four cities in Japan, namely, Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya and tokyo on November 15-22, 2015. They are Leilani Fatimah Trompeta (Director, Office of International Programs), Sharlene Gotico (Chairman, Department of Language, Mass Communication and Humanities) and Anna May Zerrubio (Asst. Director, Transnational Programs).

The roadshow/fair was organized by the Philippine Department of Tourism Overseas Offices based in Osaka and Tokyo, under the leadership of Tourism Attache Ma. Leona Nepomuceno and Tourism Attache Gwendolyn Batoon, respectively.

It may be recalled that DOT-6 Regional Director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas participated in the Philippine Business Mission to Japan in 2013 and 2014 and promoted the various tourism products of Western Visayas among which is Educational Tourism due to the strong presence of tertiary educational institutions in the region. The Market Development Group of DOT Central Office, on the other hand, together with DOT-6 inspected the various higher education institutions in Iloilo City and Bacolod City last year and identified the schools suited for ESL tourism.

Meanwhile, Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano, Negros Occidental OIC Tourism Officer Ellen Jalandoni and Regional Director Catalbas led the welcome ceremonies and reception for 80 senior students and four faculty members including the school principal last November 10.

The Japanese faculty and students stayed in Silay for community cultural immersion, observing/attending high school classes, interacted with their local counterparts, toured Silay City on tricycle and stayed with local host families until November 13. (PNA)

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