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Thanks to oil spill, Guimaras known worldwide: official

October 4, 2006

By Roberto L. Bacasong

THE worst oil spill in the Philippine history contributed in making Guimaras Province visible in the tourism map of the world, said Department of Tourism (DOT) 6 Director Edwin Trompeta.

Trompeta said Tuesday that many now know where Guimaras Island is after it was hit by the spill last month.

“In the spirit of bayanihan, tourists flocked to Guimaras in their urge to help the local officials save the marine ecosystem,” said Trompeta.

He added that foreign researchers, environmentalists, students, and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo promoted the tourism industry of Guimaras.

Guimaras, the youngest and smallest of the six provinces of the Western Visayas Region, relies heavily on its tourism industry.

(For the full story, click Sunstar Bacolod, Oct. 4, 2006.)

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