Capiz welcomes foreign guests with ‘Balaybalay’

first_imgROXAS City – Foreign guests of the18th Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) recently experienced indigenous livingthrough “The Balaybalay: Life in the Farm Experience Program” at the ecologicalpark and cultural village in Barangay Nagba, Cuartero, Capiz.        “This year, we are more in promotingthe emerging destinations like Capiz and what it has to offer for itsvisitors,” said Malonda, adding that the participants visited the Biggest Bellin Asia at the Sta. Monica Church in Pan-ay, Capiz and a river cruise at thePalina Greenbelt EcoPark in Barangay Cagay here.  They also witnessed the Binanog Dance,an indigenous courtship dance imitating the movements of a hawk called “banog,”which was performed by the Panay Bukidnon from Tapaz, Capiz. The Panay Bukidnon performs a courtship ritual dance dubbed “Binanog” for the participants of the 18th Philippine Travel Exchange recently at the ecological park and cultural village in Barangay Nagba, Cuartero, Capiz. PIA CAPIZ PHOTO/A. LUMAQUE The guests from countries like UnitedStates, Denmark, Poland, Taiwan, and Malaysia were introduced to the real-life replicaof indigenous houses aside from the actual experience on traditional baitfishing, massage or “hilot” and cooking of a local chicken soup “binakol.”  “We are doing this annual event whichwe call the Philippine Travel Exchange since 2004 and we are inviting theinternational buyers or the international hoteliers, tour operators to come andvisit the Philippines and do business meeting with Philippine sellers,” TourismPromotions Board market specialist Michael Malonda said.   “Very interesting experience, food aredelicious and prepared differently and people are very friendly,” said Polandnational and tour operator Adam Janic, adding he will visit the countrypossibly next year with some of his friends and family.(With a report from PIA Capiz/PN)last_img

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