250 Fil-Canadians in Davao for 5th Winter Escapade
The city’s tourism industry, which hit the two million mark last year, got another boost as it welcomed Filipino-Canadians led by Philippine Ambassador to Canada, Petronila Garcia to the city last February 7 for the 5th Winter Escapade.
“Davao City plays host to 250 Fil-Canadians who will stay in the city from February 7-10,” City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) Chief Generose Tecson said.
The conduct of the Winter Escapade aims to entice Filipino-Canadians to deepen their appreciation of the beauty of the Philippines, including its rich history and culture.
The city hosted a welcome dinner for the Filipino-Canadians. They also got a glimpse of the city’s culture through the traditional Moro dances and Kadayawan number by the Ateneo Sidlak and Sta Ana Performing Arts Guild.
“We’ve arranged warm, balmy weather for you in contrast to your snowy weather in Canada! Maayong Pag-abot sa Davao!,” Tecson told the guests.
Tecson said the Winter Escapade is a yearly activity by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) organized through the Philippine Embassy in Canada.
For the first time, the Winter Escapade included Mindanao particularly Davao City in its itinerary. Davao City is one of the only two cities chosen by the delegates outside of Metro Manila, the other one is Bacolod City.
“The embassy conducted a survey as to where they want to go amd Davao was an overwhelming answer,” Tecson said.
The Filipino-Canadians went to the Tribal Village, the Banana Beach and on Friday they are set to visit the Philippine Eagle Foundation and Malagos Garden Resort. CIO