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Has change really come? Misleading graphs and how to spot them

Aug 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Next time you encounter a graph don’t take it at face value Examine the variables scrutinize the labels check the sources and understand the message – all before you click share

FACT CHECK: DOT's 'misleading' tourism graphs in 2017 report

Jul 27, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The way the graph was presented made it appear like the 109 jump in revenue happened during the first year of the Duterte administration Including data for intervening years in the graph would have shown that the numbers have been progressively increasing since 2011

Foreigners banned as Singapore holds gay rights rally

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:13 PM

The Singaporean government has also banned overseas companies from providing sponsorship to this year s Pink Dot rally

'PINK DOT' RALLY. A supporter wrapped in a rainbow flag attends the annual "Pink Dot" event in a public show of support for the LGBT community at Hong Lim Park in Singapore on July 1, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

COA: DOT failed to give public 'optimum services' in 2016

Jun 29, 2017 - 1:42 PM

The Department of Tourism was unable to utilize P1 5 billion of its 2016 budget says COA

PH will not host 66th Miss Universe pageant

Jun 22, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says that the country will not host the 2017 pageant

DOT, NCCA launch KulTOURa app for tourists

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The KulTOURa app contains information and details of selected places in the Philippines as guide for travelers

Duterte, McCann, US immigration policy | Evening wRap

Jun 16, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

WATCH: Unofficial PH tourism ad makes waves online

Jun 16, 2017 - 4:07 PM

After the botched partnership of McCann and the DOT a group of creatives have come up with their own tourism ad

Duterte, McCann, Trump | Midday wRap

Jun 16, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

McCann speaks up on termination of DOT partnership

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:26 AM

McCann says it respects the DOT decision and believes it is in the best interest of all parties to discuss a sensible resolution to this matter

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 16, 2017

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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Duterte, DOT and McCann, Curry | Evening wRap

Jun 15, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

DOT cuts ties with McCann after ad controversy

Jun 15, 2017 - 4:00 PM

After initially standing by its allegedly plagiarized ad the Department of Tourism now says it expects a public apology from McCann Worldgroup Philippines

Calida, Duterte, NBA Finals | Evening wRap

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

DOT stands by 'Sights' ad despite plagiarism accusations

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Tourism Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre says that while the Philippine ad is similar to South Africa s it has a unique proposition of attracting retirees

UNORIGINAL. The DOT and McCann World Group maintained that new "Sights" ad was not plagiarized despite similarities to a South African tourism ad.

McCann responds to plagiarism accusations vs DOT ad

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The McCann Worldgroup Philippines responds to critics who say that its Sights commercial is similar to a South African tourism ad

New DOT ad criticized for being 'unoriginal'

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Netizens on social media point out that the theme complete with the revelation at the end is similar to a South African tourism ad

WATCH: DOT releases 'Experience the Philippines' ad

Jun 12, 2017 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED The Department of Tourism unveils its second TV commercial titled Sights

Wanda Teo: Nickelodeon theme park in Coron 'pushing through'

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:47 PM

They are not going to destroy the corals says Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo recalling the personal assurance given to her by representatives of Viacom International Media Networks and Coral World Park Undersea Resorts

TOURISM CHIEF. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says a Nickelodeon theme park will soon rise in Coron, Palawan. Photo from Presidential Photo

Trade, tourism chiefs downplay impact of martial law in Mindanao

May 25, 2017 - 7:52 AM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says the isolated incident that prompted the declaration of martial law in Mindanao will not counter the country s growth momentum

Tourism chief Teo asks Robredo, media to 'tone down' statements on killings

Mar 22, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Strong statements against extrajudicial killings in the country are making it difficult for the tourism department to promote the Philippines says DOT chief Wanda Teo

'JUST HELP.' Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo answers questions during a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand. RTVM screenshot

TPB management: We'll cooperate in probe vs Cesar Montano

Mar 14, 2017 - 4:05 PM

UPDATED The management committee of the Tourism Promotions Board commits its full cooperation guaranteeing the transparency of the agency in the entire process

FULL SUPPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte said in a press conference in Malacanang that he trust Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano amid "mismanagement" allegations. Photo from Montano's Facebook page

Duterte backs Cesar Montano amid corruption allegations

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:05 PM

I trust the guy says the President adding that Montano already has money and would not ruin his reputation for a measly amount

SUPPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte throws his full support behind actor turned Tourism Promotions Board head Cesar Montano. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Cesar Montano faces complaint for 'mismanaging' tourism board

Mar 12, 2017 - 2:25 PM

UPDATED The complaint – by Tourism Promotions Board management and staff together with the board members tourism private sector and a number of DOT regional directors – is being reviewed by the Presidential Action Center

COMPLAINT RECEIVED. The copy of the complaint against Tourism Promotions Head Cesar Montano was received by the Presidential Action Center on March 1, 2017.

WATCH: DOT launches new ad campaign with family-focused TVC

Jan 26, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The Department of Tourism sticks to the It s More Fun in the Philippines slogan but adds a twist

Visa applications of Chinese to PH surge by 250%

Jan 26, 2017 - 1:15 PM

The number of Chinese applying for a tourist visa to the Philippines rises to 1 400 daily

IMPROVED RELATIONS. This was an impact of the improved diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China since Duterte’s state visit to Beijing last October, leading to the lifting of the Chinese restriction on travels to the Philippines. Rappler file photo

Gov't: Security, traffic measures being set for Miss Universe pageant

Jan 04, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Transportation says they want to ensure the pageant won t cause hassles for commuters

Palace to gov't agencies: Don't spend for Miss Universe pageant

Jan 04, 2017 - 11:10 AM

While departments and local governments are ordered to support the international event the Palace says it should not disrupt their work

PAGEANT HOST. Miss Universe candidates pose at the Rizal Monument during their visit to Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: Cesar Montano is officially DOT Tourism Promotions Board COO

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:30 PM

DOT Secretary Wanda Teo swears in Cesar Montano as the DOT s Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Officer

Photo courtesy of DOT Media Com

DOT chief told: Limit free foreign trips of lawmakers

Dec 07, 2016 - 2:32 PM

But two lawmakers defended the long standing practice saying it helps legislators craft laws

NO MORE JUNKETS. A lawmaker wants less junkets for congressmen organized by Philippine tourism officials.  File photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacanang Photo Bureau

Pacquiao to be designated as PH’s poster boy for tourism

Dec 01, 2016 - 7:37 PM

House members approved the proposal to appoint the Pambansang Kamao as official DOT endorser

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 05: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines poses after his unanimous-decision victory over Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won the WBO welterweight championship. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

PH gov't to invest $23B in tourism infrastructure

Nov 28, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The 6 year National Tourism Development Plan includes new roads port upgrades and more tourism enterprise zones

Vanilla Air to start flying Narita-Cebu on Christmas day

Oct 28, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo has also asked the unit of ANA Holdings to explore the possibility of a Tokyo Davao route

NEW ROUTE. Vanilla Air will be competing with Philippine Airlines (PAL) in the regular direct service between Cebu and Narita. Rappler file photo

PH, China to sign MOU on tourism cooperation

Oct 19, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and China National Tourism Administration chief Li Jinzao will sign the MOU in the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte and China President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday October 20

WORLD-FAMOUS BEACH. Boracay Island is a top destination of Chinese tourists in the Philippines. Rappler file photo

United Nations, Duterte ratings, Manny Pacquiao | 6PM wRap

Oct 12, 2016 - 8:16 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Zak Yuson

DOT hopes Pacquiao can stage fight in PH to boost sports tourism

Oct 12, 2016 - 1:46 PM

Secretary Wanda Teo says the DOT is looking at a potential visitor market for sporting events like boxing fights and hopes boxing promoters can make it happen

PACQUIAO FIGHT IN PH? The Department of Tourism hopes Manny Pacquiao can stage a fight in the Philippines to boost sports tourism. File Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

DOT addresses petition against holding Miss Universe pageant in PH

Oct 11, 2016 - 4:12 PM

The Department of Tourism issues a statement in response to a petition asking Miss Universe organizers not to hold the Miss Universe coronation night in the country

MISS UNIVERSE. The final 3 contestants at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant. Photo via HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Updates: Miss Universe pageant in PH

Oct 04, 2016 - 11:30 PM

More details on what to expect as the Philippines makes plans to welcome candidates from around the world for the Miss Universe pageant in 2017

Changes to come for DOT PH campaign

Oct 04, 2016 - 11:22 PM

The Department of Tourism is already working on a new campaign slogan to replace It s More Fun in the Philippines

Drilon seeks higher tourism budget amid 'negative' views on PH

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:30 AM

More exposure as a country the more tourists are coming with the correct marketing plan says the Senate President Pro Tempore

HIGHER TOURISM BUDGET. Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon prods officials of the Department of Tourism to increase its proposed budget for 2017, saying it is not enough for the country's 'branding.' Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Meet the woman paving the way for gender-specific medical treatments

Sep 01, 2016 - 6:40 PM

31 year old Heather Bowerman heads Dot Labs a US based startup that believes hormonal differences between men and women merit drugs tailor made for each gender

INSTANT DATA. Heather Bowerman is speeding up hormonal analysis through her startup Dot Labs. Image from Heather Bowerman's Facebook page

Duterte doesn't want Steve Harvey to host Miss Universe 2016

Sep 01, 2016 - 2:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte may even raise his opposition with the Miss Universe Organization says Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo

Chavit Singson secures major sponsors for Miss Universe 2016

Aug 29, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The group of Chavit Singson secures commitment from Philippine Airlines SM Japanese casino mogul Kazuo Okada and Solar Entertainment among others the tourism chief says

INVESTOR INTEREST. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says her department is getting a lot of private sector interest for Miss Universe 2017. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Duterte, Proxima Centauri, Britney Spears | 12PM wRap

Aug 25, 2016 - 12:20 PM

Watch the 12PM wRap with Zak Yuson

Earth-like planet orbiting star nearest our Solar System

Aug 25, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Scientists confirm the presence of an Earth like exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri the star nearest our Solar System

PALE RED DOT. This artist’s impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image to the upper-right of Proxima itself. ESO/M. Kornmesser

Duterte on PH hosting Miss Universe: 'I wouldn't spend money on that'

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:18 PM

President Duterte said that hosting Miss Universe in the country isn t among the priorities of his government

NOT A PRIORITY. Duterte says that hosting the next Miss Universe pageant in the country is not a priority. File photos by Ace Morandante/PPD, courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

DOT proposes Davao to host Miss Earth 2016– report

Jul 20, 2016 - 10:02 PM

DOT Secretary Wanda Teo has met with Miss Earth representatives

MISS EARTH IN DAVAO? Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo has met with Miss Earth representatives to propose holding the pageant in Davao. File photo shows the crowning moment during the 2015 pageant. Rappler screengrab.

LOOK: La Trinidad houses turn into gigantic, colorful mural

Jun 26, 2016 - 7:30 PM

A huge colorful mural is painted on houses on the hillside community of Stonehill Botiwtiw and Sadjap STOBOSA in Barangay Balili La Trinidad Benguet

Incoming DOT secretary: 'It's More Fun in the Philippines' to be retained

Jun 17, 2016 - 9:30 PM

We will retain it because it has already attracted tourists to come to the Philippines says incoming Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo

Screengrab from YouTube/DOT Philippines

Luxury hotel Conrad Manila opens its doors

Jun 16, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The SM owned Hilton managed hotel is located in the flourishing Bay City district