Bicol newspaper | Bicol Standard | Get Bicol news about the Bicol region: Naga City, Camarines Sur, Albay, Legazpi City, Masbate, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Travel blogger Nathan Allen speaks up on 'persona non grata' issue

Top travel blogger Nathan Allen has released a tell-all article on his experiences in Bicol, and why
Sorsogon Board Member Frank Ravanilla declared him persona non grata in 2015.

In his article posted May 24, 2016, Allen said, "[2015] was also the year I ended up all over national news when a sensitive tourism board declared me "officially unwelcome". However, nobody heard the full story."

"Filipinos seem to love a good issue. So much so, that sometimes one is created fromthin air. "White Guy Rampages Through Tourism Office" makes for a sensational headline, but it's far from the truth. The reality is actually quite boring.

I simply showed up in a tourist office in Sorsogon, and told them I was there to promote the region. I explained what I do and how it works, then asked to please have the tourism officer text me. I handed the girl my business card, smiled, then walked out," he explained.

Read the full article here.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Featured Post

Advantages and disadvantages of mother tongue-based education

Photo: Naga Smiles to the World by Shiela S. Ronquillo Del Gallego Central, Del Gallego District Since School Year (SY) 2012-2013,...