Capiz and Guimaras coco shell craft goes international

As more and more tourists land on the shores of Boracay Island by air, land and sea, the Department of Tourism Region VI has turned to the use of coconut shell craft pendant for its official welcome lei at the Kalibo International and Caticlan airports and Boracay (Cagban) port. These coco shellcraft pendants are made in Capiz and Guimaras provinces.
“There is only one Boracay Island and not all provinces in Western Visayas can have it in them but all provinces can benefit from the blessings of tourism this flagship destination can bring to our region,” said Atty. Helen J. Catalbas, Regional Director of Department of Tourism Region VI.

“Come November 4, 2013, the maiden voyage of Start Cruises’ MS Super Star Aquarius with around 2,000 international tourists and crew is scheduled to arrive in Boracay Island for 6-8 hours shore excursion activities. They will go shopping, swimming, eating and drinking, sightseeing and some even get to experience the island’s numerous seaport activities,” Catalbas said.      
MS Super Star Aquarius is the 5th cruise ship to arrive in Boracay Island within the 12 months that Catalbas has been head of DOT Region VI.

“There are already eight cruise ships scheduled to arrive Boracay Island in 2014 starting with the first one on January 17. These arrivals should keep our coconut shell craftsmen in Capiz and Guimaras busy supplying the welcome lei pendants requirements for port receptions,” Catalbas concluded. (Source: DOT/Photos by Ray Tabafunda)

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