Albay makes ambitious bid tp host 2015 APEC Summit

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Following his official proclamation, newsmen seemingly more interested about Albay Gov. Salceda, than the issue why the governor was officially proclaimed despite zero canvass.PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL/BICOLTODAY.COM
Albay Gov. Joey  Salceda. PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL/BICOLTODAY.COM

LEGAZPI CITY (27May2013/PNA) – The Philippine will be hosting the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit and Albay province has initiated a forceful bid to have its world class Misibis Bay Hotel Resort spam in Bacacay town as a venue.

The Misibis Bay facility is a five-hectare private tropical hideaway along a pristine stretch of beach at the southern tip of Cagraray Island in Bacacay. It can be reached by a 50-minute flight from Manila to Legazpi, then a 45-minute scenic travel by land, or a 15-minute helicopter ride, or by fast watercraft in 30 minutes.

Gov. Joey Salceda said Albay will officially bid to host the 2015 APEC Summit principally at Misibis Bay and will make its formal bid presentation at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) on May 27-28. The Philippines first hosted an APEC leaders’ summit in 1996.

Salceda pointed out that Albay, which faces the Pacific Ocean is a strategic and ideal host of the APEC summit being “truly the only Pacific province of the Philippines,” by the very nature of its geography and with its two major international seaport cities — Tabaco and Legazpi – known as the Pacific trading centers of abaca and copra.

Albay is on record the country’s 2012 fastest growing tourism destination, with a 49% growth rate. Its world class tourist attractions were featured and highlighted at the Philippine exposition in the ITB-Berlin Convention March, the first local government unit given such attention in the world’s largest travel fair.

It is the gateway to the newly formed Almasorca (Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon- Catanduanes) Tourism Alliance, packaged as the “Soul of the South,” which was also introduced as a fresh tourism marketing concept in the same convention.

Salceda said holding the APEC summit in Albay would provide the Philippines an opportunity to showcase its achievements in climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR). The UN has declared Albay as its global model in these fields and Salceda himself as its Senior Global Champion and spokesman.

The province has its pioneer Climate Change Academy which trains thousands of local government and private crisis managers year round, and an institutionalized Albay Provincial Security and Emergency Management Office for disaster risk management.

The governor said Albay offers not only touristic but also experiential and sectoral values, including its 600-megawatt geothermal power generating facility for green energy.

Established in 1989 and composed of 20 countries including Australia, China, Russia and the United States, APEC aims to further enhance the economic prosperity and further strengthen the Asia-Pacific community. (PNA)

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