LRMC launches Ikot MNL mobile app for LRT-1 riders, tourists

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019   •   281

The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) on Tuesday (November 19) launched Ikot MNL – a mobile app for LRT-1 riders and tourists.

Ikot MNL provides real-time information about train arrivals and departures, fare information, crowd volume, and other advisories.

Passengers can also send their queries or complaints through the app. Tourists can also get information about famous tourist spots around Metro Manila.

LRMC CEO Juan Alfonso said that the app can provide a seamless journey of passengers.

“At least pagdating niya sa station alam niya kung ilang minutes dadating iyong train. Also let’s say pwede siyang pumili between two stations makikita niya iyong mas hindi crowded (At least [the passenger] can determine how many minutes before the train arrives. They can also choose between two stations depending on which is less crowded),” he said.

Alfonso also wants to assist commuters during the holiday season, especially with expected traffic congestion.

“Pwede tayong magkaroon ng tips kung saan pwede mag-Christmas shopping, for example Doroteo Jose station. Second is also iyong schedules natin we’ll be constantly updating iyong schedules (We can provide tips on where to Christmas shop, for example, in Doroteo Jose Station. Second our schedule, we will be constantly updating our schedules),” he added.

However, the LRMC has admitted there are still a few things to fix regarding the app including the accuracy of the real-time train situation.

Ikot MNL is available in IOS and Andriod devices. It can be downloaded through Playstore and Google Play.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

DOT: 15% increase in tourist arrivals in 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has reported a 15% increase in tourist arrivals in 2019.

Based on the data of the DOT, tourist arrivals went up by 6.8 million from January to October 2019.

This is 15% higher compared to the 5.9 million tourist arrivals from January to October 2018.

Meanwhile, tourism revenue is also up by 25% compared in 2018. From January to August 2019, the DOT already recorded P27.3 billion revenue.

The bulk of the tourists visiting the country come from South Korea, China, and the United States.

Meanwhile, Boracay Island remains the top tourist destination in the country.

Foreign Tourists:

Korea = 1,609,172
China = 1,499,524
United States = 872,335
Japan = 569,625
Taiwan = 282,220

According to the DOT, progress in tourism creates job and business opportunities for the country.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DIY tips for your Cagayan travel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 10, 2019

Still unsure about your year-end travel? Go to Cagayan. Boom, problem solved.

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As the “Emerging Tiger of Northern Luzon”, Cagayan can also be a one-stop-shop destination for all your travel cravings. You need some vitamin sea? Cagayan has the longest shoreline in the region.

Do you feel like getting lost in nature? The Sierra Madre lies in Cagayan Province. Or if you want to just sit back, relax, and get in touch with the locals, Cagayan offers a vast agricultural land, rivers, and municipal islands.

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Trip Ko ‘To’s latest episode shared some Do-It-Yourself tips for you to get the best year-end travel in Cagayan.

Travel

Travel by bus: There are bus terminals en route to Tuguegarao in Cubao, Sampaloc, and Quezon City where fares will not exceed P700. Travel time is around 12 hours.

Travel by plane: For one hour and 15 minutes, you can already arrive at your destination. Air fare ranges from P3,700-P4,500.

Travel by car: It is around 12-hour drive to Tuguegarao from Metro Manila.

Lodging

Cocoon Travelers: It is located at 38 Luna St. Tuguegarao City, Cagayan where room rates ranges from P1,150-P2,050.

Capili Lodging: It is along Sta. Ana where rooms range from P500 (room for 2), P750 (air-conditioned room for 2).

Destinations

Callao Cave: A 30-minute ride from Tuguegarao City via tricycle (P70).

Sierra Cave: This is about 20 meters away from Callao Cave, you can also ride a tricycle to get there.

Cape Engano: In Pasamboa, ride a tricycle to San Vicente Port for a 15-peso boat ride. You can also rent a boat for P1,800. For P3,500 you can travel to Cape Engano, Anguib Beach, Crocodile Island, and Punta Verde.

Wait for me oppa: South Korea announces 3 ways to go to Korea visa-free

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2019

The Republic of Korea in the Philippines on Thursday (November 7) announced three ways on how to visit South Korea visa-free.

For the complete information, visit the embassy’s website at overseas.mofa.go.kr/

Based on their website, eligible for a visa-free visit to Korea are (1) tourists in transit to third countries, (2) foreign transfer passengers; and (3) visitors to Jeju area.

Eligible applicants for the first category are nationalities of countries except 24 excluded countries: Syria, Sudan, Iran, Macedonia, Cuba, Republic Of Kosovo, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Ghana, Yemen, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Cameron, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Egypt.

Tourists transiting through Korea will be granted visa-free access to the country as long as you have a confirmed onward flight ticket for departure for 30 days, in addition to having no record of criminal offence such as overstay in the countries mentioned above

United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand visa holders are also eligible in the first category

For category two, or for the foreign transfer passengers, eligible tourists are those transferring through the Incheon Airport and taking part in the Transit Tourism Program on their way to a third country or the country of their nationality.

However, citizens of the 24 countries that need visas to enter Jeju island are not included.

The third category are for people arriving at ports of entry in Jeju without a visa for travel and transit, excluding people from the following countries whose visa free entry is limited: Ghana, Nigeria, Republic Of Kosovo, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Palestine, Yemen , Egypt, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Kyrgyz, Pakistan, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Cameroon, Sri lanka, Myanmar.—AAC 

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