SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Leading global search engine Google has named the Subic Bay Freeport as among the 10 most popular trending search terms for Philippine vacation destinations in 2015.
The annual list put Subic at Number 7 in the top charts of local vacation destination search terms in the Philippines right after Sundowners Vacation Villa, Bolinao, Pangasinan, which was at Number 1, Baguio City (2), Coron, Palawan (3), Cebu (4), El Puerto Marina, Lingayen, Pangasinan (5), and Tagaytay (6).
Rounding up this year’s top 10 search terms are Aquatico Royalle, Laguna (8), Baler, Aurora (9), and Antipolo (10).
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia said that Subic has been gaining much attention as a vacation destination after it was recognized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) as the No. 1 tourist destination in Central Luzon for the past two years.
“Its inclusion among Google Philippines’ top 10 most searched local vacation destinations in 2015 simply validates this steadily growing interest and arrival of tourists in Subic,” Garcia said.
“We are proud of this fact and shall continue adding to Subic’s attractiveness and reputation, not only as a tourist destination but also as the theme park, triathlon, and sailing capital of the Philippines, as well as the Premier Convention Capital of Central Luzon, which is another title bestowed upon Subic by the DOT,” he added.
Gail Tan, Google Philippines’ head of communication and public affairs, said the annual list shows Filipinos’ “increasing involvement and interest” in current events and awareness of general knowledge.
“Year in Search is Google’s way of looking back at the meaningful moments that captured the people’s interest through the year,” Tan said.
“Locally, the trending search items of 2015 are a good reflection of the Filipinos’ increasing involvement and interest in the things that are happening around them, whether in historic national events or the breakout of a new pop culture icon,” she added. (30)