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By: Arthur S. Cortez, Jr.

The biggest annual national surfing event in the province, La Union Surfing Break, is finalist for Best Tourism Event, Sports and Wellness Category (Provincial Level) of the Pearl Award, the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) Department of Tourism (DOT) Best Tourism Practices of the Philippines Awards.

La Union Surfing Break has positioned the province as the Surfing and Active Lifestyle Holiday Destination of the Philippines. It was also told that the event has become a buzz word in the surfing community. The steady increase of the number of people that participated in the event, as well as the media coverage and exposure it generated year after year is a manifestation that event has been getting bigger and better. This innovative tourism project is an upshot of the strong and first-rate public-private partnership the province enjoys.

La Union Surfing Break is among the favorites during the Validation and Final Judging held on September 14, 2012 at Diliman Preparatory School, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. Mr. Adamor L. Dagang, Provincial Tourism Officer, Atty. Rodolfo V. Yabes, San Juan Beach Resorts Association President and Mr. Filemon D. Dines, La Union Surf Club President personally appeared during the aforesaid occasion. Announcement of winners will be on October 4, 2012 during the 13th ATOP National Convention in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.

In partnership with the Department of Tourism, the Best Tourism Practices Awards was born in 2005 when it was launched during the 6th ATOP National Convention held in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental to institutionalize the annual system of recognition. With hope that this award will celebrate the best in the tourism industry, this national award-giving-body honors the great efforts made by the people in the tourism industry, most especially the Local Government Units.

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