Metro Pacific Tollways South (MPT South), in partnership with Department of Tourism CALABARZON (DOT Calabarzon) and Department of Interior and Local Government Region 4-A (DILG IV-A), joins the celebration of the Month national tourism this September 2022 through the “Biyaheng South” experiential tour.
Co-presented by Millennial Resorts Corporation and with sponsors GAC Motor Philippines and The Adventure, MPT South showcased its “Ka-Biyaheros” comprised of online content creators (Explore With Chelo PH, Hungry Byaheros, Lakwatsero Caviteno, All About Cavite , The Hungry Traveler PH, GO Cavite, GO Tagaytay, GO Batangas and GO Philippines) and lifestyle media partners (TripZilla and Lifestyle Inquirer) for an ultimate two-day road trip experience to the various tourist destinations in the progressive southern provinces, easily accessible via the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) toll road network.
The group started the tour by checking out MPT South’s sustainable headquarters, the MPT South HUB, a LEED Gold certified 4-storey building located in Imus, Cavite. They got a glimpse of its innovation and green technology: solar panel field, biophilic building design, dedicated electric vehicle (EV) charging station and its highly advanced traffic control room.
Taking the trip to the next level, the Ka-Biyaheros team was boarded in GAC Motor Philippines’ luxurious and world-class vehicles ranging from SUVs and vans. It passed through the operational segments of CALAX towards the route from Biyaheng South to Cavite and Batangas.
Cavite is not only home to historical sites, but also art galleries, museums, and even zoos. Biyaheng South took the team on a cultural journey and visited a secret garden, the Cordillera-inspired “Living Museum” in Silang, Cavite called Shambala Silang. This enchanting place allows Ka-Biyaheroes to experience nature, local art and authentic Filipino cuisine. The team also looked at the main attractions of Yoki’s Farm in Mendez, Cavite, a ten-hectare farm, zoo and museum all rolled into one, where they had the chance to feel young again by interacting up close with a variety of exotic animal farm species.
After exploring various art galleries and museums, Biyaheng South takes the trip to its “exciting part”. Less than a two-hour drive from Cavite, the Ka-Biyaheros team headed to Calatagan, Batangas, famous for its scenic seaside tourist spots and idyllic beaches. The team witnessed the glorious golden sunset overlooking the sea at Cape Santiago Lighthouse, which sits atop a cliff on the edge of Calatagan and is one of the country’s oldest lighthouses still in operation.
A few miles away, the whole team spent the night at Crusoe Cabins at Millennial Resorts’ Calatagan South Beach (CaSoBe), allowing them to relax, refresh and rejuvenate after a long day of travel. . Crusoe Cabins offers sustainable upcycled container vans transformed into innovative rooms that blend into a rustic seascape.
This year’s Biyaheng South Experiential Tour ended the trip by taking part in a Tai Chi Gong class and giving the Ka-Biyaheros team lessons in ecotherapy and healthy food preparation like making juice, in one of the “most relaxing spas in Asia” named by CNN. Go to the Nurture Wellness Village located in Tagaytay.
“We would like to thank our partners, the Department of Tourism Region 4-A (DOT Calabarzon), the Department of Interior and Local Government Region 4-A (DILG 4-A), our co-presenter Millennial Resorts, and our sponsors GAC Motor and The Adventure for making this event possible.As we join in the celebration of National Tourism Month, MPT South has high hopes for the rapid recovery of the tourism sector in Region 4-A in providing an accessible route and convenient travel for individuals, following the pandemic-induced closures,” said Ms. Arlette Capristrano, Assistant Vice President, Communications and Stakeholder Management Division, MPT South.
“Cavite and Batangas are fortunate to have many outdoor, nature, arts and culture based tourism products that our domestic travelers would love to experience when traveling amid the pandemic. And best of all, these tourist destinations and attractions are quickly and easily accessible from Metro Manila by land via the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX), which is the most ideal way to travel south. It is with the hope that the partnership forged between DOT IV – A and MPT South will foster a vibrant tourism service and strengthen our economy through the inclusive and sustainable development of tourism with the Biyaheng South program,” said Regional Director Marites Castro , Ministry of Tourism. Calabarzon.
“Promoting domestic travel in Batangas through programs such as Biyaheng South Experiential tour, Millennial Resorts and MPT South helps the tourism industry recover from the challenges of the times,” said Patrick C. Gregorio , Landco senior consultant for hospitality and tourism.
MPT South’s “Biyaheng South” is an award-winning tourism program by the toll road company which has been active on social media like Facebook and TikTok to promote its Manila-Cavite Expressway Toll Road Network (CAVITEX and CAVITEX C5 LINK) and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) as a gateway to the sensational sights and attractions of the South. With over 20,000 followers combined for both digital platforms, Biyaheng South was able to generate over 1 million views on TikTok and gain a lifetime reach of 430,000 on Facebook, increasing the number of vehicles along its highways and helping to spur economic growth in impeded provinces. by the pandemic.
MPT South is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road development arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC). It is the largest builder and operator of toll roads in the country. In addition to CAVITEX and CALAX, MPTC’s national portfolio includes concessions for the North Luzon Freeway (NLEX), NLEX Connection Road, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Freeway (SCTEX) and Cebu-Cordova Link Freeway (CCLEX listen)) in Cebu.