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Cebu Guide tourism app new version released in time for APEC meetings

Delegates attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Cebu now have access to a handy guide on where the top attractions and latest activities in the province are with the release of the updated travel app Cebu Guide.

Made available by InnoPub Media and mobile leader Smart Communications (Smart) in partnership with the Cebu Provincial Government, the mobile app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store for Android devices and Apple App Store for iOS. The app can also be downloaded from apps.myguide.ph/cebu/.

The guide lists island attractions – from heritage structures like ancient houses and centuries-old stone churches to white sand beaches and island-hopping destinations, a wide range of land and water activities, the best accommodations, food to try, and important contact numbers.

Tapping partnerships

“Cebu is working to make APEC 2015 meetings a success. One of the initiatives is tapping existing partnerships like the Digital Tourism program with SMART and InnoPub,” said Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III.

“By providing delegates with information through the Cebu Guide app, we make their visits meaningful. By using the platform for announcements, we are also helping Cebuanos get the latest updates on APEC activities,” Gov. Davide said.

The app directory also provides a complete listing of Department of Tourism-accredited tour guides, tour operators, transport services as well as consular offices and emergency contacts like police and hospitals.

ALERTS, UPDATES. Cebu Guide can send users notifications from APEC alerts to updates on places to go and things to do in Cebu.
ALERTS, UPDATES. Cebu Guide can send users notifications from APEC alerts to updates on places to go and things to do in Cebu.

 

Tourist attractions, hotels and other locations featured in the app have GPS data and users need only to tap the “check location” link to be guided on how to get to a place. Contact details are also active and users need only to tap on phone numbers to call a guide, tour operator, police station or any person or organization listed on the app.

Comprehensive, handy guide

“We are happy to support the Cebu Provincial Government in promoting what Cebu can offer to the APEC delegates. A comprehensive and handy guide to Cebu, the Cebu Guide can help the delegates maximize their stay in the country. This is aligned with our digital tourism program which aims to enhance the delivery of tourism information through the use of mobile and digital technologies,” said Smart Public Affairs Group Head Ramon Isberto.

A chapter of the travel guide will carry important Cebu updates, such as developments pertaining to the anticipated APEC meetings scheduled from August to October. The locally-relevant APEC updates will be provided by the Cebu Provincial Government.

The mobile app has a notification function that allows users to immediately receive information on such things as traffic changes like rerouting and road closures for the duration of the APEC 2015 meetings in Cebu.

Nationwide Digital Tourism program

“We are excited to collaborate with SMART and the Cebu Provincial Government to help tourists and APEC delegates make the most of their Cebu visit by providing them with important information on where to go and what to do when in Cebu,” said Max Limpag, InnoPub Media co-founder.

The app is released as part of the nationwide Digital Tourism program by SMART and InnoPub Media in collaboration with local government units and private organizations. The program started in Cebu and is now in Iloilo, Baguio, Albay and Bohol and is set for expansion in key tourism areas in the country.

The program was given an Anvil Award of Merit in February 2014.

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SMART, InnoPub hold Sinulog 2015 social media photo contest

Get a chance to win one of five Smart LTE pocket Wi-Fi devices by downloading the Sinulog Guide app to your Android, iOS, and Windows phone devices and tagging your Sinulog 2015-related photos with #smartsinulog.

WIN 1 of 5 Smart LTE Pocket Wi-Fi devices by joining our Sinulog 2015 social media photo contest.
WIN 1 of 5 Smart LTE Pocket Wi-Fi devices by joining our Sinulog 2015 social media photo contest.

InnoPub Media, in coordination with wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc., is holding an online photo contest covering Sinulog 2015-related activities.

The contest will run from January 17 to January 19. To join, all you need to do is post your Sinulog photos in your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts and tag them with #smartsinulog and notify us of your entry by leaving a link to your photo as a comment in the MyCebu.ph FB page.

The three best Sinulog 2015 photos (including the most liked), best Sinulog 2015 Selfie, and best Media/Blogger Entry will each win a Smart LTE pocket wifi device. Aside from #smartsinulog, photos by media and bloggers must carry either the #cebumedia or #cebublogger tag.

Smart and InnoPub will be selecting 15 finalists and posting their photos on the MyCebu FB page on January 20. Read the full mechanics of the Smart-InnoPub Social Media Photo Contest in the Sinulog Guide app.

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Free Sinulog guide app from InnoPub, Smart now out

InnoPub Media co-founder Max Limpag conducts a demo of the Sinulog Guide app to a small group of Cebu media and bloggers.
InnoPub Media co-founder Max Limpag conducts a demo of the Sinulog Guide app to a small group of Cebu media and bloggers.

Sinulog Guide can be downloaded to Android phones and tablets from the Google Play Store and to Windows Phone devices from the Windows Phone Store for free.

Those using other devices can access the mobile web version of the guide at http://sinulog.myguide.ph. Standard mobile data browsing charges apply when using the app.

The Sinulog Guide is a comprehensive resource on the festival, said InnoPub Media co-founder Max Limpag during a demo today, Monday, for a small group of Cebu media and bloggers at Smart’s Jump Center in SM City Cebu.

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Cebu-wide digital tourism project launched in Argao

When someone mentions torta, I usually and immediately think of Argao because I associate this popular Cebu delicacy with the town. I’m sure a lot of Cebuanos do the same.

Our frequent visits to Argao however have made me realize that its indigenous industries of torta and tableya, another specialty, are just one of the many facets that make up this southern town of Cebu.

From research and interviews, I’ve learned things about Argao that are not common knowledge and have come to better appreciate my visits. Beyond the torta, and it is delicious by the way, I’ve come to know Argao as a town steeped in history, rich in socio-cultural heritage, and with an abundance of natural resources.

Trips are truly more meaningful if you know what to look for in a place. The problem is, information about Cebu’s rich historical and socio-cultural heritage as it relates to towns like Argao is not easily accessible to the ordinary traveler.

argao guide
The unveiling of a quick response (QR) code marker marks the start in Argao of a province-wide implementation of a digital tourism program for Cebu. In the photo are: (from L) Argao Vice Mayor Stanley Caminero, PLDT-Smart Public Affairs head Mon Isberto, Cebu Gov. Hilario “Junjun” Davide III, Argao Mayor Edsel Galeos, and InnoPub co-founder Max Limpag.

Take for example the San Miguel Arcangel Church, a late 18th century structure remaining of Spanish colonial times.

While it may seem at first glance to be like any other church built by the Spanish clergy, this structure in Argao differs in the artistic and elaborate ornamentation that can be found on the facade, pediment, retablo, pulpit, ceiling, and other interior portions.

A marker at the Argao Hall of Justice contains a short paragraph about the structure and  a quick response (QR) code that allows the download of more information when scanned with a smartphone or tablet.
A marker at the Argao Hall of Justice contains a short paragraph about the structure and a quick response (QR) code that allows the download of more information when scanned with a smartphone or tablet.

Its facade, according to Paul Gerschwiler in his historical outline of Argao, is divided into nine panels by two double cornices that intersect with four vertical paired half columns and only five of the more than 160 Augustinian churches used this style, all of them built in the southeastern coast of Cebu.

This and other relevant information related to the church in particular and travel to the town in general is being made available to travelers through a digital tourism program that is a collaboration among our new media start-up, InnoPub, our main partner Smart Communications, Inc., and the local governments of Cebu Province and Argao.

Our digital tourism project comes in three components. It involves a web-based guide to Argao, mobile application format, and markers placed on historical and heritage structures. The markers carry quick response codes which allows guests to download more information when scanned with a smartphone or tablet. The guide, web-based an app versions, lists all places and activities of interest in the town.

The project was launched Friday at Argao’s historic “cabecera” or town center, with Cebu Gov. Hilario “Junjun” Davide, Argao Mayor Edsel Galeos, and PLDT-Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto in attendance.

If you ever find yourself going around the town, we have a quick guide accessible at argao.myguide.ph, mobile app for Android devices that can be downloaded at Google Play, and QR code markers placed on important structures within the “cabecera de Argao.”