The Best of the Best Philippines Book

The Best of the Best Philippines book launch
(by Jojie Alcantara)

Update as of July 2015 : Best of the Best of the Philippines Coffeetable Book Wins A Gold Anvil

Launched on April 10 of this year at the Tapas Bar of the Makati Shangri-La Manila hotel, the first travel coffee table book of its kind with a quirky and confident title of The Best of the Best of the Philippines was recently unveiled to the public.

Best of the Best Philippines - Davao Region pages
Best of the Best Philippines – Davao Region pages with photos by Rhonson Ng and Jojie Alcantara

The nicely covered book presents a wonderful compilation of 22 award winning destinations in the country from the north to south of the Philippine archipelago, backed up by 350 carefully selected beautiful photos showcasing Philippines’ best of the best from top photographers in the country.

colorful illustrations
colorful illustrations

Uniquely written in a way that makes for visually exciting, easy and helpful reading, itineraries are sketched in 18 colorfully illustrated destination maps and suggested routes together with the stunning images.

Rich in color, this one of a kind travel book is a concept of Eastgate Publishing Corporation, which also publishes Philippine Airline’s Mabuhay inflight magazine since 1988 with 19 awards in its belt. Eastgate Publishing teamed up together with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) to produce this timely milestone book.

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Jun Ventura, Eastgate’s President and book editor announced his appreciation to Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. for fully supporting and suggesting creative marketing ideas to enhance the book’s appeal. A productive collaboration with TPB’s COO Domingo Ramon Enerio III ensured the book’s publication ahead of schedule.

Page 3 of Davao Region photos by Rhonson Ng and Jojie Alcantara
Page 3 of Davao Region photos by Rhonson Ng and Jojie Alcantara

The book has been getting positive reviews from highly respected people and media personalities. While some would praise its contents and artistic merits, many more agree that it is fun, educational, helpful and a wonderful, colorful present to give away, reinforcing the truth that Philippines has a lot to offer in a huge package of diverse adventures.

Principal Photographers of the book
Principal Photographers of the book

I am proud to be a part of this endeavor as a contributing photographer along with partner Rhonson Ng, whose selected images grace the pages of the Davao Region. It also includes my photo of the majestic Mayon in the Bicol Region.

Davao region pages photos by Rhonson Ng and Jojie Alcantara
Davao region pages photos by Rhonson Ng and Jojie Alcantara

The Best of the Best of the Philippines coffee table book is available in major bookstore outlets.

Mount Mayon by Jojie Alcantara
Mount Mayon by Jojie Alcantara

The book launch was successfully held in cooperation with Makati Shangri-La Manila hotel with Billy King’s Le Chef as the wine sponsor. Raffle sponsors for the event were: Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa, Marco Polo Cebu, Abaca Resort, Plantation Bay Resort, Discovery Shores in Boracay, Amorita Resort in Bohol, Camp John Hay Manor in Baguio, Marco Polo Davao, Kingfisher Resort in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Republiq, Prive, Sonya’s Garden, Marco Polo Ortigas, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, Hilltop Restaurant in Baguio, and La Preciosa Restaurant in Laoag City.

Update as of July 2015 : Best of the Best of the Philippines Coffeetable Book Wins A Gold Anvil

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5 Comments

  1. Hi Jojie,

    Great & Congrats. (^..^)Thumbs up to you.
    Glad to have discover your blog the past days. You really inspire me.
    What you are now is my long time dream say 23years ago its just that my Dad wants me to be in the corporate world. Now, after my early retirement from the corporate world hoping its never too late….ha..ha

    Keep it going…
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Primum Regnum Dei / Lux in Domino

    Maebel

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    1. Ahh, the rigid corporate world, hehe. I left it in 1994 and became a “free spirit”. Okay, that included consultancy, though, so I was in and out of corporate worlds, giving them a dose of my creative juices, letting them know it is quite alright to daydream in between duties. 🙂

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