Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines – The call to vote online for Biri Island Rock Formation as the amazing rock structures sculpted by waves went viral on Facebook.
The Biri Island Rock Formation is located in San Antonio, Northern Samar, believed to be one of the top 10 emerging destinations across the country.
The search for Emerging Top Ten Destinations of the country is spearheaded by the Isla Lipana and Co. to mark its 91st anniversary this year, as part of its corporate social responsibility project dubbed as the Philippine Gems.
The Philippine Gems aims at increasing the awareness and appreciation for the emerging tourism sites, foster both local and international interest and attention, and eventually increase economic activities in these destinations.
With those individuals coming in and appreciating the country, the firm hopes that business investments will follow.
In a press release of Philippine Information Agency Region 8 (PIA 8), fifty remarkable destinations were identified. These were further shortlisted to 25 by a panel of judges. Among these 25 destinations is the Biri Island Rock Formation of Eastern Visayas.
The tens sites which will receive the highest number of votes through online voting will then be recognized in no particular order as the Top Ten Emerging Destinations of the country.
Voting online is until August 9 only by clicking the link http://www.philippinegems.com/voting/. Every voter has to vote for a minimum of three sites.
In an interview with PIA 8, Karina Rosa Tiopes, Director of Department of Tourism Region 8 revealed that Biri Island Rock Formation is currently on the top 13.
“With your help by voting online, Biri Island Rock Formation will hopefully land in one of the top ten positions.” Tiopes said.
The Biri Island Rock Formation is composed of four small, rocky islands located in that perilous area where the San Bernardino Strait meets the Pacific Ocean. The incredible strength of these natural forces has caused the islands to take on distinct and interesting shapes. Geologists from the University of the Philippines state that the rocks date back from the Early Miocene Period, and their ages range from five to 23 million years old. (With input from PIA 8)