Island student scribes harness tourism feature writing

By Bryan Edulzura

Libjo Mayor Lamberto Llamera with the participants before heading to the coastal sites.

Who else to better promote a promising town’s march to tourism destination and popularity than young people proud of where they come from?

But of course student writers themselves who make use of social media to invite and lure their friends and the public from all over to come and see their tourist attractions and experience their culture.

Last week, March 11 to 13, no less than veteran feature and travel writer Ramon Jorge Sarabosing conducted a basic feature writing workshop focus on tourism and related topics.

The two-day activity was attended by 13 senior high-school students with the flair on writing and photography. They all came from seven barangay high schools of the municipality of Libjo, Dinagat Islands.

The local government of the coastal town of Libjo is gearing to transform itself to a known tourist destination with its variety of impressive coastal attractions. The town mayor himself, Lamberto Llamera, is spearheading the plan and actively run it, even welcoming the student participants to inspire them in helping promote their god-given natural attractions.

To deepened their “pride of place” and enthusiasm, the participants toured major coastal spots particularly the stunning Blue Lagoon in Barangay Magsaysay.

Lecture with the speaker.

After the lecture on the first day, they tested their ability to write a travel story A critique session with the speaker followed narrowing on its strengths and less on weaknesses. The student-writers surely acquired ideas on how to write skillfully.

The other relevant topic was on environmentalism as an important aspect to tourism development.

“How can we have an effective and honorable tourism industry when around us, our mountains and sea’s are destroyed and disturb?”asked the speaker, Albert Serrano, an environmentalist educator of Green Mindanao, a respected environment non-government advocacy society.

At the end of the workshop, the participants acquire skills and acknowledge both on writing and photography. The photography lecturer was travel and lifestyle blogger Katrina Centeno.

Expect interesting feature stories coming out on the soon-to-be byword destination that is captivating Libjo, Dinagat Islands.

Photos Katrena Centeno and Justine Goriding

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