Aside from being a great vacation destination, awesome shopping experience, touristy spots, etc., we still have a lot of things which we should know and discover if we are going to Guam, a tropical island similar to the Philippines and is only 3.5 hours away from Manila.
First, to be able to visit Guam, we must have a valid US visa (non-immigrant (tourist) visa is the most easiest to obtain) which we can all apply at the US Embassy in Manila, pay the visa fee $160, and schedule the appointment online to be able to proceed to the next step, that is the personal appearance for interview.
Flying to Guam these days is now convenient because there are already three international carriers that fly over the gateway to Micronesia. Philippine Airlines, United Airlines, and recently, Cebu Pacific fly to Guam on regular basis. A recent data of Guam arrival reported an increase of 61% (January to June 2016) compared to last year’s increase based on 2014 vs 2015 arrival data report. The increase in numbers were mostly attributed to the new player, Cebu Pacific, which helped open up new market for Guam and made it more possible for Filipinos to travel to Guam.
Guam is 32 miles long and ranges between 4 and 8 miles wide in size. For a Pinoy’s perspective, it’s like traveling to Ortigas to Alabang, roundtrip.
Guam has a total population of 170,000 whereas; Chamorros 37%, Filipinos 26%, Other Pacific Islanders 11%, and the remainder are Caucasians, Asians, and other ethnicity.
People born in Guam are US citizens and enjoy multi-cultural society with Americans and Asian influences.
The promise of great cuisine, the open ocean, beautiful landscapes, and the vibrant Chamorro hospitality are great draws for tourists – especially with fantastic celebrations held almost every week. But among the grandest attractions is the annual Ko’ko Road Race, where the sporty and adventurous blitz through the island.
The Ko’ko Road Race returns this October 2016 with activities for the entire family. On the 29th of October, children ages 4 to 12 can join the Guam Ko’ko Kids Fun Run with .6K, 1.6K, and 3.3K tracks. Slated to be held at Gov. Joseph Flores Memorial Park at Tumon, kids can experience a safe and exciting race of their own. Marathon enthusiasts will have their own race the following day at the Guam Ko’ko Half Marathon and Ekiden Relay. An event with thousands of participants from all over the world, it will span a total of 21.09 kilometers. Four-person teams can choose to take part of the Ekiden Relay, where each member only runs 5K portions of the full race. A special 10k Run/Walk course is available for those who want to take part in the event in a relaxed pace.
At the height of the Christmas season this year, the Shop Guam Festival will be back to offer avid shoppers a chance to find and buy the best brands from all over the world. From the 1st of December 2016 to the 4th of February 2017, the finest malls and boutiques in the island will feature the most sought-after products from gadgets to the latest clothing lines. Shopping in Guam promises great value, as tourists can buy all they want tax-free. The Shop Guam Festival App will also be available in both iOS and Android where the island’s best deals can be availed through mobile phone.
You can still catch and avail special flight rates today, July 10, if you’ll visit Guam Visitors Bureau’s booth at the Travel Madness Expo 2016 at the SMX Convention Center.
The beautiful Blue Continent of Guam offers the perfect vacation experience. With adventure, luxury, and endless shopping opportunities awaiting every traveler, Guam is an idyllic destination unlike any other. To know more about this paradise island and the special events throughout 2016, simply visit www.visitguam.com or https://www.facebook.com/visitguamph.
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