Winners of the Tiktok tourism contest were announced during a ceremony last October 14. Tourism Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes said that the video-sharing online is one platform being explored by their office in promoting Eastern Visayas tourism. The contest was also sponsored by the An Waray party-list. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) in the region and the An Waray party-list group awarded winners of the Infinite Escapes Tiktok Challenge held at Robinsons Annex Marasbaras, this city last Friday (Oct.14).

The online competition has four categories: infinite escapes, rethinking tourism, infinite eats, and meet ups.

The winners received P3,000, P5,000, and P8,000 for the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st places, respectively.

For the infinite escapes category, the winners were Renz Philips Miralles (3rd), Henna Marie (3nd) Bagalan, and Julius Dilao (1st).

Infinite escapes category shows Tiktok video of their visits to their favorite destinations or their town and what activities can be made by tourists when they visit the locality.

For the rethinking tourism category, which focused on advocacy campaign for responsible tourism, the winners were April Adona (3rd), Cheska Dogillo (2nd), and Erika Cassandra Buhay (1st).

In the infinite eats where local foods, restaurants, and where to eat and find the best food in a locality and uniquely from Eastern Visayas were focused in this category, Erika Cassandra Buhay, Liezel Ann Urgel, and Erica Joyce Garido were declared as the winners.
In the meetups category, winners were January Callosa (3rd), Erika Cassandra Buhay (2nd), and Cheska Dogillo (1st).

The subject in the video is where to stay and hold an event featuring the best places and destinations for gathering in the region.

DOT-8 Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes expressed her gratitude to the participants of the first Tiktok Challenge that they organized.

“One of the best way of promoting tourism is going digital like using the Tiktok,” she said.
“Tiktok is not only about dancing but we can also use this to promote destinations and many other things that we wanted to communicate to others,” the DOT regional director added.

Tiopes said that for next year, the competition will not only be bigger but will now include a contest on video editing and content creation training.