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To represent President Aquino, new Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez will grace grand opening of the 2nd Siargao Surfing Festival slated September 20 -28, 2011 which will be held at Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.
President Aquino has earlier committed to Governor Matugas he will grace the international surfing event for the first time but due busy schedule and his official trip to the U.S. upon invitation of U.S. President Obama, the chief executive has designated the new Tourism Secretary to represent him the surfing event.
The festival features the prestigious 2011 Billabong Pro Junior Asia and many other national and international surfing events.
Cloud 9 in General Luna town in Siargao Island is one of the favourite destinations not only of national surfers but international surfers who come all the way from Australia, U.S., Europe, Singapore and other Asian countries to participate in many annual surfing competition.
Apart from the new tourism chief, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith with some DFA officials accompanied by Australian Minister Counsellor Titon Mitra and top officials from Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) will also grace the event, Jun Parada of the Surigao del Norte Media Bureau Office here said.
Surigao del Norte First District Congressman Francisco T. Matugas and Governor Sol Folcadilla Matugas said Surigaonons are happy to welcome the new Tourism Secretary saying his first official visit will give the new tourism head insights and take full view of the beautiful tourism spots of Surigao del Norte.
Many of the pet projects of Governor Matugas were tourism related to promote tourism of the province not only nationally but internationally.
Siargao Island particularly the town of Pilar is now also the home of various International Game Fishing events.
Apart from the top-level surfing competition, the festival will also feature street dancing festival, agri-aqua trade fair and exhibits, neo-ethnic dance competition, fashion show, San Miguel Corporation's street parties, Women's Beach Volleyball and other sports activities.
The Siargao Surfing Festival is organized by the House of Representatives under Office of the First District of Surigao del Norte, the Provincial Government of Surigao Del Norte, the Philippine Surfing Federation and Philippine Department of Tourism.
Spporting sponsors include Smart Communications Philippines, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority or TIEZA, Air Asia, Nixon, Von Zipper, Free Surf, and San Miguel Corporation.