CHICAGO, IL – The Philippines will once again participate in the Our World-Underwater Show, to be held at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on February 17-19, 2012. The Show, which is the US Midwest’s largest dive expo and the country’s longest –running consumer dive show, draws dive specialists, tourism boards, tour operators, and marine enthusiasts from all over the world.
The Philippines is strategically positioned in the center of the world’s coral triangle, and it offers a wealth of diving opportunities throughout its 7,107 islands. Any level diver is welcome in the Philippines, from shallow shore dives to remote seamounts accessible only by live-aboards, the Philippines is the premier diving destination in the world. The island nation can easily captivate any underwater enthusiast, with its many creatures, beautiful walls and reefs, and historical ship wrecks, you’ll surely find a dive activity that suits your skill level, budget range, and interest.
“The Philippines underwater diversity is quite unparalleled! Its abundance in sea creatures, corals, and all other types of underwater life has impressed both divers and scientists from around the globe,” said Ms. Vernie Velarde-Morales, Director of the Philippine Department of Tourism-Chicago. “The Wild Reef exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium shows that the Philippines’ reefs have much more fish and coral species than at the Great Barrier Reef and the Hawaiian reefs combined,” Director Morales added.
The Philippines will be presented at this year’s Show with a booth display some of the marine life found in the country, and informational materials. Sample dive packages will be available for interested divers. In addition, three different seminars on Philippine diving will take place throughout the show weekend. On Saturday, February 18, Paul Cater Deaton will be presenting “Coron, Philippines – Making a Macro Mecca” at 2:30pm, and following that, Lynn Funkhouser will do her presentation entitled “The Philippines: Center of DIVErsity” at 3:15pm. On Sunday, February 19, Sir Robert Marx will present “Manila Galleons.”
The Our World – Underwater Show and Exhibit will be open to the public on Friday, February 17 from 5:00-9:00pm, Saturday, February 18 from 9:00am – 6:00pm, and Sunday, February 19 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.
For more information on the Our World – Underwater Show, please visit www.ourworldunderwater.com.
For more information on the Philippines, please visit our websites at www.itsmorfuninthephilippines.com and www.wowphilippines.com.ph or contact us at 312.782.2475.* Photo by Lynn Funkhouser