DOT Presents “Escape: Stories from the Road” Podcast

Jeam Out of Town Blog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) presents its first podcast, “Escape: Stories from the Road”, showcasing the best destinations in the Philippines through stories from different personalities.

Escape: Stories from the Road

This five-episode podumentary, a combination of podcast and documentary, infuses an element of storytelling, moving away from the usual podcast Q&A formats. Through these stories, DOT hopes to reach different audiences and inspire them to participate in meaningful tourism through unique experiences and local interactions.

One of the special guests, national artist Kidlat Tahimik, shared stories about Baguio, his home and a UNESCO Creative City.  Photo courtesy of Kidlat De Guia.
One of the special guests, national artist Kidlat Tahimik, shared stories about Baguio, his home and a UNESCO Creative City. Photo courtesy of Kidlat De Guia.

Each episode follows a theme, such as adventure, identity, parties, music, and food. Notable people interviewed for this podcast include national artist Kidlat Tahimik; Dr. Felicidad Prudente, who is one of the leading Filipino ethnomusicologists in the country today; and former Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

Paragliding adventure in Nueva Vizcaya.  Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism.
Paragliding adventure in Nueva Vizcaya. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism.

The first adventure episode features some of the best outdoor experiences in Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga, and Camotes Island; while the identity episode brings audiences from Baguio to Davao to share stories of people who, in finding the path to earning their identity, have found the path to greatness.

The music episode explores the sounds of the islands, from the city to the remote forests of the Philippines, emphasizing that music not only serves to entertain but also preserves history in our soundscape. The fiesta episode explains how Filipino festivals have evolved from honoring patron saints to showcasing the best of cities and provinces.

For the food episode that was recorded in May, then-tourism secretary Puyat shared her advocacy to support local farmers and how that led to further developing food and agriculture tourism in the country.

The first adventure episode features some of the best outdoor experiences in Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga, and Camotes Island; while the identity episode brings audiences from Baguio to Davao to share stories of people who, in finding the path to earning their identity, have found the path to greatness.

The music episode explores the sounds of the islands, from the city to the remote forests of the Philippines, emphasizing that music serves to entertain and preserve history in our soundscape. The fiesta episode explains how Filipino festivals have evolved from honoring patron saints to showcasing the best of cities and provinces.

For the food episode that was recorded in May, then-tourism secretary Puyat shared her advocacy to support local farmers and how that led to further developing food and agriculture tourism in the country.

DOT’s “Escape: Stories from the Road” podcast is hosted by filmmaker and travel photographer Aaron Palabyab with guest co-hosts, national athlete Maureen Schrijvers; designer, musician and filmmaker Kate Torralba; and sports broadcaster and podcaster Cesca Litton.

Available on Spotify, Apple podcast, Google Podcasts, Castro, Coveredand Anchor.

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