June 28, 2002

Witches scare tourists

A top tourism official has decided that the decline in tourism in the Philippines is because of witchcraft, and nothing to do with the Muslim separatist violence on Mindanao and Jolo. Ms Evelyn Pantig, chairman of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and under-secretary of the Department of Tourism, said that:

the island of Siquijor, considered the 'witchcraft centre' of the country, was becoming notorious internationally, to the detriment of the tourism industry. Proposals had even been made to make the yearly gathering of witches in Siquijor a tourist attraction, but these had been summarily turned down, she said.

Maybe she needs a junket to Salem! Witchcraft blamed for scaring off tourists - Straits Times, June 27th 2002.

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