MICHAEL PAUL and Jennifer Cocuaco, a recently married couple from Zamboanga City are among the five finalists and the only Asians in the ongoing Ultimate Thailand Explorer competition, an event created by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in order to publicize Thailand’s five top tourist destinations: Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui.
In this reality-based contest, all finalists, selected by judges and online voters were given six days to explore the many attractions, sights, activities, and other features of a selected Thai destination. In Michael and Jenny’s case, it was the island of Koh Samui. To promote their selected destination, the contestants were required to share their daily experiences with a global audience by posting photos, videos, blogs, and travel stories with social media tools in order to inspire other global travelers to learn more about and plan to visit those destinations.
After a period of online voting, which began last December 1, 2009 and will continue until January 8, 2010, the team that receives the most votes from around the world will be named the Ultimate Thailand Explorers and will receive many fabulous prizes, including US$10,000, a holiday package in Thailand valued at US$3,000 and other prizes worth US$2,000. Both are currently in second place as of this writing and needs more votes to overtake the hometown favorites, Aubrey and Parker, two Americans who have taken up residence in Bangkok.
According to their bio, Michael, a travel agency proprietor and Jenny, a freelance TV and magazine writer, are longtime friends and online chatmates who fell in love and got married only 11 months ago. Aside from sharing a deep faith, Michael and Jenny both have a penchant for good food, books, spa treatments, travel and adventure. Their love story has been featured twice on our local TV.
Voting for this lovely couple is not without its own rewards. Two lucky voters will win a prize package worth US$2,500 that includes a Thailand travel package and HTC phones. Not bad for being online cheerleaders.
So head on down to ultimatethailandexplorers.com and vote for Michael and Jenny. One vote is allowed for every 24-hour period so yes, you can vote for them more than once.
Also, check out Michael & Jenny's video: