Where In the Philippines Is Sam San Mateo? Who?

DOT’s latest stunt is a gamefied virtual tour of the country. 
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This is what you get when you have a Tourism secretary who is a gamer and an avid player of Pokemon Go. The Department of Tourism (DOT) has launched a gamified virtual tour of the Philippines titled “Where in the Philippines is Sam San Mateo?”, an online mystery tour of the Philippines. 

For the project, the Department of Tourism partnered with Mystery Manila, who designed the gameplay of the virtual tour. The game involves actual tour guides who are stationed in select destinations across the country and will lead the game through video streaming.

How to Play DOT’s Virtual Tour

As the title suggests, players go on a quest to find Sam San Mateo, the game’s fictional travel vlogger. Participants take the role of virtual tourists as they visit famous landmarks and destinations in the Philippines to find helpful clues that will reveal the next destination.

Historic cities, enchanting sunsets, pristine beaches, and breathtaking mountain views can be visited in the online game-tours, which can last from 60 to 90 minutes. 

According to the DOT, the immersive and interactive virtual tour is the next best thing to physical travel. Players can interact with locals through the live tour guides, participate in local activities, and contribute to choices that will affect the tour’s outcome, creating an unreplicable and unique experience.

How to Join DOT’s Game

The game will be free to the public and open to all players on all Sundays of December, beginning on the sixth. Players may join the following game schedules: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Interested participants may register through this link.


You may also book a private game for your family and friends. Book private games here.

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