Philippines E-Newsletter - August 2009

This month's E-Newsletter is primarily dedicated to Birdwatching in the Philippines due to the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London's prominent participation at this year's Birdfair taking place on 21-23 August.

The Philippines set to become one of the top destinations for birdwatchers worldwide with its 600 bird species and 200 endemics.

Aside from birdwatching, visitors come to expect numerous adventure activities and dazzling beaches further showcasing the multi-faceted nature of the Philippines.

In this issue:

  Major Programs
  Destination of the Month
  Package of the Month
  Article of the Month

Major Programs


Birdfair 2009

The PDOT is all geared-up for its participation as the destination sponsor at this year's British Birdwatching Fair (Birdfair).

This year's participation marks the milestone of PDOT's current birdwatching initiative which was launched last November 2008 during the World Travel Market. The Philippines set to become one of the top destinations for birdwatchers worldwide with its 600 bird species and 200 endemics

The annual Birdfair, the biggest and the first of its kind, aims to get birdwatchers together to celebrate birds, to develop a commercial fair for the birdwatching industry and to support international conservation projects. The Fair draws in excess of 18,000 visitors and over 300 exhibitors.

The theme of this year's Birdfair is "Lost and Found" highlighting rediscovered species that were once thought to be extinct with the elusive Cebu Flowerpecker as the figurehead species.

Visit at the Philippines stand (Marquee 4 Stand Number 48-49) during Birdfair from 21-23 August 2009 at Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water, Oakham. We will be giving away various free gifts, including "Birdwatching in the Philippines" Volumes 1 and 2 Guidebooks.

Birdwatching Page

Watch out for the newest addition to our WOWPhilippines UK Website to be launched in time for Birdfair later this month.

The Birdwatching Page will highlight the top birding sites, display travel information and list all 600 species. The page will feature a downloadable A3 PDF Birdwatching Map and even exhibit bird sounds from various species. Birdwatchers will aslo have the opportunity to browse from the newest packages from leading Bird Tour Operators.

This page is developed to enhance the activities section of the website alongside the DIVE page to fully harness the full potential of the latest internet marketing technology.
For more info click here

Destination of the Month


Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

The municipality of Pagudpud in the northwestern part of the Philippines has three ideal sites for birdwatching: Kalbario-Patapat Natural Park, Barangay (Village) Pancian and Saud Beach Resort.

The lagoon behind the Saud Beach Resort is considered as one of the easiest sites to see the Philippine Duck. Other species found are the resident White-browed Crake, Yellow Bittern and the migratory Northern Shoveler and Tufted Duck.

Pagudpud is also famous among tourists for its white-sand beaches and crystal-blue waters hosting various adventure activities including surfing, boardsailing and kayaking.

Package of the Month


Remote Philippines Tour

Birdquest - the Ultimate in Bird Tours

The "Remote Philippines" tour of Birdquest scheduled in February 2010 will take visitors to the three major islands of the country to see the massive avifauna on display.

The tour can either be taken as a whole or as either of two parts (Mindoro & The Visayan Islands or Remote Mindanao & Luzon). The itinerary starts in Mindoro where visitors can expect to see several species of forest birds unique to the area.

The tour then moves on the Visayas Islands of Cebu and Bohol for specialities such as Visayan Hornbill, White-winged Cuckoo-shrike, the Flame-templed Babbler, Negros Striped Babbler, White-vented Whistler and Visayan Flowerpecker.

During the second part of the tour, birdwatchers move on to the island of Mindanao to see the Bulbul and White-eared Tailorbird in Zamboanga and the Mindanao Scops Owl, Mindanao Lorikeet and Whiskered Flowerpecker in Mount Apo.
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Article of the Month


Discover 7,107 Reasons To Visit the Philippines

The Philippines, an archipelago of 7,107 islands in the heart of Southeast Asia, can be reached via a 12 to 15 hour journey from the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe using a variety of major airlines. Its main entry points are Manila in the main island of Luzon, Cebu in the central Visayas region and Davao in the southern island of Mindanao.

Culture, Adventure, Nature for Everyone!

The Philippines is known as Asia’s best-kept secret, and its discovery becomes a wonderful surprise for every guest. UNESCO lists a number of World Heritage Sites that showcase its culture, history and natural beauty. Among these are the stunning Banaue Rice Terraces in the Cordilleras, the surreal Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and the bountiful Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan. Spanish colonial rule is evident everywhere, with baroque churches and centuries-old edifices standing guard over flower-strewn town plazas. In Asia, Spain left its indelible mark not just in buildings to be found in Intramuros in the capital city of Manila or in the historic town of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, but in the hearts and minds of the fiesta-loving Filipinos, the “Latinos of Asia”.

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