Philippines E-Newsletter - October 2009 Issue

This October, PDOT London embarks on sales efforts in both Ireland and Italy, two countries that show very strong potential for tourism growth to the Philippines. Also later this month, the country proudly takes centre stage as the prize destination of the annual Dive Show in NEC, Birmingham.

We also share the news that the Philippines will be featured in the travel adventure series "By Any Means 2" starring Charley Boorman on BBC2. PDOT London was hugely responsible for coordinating the visit in cooperation with partners in the Philippines. This is certainly one positive publicity in the UK to look forward to.

Meanwhile, in light of the recent events brought about by tropical storm "Ondoy", the Department of Tourism reports that its tourism infrastructure remains intact, unaffected and in full operation. The country continues to lure travellers with its raw natural beauty and warm friendly people.

In this issue:

  Major Programs
  Destination of the Month
  Package of the Month

Major Programs


Tourism Advisory

Last Saturday, 26 September, 2009, tropical storm Ondoy, (International name: Ketsana), caused flooding in Cainta, Marikina, Rizal and other parts of Metro Manila. Bringing with it a record-breaking amount of rainfall, Ondoy (Ketsana) spawned floods which led to loss of lives, devastation of properties, and massive evacuation of people.

Floods have subsided in the said areas which are now undergoing restoration of communication and transportation infrastructures. Clearing operations have also begun to remove mud and debris on the roads.

The Department of Tourism continues to promote the country’s unharmed destinations to the international travel market, assuring that the island’s travel facilities are fully operational and generally unharmed.

City tours around Manila and in major tourist destinations are ongoing and remain unhampered.

Commercial activities and public services in surrounding provinces and cities continue their regular operations.

Businesses in Metro Manila and other key cities, including establishments in the tourism industry such as transportation services, hotels, resorts and restaurants remain normal.

DIVE Birmingham 2009

24-25 October 2009 / NEC, Birmingham

PDOT London is once again prepped to promote the best of Philippine Diving to the UK market with a massive 40 square metre space right in front of the main entrance at this month's Dive Show in Birmingham.

Together with DOT London are private sector partners such as Asia Divers/El Galeon Beach Resort, Marco Vincent Dive Resort, Atlantis Dive Resort, Kasai Village Dive Resort, Expedition Fleet/Bahura, Thresher Shark Dive Centre and Go-Dive Philippines.

In addition, the Philippines is also the main destination sponsor for the Grand Prize in the Show. All visitors will get a chance to take part in a raffle competition where the winner will win the ultimate diving holiday to the Philippines. This luxury trip worth more than 7,000GBP takes the winner aboard the brand new deluxe Philippines Siren of Worldwide Dive and Sail for a full 7-day liveaboard experience. This is one competition surely not to be missed.

Visitors to the fair are invited to visit the Philippines in Stand Number 210 at the NEC Birmingham on 24-25 October!

By Any Means 2 - Philippines

The new series of By Any Means 2 has already commenced! The show follows Charley Boorman as he travels from Sydney to Tokyo passing through the Philippines using every type of vehicle imaginable!

Expect the screening of the Philippine leg of Charley's journey to be aired on Sunday, 18 October on BBC2 at 2100h (GMT) where he gets to grips with the numerous extraordinary modes of transport we have. Homemade jeepneys, railroad trolleys and quite possibly the only Bamboo car in the world are a few examples of the vehicles he uses as he visits exotic locations in the country. This terrific journey includes the provinces of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Bohol, Cebu, Ormoc, Leyte, Samar, Legaspi, Quezon and Manila. What a trip!

Destination of the Month


Moalboal, Cebu

The sleepy municipality of Moalboal, located 89 kilometres south of Cebu City is renowned for being one of the best places for diving worldwide. The excellent dive sites located around the area are famed for the pristine quality of its marine life. Moalboal is also one of the places in the country where diving is possible all year round.

Famous dive sites include Pescador Island, Tongo Point, Tuble Reef, Talisay Wall, Sanctuary, Panagsama Reef and Badian Island, which are all home to an incredibly diverse underwater ecosystem. These locations offer extraordinary arrays of corals, giant gorgonian sea fans and ferns. These in turn brings in all manners of sea creatures, from tiny crinoids and smaller angelfish to huge pelagics like Napoleon Wrasse, Whitetip and Grey Reef Sharks and even the occasional Whalesharks.

Package of the Month


Moalboal, Philippines

Guests are billeted at the Magic Island Resort, located 90 kms from Mactan International Airport. The resorts rests on a lush tropical hillside which offer excellent views of the sea.

Besides the wonderful diving, visitors can enjoy traditional Philippine massage (hilot), visit the local market, orchid farm or rent motorbikes to explore the surrounding mountains and beaches.


* International and domestic flights needed
* All ground transfers in the Philippines
* 7 nights accommodation at Magic Island Resort in Moalboal on a bed and breakfast basis
* 1 night in Manila
* 5 days diving (tanks and weights included)

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