Philippines E-Newsletter - December 2009

Leave behind your winter blues and grab your next holiday inspirations and ideas from this month's edition of the WOW Philippines E-newsletter.

Special for this month is the island province of Marinduque with its numerous natural and cultural attractions on offer. The latest luxury resort - Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa - is the ideal home away from home as you and your friends explore this one-of-a-kind island getaway.

Read through the article on the Moriones festival, the island's most popular cultural event. It is a unique and lively Lenten custom featuring masked men dressed in colorful costumes in resemblance of Roman soldiers.

Don't wait before the dark cold months pass and book your Spring 2010 holiday now.

In this issue:

  Destination of the Month
  Package of the Month
  Article of the Month

Destination of the Month

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Marinduque

Marinduque is a heart-shaped island and the smallest province of Region IV, located approximately 140 kilometres from the Capital Manila.

The island of Marinduque has a lot to offer. There are endless stretches of beaches covered with sands ranging from white to gray. The isolated coves and uninhabited islets are some sites ideal for a wide range of watersports. Visitors can explore underwater caves, catch the year-round winds in sailboard or snorkel the wide reefs or dive walls of soft and hard corals. There are also sulfur and freshwater hot springs to soothe those muscles and nerves.

The island is popular for the Moriones Festival. A unique and lively Lenten custom featuring masked men, called "morions", dressed in colorful costumes in resemblance of Roman soldiers. The festivity is about the story of Longinus reenacted in pantomime and held during the entire Holy Week. Another gem of the province is the Kalutang. It is composed of a band of local practitioners that has perfected the art of producing crisp melodies that blends with the synched, catchy rhythm boosted by the booming bass. Each musicians holds in each hand the end of special chosen branch of the kwatingan tree found on the island, carefully cut to the musician’s specifications.

Marinduque also features a brand new resort called Bellarocca (beautiful rock) Island Resort and Spa located on a small island-mountain off the south western coast of Marinduque.

Package of the Month

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Marinduque - Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa

by Ninety East


All twenty hectares of Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa are mountainous terrain, with its highest point at 114 meters above sea-level. To seasoned travelers, images of the picturesque island of Santorini in Greece will come into mind upon reaching the resort. Common to both are its rolling terrains and immaculate white buildings perched atop its cliffs: white structures that reflect the sun and contrast with the azure blue seas below.

The resort features 69 exclusive and stunningly appointed deluxe rooms, suites, casas, terrazas and villas (with infinity pools and Jacuzzis). Balconies and verandahs offer breathtaking views of the Sibuyan Sea and the majestic Mt. Malindig.

Guests enjoy utmost privacy and intimacy while indulging in the resort's complete aqua sports facilities, a grand spa and wellness center, 9-hole golf course and driving range, plus other land-based recreational activities.

Inclusions:

* Low season
* Duration: 5 nights
* Departure airport: London (Heathrow)
* Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
* Airline: Cathay Pacific

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Article of the Month

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Moriones Festival

The Moriones Festival is where Christian teaching meets folk art.

During the festival, masked men march around the town for a week in a drama that portrays the search for Longinus, a Roman centurion who was blind in one eye.

Longinus’ pursuers are actually penitents who don colorful costumes, hand-painted masks and helmets and bright robes.

The week-long festival, which starts on Holy Monday and is one of the Philippines’ most colorful events, culminates on Easter Sunday, when the story of Longinus is reenacted in a street play.

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