Philippines E-Newsletter May 2010

The month of May is the peak of the summer season in the Philippines, when farmers harvest their main crops. Harvest festivals are held across the country as gratitude to patron saints for their successful bounty.

The most famous of these are the Flores de Mayo Santacruzan, a nationwide month-long festival and the Pahiyas Festival in Quezon held every 15 May.

This month also sees the launch of our brand new Experience Philippines Page on our Tourism Philippines Website where visitors to the Philippines can upload their memories, comments and photos of their trip in exchange for cool tourism prizes.

In this issue:

  Major Programs
  Upcoming Festivals in May
  Package of the Month
  DOT News

Major Programs

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Internet Promotions

Over time, we have been receiving testimonials from visitors to the Philippines who had such a memorable time that they couldn't wait to share these with us.

Because of such inspiring articles written by elated travellers, we are proud to announce the development and launch of the Experiences Page on our Tourism Philippines Website. Visitors to the site now have an avenue to impart fond memories of their visit whether the attractions, activities, food, or the warmth and hospitality of the Filipino people.

If you have been to the Philippines recently, feel free to share your memorable experience and you will receive a free gift from the Philippines which we will be more than happy to post to you.

Share your Philippine Experience Now click here

Upcoming Festivals in May

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Flores de Mayo Santacruzan

Month-long Celebration - Nationwide


May in the Philippines is a month of fiestas honouring patron saints with feasts and merriment particularly the devotion and veneration of the Virgin Mary.

The Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) is a festival celebrated across the country wherein numerous floral parades and processions are held in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Santacruzan is a pageant procession that commemorates the quest of Empress Helena, mother of Constantine, in search of the True Cross on which Christ was nailed.

Pahiyas Festival

Pahiyas (precious offering) is a festival held in the towns of Sariaya and Lucban in Quezon province to honour the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro Labrador.

During the festival, each household tries to outdo each other in friendly competition as they vie for honour of recognizing their creativity. Houses are decorated with a vibrant display of various colourful produce with the most attractive décor coming in the form of "Kiping". Kiping is made from ground rice flour, shaped using "cabal" leaves or other leaf forms and coloured in radiant bright shades. These are shaped and strung together to form all sorts of adornments and décor, from chandelier called "ARANGYA" to huge flowers.

Package of the Month

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Taste of the Philippines


The perfect tour to introduce the delights of the Philippines. You will remain based in the capital city, Manila. Experience this metropolis with one of our experienced guides, who will take you to the many points of interest and explain the fascinating history of the city. Visit some of the Philippines' most stunning natural delights on day trips with your personal guides including the renowned Pagsanjan Falls, Taal Volcano and the coconut plantation.




Inclusions:

* Return international flights
* Accommodation (minimum of 4*) throughout your stay
* Meals noted on a daily basis - Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
* Private transfers throughout
* Sightseeing with English speaking guide and all entrance fees
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DOT News

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Significant Increase in UK Tourism Arrivals to the Philippines Despite the Global Recession

The PDOT London reports that despite the global recession, there was a significant increase in tourist arrivals from the UK to the Philippines during the last quarter of 2009. Similar trend is noticed for the first quarter of 2010.

This is greatly attributed to the department’s efforts to diversify and offer new tourist products like adventure, diving and birdwatching which provided impetus to stimulate and increase awareness of the country’s tourism potentials.

Bird and dive tour operators have been constantly sending groups of birders and divers to the different birdwatching and diving sites in the Philippines.

Cruise ships from the UK have included Manila and Cebu as their hubs bringing hundreds of British tourists to the Philippine shores.

Conservation projects and volunteer programmes were continuously implemented by conservation groups almost every 4 weeks with some 20-30 volunteers to southern Philippines, as reported by Coral Cay Conservation.

Palawan Features on MSN UK's 17 of the World's Most Irresistible Island Retreats

article by Amanda Miller from MSN UK Travel


Palawan may well be the world's most postcard-perfect tropical island. Rainforests filled to the brim with exotic flora and fauna carpet its mountainous interior and pristine pearl white beaches line the coast. The entire island is a scuba diver’s dream, surrounded by miles of sub-surface coral and rainbow reef walls, teeming with colourful marine life. The El Nido Marine Reserve, encompassing thousands of acres of rainforests, beaches and mangroves, shelters some of the world's rarest marine wildlife.

There are, predictably, plenty of luxurious resorts with all the amenities on Palawan but you can rent a house for a month for as little as £200.

To view the article on MSN UK: http://travel.uk.msn.com/inspiration/cruise/photos.aspx?cp-documentid=151413050&page=5

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