Philippines E-Newsletter - May 2011
After all the pomp and ceremony of the Royal Wedding, the question on everyone's mind is where will the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge be spending their overseas honeymoon? The Philippines, a tropical paradise fit for the royal couple, would definitely be an excellent choice. Beautiful white sand beaches, UNESCO World heritage sites, limitless attractions, exciting activities and of course the warm hospitable people all make for truly memorable and romantic experience.
For inspirational ideas of honeymoon destinations fit for a royal couple where beach holidays, adventure travel, cultural tours and dive safaris are the norm, visit www.tourismphilippines.co.uk
In this issue:
Destination of the Month
Property of the Month
Package of the Month
PDOT London Offers Free Shuttle Service to VIPs during the Royal Wedding
To celebrate the Royal Wedding, the Philippines Department of Tourism London ran a free shuttle service using the Philippine Taxis for VIP guests departing from Buckingham Palace in the afternoon. As soon as roads opened up, the iconic London Taxis carrying the Philippines superside adverts rushed to pick-up guests to their chosen destination.
As one of the biggest events of the century, the Royal Wedding was watched by an estimated 2 billion people. It was excellent venue to promote the Philippines profile to a global audience.
Initiated in 2005, by Assistant Secretary Chicoy Enerio, the Philippine Taxis in London has been one of the most successful institutional projects of PDOT London. The strong visual presence of the 50 iconic taxis continues to be a highly effective medium to boost awareness of the Philippines tourism and generate demand for holiday packages to the country.
Familiarization Tours to the Philippines Organized between April - May 2010
PDOT London continues to organize and implement familiarization trips to raise the profile of the Philippines as world-class destination. Just between April to May, we are proud to report a number of very exciting inspection visits, happening between April - May, by high-profile journalists, writers, TV studios, tour operators and photographers that PDOT London is assisting with:
2-6 April - Carlos Morales a well known Spanish blogger visited the country to cover the various attractions of Bohol and Cebu.
12-18 April - Tom Parker-Bowles went to the Philippines with photographer Chris Floyd to write about the Filipino cuisine for Esquire Magazine. Esquire Magazine is one of the oldest (started in 1933) and most prominent style magazine for the A+ market with a circulation of 700,000 in the UK translating to a 2.1million readership. During his trip he was able to visit various restaurants in Manila, interview few well-known chefs including Claude Tayag, Ivan Lee, Glenda Barretto and Margarita Fores to name a few. He was able to sample a broad range from high-end cuisine to indigenous foods including balut and sisig.
25 April - 7 May - Dive Seafari - PDOT hosted the first ever Dive Seafari, aimed at showcasing the impressive collection of marco attractions that the Philippines has to offer. Dive operators and photographers the world over are attended the event. PDOT London invited top dive operators from the UK and Italy namely Regal Dive, Scuba Travel, Ultimate Diving, H2O Viaggi and S.D.C. La Spezia Dive Club.
27 April - 10 May - Travel Channel is currently shooting the Philippines episode for their It's A Woman's World Series. They are interviewing successful Filipina women in entertainment, government and domestic sectors. They would also be covering various hotels including H2O in Manila, activities such as helmet diving in Cebu and natural attractions like the Chocolate Hills in Bohol.
3-11 May - Hernan Patiño an accredited photojournalist from Finland specializes travel reportage and scuba diving. He will be writing a piece for Mondo Travel Magazine on Manila, Legaspi and Donsol. The leading travel magazine in Finland has a wide circulation reaching active and independent travellers. In addition, Hernan is also a contributor to other several magazines in Finland and even in Finnair's in-flight magazine called Bluewings.
20-25 May - The PATA Sweden group comprised of 12 directors and travel executives of well-known tour operators in Sweden will soon be going to Manila and El Nido. These companies will be looking to either initiate their Philippines program or expand existing offerings to the country. This FAM would be an excellent opportunity for the country to broaden the prospect of capturing a good share of the Swedish market.
30 May - 1 June Globetrekker, the award-winning TV travel series will be filming for their upcoming series on World War II. They will be historical sites inlcuding Corregidor and the Kamikaze Museum in Angeles among others.
Destination of the Month
Bicol is fast becoming a tourist hotspot in the Philippines because it is a haven full of natural wonders. Before, Bicol was known only for the majestic Mayon Volcano but now, both local and international travellers are discovering the boundless attractions of the province. Immaculate white sand beaches, the peaceful Mt. Isarog, its breathtaking views, cool springs & thunderous waterfalls, caves, churches & universities that date back from the Spanish era – these are just a few of what awaits you the moment you step on its grounds. But sightseeing is not the only thing you can do here; a wide range of fun and enjoyable activities are within your reach such as wakeboarding at the “best cable park in the world”, hiking, kayaking, biking, rock-climbing, camping, whale shark-watching, swimming, diving, surfing, sun-bathing, food-tripping, zip-lining, island hopping and many more – the possibilities are endless.
Bicol waters are the sanctuary of some of the world’s most unique marine life forms and picturesque coral gardens. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and other gulfs and bays, Bicol is home to several of the most coveted diving spots in the country. The Aguirangan Island and Caramoan Islands are two of the best diving spots in the region. They are not very far from each other so divers can conveniently enjoy exploring the treasures beneath both of these islands and rest on serene white sand beaches after. Sorsogon is a must for those who seek adventure and something different because here, divers can experience swimming with the gigantic but gentle butandings or whale sharks. Legazpi’s beaches are also desirable for diving, with a magnificent view of the Mayon Volcano to top it off. The Bugsayon and Buntod Marine Sanctuaries in Masbate are also recommended diving spots, although quite far from the capital cities of Naga and Legazpi.
Property of the Month
This luxurious hideaway in Albay is nestled in a lush tropical landscape, with iconic volcanoes, lush pristine jungles, white sand beaches, and other natural wonders on the Pacific Ocean.
With 37 Asian-inspired villas, Misibis Bay comes with all the extravagant amenities fit for a royal couple: a butler service, a luxurious spa, three huge pools and a chic restaurant offering Asian and Western cuisine. The villas all have floor-to-ceiling windows and have either a terrace or sundeck overlooking the pool or the Pacific Ocean.
Guests can look forward to a wide-array of exhilarating activities such as a helicopter trip around the perfect-cone of Mayon and its active crater, submarine explorations and even a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the whale sharks.
* 7 nights in a Junior Suite Deluxe with breakfast at Misibis Bay Raintree.
* 3 nights in a Deluxe Room with breakfast at Crowne Plaza Galleria, Manila
* Private transfers from Legaspi to Misibis Bay and v.v.
* Private transfers from Manila airport to Crowne Plaza Galleria and v.v.
* International flights with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong.
Hong Kong stopovers available.
Price based on two adults sharing a room.
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