WOW Philippines E-Newsletter - December 2007

Welcome to the latest edition of your WOW Philippines E-newsletter, complete with holiday inspiration and ideas, and inspiring news on our beloved country. This month, we are focusing on the Special Friends Tour that went underway last 15 of November 2007. The tour took participants on a unique and highly coveted itinerary. It engaged in the cultural and historical attractions of Old Manila, Intramuros, Cebu and Corregidor, an adrenaline rush through Pagsanjan Falls, viewing picturesque Taal Volcano and the Chocolate Hills of Bohol and unrivalled special activity programmes.

In other news, check out the our Request Pictures page in our WOW Philippines UK Website at www.wowphilippines.co.uk/pictures. The page is crammed with striking images from glorious destinations across the Philippines which users can request online. Also, visit our partner links page at www.wowphilippines.co.uk/hotelsresorts featuring our partnering hotels and resorts along with travel trade practitioners who will be vital in assisting you plan your next Philippine holiday.

Meanwhile, we have launched three new destination brochures, Manila, Davao and Calabarzon, in time for last month's World Travel Market. You can ask for free copies of these online at our request brochures section or download the .pdf versions.

In this issue:

  Major Program Updates of DOT London
  Featured Destinations of the Month
  Package of the Month
  DOT News
  Article of the Month

Major Program Updates of DOT London

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Friends Philippines

Fancy a carabao ride in an old plantation reminiscent of colonial times, or a breath-taking boat ride shooting the rapids on a picturesque river where ???Apocalypse Now??? was filmed?

These were only two of the many exciting trips experienced for two weeks by members of Friends Philippines, a UK group supporting efforts to promote the Philippines as a top travel destination in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. With this goal in mind, the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London Office headed by Domingo Ramon 'Chicoy' Enerio III launched its first 'Friends Philippines' tour to the Philippines from 15 to 30 November 2007.

Some 36 members of the group, led by its chairman the former British Ambassador to the Philippines Paul Dimond, visited the country's premier tourist destinations.

To read more about this amazing tour click here

Featured Destinations of the Month

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Corregidor Island


The island of Corregidor, strategically located just 48 kilometres west of Manila, is a poignant living museum to the horrors of war, where one can wander among the ruins of barracks and explore tunnels that were used as medic bays for wounded soldiers. The island was fought over bitterly in World War II, especially in 1942 when it was defended bravely by an ill-equipped US contingent under continual bombardment from Japanese guns on the nearby Bataan Peninsula.

Away from the reminders of wars' horrific battles, Corregidor is unspoiled, quiet and a great break from the city. One can walk market trails that meander through the hilly interior, circle the island using a banca, or even try some fishing.

Loboc River

Enjoy a refreshing boat ride in the serene waters of Loboc River, starting from Loay Bridge which is the outlet of the river and along the palm-fringed banks inland. The ride via motorized pump boat ends near the Tontonan waterfalls, which provides a pleasant bathing session.

If you are lucky, you may even get to witness the Loboc Children's Choir who have won numerous competitions both local and international, most notably festival competition in Barcelona, Spain entitled "Europe and its Songs", last September 17-21, 2003.

Mactan Island, Cebu


Mactan Island is a coral island 15 minutes away from Cebu City. It is a famous resort island equipped with numerous beach resorts of international standards, each offering easy access to a wide array of underwater adventures. It is also the site of the Mactan-Cebu International Aiport, the gateway to the province and the region.

Aside from having famous scuba diving and beach sites, Mactan Island is also the site of the Export Processing Zone, which presently employs a 37,118-strong workforce.

Package of the Month

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Go Dive Packages

Go Dive offer tour packages to the most idyllic dive locales in the Philippines, from the convenience of Anilao and Puerto Galera to the far-flung Tubbataha Reef. Typical tours last from 14 days to make the most of the visitor's diving experience. The tour though specifically planned for divers can also be adapted to cultural packages for those wanting to have a more local experience.

Every package is inclusive of return flights, all transfers, meals, dives (together with unlimited shore dives) and accommodation. Go Dive prides itself from providing not only excellent diving but more importantly, the invaluable opportunity to experience the Filipino culture.

For more info click here

DOT News

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Tourism Receipts to Hit $4B


The Department of Tourism London Field Office is pleased to share the following article by Helen Flores lifted from the Philippine Star.

International tourism receipts are expected to hit $4 billion this year with the influx of more long-staying and high-spending travelers in the country, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.

Speaking with reporters at the Manila Overseas Press Club???s ???Tourism Night??? at the InterContinental Hotel in Makati City last Monday, Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano expressed optimism that the DOT will achieve its target of 3.1 million foreign arrivals this year despite the recent Glorietta 2 explosion that left 11 people dead and over a hundred injured.
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For more info click here

Article of the Month

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Palawan is Voted with the Best Beaches in Asia

Palawan is on top again and voted as a tourist destination with Best Beaches in all Asia. Palawan was voted by Conde Nast Traveler, a reputable publication and has the largest circulated and most popular travel magazine in the United States. Palawan's winning points was the magnificent and outstanding natural attractions such as the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park and St. Paul Subterranean River National Park. These two sites are some of the most popular and known tourist attractions and also are listed under the UNESCO???s World Heritage Sites.

The popular US travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, is so impressed by Palawan's 1,200 miles of sugary beaches wrapped around 1,780 pristine islands. This has attracted travelers around the world.

To read more click here

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