WOW Philippines E-Newsletter - July 2008

Presenting the July issue of the WOW Philippines E-Newsletter. This summer season finds PDOT London attending the Philippines Barrio Fiesta in Hounslow from 19-20 July.

In other news, the Press Centre page of the WOW Philippines UK website is already available online. Here you can catch up with previous issues of the monthly e-newsletter, browse tourist arrival statistics to the Philippines and read our press releases, which feature positive developments about the country. Check it out at: www.wowphilippines.co.uk/presscenter

In this issue:

  Major Program Updates
  Featured Destination of the Month
  Package of the Month
  Article of the Month
  DOT News

Major Program Updates

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Friends Philippines 2008 Special Tour

This year???s tour is a repeat of the highly-successful Friends Philippines Tour of 2007. However, apart from visiting the cities of Manila and Cebu, as well as other charming and rustic destinations, participants will be able to choose their own extension ???paradise program???, and spend more time exploring and enjoying other parts of the country.

We encourage you to go through the program and see whether you can participate in this tour come November 2008. We will also be grateful if you could disseminate this information to your other friends and colleagues and convince them to participate in this interesting, adventurous and exciting tour program.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London Field Office should you have any queries regarding any details of this program. We will be very happy to assist in whatever queries you may have.

For more info click here

Philippines Barrio Fiesta 2008

19-20 July 2008


We invite you to join us in the Philippines Barrio Fiesta, the biggest and most widely attended celebration of Filipinos in the UK and Europe. The annual festive gathering in Hounslow has become, for the Filipino community of almost two hundred thousand settled residents and new migrants to the UK, a high point of their social and cultural life.

The event features food-stalls, a wide selection of Philippine goods and services, wholesome entertainment and good-natured fun! Bring your family and friends to celebrate with us the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Filipino people in the UK. This community celebration of our Filipino life and culture also serves as a venue for our British and European friends to experience the delights of our festive traditions!

Come and experience the world-renowned Filipino hospitality. We hope to see you there!

Venue: Lampton Park, Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 4DN
Nearest Station: Hounslow Central Station
Event Opening Times: 09:00 - 18:30
For more information contact: The Philippine Centre T: 02085727105 Web: www.philippinecentre.com

Adventure Philippines at the International Women's Open in Eastbourne

The Adventure Philippines logo of the Philippines Department of Tourism was proudly displayed at centre court for the entire duration of the International Women's Open in Eastbourne. The matches were likewise televised live on BBC1, BBC2 and BBCi, to a total viewership of roughly 5 million UK tennis enthusiasts.

Wimbledon aside, the International Women's Open is the biggest women???s tournament in Britain and is one of the top 30 tournaments in world tennis. This year's championships was won by Ms. Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

PDOT London continues to embark on campaigns to aggressively maintain its presence in the marketplace through opportunities like sports tournaments and the like.

Featured Destination of the Month

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Laiya, Batangas


Located on the southeastern tip of Batangas 140 km from Manila, Laiya is widely known for its 7 kilometre white beach replete with excellent snorkeling, fishing and other marine activities.

There are numerous resorts to choose from offering various facilities ranging from simple accommodations to complete first-class ones with conference halls.

The long Laiya shoreline has different characteristics with the eastern half having very fine sand which slopes gradually while the western side slopes abruptly. The area has abundant coral reefs and marine life from waters barely a metre deep and just 20 metres from the shore. The quality of marine diversity here is comparable to what one can find from Anilao.

Package of the Month

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Kalinga White Water Rafting

The Chico River challenge features a "heart-in-throat" excitement of Class 3 to Class 5 rapids for the ultimate adventure and offers a white rafting experience with side trips of village trekking, mountain climbing and overnight river camping.

It also offers a diversity of sceneries from the lush green foliage, manmade rice terraces to hanging gardens, waterfalls and Kalinga villages. The one to three day trips of pure fun is an adventure and education rolled into one package that inevitably links mountain culture and nature.

For more info click here

Article of the Month

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Gearing Up for Adventure Philippines


Any seasoned traveler will tell you that traveling is not just about visiting places with beautiful sights or breathtaking views. It is also about people, whether your companions or the local people with whom you interact, as well as the local food that you try, among others. The location is just the start and only a part of the whole travel experience. Whether one travels by plane, by train, by ship, or by foot, how the traveler reaches his/her destination is also part of the adventure.

This is what Adventure Philippines is all about: a seminar on adventure tourism that aims to unite adventure travel community stakeholders behind a common goal, which is to put the Philippines at the forefront of the global adventure travel scene. The forum is geared toward tour operators, travel agents, guides, suppliers and various outdoor recreational clubs and societies. It???s the newest collaborative project of the Department of Tourism (DoT) and Asia???s first outdoor sports superstore, Recreational Outdoor Exchange (ROX).
For more info click here

DOT News

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Terminal-3 Opens to Domestic Flights Next Month

THE Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal-3, idle for more than five years, begins servicing domestic flights next month, officials at its trial run said yesterday.

Airport general manager Alfonso Cusi said more than 100 employees and government officials joined the dry run at the terminal???s departure and arrival areas. He said the terminal would serve the domestic flights of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines starting July before handling international traffic next year.

"The newly renovated domestic airport will continue to operate despite Terminal-3???s opening," Cusi said. With a capacity of 13 million passengers a year, the new terminal should relieve crowding at the domestic airport, which handles more than five million passengers. Cusi assured the public that structural problems two years ago will be fixed before next month???s opening.

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