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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

10 Things To Do In The Philippines

I saw an American Express Select Booklet last night at the living room so i check it out. its a selection of establishments that offer savings for American Express Card holder such as accommodation,dining,beauty and spa,car rentals and travel and tours. the booklet is for the cardholders traveling in the Philippines so they have some maps of the top Philippine destination and they also have the 10 thing you Must do in the Philippines. so i would love to share it with you in case your not an American Express Card holder and doest have the Select Booklet.

manila bay1. Wander around Manila Bay and experience the most dramatic sunset in the world.

basilica_minore_del_sto_nino2. Visit the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino in Cebu where the miraculous Santo Nino image, the oldest religous relic in the Philippines is enshrined.

mt apo 3. Climb Mount Apo, Davao's unique natural wonder at 3,144 m it is the highest peak in the Philippines.

4. Relive history at the walled city of Intramuros and Luneta.

taal lake5. Paddle a canoe at Taal Lake and trek Taal Volcano the smallest volcano in the world.

boracay-lrg.6. Enjoy the warm crystal blue waters of Boracay and stroll the world-famous stretch of powdery white sand.

7. Get fit and learn jungle survival techniques at Subic's tropical rainforest environment.

bohol-chocolate_hills8. Check out the Chocolate Hills of Bohol.

palawan9. Try scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters and colorful shallow reefs of Palawan.

10. Feel the nightlife and chill out in bars,discos and nightclubs that provide non-stop entertainment.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Events: Beyonce Experience Live

Y'all ready for B? oh yeah she is coming to rock the Philippines. on November 7 at The Fort Taguig. for info about Tickets Cilck Here.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Travel News: Philippines Hosts International Medical Tourism Conference

The country’s top medical and wellness facilities and resort destinations take center stage as the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that it is organizing the 2nd International Medical Conference (IMTC 2007). The event will be held on November 19-23 at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila in Makati City.

According to Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano, “I am calling on local stakeholders in the medical tourism industry, such as hospitals, wellness resorts, and healthcare financing services, tour operators and transportation companies to participate in this event and take advantage of the opportunity to meet and network with their counterparts around the world.”

The four-day event aims to develop medical value travel and to be the catalyst for industry alliances among medical establishments, health benefits companies, insurance travel partners, government agencies and other related enterprises. IMTC 2007 is expected to draw in more than 250 trade participants from over 23 countries.

“Being part of IMTC 2007 opens boundless opportunities for the participants. It is the global platform for everyone involved in medical tourism to address important issues and to strengthen their trade ties,” explained Elizabeth Nelle, director of the DOT Office of Product Research and Development.

Nelle added that the global medical travel industry is currently worth $40 billion with over 780 million patients are seeking faster, more affordable and world class medical care outside their home country. Insurers are looking for alternatives to contain the escalating costs of healthcare, while providers are developing programs specifically for medical travelers.

IMTC 2007’s keynote address will be delivered by Jonathan Edelheit, president of the Medical Tourism Association, USA. He is set to speak on the next wave of medical travel. Edelheit is also the vice president of the Optimed Health/ United Group Programs, an American organization that specializes in creating and administering tailor-fit company health benefit programs.

Workshops will be programmed to assist participants understand key topics in medical tourism, such as designing the scope of medical travel services, internal and external resources to ensure service delivery, developing holistic packages and providing integrated services that cover transportation, interpretation, logistics, hospitality care and post care options.

Site visits and guided demonstrations will also be scheduled to provide first-hand experience of some of the best practices existing in the country. DOT will be arranging tours to The Medical City, St. Lukes’s Medical Center, World City Medical Center and Asian Hospital and Medical Center.

The DOT will further arrange venues for medical contact exchanges, cross-country panels, business clinics, as well as sponsorships and exhibitions agreements. Forum sessions will cover case studies and best practices in India, Singapore and Thailand, as well as industry prospects in the Gulf Area and updates on the Philippine scenario.

Organizers will provide delegates with post conference trips to some of the country’s top destinations.

A special highlight of the said event is the International Medical Travel Excellence Awards, which will recognize the outstanding medical travel providers.

Durano revealed that the DOT is pushing to make the country one of the top destinations for medical tourism.

“We have some of the best hospitals and stand alone specialty clinics in Southeast Asia. The facilities and services are of top-notch quality and patients and customers can be sure to get the best value for their hard-earned money. Moreover, we have some of the best beaches and spa resorts. Our country is the place where medical travelers and their companions can be cared for with the warm, nurturing and friendly nature of the Filipino,” Durano added.

"From DOT"

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Destination: Siargao Island

Siargao Island is one of the two major island in Surigao del Norte. once an isolated and rugged territory back in the 80's is now one of the worlds best surfing destination it is dubbed as the The Surfing Capital of The Philippines its famous break the "Cloud 9" rank among the top 10 best waves in the world according to "Surf Magazine" and hailed as one of the 5 toughest breaks in the world along with the breaks of Hawaii and Australia. but Siargao is not all about surfing its also a place for island hopping,diving and just sun bathing on its powdery white sand beaches. so you dnnt have to worry if you cant surf as there are islets nearby that offers crystal blue water and powdery white sand for a pure relaxation.

Getting There:

Flights going to Siargao or Surigao City are available via SEAir (every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday to Siargao island) and Asian Spirit (every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from Cebu to Surigao), while Philippine Airlines flies daily from Manila to Butuan City. From Butuan, one must take a bus going to the port of Surigao City, then a two-hour fastcraft ride to Siargao island.

Siargao Surfing Spots: By LakbayPilipinas

Tuason Point: (3 kms. north of General Luna) This is the most well-known surfing area in the Philippines. It also contains the most well known surf site in the country - Cloud 9 (C9).

North of C9: There are countless waves within an hour-and-a-half boat ride north of C9. Some of the more well-known ones include: Stimpies, a great left hander. Can be fat, can be hollow, can be perfect. Rock Island, a 300m right hander that, on its day, can be flawless. These two waves can be seen from C9 and break on the opposite tide so, when its too low at C9, just jump into a pump boat for some slicker waves.

GL and south: To the south of GL, all waves must be reached by boat, and are always a highlight of one's holiday. Daku is an island to the east of GL and has a fun right hander that breaks during large swells. The wave breaks on the protected side of the island so it is usually small and great for beginners.

Pansukian Reef is a fickle but hollow right hander; another for experienced surfers only.

Where To Stay:

Jungle Reef Resort
Rates Start at 550php ($12)

Pansukian Tropical Resort

Cherinicole Resort

Ocean101 Beach Resort

Sagana Resort

Siargao Inn

Photo Galery Of Siargao and Nearby Islets












Sohoton Cave


Bukas Grande Island



Bucas Grande Islands 1


Guyam Island

Guyam Island Siargao



Guyam Island 2

General Luna




Daku Island




Rock Formations




Images Via: Go2net,Bingbing,Kotsch,Scott Bauer,Tony l,Islomaniac

Monday, October 8, 2007

Travel News: Palawan Voted As The Best Beach In Asia By Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler one of the most respected and widely read travel magazine voted Palawan as the Best Beach in Asia on their Great Asian Beach Finder article. Palawan stands out among other beaches here in asia also on the list are Phuket,Bali,Maldives and Langkawi. Palawan was consider as the countries last frontier it houses 2 of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the coral rich Tubbataha Reefs and Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park. also Palawan was on the list of Conde Nast !2th Annual "Green List".

Read The Full Story Here

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Hotel: The Tides Boracay


The Philippine's finest island truly deserved the finest hotel and joining in the roaster of Boracay's finest hotels and resort is the The Tides Boracay a designer hotel and the only one in the island located in the heart of Boracay. owned by a group of Manila's Elite Crowd this places definitely going to be the hottest place to be seen in Boracay. i definitely checking this place soon the hotel's design was great and the resort was equipped with a first class amenities and features 60 stylish room to beat,luxirious bathrooms,flat screen tv's in each room,mini bar on their exeptional room,a cafe and take this a sundeck lounge with infinity pool.

Room Rates

The Hotel Have 2 Kinds of Room The

Essential Room $120 and the

Exceptional Romm $160

So what are you waitin for book now

Photo Gallery Of Tides Boracay





















Images Via Jenni Epperson and Tides Boracay

Hotels Official Website Click Here