Under $2000 Philippine Destinations
By: Manny Paez
TravelPH.Com, a leading under $2,000 budget specialist offers
a complete vacation adventure packages that is inclusive of airfare
coming from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Other originating points
all over the US are also available.
An official delegate of the recent 15th Philippine Travel Mart,
TravelPH has met with top resort and hotel executives to make
tourist facilities available at the best price possible.
TravelPH, a member of Manila Forwarder Group, represented by Manny
Paez and some of its Philippine staff, visited various hotels
and resort destinations to make sure that the facilities are appropriate
for the discriminating US visitors.
Each resorts and hotels are being inspected regularly by TravelPH
personnel to note the improvements and new attractions of each
TravelPH in cooperation with Philippine Airlines, Eva Air, China
Airlines and Philippine Hotels and Resorts have prepared discount
packages designed for a couple or group tour that is cheaper and
more convenient than waiting for your relatives to arrange your
own itinerary and bookings.
The package includes meet and assist at the airport, Land Transfer
to Hotel, and hotel accommodations with breakfast to some of the
top Metro-Manila Hotels of your choice. It also includes a choice
of day tour and a three days two nights accommodations in some
of the top tourist resort destination of your choice.
This package is highly recommended for balikbayans and friends
to allow them to enjoy the convenience of hotel accommodations
and exquisite resort amenities before meeting their relatives
for this coming Christmas Season. This would also allow their
US born children to acclimatize first with the Philippine setting
before heading for the provinces.
Old Charms of Manila Half Day Tour
Take a step back in time as you discover the "Charms of Old
Manila". The tour starts with a visit to historic Rizal Park,
where the remains of our country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal,
lie within the cornerstone of Rizal Monument. Tour heads on to
the old walled city of Intramuros built during the Spanish colonial
The first stop is Fort Santiago which served as headquarters of
the military might of the Spanish, American and Japanese colonizers
until its destruction in 1945.
Tour then proceeds past the San Agustin Church, the oldest structure
in the country which dates back to 1571. The next stop is Casa
Manila, a reconstructed 19th century mansion replete with 16th
to 19th century furniture and furnishings. Tour moves on to Baluarte
de San Diego, the only battery directly facing the sea. The last
stop is a visit to the National Museum.
If one decides to see Intramuros at night, there is Lights and
Sounds Museum that opens at 6 pm. It showcases a diorama of Philippine
History as seen in the eyes of Former Tourism Secretary and Senator
Richard Gordon. There is also the Wow Philippines exhibit that
features various Regional destinations in the Philippines. Both
are free to the public.
Subic Day Tour
One of the top improving destinations is Subic Freeport located
about a couple of hours north of Manila. It has added some new
attractions like Zoobic Safari and Ocean Adventure.
It has been a tourist destination known for the Jungle Survival
Training Demonstration (JEST), Butterfly Museum, Duty Free Shopping,
Horseback riding, American water sports, among others. It will
also feature a new Casino that is now under construction.
A whole day educational and adventure package designed for balikbayan
family and their guest. It starts with an early morning hotel
pick up by an air-conditioned coach for a couple of hours drive
north thru the new North Expressway that has been widened and
improved. One could stop for a breakfast in one of American style
expressway rest stop complete with gas station and fast food chain
Upon arrival at the former US Naval Base Subic, the tour would
go to JEST or Jungle Survival School for a demonstration of some
survival techniques taught by native Aeta instructors. There is
also an aviary and butterfly museum in the compound. One can also
order a lunch of sinampalukang manok cooked by the Aetas using
bamboo as casserole.
Next destination is Ocean Adventure where visitors can play, ride,
or dive with friendly pseudo killer whales along the park. There
are a number of shows and attractions available as well as a modern
aquarium featuring native species of marine lives. There is also
a gift shop and a photo shop where one could order the pictures
of you and your family playing with the whales. The tour package
includes the park entrance fee but a minimal fee applies for diving
and playing with the whales.
Ocean Adventure, a water park and marine sanctuary in Subic Free
Port offers a unique experience of swimming with pseudo killer
Photo by: Manny Paez
As part of the package, there is a specially prepared lunch at
the famous Gerry’s Grill along the beach. One can also play
some water sports like jet skiing, kayaking, wind surfing, among
others after lunch for a minimal fee.
Also included in the package is the Subic Shopping adventure where
one could avail of tax free shopping in one of its numerous duty
free shops. As this is a rolling tour or a vehicle based tour,
one could ask the tourist guide to stop at any attraction or store
that would fancy you.
Available but not included in the package is the new Zoobic Safari
that features a modern Zoo and a Safari ride to a savannah that
have tigers and ostrich among others.
CORREGIDOR is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48
kilometers west of Manila strategically located at the entrance
of Manila Bay. This island fortress, also known as "The Rock,"
was a key bastion of the Allies during the war under the command
of Gen. Douglas MacArthur which became the headquarters of the
Allied forces and also the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth
government. This island fortress which now stands as a memorial
for the courage, valor, and heroism of the Filipino and American
defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming
number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.
Pre-war type streetcars called “tramvias” Photo by:
Local and foreign tourists visit Corregidor almost the whole year
round, except during typhoons and inclement weather conditions.
Sun Cruises, a tour company operating from the old Hover ferry
terminal near the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex along
Roxas Boulevard, provides ferry services to Corregidor which normally
took an hour from Manila to Corregidor.
Upon arrival at the North Dock of Corregidor, pre-war type streetcars
called “tramvias” pick up the visitors for a guided
and narrated tour on the island. Included in the tour is a complimentary
lunch buffet at the Corregidor Hotel where visitors on the day
tour take their noon break before continuing on with their tour
in the afternoon. The visitors are then taken back to the ferryboat
for their return trip to Manila that departs from Corregidor at
2:30 p.m. There is also tour package which allows visitors desiring
to stay overnight or an extended number of days at the Corregidor
The tour of Corregidor allows visitors to see the different geographic
sectors of the island which includes Topside, Middleside, Bottomside,
the Tail End, and Malinta Hill. Some of the important landmarks
and scenic attractions that visitors are taken to include: The
Mile-Long Barracks, Old Spanish Lighthouse, Pacific War Memorial,
Gen. MacArthur Park, Filipino-American Friendship Park, Filipino
Heroes Memorial, Middleside Barracks, Parade Ground, Malinta Tunnel,
and a number of gun emplacements.
Battery way. Photo by: Randy Victoriano
Visitors who come to Corregidor are rewarded with the opportunity
to learn on site about the historical and patriotic significance
of this small tadpole-shaped island. It allows one not only a
chance to learn from the lessons of the past but also to relive
the heroism and sacrifices of the American and Filipino soldiers
who defended the island against invading Japanese forces during
the Second World War.
Discovering The Island - Aside from the historic landmarks, ruins,
new buildings and structures in Corregidor, there is actually
more to see and discover within the island. Joining the short
guided tour of Corregidor is just not enough to see the many other
hidden or less seen scenic sights. To really enjoy one's stay
in Corregidor, more time is needed to experience all that it has
to offer. The whole island is green all over with its forest and
lush vegetation. There are a variety of flowers and orchids and
a few animals such as monkeys, wild native chicken and birds that
have been brought over to populate the island. Although most of
the roads in the island are two-lane concrete pavements, there
is no traffic, no traffic lights and signs, not even a single
policeman ... simply because there are only a few vehicles that
are primarily used for transporting visitors around the island
plus those that are used for maintaining the grounds and facilities
of the island. And most of all, the peace and quiet, the beautiful
sunrise, and magnificent sunset are some of the treats that visitors
who come to Corregidor will truly appreciate.
Overnight accommodations are also available upon request.
Villa Escudero, Tiaong, Quezon Province
A functioning old Spanish hacienda opened by its gracious owners
for the public to enjoy, Villa Escudero is a showcase of the old
and new Philippine culture that is highly recommended for tourist
friends and young Filipino-Americans who would like to experience
the rich Filipino culture in a traditional setting.
Located a couple of hours scenic drive south of Manila, Villa
Escudero is a Resort facility with swimming pools, basketball
court, tennis court, karaoke shop, museum, lagoon, and its own
power plant. A tour of the Resort on board a carabao drawn cart
while being serenaded by local crooners is a hit among foreigners.
The tour inclusive buffet lunch below the falls is very unique
as visitors get their feet wet while eating lunch in the river.
There is also a daily filipiniana show in the afternoon.
Villa Escuderos Museum offers a unique display of Philippine Heritage
as it features priceless collection of the family.
Pagsanjan is about two hours drive scenic south of Manila on board
an air-conditioned coach accompanied by a licensed tour guide.
There is an exciting boat ride going to the falls that abounds
with tropical vegetation punctuated by trickling falls. It is
a swift down river ride thru several rapids as boatmen expertly
steer your bancas past boulders. An action adventure hit!
Lunch will be served at Pagsanjan George & Falls Resort.
Taal Volcano Trekking
This ecology package is designed for nature lovers who would like
to get away for a day. It is a one hour scenic drive South of
Manila and a forty five minute boat transfer to the active island
volcano. There is a lunch served at Villa Amparo
Resort in Talisay. Horseback ridding is also available upon request.
Complimentary bottled water included.
TravelPH executives just inspected the whole Boracay Island and
have found a Mecca for convenience and world class accommodations
at Pink Patio Resort.
Located in Station 2 in Malay, Caticlan, Aklan. Pink Patio Resort
has just undergone a major renovation that features exclusive
walkway to the beach, brand new air-conditioned rooms, Miami Vice
Party-style swimming pool and Jacuzzi, massage room, rock climbing
wall, function rooms, and the friendliest staff in the island.
The package includes air transfer from Manila to the Resort with
three days two nights’ accommodations with buffet breakfast.
Activities abound at this beautiful island resort as new attractions
were added like discovery scuba, scuba certification, jet skiing,
banana boat ride, Para gliding, island hopping, snorkeling, and
world class spa at Mandalay Bay.
Philippines’ last frontier, Palawan Group of Islands has
something to offer for your unique personality and mood.
Known as the playground of the rich and famous, TravelPH has arrange
with two of the top Palawan destinations to be included in the
under $2,000 budget travel.
There is a choice between Club Noah Isabelle in the southern part
of the Island and Dive Link and Kokosnuss Resorts in the northern
Club Noah Isabelle
Located in Apulit Island in the southern part of Palawan. Club
Noah Isabelle is a honeymooners and family destination. There
is a Metro-Manila hotel pick up for an early flight via SeaAir
or Asian Spirit to Sandoval Airport, Taytay, Palawan. From the
airport, Club Noah staff will accompany you on a 45 minutes jeepney
ride to the mouth of Taytay River where you would transfer to
a speed boat and banca for a 30 minute Amazon River like cruise
before reaching the grandeur of the resort.
Upon arrival at the resort, a guest activity coordinator will
be assigned to each guest to arrange ones personal itinerary while
in the island resort.
Club Noah Isabelle’s air-conditioned cabanas are directly
in the water allowing guests to enjoy Palawan’s pristine
waters from the boardwalk or from your own balcony.
Accommodations will be in an air-conditioned water cabana overlooking
the ocean with various species of marine life playing under ones
The resort features romantic caves, ocean corals and cathedrals,
nightly entertainments, professional dive staff, and friendly
Activities include diving, snorkeling, island hopping, picnic
lunch, fishing, sunset cruise, cave explorations, kayaking, and
fish feeding among others.
All activities, accommodations, and meals are included in the
package. Extra fee applies to drinks and scuba activities.
Busuanga and Coron, Palawan
Located in the Northern tip of the islands, Busuanga and Coron
is the perfect getaway for nature lovers, divers, and adventurers.
An hour and a half flight from Manila to Busuanga Airport followed
by an hour jeepney ride, this nature’s sanctuary is home
to more than ten dive wreck spots, natural hot springs, hidden
lakes and caves, and the Calauit Islands Animal Sanctuary.
TravelPH have signed a deal with two of the top resorts in the
area to provide clients a choice in their accommodations as the
area is so diverse and so wide.
Dive link is located in an island overlooking Coron Town. An island
resort situated in the middle of the attractions between Coron
Island and the Calamianes Group of Islands, the name speaks for
The attractions in Coron Island to the east of the resort includes
hidden caves and lakes, Japanese wreck dive sites, natural hot
spring, and of course the quite fishing town of Coron.
To the west about an hour away is the Calamianes Group of Islands
where most of the Japanese wrecks are found. It is also the home
of the local pearl farms and the Dive link’s sister resort
the Coral Bay, which is also the home of the resort owners, the
The resort offers the feeling of a comfortable home away from
home and its proximity to Coron town on an island setting. It
features air-conditioned huts, excellently designed swimming pool
and function rooms.
A Resort located in the town of suburb barangay in Coron, Kokosnuss
Resort is a German owned alternative accommodation that was featured
in the book Lonely Planet for its affordable rates and unique
mix of native settings with a European twist.
It features native air-conditioned rooms with exquisitely designed
private bath. It also features a European style communal bath
and lush gardens. It is located next to Coron airstrip and offers
no beach front.
TravelPH.Com is a full service travel agency that specializes
in Philippine Travel Trips from various countries to the Philippines
for under $2000 budget. However, it also offers the best packages
and destinations available for the discriminating travelers.
TravelPH maintains an office both in the United States and Manila
to provide the best rates and customer service possible. The company
also maintains a close liaison with hotel and resort operators
to update its clients with the latest developments, the best rates
possible for your money, and close liaison either your in the
USA or in the Philippines.
For details visit TravelPH.Com or call 1.800.210.1019 for the
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