April 2009


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Thank you, Xie Xie and  Terimah Kasih to Singapore Airlines’ inflight magazine  Silver Kris for their lovely feature on Manila  and your truly!

Very edgy photos and really hip lay out.  Gives a really fun dimension to what we have to offer here.

Best of all, its written by a local citizen who’s passion for Manila is only matched by the humidity I’m currently sweating out in this capital I call my home.

Click below for link.

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It’s summer and much as I like walking the streets of Manila, I do need to get out ones in a while and have  change of scenery.

Well,  I’ve just found a reason.  Old Manila Walks, in partnership with Ultimate Philippine Tours brings to you our flavors of the month with these special tour treats.

Ultimate Beach Culinary Tour of Anawangin – Bolinao – Hundred Islands

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Tour Description:
Frolick under the Philippine sun as we visit three of the best beaches along the western coast of North Luzon. We drive down to Zambales and take a boat to its best kept secrets: Anawangin Cove and Capones Island. At night, we will watch a classical concert at Casa San Miguel. Then we troop to Bolinao and visit its famous lighthouse and enjoy the sunset at Patar Beach. For our last day,  We’ll boat around the Hundred Islands and enjoy the white sands of Quezon Island.
The best part of the trip is savoring the culinary surprises and treasures of Zambales and Pangasinan. We will enjoy leisurely Picnic Beach Lunch in Anawangin Beach, Sunset Dinner at Bolinao and Barbecue Lunch at Papaya Island.
Date/Time: April 25, Saturday 4am to April 27, Monday 7pm
The tour fee is PHP15,000 per person all inclusive of:
– transportation,
– overnight accommodation at the best resort in Pundakit –  Punta de Uian (San Antonio)
– overnight accommodation at the best resort in Bolinao –  Puerto del Sol (Bolinao)
– boat rides to the Hundred Islands, Anawangin Cove and Capones Island
– full board and all meals.
-and more!
Limited 20 slots.
For inquiries  and reservations, email  reservations@ultimatephilippines.com

The ABCs of  Ilocos:  Antiques, Bagnet and Churches!

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Tour Description:
In Ilocos, nature and history is intertwined but at Ultimate Philippines, we think this is combo best savored with bagnet and beer so we’re exploring this provincial belle  – our style. Let’s journey onto the Northern plains and take a time-warp through the colonial city of Vigan. We’ll walk through cobbles,  munching our way through  the town’s traditional street fare, from yummy empanadas to tasty longganisas.. More historical bites as we take a peek at the life of ex-strongman Ferdinand Marcos in the town of Batac and admire two masterpieces of Ilocos’ unique  ‘earthquake baroque’ architecture- Paoay and Santa Maria Church. Capping off, we’ll surf through the waves of Maira-ira beach in Pagudpud ending our journey in time to join the revelries of the annual fiesta in Vigan.
Tour Route:
Sabangan Cove* La Union* Paoay Church* Santa Maria* Marcos Museum* Cape Bojeador Lighthouse* Bangui Windmills* Pagudpud* Blue Lagoon* Vigan Fiesta
Date/Time: (Leaving April 30 9pm) May 1, Friday to May 3, Sunday
The tour fee is PHP15,000 per person all inclusive of:
– bus transportation, (one can opt to fly for additional fees)
– overnight accommodation at the best resort in Pagudpud –  Kapuluan Vista Resort
– overnight accommodation at the heart of the heritage town of Vigan –  Vigan Hotel
– full board and all meals.
– and more…
Limited  20 slots.
For inquiries  and reservations, email: reservations@ultimatephilippines.com

what I think is the best in the lot!

Southern Secrets in a Spoon Full Part 2 : Quezon Province, Viaje de Sol and San Isidro de Labrador Festival

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Photos from Our Awesome Planet

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Tour Description:
Quezon Province and the San Isidro Labrador Festival    It’s fiesta time in this month of May and what better way to drink, eat and be merry as we head south to explore charming Quezon  province. It’s the best time of the year as the as join in the revelry and celebrate feast of San Isidro de Labradorl! First off, to the town of Lukban and Pahiyas festival where we’ll feast our eyes over a smorgasbord of food, music,artistry and local color! Then on to the neighboring  town of Sariaya to join the street celebrations of the Agawan Festival. Along the way, we’ll follow the ‘way of the sun’ – Viaje del Sol- and discover the the quaint dining establishments, meet the personalities and immerse ourselves in true Tagalog hospitality!
Tour Experience:
Kusina Salud* Ugu Bigyan’s Atelier* Kubli Springs* Lucban Pahiyas Festival* Sariaya Agawan Festival* Sulyap Gallery Cafe
Date/Time: May 14, Thursday 5.30am to May 15, Friday 10.30pm
The tour fee is PHP8,000 per person all inclusive of:
– transportation,
– overnight accommodation at the best bed & breakfast place in San Pablo, Laguna –  Casa San Pablo
– full board and all meals- just bring yourself!
Limited 30 slots.
For bookings inquiries and  reservation, email reservations@ultimatephilippines.com