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Caramoan, The Hidden Paradise

Caramoan, The Secret Paradise

On the far end of Camarines Sur lies a paradise hidden from the common tourist where white sand, limestone cliffs and islands are abundant.  This is what Caramoan has to offer.

Caramoan, is a group of islands, is now made famous by the reality show franchise, Survivor because of the islands’ remote, unspoiled and unexploited beaches; which have gained its nickname, “Secret Paradise.”  Caramoan is also a land of many caves, rivers, lakes, and lagoons.  Its major islands boasts its natural beauty which invites different tourists, from the laid-back to the extreme, to enjoy what Caramoan has to offer.

Caramoan is all about the outdoor experience.  The perfect get-away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Hong Kong is the Pinoy’s favorite shopping destination outside the Philippines.  It is not impossible that most Pinoys have already visited Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, and the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok.

Apart from the usual places that the Pinoys have already seen in Hong Kong, here are some spots that might give them a reason to go back to Hong Kong:

Lantau Island

Giant Buddha on Ngong Ping

Giant Buddha on Ngong Ping

Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong (yes, not Hong Kong Island).  The island is mostly mountainous in terrain and is home not only to the Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong Disneyland, but to other spots such as the Ngong Ping Plateau.

The Ngong Ping Plateau features the Po Lin Montastery, also known as the “Buddhist Kingdom of the South,” which is the most popular Buddhist temple in Hong Kong.  The monastery oversees the giant bronze statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha.  Beneath the statue is a museum which houses the alleged cremated remains of the Sakyamuni Buddha.  Also on Ngong Ping is the Ngong Ping Village where all buildings are designed to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the area.  To top it off, there is a Skyrail where you can get a 360 degreee panoramic view of Lantau Island.

Also on Lantau Island is the Tai O Fishing Village, also known as the “Venice of the East,” which was once the most inhabited settlement.  The village’s stilt houses on the waterfront offers a glimpse of Hong Kong’s past and gives a striking difference with the modern city.

Hong Kong Island

View of Victoria Harbour from The Peak

View of Victoria Harbour from The Peak

Hong Kong Island is home to a lot of Hong Kong’s famous sites besides Ocean Park.  The island is locally referred to as the “Hong Kong Side,” and has a lot of historical sites and various attractions which one can enjoy.

One attraction is Victoria Peak, also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak.  The actual summit of Victoria Peak is occupied by a radio telecommunication facility and is closed to the public. But The Peak offers stunning views of Victoria Harbour and surrounding islands.  Close to the summit is the Peak Tower, a leisure and shopping complex which houses the upper terminal of the Peak Tram (a funicular railway from Central District to Victoria Peak), Madamme Tussaud’s Wax Museum Hong Kong, and a number of restaurants.

Another attraction on Hong Kong Island is the Jumbo Kingdom, a world-renowned floating restaurant.  One will feel dinner amidst the sumptuous surroundings of a Chinese palace.

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB)Cebu Pacific Air will start to operate long-haul flights beginning the third quarter of 2013.  CEB will be leasing new Airbus A330-300 aircrafts to accommodate new destinations beyond their current offerings.

The A330-300 has a range of 11 hours; which can make CEB serve markets beyond Asia such as Australia, the Middle East, parts of Europe and the United States.

“The A330-300 will give us the lowest cost per seat, allowing us to drive long-haul fares 35% lower than those currently offered by other airlines, and as much as 80% lower when CEB offers promo fares.  This aircraft type is very well suited to the kind of network we want to build and the routes we want to launch,” said Lance Gokongwei, CEB President and CEO.

“We are exploring serving cities where large Filipino communities reside — Europe, Middle East, Oceania and the USA.  Data indicates that more than half of Filipinos deployed in these regions take multiple stops and connecting flights because no home carrier can fly them there non-stop,” added Gokongwei.

“We want to do the same for long-haul traffic — offer the lowest fares possible and drive a significant increase on demand for air travel to regions outside of Asia. This is truly an exciting time for CEB as we continue to be of service to the 11 million strong global Filipinos, wherever they are in the world; and to their families back home,” Gokongwei said.

CEB operates an extensive network in the Philippines with 34 domestic destinations and hubs in Manila, Cebu, Clark and Davao.  It also offers 19 international destinations, namely Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen.

(with excerpts from Cebu Air, Inc.)

THE TERMINAL FEE charged to passengers using the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to leave the Philippines will be reduced to P550 from P750 starting next month.

The cut comes as a security development program — funded by a terminal fee increase that started February 2007 — ends, Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel A. Honrado said in a telephone interview.

“This is because the security development program has a period of five years and it ends on February this year,” Mr. Honrado said.

The fee cut only applies to passengers leaving on international flights. The fee for domestic flights will remain at P200.

The government is currently working to rehabilitate NAIA’s Terminal 1, which last year was reported to have been named as one of the worst airports in the world.

A P1.16-billion outlay was announced for structural retrofitting, improvement of internal facilities, construction of a rapid exit taxiway and even the rehabilitation of the airport’s 72 toilets.

 

Source (BusinessWorld Online – http://www.bworld.com.ph)

MANILA, Philippines—The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is now officially one of the New7Wonders of Nature, the founder of global campaign announced on Saturday.

Bernard Weber, founder-president of New7Wonders, congratulated the Filipinos as the 8.2-kilometer Palawan river joined the Amazon rainforest, Vietnam’s Halong Bay and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls as among the world’s new seven wonders of nature.

“When your very own President Aquino came out in support of the PPUR campaign, I knew that this country was taking the New7Wonders of Nature seriously,” said Weber. “Fans of PPUR all over the world responded to his call for action by voting in record numbers and today’s confirmation is the well-earned reward for this extraordinary display of enthusiasm.”

Aquino even sailed the river last year on board a paddleboat as he urged Filipinos to help push the Philippines’ bid for a spot in the New7Wonders of Nature.

Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn welcomed the news, saying it would help the country’s renewed campaign to boost tourism.

“This confirmation is wonderful news for Puerto Princesa, and a great example of how now it’s more fun to be in the Philippines,” said Hagedorn, in reference to the Department of Tourism’s “It’s more fun in the Philippines” slogan.

“World-wide exposure of our natural beauty on this level is critical both for tourism and for our image nationally and internationally,” he said.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River, about 50 kilometers north of Puerto Princesa City,  consists of a limestone karst mountain landscape, several large chambers containing significant formations of stalactites and stalagmites.

This navigable underground river winds through a cave before flowing directly into the West Philippine Sea. At the exit, a flawless lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge.

The campaign organized by Swiss foundation New7Wonders has attracted great interest, mobilizing celebrities including Argentinian football star Lionel Messi calling on fans to pick his home country’s Iguazu Falls.

Provisional results of the final seven were released last November 12 after a long consultation process lasting from December 2007 to July 2009, when world citizens were asked to put forward sites which they deemed were natural wonders.

More than a million votes were cast to trim the list of more than 440 contenders in over 220 countries down to a shortlist of 77.

The group was then further cut to 28 finalists by a panel of experts.

Anyone in the world was then able to vote for the final seven via telephone, text messages or Internet social networks.

Founded in 2001 by filmmaker Bernard Weber in Zurich, the foundation New7Wonders is based on the same principle on which the seven ancient wonders of the world were established. That list of seven wonders was attributed to Philon of Byzantium in ancient Greece.

New7Wonders said its aim is to create a global memory by garnering participation worldwide. With Agence France-Presse (source: www.inquirer.net)

HONG KONG SPECIAL!

Want to visit Hong Kong in a jiffy?  We have special rates for travelers to Hong Kong with free Ocean Park or Disneyland Tour!  Rates include roundtrip airfare via Hong Kong Express (with approximate taxes), hotel accommodations, breakfast outside hotel and roundtrip airport transfers!

HOTEL 2011 3Days/2Nights 4Days/3Nights
Rate per person in USD Valid Period OP Disney OP
Disney
Royal View Jan 23 – Feb 02 357 367 397 407
Feb 09 – 28
Shamrock Jan 23 – Feb 02 377 387 417 427
Feb 09 – 28
Guangdong Jan 23 – Feb 02 392 402 437 447
Feb 09 – 28

Terms and conditions apply.  These are on a first come first served basis.  Limited rooms only.

What are you waiting for?  Contact us now!

All rates are valid for travel from January 23 to February 2, 2011, and February 9 to 28, 2011.  Rates are subject to change without prior notice and due to airline seat availability.

Experience KL

Instead of hassling over guidebooks, why not let us plan your experience in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!   With Asia’s largest shopping malls and tallest architectures, the city itself is already paradise.

The city’s landscape is a mixture of modern times and traditional art; seeing multitude of stalls and pre-war houses, along towering skyscrapers and hi-tech structures, including its famous Petronas Towers.  Kuala Lumpur also caters from the most budget travelers to the extravagant.  One will be spoiled with endless choices of food, shopping and attractions.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia can be reached from Manila daily via Malaysian Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air.

Onwards to Coron!

Introducing Coron!  This is the main town on the island of Busuanga, Philippines.  Coron is considered to be the island’s commercial and population center and is a very convenient starting point for wreck divers, snorkelers, island hoppers, and other explorers.  Coron is another must-see for travelers, especially for those who would love to see God’s nature at work.

A notable spot in Coron is Mt. Tapyas.  Climbing up the path to the summit will let  you see a glimpse of the neighboring islands surrounded by glass-like water.  You can also enjoy swimming at Siete Picados and be surrounded in an aquarium that came to life, showcasing corals and a vast number of marine animals.

Coron can be reached from Manila to Busuanga via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Zest Air and Airphil Express.

Ever wondered what Africa has to offer?  Now it’s possible!

Want a sense of adventure?  A taste of life? South Africa will deliver – on a grand scale!  Considered to be the Adventure Capital of the World, South Africa offers a combination of beauty and ruggedness, to the culture and the friendliness of its people.  Being at the southern most tip of the world’s most epic continent, your camera lens will definitely tire itself out faster than shaking its zoom capabilities with the unending terrain and animals in their natural habitats that photographers will surely love.  From the people, to landscapes, to abundant wildlife, South Africa has much to inspire and enthrall.  Cape Town also offers a bustling nightlife, making South Africa having it all.  Truly, South Africa is a ground-breaking destination for explorers and adventurers.

TWB can arrange your 8-day travel to South Africa which includes visits to Cape Town, Oudtshoorn, George, Johannesburg, and Sun City, including roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and meals!  Book with us now!

Being much closer to Taiwan than the Philippines, Batanes boasts its natural wonders and rich Philippine heritage.  The smallest and northern most province of the country offers unbelievable terrain which is picturesque at every turn.  It is a misconception, however, that Batanes is usually battered by typhoons, because Basco (capital of Batanes) holds the last weather station in the north, making it a reference point for all typhoons that enter the Philippine area of responsibility.  Batanes practially enjoys “four seasons” where the best is during the summer (April to June) and winter (December to February) where temperatures dip as low as 7 degrees celcius.

Want to visit Batanes?  Leave it to TWB and enjoy your time at Batanes!  Book with us now!