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Biyahe na sa Pinas!

The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Tourism - Chicago, is pleased to announce that Philippine Ambassador to the United States Albert F. del Rosario, together with all the Philippine Consuls General in the US, will lead the First Ambassador/Consuls General Tour to the Philip-pines on 13-19 July.

      An exciting itinerary and affordable packages have been exclusively arranged for this tour which is expected to have over 500 participants - Filipino Americans and their friends from all over the United States. A key element of the tour is that participants can customize a package to suit his/her interest and budget combining a basic tour with one of four exciting out-of-town tour options.

      The basic tour which covers the period 13-15 July in Metro Manila includes a roundtrip ticket to the Philippines and accommodations at Shangri-la Hotel or Peninsula Hotel in Manila. It also includes a Philippine Tourism-hosted dinner reception with fashion show and a visit to historic Intramuros where participants can watch the newly-opened Light and Sound Show. One highlight of the tour is a visit to Malacanang Palace and a meeting with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other national leaders.

      The out-of-town tours which will take place from 15-19 July are designed to cater to the varied tastes and interests of the participants - from exploring the world-famous St. Paul Underground River in Palawan to visiting historical churches, museums and old houses around Laguna de Bay; from experiencing the long stretches of powdery white sand of Boracay to seeing the world’s smallest marsupial and the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, savoring the taste of the best mangoes in the world to discovering hidden treasures in the woodcarving and papier mache shops in Paete and Pakil.

      Groups and/or individuals who are interested in joining the tour can get participation forms and detailed information on the tour from any Philippine Foreign Service Post in the United States. In the Midwest, participants can secure materials from the Philippine Consulate General at 30 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60602, telephone no. (312)-332-6458 or the Philippine Department of Tourism Office at Suite 913, telephone no. (312) 782-2475.

Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
April 12-21

Is the "festival of all festivals" in the province. It is a week-long
summer event that brings together the towns and cities in Negros Occidental in one big showcase of handicrafts, products, tourism attractions, and local festivals. Festivities include trade and food fairs, garden show, golf tournament, singing and songwriting competitions, beauty pageant, and a fiesta presentation featuring the festival of each town and city in a colorful and jubilant presentation at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium.*