Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bound to Bora!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Enrolment for TRAVEL AGENCY OPERATIONS COURSE is now going on!

When: April 25 - 27, 2012, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Kaisa Angelo King Heritage Center, 32 Anda corner Cabildo Sts., Intramuros, Manila, Philippines
Who Should Attend:
- Travel assistants and frontline staff of travel agencies;
- Current and future owners of travel agencies;
- People working in non-travel related fields who wish to shift to a
career in travel;
- College students and graduates seeking employment in the tourism


The course is a basic skills training program focusing on outbound travel for new travel professionals. It has been designed to meet the growing demand for well- trained staff in the travel industry.

The course materials have been produced by a team of travel professionals and training specialists from airlines, travel agency, and tour operations businesses and are reviewed periodically in accordance with IATA standards. Training manuals used are based on training manuals used by the Association of South East Asian National Tourism Associations (ASEANTA).

The APTTI certificate guarantees a high standard of training and has gained industry recognition and acceptance. The APTTI Certificate is required by the Department of Tourism for travel agencies applying for DOT accreditation

How to Register:

Call Elli Ella / Tess Pascual at Tel. No. 8134781, Mobile No. 0916-4741701 and reserve a slot for the seminar.
- Fill up registration form which we will fax to you. Please fax it back.
- Pay registration fee of P9, 500.00 cash or check payable to Asia Pacific Projects, Inc. We will send a messenger to your office / house to get the payment. An Original Receipt will be issued to you.
- You may pay at our office at Suite 11-D, 11th Floor, The Valero Tower, 122 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. You are considered registered only upon full payment of the registration fee.
Course Fee: P9,500.00 (VAT inclusive)- Covers hand-outs, lunch, am & pm snacks and certificate of completion accredited by the DOT.

Cancellation Policy:
- Cancellations made between April 11 and April 18, 2012 are subject to refund less 10% administrative fee.
- Cancellations made after April 18, 2012 are non-refundable and may not be applied to the next Travel Agency Operations Seminar.


First Day:
- How to Open a New Travel Agency
- Accreditation Requirements for a Travel Agency
- Overview of Travel Agency Operations
- Documentation Services
- Other Products and Services Offered By a Travel Agency

Second Day:
- World Geography
- Itinerary Planning
- Reservations
- Air Fares / Ticketing
- Philippine Geography
- Inbound & Local Tour Operations
- Tour Costing (Please bring calculator for tour costing)

Third Day:
- Quality Customer Service and Effective Communication
- Financial Management and Controls
- Sales and Marketing/New Technologies in Travel
- Wrap Up Session
- Awarding of Certificates of Completion

Fore more details, please contact:
122 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel. Nos. 813-4781
Fax: 8925232

Emailcast by:
Department of Tourism - Region III
City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Learn How to Surf, Yoga and Samba in One Weekend

Happening on April 28 to 30 at the Aliya Surf Camp in Baler, Aurora, Philippines, join the 7th FLOW Surf Yoga Samba Weekend Retreat! A boutique 3-day experience that will spark your spirit and leave your body and mind relaxed and revitalized. The whole retreat is complemented with healthy food to help nourish this unique journey to self-discovery.

Practicing yoga will develop focus, strength and flexibility. Surfing will develop confidence, stamina and ocean awareness. Dancing and music enhances a sense of well-being and builds social skills.

Package Inclusions:

1 Vinyasa and 1 Yin Yoga session by Monica Eleazar-Manzano
2 Surfing lessons
2 Samba lessons by Escola de Samba de Manila
Round-trip private transfers, Manila-Baler, Baler-Manila
3D/2N accommodations at Aliya Surf Camp, Baler
Healthy meals and raw food snacks
Flow tote bag and freebies from sponsors
Event Shirt

PLUS: Intro to Raw Food, Kirtan with Clayton Horton, Chillout beats by DJ Martin Lugtu, Waterfall hike and Thai Lanterns

For more information please visit the following sites:
instagram: flowsurfyogasamba

Monday, March 19, 2012


Sharing with you an announcement from UNESCO Bangkok regarding the Call for Entries: 2012 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.

Projects involving buildings more than fifty years old which were completed within the last ten years are eligible for consideration. Houses, commercial, cultural, religious, industrial or institutional buildings, gardens and bridges, for example, are all eligible for consideration. Public-private partnership projects such as historic towns, urban quarters and rural settlements where the essential elements are more than 50 years old are all eligible.

Established since 2000, the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation recognizes the achievement of individuals and organizations within the private sector, and public-private initiatives, in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition to the established awards, the “Jury Commendation for Innovation” will also be judged. The Jury Commendation for Innovation recognizes newly-built structures which demonstrate outstanding standards for contemporary architectural design which are well integrated into historic contexts.

The Heritage Award entries with an official 2012 entry form and relevant materials such as drawings, photographs, a project description have to be submitted by 31 March 2012 (Deadline for receipt of entries) to:

Culture Unit
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNESCO Bangkok Office
920 Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok 10110 , Thailand

For more information and to download entry forms, please visit the following website:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Memories of Two Summers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

"C'est la vie " echo he heard while he ran in slow motion on the seashore along with his friends, flying a colorful kite, laughing, soaking up the sun in Magalawa island one sunny afternoon. It was a very short vacation from tedious work out of the metro. Is it a deja vu or he's just dreaming? He pinched himself.....Suddenly, his vision blurred and he witnessed himself alone in beautiful almost magical lake....lake kayangan, he remebered......

The noise of a crowded waiting area awoke him but he was still trying to hang on to his dream....ahhhh, those were the good times...

When he finally found full gaze of the surrounding, Rome realized he was in NAIA. It was 11 AM on the clock and  they were waiting for their delayed Air Philippines flight bound to Kalibo and hopeful to reach Boracay before the sunset. His friends Carlo and Josh were sitting on the floor of the NAIA 3. Yes, on the floor! Seats were already taken by travelers stuck in the terminal for quite some time.

He thought to himself "NAIA maybe dubbed as the world's worst airport but is comfortable for a snooze". He then took another nap....


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Enjoy Your Puerto Galera Adventure this Summer

Let us celebrate our summer vacations at home, I mean locally - domestic travel. Explore and rediscover destinations of your respective provinces and be surprised to find out that truelove is at home and it is indeed, more fun are in the Philippines. Why I say so? Because traveling at home requires no passports, no jabs, no visas, and no $$. No wonder traveling at home is so great!

"Summer days had gone too soon" - Save this status update and come home to Puerto Galera as the Summer's days has just started. 

Here is the summary of the destinations we been to the last time we visited the beautiful tourist spot.

Puerto Galera Yacht Club offers sailing courses (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced) cover three days of full time tuition with maximum time on the water. Sailing courses are supervised by a full-time instructor, safety boat and crew. All safety equipment is provided as part of the course fee. Click here for the rates.

Puerto Gallera has three ports, Sabang , Muelle, and White Beach. We picked White Beach the farthest of the three because its the most beautiful.

Tamaraw Waterfalls

The 423-foot Tamaraw Falls is just a few meters off the road in Barangay Villaflor near the city of San Teodoro. The falls has a series of small falls. Water descends a series of rock steps into a natural pool that run under a concrete bridge into two man-made swimming pools across the national road, then flow out again into a jungle.

Ponderosa Golf and Country Club
The Ponderosa Golf and Country Club has nine hole, artfully designed course. With abundant greens, trees, azure skies and gentle wind, it makes for an ambient and relaxing environment. It is an appeal to both nature lover and golfer. A 1.2 kilometer zip line is being constructed when they visit the place. That will be a new attraction later of  this year! He was so excited  to come back and try it by the end of this year. 

A settlement of Mindoro’s indigenous ethnic group by the bank of Big Tabinay River and a gold-digging sites along the Small Tabinay River. The village was initiated to provide sustainable working and learning opportunities for the indigenous Mangyans on the island of Mindoro, their driver added. At the main entrance of the village, handicrafts like woven textiles, beaded items, nito and rattan baskets handmade by Mangyan people in the mountainous regions of Mindoro are being sold. Any profits go towards cultural program, healthcare, and scholarships for Mangyan students.

An exclusive resort neighboring the White Beach with Rock formations for photo opt.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tamaraw Beach Resort, Puerto Galera

Destination: Tamaraw Beach Resort,
Puerto Galera Oriental Mindoro

They trooped to the nearby resort when the sun was about to set. Rome treated them for dinner. Ironically, they ordered breakfast dishes. Pictures he took using Anney's expensive lens where kinda blurry so he opted not to show it to y'all.

They explored the place, unlike the neighboring White Beach, the resort was almost deserted. The kids found a playground at the end of the resort, they don't want to leave the place when Anney called them for their photoshoot.

A lot of convincing powers were exerted before they agreed to strike some pose. At the end of the resort, rock formations became their backdrop and medium for the photoshoot.

What a fun way to end their trip. For Rome twas a great day-off from a week of loaded work. They hiked back to their cottage and get ready to go back to Manila the following morning.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Strangers in White Beach, Puerto Galera

Destination: White Beach
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

From a distance, looking at the White Beach's shoreline full of strangers, he felt a peaceful symmetry between himself and nature. Stretching his arms,  Rome grunted with utmost satisfaction. He figured he stared at the shoreline for fifteen minutes.

He strolled the beach. Like him, strangers were lurking the beach defining their own freedom and happiness. People, mostly families were having a good time. But there are also others who enjoyed the sun, sand and sea alone like the beach babe reading a book while sun tanning, lovers having their intimate time, kids playing  and running.

Some groups were spending fun time in a banana boat perhaps to build a strong foundation and bond in their team. 

He didn't feel swimming that day, he continued to watch people. He noticed someone was parasailing. That could be fun, he wanted to try it but its more than his allocated budget for this trip.

He searched for  a good activity. He found two jet skies, the red one captured his attention, waiting for him, inviting a possibility of a good ride, but he was scared. He declined the owner's offer and had his picture taken instead.

As he continued to walk by the beach, near their cottage, hot hunks maybe Europeans were playing football interested him, he wanted to join them but had a second thought. Staring at them playing was more fun, lol!

He finally reached the sea front of their lodge and found his nieces playing in the sand. He joined them in making their first sand castle.

As the sun was about to end the day, he wished to stop the time and hoped that it could extend a little bit more...