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Mt. Carmel traslacion highlights Philippine faith tourism

(Manila, Philippines) – Filipino religious traditions and devotional practices around this predominantly Catholic country are increasingly attracting international and domestic tourists, according to the Philippines’ Department of Tourism (PDOT).

During the procession at the Quirino Grandstand.
During the procession at the Quirino Grandstand.

This was demonstrated recently when over 7,000 Catholic faithful joined the 4-kilometer procession from the Quirino Grandstand to San Sebastian Basilica to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de Sebastian arrival to the Philippines.

During Friday’s celebration, Marian devotee Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo welcomed the image of Mt. Carmel which arrived at 5:00 am on Friday at the Manila Bay.

The traslacion started at 8:30 am from Quirino Grandstand and passed through Quiapo Church before it was greeted with fireworks as it arrived at San Sebastian Basilica at 11:00 am.

The image was a gift from the Discalced Carmelite Nuns from San Jose Monastery in Mexico City and was brought to the Philippines by the third group of Augustinian Recollect Missionaries on May 4, 1618.

The image was first enshrined at the Recollect Church of San Juan de Bagumbayan. Later, in 1621, it was enshrined at San Sebastian Basilica.

According to Teo, the Marian celebration is a good indication that faith-based tourism destination contribute significantly in the country’s tourism industry.

“Filipinos find comfort to the image of Mt. Carmel and it is a beautiful scene to witness. In addition to the scenic sites of centuries-old churches all over the country, our devotional practices are attracting more and more faith-based tourists,” Teo added.

Rev. Fr. Robin Plata, one of the event organizers, said that Filipinos must be reminded that we have a Mother, under the title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, who always guide us under her maternal protection.

“As a mother, she intercedes for her children and even gave a promise that whoever wears the brown scapular will not suffer hell at the hour of death,” said Fr. Plata.

The image was greeted with fireworks as it arrived at San Sebastian Basilica. Faith Tourism Philippines
The image was greeted with fireworks as it arrived at San Sebastian Basilica. Faith Tourism Philippines

Lolei Omongos, a devotee from Iligan City said she traveled 36 hours by sea to get to Manila to witness the celebration.
“Iba ang pakiramdam ng makita ang imahe ng mahal na ina, nararamdaman ko yung peace sa puso ko. Di ko alintana yung mahabang byahe at gastos,” she said.

Meanwhile, Plata thanked the DOT for promoting the faith-based tourism in the country.

“It is a good avenue to promote our rich religious culture. Our faith as Christians really gave us the iconic places and memorials that we have that will attract pilgrims and tourists,” he said.

Also Read: DOT challenges cities to be as ‘creative’ as Baguio City

Celebrate Mom at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Celebrate Mom: Only the best for the mom in your life

(Manila, Philippines) – Shower the queen of our hearts with all the best things they deserve. Marco Polo Ortigas Manila (check rates and availability) brings special treats, only for her.

Algotherm Facial at Flow Spa
Algotherm Facial at Flow Spa

Create meaningful journeys through an unforgettable staycation. Book a stay on 12 May with rates starting at 7,300 and enjoy benefits such as a buffet breakfast for two (2) adults and two (2) kids aged six (6) years old and below. Have lunch or dinner buffet at Cucina during your stay and Mom dines on us when accompanied by two (2) full paying adults. Let her and the family go on a culinary journey, featuring live-action stations of different cuisines featuring Japanese, Asian, Indian, and Italian. Enjoy the finest meats at the carving station, and top the experience with selections from the sumptuous dessert station.

Buffet carving station at Cucina
Buffet carving station at Cucina

Enjoy Cantonese fare with a special set menu at the award-winning Lung Hin, available only for this special day. Featured dishes are Steamed Live Garoupa with Supreme Soy Sauce, Braised Australian Abalone (six heads) with Dong Po Pork in Oyster Sauce, and Wok Fried Fresh Scallops with Squid and Broccoli. Special Longevity Peach Buns are included in the special set.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Moist Cake
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Moist Cake

Give her a special cake baked with love with the limited edition dark chocolate raspberry moist cake. This sweet treat has raspberry buttercream and chocolate ganache to savour.

Mothers' Day Special Set Menu at Lung Hin
Mothers’ Day Special Set Menu at Lung Hin

Complete the indulgence with the Pure Bliss package at Flow Spa. Give Mom the relaxing me-time which includes a Salt and Aloe Vera Body Scrub, Aromatherapy Massage, and Algotherm Facial, a 2 hour and 30 minute pampering session for 5,100.

Vu's Sky Bar and Lounge cocktail Celebrate Mom at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Only the best for the mom in your life
Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge cocktail – Celebrate Mom at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Only the best for the mom in your life

To know more about Twice in a Row Five-Star Award Winner, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, visit www.marcopolohotels.com. Follow the Hotel in Facebook at facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

Also Read: New Hotel packages launched for Marco Polo Hotels

5 places to check out at City of Dreams Manila

5 reasons to visit the new City of Dreams Manila

A new gaming and entertainment destination recently opened – City of Dreams Manila has joined the ranks as one of the largest integrated resort and casino destinations in the Philippines.

bingo
Bingo

Its advertisements were much talked-about, featuring bigwigs in Hollywood including Leonardo di Caprio and Robert de Niro. When it opened, it did not disappoint. The luxurious interiors of the hotels, the dining options and the gaming floors really did open a new era of entertainment.

Don’t miss out and check out these five reasons to visit City of Dreams Manila.

1. Relax and stay at beautiful Japanese-themed Nobu Hotel

Nobu Hotel, inspired by world-famous Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has over 300 rooms all wonderfully created to give you the zen feel of Japan. Low-ceiling rooms are adorned with custom-made calligraphy, promoting “chi” or a flow of good energy.

Enjoy the swimming pool and spa services for a truly relaxing stay. And of course, don’t miss out on the highly acclaimed Nobu restaurant for a taste of Japanese fusion dishes.

2. Feel the thrill at Centerplay, the City of Dreams casino

Play your best hand at William Hill poker, or take a crack at Deal or No Deal William Hill Bingo, which is based on the popular TV game show. Or join the Reel to Millions slot tournament to get a chance to win P17 million worth of prizes.

3. Experience a different kind of nightlife at Chaos

Party with the Metro’s elite crowd at Chaos, a different kind of superclub experience featuring international DJs, acrobats and other entertainers. During its opening, singer Nicole Sherzinger was among the first to grace its stage, saying she enjoyed performing for the Manila nightlife crowd.

4. Play and explore at DreamPlay by DreamWorks

The first DreamWorks-themed interactive center, DreamPlay features some of DreamWorks’
iconic animated movies like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar.
There are different attractions to entertain both kids and the kids-at-heart. Explore Shrek’s world
at the Swamp Stomp, learn how to fly your own dragon with Hiccup, and create your own
animated 3D movie at the Dream Studio!

5. Go on a luxurious international food trip

Choose from among a wide array of restaurants to dine at in City of Dreams Manila. For noodle
lovers, Noodl8 is a must as it features different kinds of specialty noodle dishes from all over Asia.
Visit The Tasting Room for European cuisine paired with the best wine selection. Red Ginger,
meanwhile, is a Southeast Asian restaurant that’s open all-day. Try the Rendang Freshwater King
Prawns and their best-seller Nasi Goreng.

Hotel Le Duc: A new Hotel in Dagupan City

Dagupan CityA new world-class hotel recently opened in Dagupan City to attract more local and foreign tourists who visits this side of the Northern Philippines.

The 30-room hotel is part of the Lyceum-Northwestern University Complex owned by the Duque family and will also become the university’s laboratory for its students taking up Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM).

The city of Dagupan, which will soon celebrate its Bangus Festival from April 1 to May 1, 2014. Hotel Le Duc is now developing into a convention center but it does not have enough hotel rooms to accommodate all the participants. (Source PNA)

Some great excuses to extend your visit to Manila

At first glance Manila might seem a bit intimidating as an intense, over-crowded and noisy urban jungle but there really is more to this underappreciated capital city. Manila has a rich cultural history with diverse influences from Spanish, American, Chinese, Arabic and Malay cultures.

Luneta Rizal Monument
Luneta Rizal Monument

Most tourists come to Manila on route to the islands or to head to the beaches in the south but, if you are sticking around at least for a few days, here is a quick guide to the most popular tourist-friendly neighborhoods. Continue reading Some great excuses to extend your visit to Manila

Malasimbo Arts and Music Festival 2012

Malasimbo Arts and Music Festival is one of the most popular festivals celebrated by people across Philippines. The festival takes place in the Puerto Galera area in Philippines. One of the major attractions of this festival is the presence of Mount Malasimbo itself in the background of Puerto Galera.

Lets get the Party Started
Lets get the Party Started @ Malasimbo

Puerto Galera is mainly located on the northern tip on the island of Mindoro. Puerto Galera provides visitors with an unparalleled experience to visitors, especially when it comes to scuba diving. Continue reading Malasimbo Arts and Music Festival 2012

Puerto Princesa Palawan underground river featured in Singapore festival

The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan, the Philippines’ bet for the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” was featured on World Parks Day in Singapore last week.

Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa Underground River

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the PPUR was showcased at the Philippine pavilion during Singapore’s twin celebration of Global Community Day and World Parks’ Day on September 24 and 25 . Continue reading Puerto Princesa Palawan underground river featured in Singapore festival

Philippine Department of Tourism promotes Puerto Princesa Underground River as the Philippines’ bet to the New 7 Wonders of Nature

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is in the forefront in campaigning for the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as the Philippines’ bet to the New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN).

Palawan Underground River
Puerto Princesa Underground River

In the next months, the DOT will conduct familiarization trips for the media and produce an episode in a produce an episode in a travel program in TV, to encourage media friends and countrymen to spread the word about the campaign and the natural wonder of the PPUR. It is hoped that through various advertisements, forum and voting stations, the PPUR’s bid to be in the N7WN will be strengthened. Continue reading Philippine Department of Tourism promotes Puerto Princesa Underground River as the Philippines’ bet to the New 7 Wonders of Nature

Tourist arrivals during Donsol’s ‘butanding’ season up 20%

The volume of tourist arrivals for the whale shark interaction season here this year reached 49,000, surpassing by nearly 20 percent the records posted during the same period last year, local tourism officials said on Friday.

donsol sorsogon
Butanding Watching in Donsol

The season runs between February and May. From January to March alone, the volume of arrivals have already reached about 26,000 which was already 10 percent higher than the 23,000 posted in the same period last year. Continue reading Tourist arrivals during Donsol’s ‘butanding’ season up 20%

Luneta beautified in time for Rizal’s 150th birthday

150 years ago, the Philippines national here, Jose Rizal was born and to celebrate this wonderful event, people are planning parties, parades, and other celebrations. The National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) is doing its part too.

150 Years of Jose Rizal
150 Years of Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal was put to death by the Spanish in what is now called either Luneta Park or Rizal Park. A monument in the park marks the spot and the NPDC is putting in an all out effort to make the park shine by cleaning statues, collecting trash, adding in new buildings, and making the gardens wonderful. Continue reading Luneta beautified in time for Rizal’s 150th birthday