KUALA LUMPUR: Buoyed by the success of his inaugural Ambassador’s Tour to the Philippines, J. Eduardo Malaya will again lead a group of Malaysians to his country.
This time, he will be heading to two popular islands – Cebu and Bohol. The tour is scheduled to be held from May 2 to 5 next year, which will also be Visit Philippines Year 2015.
“These islands are our top tourist destinations and we wish to invite our Malaysian friends to explore its beauty. I will be pleased to play tour guide again,’’ said the envoy.
Philippine Department of Tourism (Malaysia and Thailand) marketing director Datin Melissa Ong said the Philippines was making big preparations to draw in tourists next year.
“Malaysia is already in its top 10 market. They are focusing very much on the Malaysian market,’’ she added.
Malaya led a group of over 100 Malaysians on a five-day tour of metro Manila and nearby provinces last year.
This time, the group tour will include a visit to a renowned guitar factory in Cebu and Lapu-Lapu Monument, a shrine honouring a native leader who defeated the Spanish soldiers and regained the country’s freedom from colonialism nearly half a century ago.
Other attractions include Magellan’s Cross, a Christian cross planted in a chapel by Portuguese and Spanish explorers, and Casa Gorordo Museum, built using coral stones and hardwood without a single nail in the 1850s.
On the third day, participants can opt to continue exploring Cebu city on their own or join the inter-island adventure tour for a short ferry ride to Bohol, located just across the strait and east of Cebu. Highlights of the island include the Chocolate Hills, a cruise down the Loboc River and a tour to see the world’s smallest primate Tarsier.
The package tour (without Bohol) is priced at RM2,488 for twin-sharing and RM3,088 for single occupancy, while the Cebu-Bohol tour is priced at RM2,788 (twin-sharing) and RM3,388 (single occupancy).
The fees include airfare, meals, basic tours with English-speaking local guides and three-night accommodation at a four-star hotel.
For enquiries, contact the Philippines Embassy at 03-2148 4233 or Borneo Tours at 03-5631 2988.
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