Wednesday, 29 April 2020

The Philippines. Don't Stop Planning Your Holidays...

The Philippines, like most of the world, is in lockdown right now. The pandemic that is sweeping the world has momentarily put an end to travel for tourists and we can only bide our time and wait for normality to return, and for the opportunity to explore this great planet once more.

In the ivory towers of Philippine Trails, we're putting this period of relative calm to good use. We're polishing up the range of itineraries that we offer, ensuring that there's an attractive selection for would-be visitors to consider whilst making their future plans.

Yes, there will soon be a time when the Philippines welcomes visitors again, offering the usual kind charm and hospitality that the people have long been renowned for.

Until that time, continue with your tropical island plans, envisage what life would be like exploring the Philippines islands, and don't stop dreaming about future adventures. We'll always be at hand to offer advice and assistance. There's nothing to stop us planning your next tour, even with start date currently unknown!

Get in touch for any help or advice...

Nigel Sutherland, Managing Director, Philippine Trails Limited

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Monday, 17 February 2020

Ten Features of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines Logo...

As the Philippines prepares for 2021 and the celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the country, we take look at the official logo and identify its significant aspects.

500 years of Christianity in the Philippines logo
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Ten Features of the Official Logo

1. 2021 will mark 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines. The logo above has been produced to mark this celebration.

2. The overall colour scheme has been designed to reflect the colours of the Philippine Flag.

3. The bold cross, an established Christian sign, also represents the strong mast of a sailing ship.

4.The Ship itself is a nod to the sailors who first brought the Christian faith to the Philippines.

5. The flash of blue is a reflection of several different aspects, including the Holy Spirit represented in a form of a dove.

6. The central graphic shows two figures, and is based on the painting of Fernando Amorsolo, entitled “First Baptism in the Philippines”.

7. The yellow background is taken from the Philippine flag, and similarly is a representation of the sun.

8. The red coloured fish (or “Ichthus”) symbolises Jesus. Early Christians would use this icon to introduce themselves to fellow Christians.

9. The blue beads represent the Holy Rosary.

10. The bold accented brown lines at the base indicate the hand of God.

A more detailed interpretation of the logo, and other information can be viewed on the official  500YOC Website... 

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Friday, 13 December 2019

The Philippines will be Celebrating 500 Years of Christianity...

Miagao Church, Panay, Philippines

2021 will be an especially significant year in the Philippines, when the country will be celebrating 500 years of Christianity.

At Philippine Trails, we have already had long experience of devising private religious tours and pilgrimages for our guests. We listen to guests' enquiries, suggest places that could be be included in an itinerary, and go on to create tours that match the overall requirements.

If you would like to undertake such a tour, visiting significant religious sites in the Philippines, please do get in touch, so we can start planning things with you, to suit your travel dates. Get in Touch...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

Six of the Best Day Tours & Excursions from Manila...

Here are Six of the best Day Tours we can recommend from Manila...

1) Manila City Tour
Visitor attractions include the following:
Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila Cathedral, Quiapo Church and Market, San Augustin Church, Casa Manila, Baluarte San Diego, Chinatown, Rizal Park, and Manila Bay. More... 

2) Corregidor Island Fortress Cruise
In World War II, Corregidor Island played a major role in the invasion and liberation of the Philippines from Japanese forces. More...

3) Excursion to Villa Escudero
Villa Escudero is an historic colonial plantation, displaying rural life as it was in the 1800’s. More... 

4) Pagsanjan Falls
At Pagsanjan Falls you can enjoy exciting boat rides along rapids surrounded by the lush landscape. Then, swim in a hidden cave and enjoy a scrumptious spread of traditional Filipino cuisine. More...

5) Hidden Valley
Marvel at rare, lush flora and fauna and unwind with a dip in soothing natural hot springs. Top it off with a buffet lunch of traditional Filipino specialties. More...

6) Taal Lake and Volcano in Tagaytay
With its cool climate and clean air, Tagaytay City is a place for leisure activities such as horseback riding and sailing, and there are breath-taking views of Taal Volcano and Lake. More...

If you are visiting Manila on a Cruise Ship, we can meet you and arrange a local tour of the capital, or provincial excursion. Please enquire.

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Monday, 10 June 2019

Tourism Continues its Growth in the Philippines...

UPDATE April 2020: With the current lockdown in place in many countries around the world, including the Philippines, travel and tourism has come to a temporary standstill. That shouldn't stop you planning your future trips, however, and we are still here to advise and assist. We can help you plan your next Philippines holiday, even if the dates aren't yet certain! Contact us...

New figures show that Philippines tourism continues to boost the country's economy, and with this, employment in the sector has continued to rise.

Despite the six-month closure of popular Boracay, between April and October 2018 when the island's infrastructure was upgraded, tourism increased to 12.7% of the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product. This was a 0.5% increase from the previous year.

Correspondingly, employment in the tourism sector rose by almost 2% - to 5.4 million.

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Friday, 24 May 2019

The Philippines - Renowned for the Diversity of its Marine Wildlife

The Philippines is one of the best countries in the world when it comes to its diversity of wildlife, no more so than beneath its warm waters.

The country is a magnet for diving enthusiasts, and, such is the wealth of marine creatures, the beaches of its numerous islands are favoured by swimmers and snorkelers too. 

Whale Sharks

Visitors are keen to experience whale sharks, and although these can be found all around the Philippines, they are particularly predominate at Oslob, Cebu, (where they congregate all year round), and at Donsol, Bicol, where the season is between November and May.

Whale Shark Interaction - Good or Bad?


Around Bohol and Negros islands taking boat trips scouting for whales and dolphins is a popular excursion. The boatmen are skilled at spotting these creatures and tiling amongst them.

Turtles and other Marine Species

Turtles are another species wide-spread, and favoured spots for experiencing these creatures include Apo Island, (near Dumaguete), Port Barton, (Palawan), and Balicasag Island (off Bohol). Delve beneath the waves of the Philippines oceans and see much more besides.

Read more about Philippines marine wildlife on our website...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

A Testimonial Received From Happy Clients...

scenic photographic views by guests in the Philippines

A repost (but we think it's worth reposting!)

A lot of hard work goes into planning each and every holiday for our clients, so when we receive feedback like this, it is very encouraging...

Hi Lucy and Nigel

We are now settled into New Zealand life enjoying our time with our daughter, husband and grand children.

Re our trip...

We owe you both a big thank you for the organisation and selection of locations for us of what was an excellent holiday. We enjoyed every part of it and were lucky enough to achieve our No1 aim to snorkel with a big whale shark at Donsol as well as seeing so many different fish whilst snorkelling around Bohol and Miniloc and Sue diving at Miniloc. Birding trips also worked very well - especially the one to Villa Escudero, Olango Island and dawn at Rasa Island to see the Philippine Cockatoo's waking up

All connections etc worked well and a big thanks must go to all the various contacts we had in the Philippines - all of whom were totally focussed on making our stay enjoyable - nothing seemed too much for them.

In Summary

A Great holiday, in a beautiful country, with lovely people, superb scenery and great activities

If you want any further detail as feedback please let me know -

I may be wrong but I believe that you knew how we were getting on during our holiday as Lucy seemed to be in contact with all our reps during your evenings / night time which did make us feel that we had a "guiding angel" watching over us !!

You have a very satisfied customer 

Paul and Sue

We were grateful to Paul and Sue for taking the time to give us that kind feedback.

There are lots more testimonials from customers on our website here...