Monday, September 28, 2009

Help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy

Its a sad day in our motherland as Typhoon Ondoy ravaged Metro Manila, flooding the streets and homes, leaving people without shelter and food. Every little bit counts and you can do your part by donating to help these flood victims.

Click on the following link and chose "Typhoon Ondoy":
http://www.redcross.org.ph/Site/PNRC/Default.aspx?S=48&SS=972

Its Red Cross so you know your donations are 100% accounted for. Mango Tours sends its prayers out to all the flood victims and rescue workers out there making a difference.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Exploring the Ancient South with Cultureight Travel

by Maricel Evangelista

Cultureight Travel's 6-day Ancient South Crash Tour was a great experience that was so full of adventure, tons of fun and above all, educational. It's not your typical tourist destination but more like a rustic and cultural tour that participants can fully immerse themselves in. Cultureight brought my group and I to the beautiful Region XII in Mindanao, namely, South Cotabato, Saranggani and General Santos.


The Ancient South tour, one of Cultureight Travel’s untouristy trips, was far different from any other tours I have gone with. It put aside my indifference and touched my heart. Every destination we visited was really memorable. The entire tour reminded me of the value of humility-- that being an urbanite doesn’t necessarily make one better in any aspect. In fact, it created a desire in me to be part of these communities and become vigilant in working together with the locals to preserve their culture, as well as their environmental surroundings. I wanted to help enhance their simple way of living without exploiting the resources that make the places so beautiful in the first place.


For participants to experience the "real" Philippines, accommodations are not in five-star hotels but in nipa huts and homestays with locals so that one can experience their way of living firsthand.


Visiting the T’boli community was quite an experience. These indigenous people gave life to culture with a night of entertainment dressed in their traditional tribal wear – the Tinalak – and amazed guests with dance and songs. Of course, the local cuisine was a feast and guests enjoyed and looked forward to every meal.




The scenery was even more breathtaking. The White Water Tubing adventure at Pangi River was unforgettable and the greeneries, mountain ranges and the calm Lake Sebu can surely soothe both the body and the mind.



Initially, I was uneasy and a little adamant to join the trip because of widespread news on terrorism. Mindanao, with all the past circumstances involving terrorist groups, has gained an ill reputation and was thought of as unsafe territory. But after my six day expedition, I just proved these impressions wrong. Besides, Cultureight Travel assured us of our safety and true to their words, the trip was anything but risky and perilous but instead a rewarding experience.


Cultureight’s Ancient South Tour is highly recommended for all young, vibrant, active, and adventurous individuals who are interested to explore not only the ancient beauty of Mindanao but other exciting places in the Philippines as well. Filipinos abroad should consider booking a trip and, while enjoying the beauty of the Philippines, help to further improve the country’s local economy and eco-tourism program.

Friday, September 4, 2009

ATTENTION: Special fare discounts for Iglesia ni Cristo members abroad

Attention all Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) members abroad:

Philippine Airlines is now offering discounted airfare to INC members who may wish to come home to pay their respects to the late Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister EraƱo “Ka Erdy” Manalo, who passed away on August 31, 2009 due to cardiopulmonary arrest.

His remains will be buried on Monday, September 7.

The said discounted fares are available at $788.00 round trip from SFO/LAX to MNL, inclusive of taxes and fuel surcharge. Applicable for a minimum stay of 3 days and a maximum stay of 14 days. Ticket is valid for sale and ticketing from September 2 to 9, 2009.

For additional information and to book a flight home to the Philippines with this discounted fare, call us at our 24/7 US toll-free number 1-866-2-MANILA.

Due to certain restrictions, online booking for this particular fare has been disabled. Bookings can be made only through our phone.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your INC membership will be validated, so be sure to provide the correct and accurate details needed from you in order to facilitate this process efficiently.

Book a flight to the Philippines and get a FREE Smart Pinoy Sim Card!

Starting on September 20, 2009, Mango Tours will be giving out FREE Smart Pinoy Sim Cards* to those who book a ticket to the Philippines!

This partnership between Smart and Mango Tours is aimed to provide Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the US the convenience of communicating with their loved ones back home in the Philippines through their Smart Pinoy sim card.

Soon, Smart Pinoy users will also be able to reload Smart Pinoy call and text credits online on the new Mango Tours website as well!

Book a flight home through the Mango Tours website or call our 24/7 US toll-free number 1-866-2-MANILA today!


*one (1) sim card per family