Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shopping in the City of Pines; Mango Tours in Balitang America


Visiting Baguio also means looking around for great finds. The Summer Capital is a high-altitude shopping haven for people who would like to bring pasalubong for their loved ones. Shoppers can take home finely-crafted accessories, sturdy Baguio brooms, indigenous souvenirs, and a whole bunch of interesting trinkets. Classic Baguio favorites like ube and strawberry jams are also for the taking at Good Shepherd where the treats are just plain heavenly. So come bearing gifts from the mountains courtesy of the City of Pines.

Call us today and feel the thrill of shopping in the City of Pines.

Package 1

STAY A WHILE PACKAGE via private car
Book 3 Nights, Get 1 Night Free
US$ 457.00 per person

Inclusions
· Four-night accommodation in Microtel Baguio, on twin/double share basis
· Daily breakfast at the hotel
· Private car at your disposal for four days (transfers to/from Baguio, and car use within Baguio City)
· Guided Baguio City Tour with Lunch via private car

Package 2

STAY A WHILE PACKAGE via Victory Liner
Book 3 Nights, Get 1 Night Free
US$ 200.00 per person

Inclusions:
· Four-night accommodation in Microtel Baguio, on twin/double share basis
· Daily breakfast at the hotel
· Round-trip Bus tickets Manila-Baguio-Baguio via Victory Liner
· Guided Baguio City Tour with Lunch via seat-in-coach


For bookings and inquiries, we would be happy to assist you. Call our 24/7 U.S. toll-free number at 1-866-2-MANILA or (632) 893-0002 if you’re in the Philippines. Please visit www.mangotours.com for more of our amazing travel deals.


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Mango Tours’ President Presents Award for FBANC

Mango Tours’ President Johnny Francisco was a guest of honor in the recent Filipino Bar Association of Northern California’s (FBANC) 31st Annual Installation Dinner held at the Four Seasons Restaurant, San Francisco last May 13, 2011. The FBANC welcomed its roster of new board members as they were sworn in before a sizeable crowd of Filipino-Americans and other guests. FBANC is an association of attorneys, students, and legal professionals in the Northern California area whose aim is to support, educate, encourage, and empower its members to excel in their academic and professional endeavors.







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Monday, May 30, 2011

Mango Picks: The Best Comfort Food for the Rainy Season

The rainy season is about to storm its way but that doesn’t mean that it has to chase appetite away. Fill your tummy with some warmth by digging into these dishes.


1. Sopas

Nothing spells good old home-cooking like some steamy sopas, don’t forget the evaporated milk for that creamy consistency.



2. Champorado

Sink your teeth into some sticky rice swirling in the yummy goodness of chocolate. It also goes well with tuyo or salted dried fish.


3. Lugaw / Arroz Caldo


Have some spoonfuls while they’re still piping hot. Take your pick with beef or chicken.


4. Ginataang Halo-Halo

The gooey bite of this dish comes from the bilo-bilo balls (malagkit balls) topped with other surprises like purple yams, sweet potatoes, bananas, and langka (jackfruit) all swimming in luscious coconut cream.



5. Lomi

Enjoy the warm goodness of this noodle dish with its strands of thick egg noodles.





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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Macau: Behind Glitz and Glamour


A city that is most active at night, Macau is a 45-minute ferry ride away from its nearby city, Hong Kong. The nocturnal city is dotted with towering buildings that consist mostly of big-time casinos, luxury hotels, bars and restaurants. It’s no wonder the city is known as one of the prominent gambling destinations of the world. But behind all its glitz and glamour, Macau can also be a perfect destination for leisure travel. When the morning light strikes and all the lights go out, another version of Macau lives on. Macau’s flashy image during the night fades and the up-beat atmosphere turns into a charming, gentle day.
Discover Macau and its rich fusion of cultures by visiting the city’s array of cultural and historical landmarks. The best time to stroll around Macau and get to know its cultural side is during day time. Walk through the clean, narrow streets of Macau where dazzling sceneries are there to captivate your eyes. Sit under the lofty,scenic Macau Tower and watch the long-stretch bridge that connects Macau’s two main islands, Taipa and Colane.
One of the best visited places during day time is The Cathedral of Saint Paul. The church dates back more than 400 years ago and was built in the early 1600s. But due to a fire happened in the year 1835, the church was burned down leaving only its facade and stairways. Today it stands as one of the well-known landmarks of Macau.
Tourists from all over the world visit the place to witness this one-of-a-kind place you won’t see anywhere in the world. The place is highly scenic due to its vibrant setting and state-of-the-art structures.

Markets and friendly locals are there to offer you their best local produce which you will enjoy fully from different delicacies to accessories and from incents to garments.
Aside from The Cathedral of Saint Paul, you will see a lot of temples and churches located in each side of the road. Interesting replicas of some of the world-famous landmarks such as Rome’s The Coliseum, Aukland’s Tower (which looks exactly the same as the Macau Tower), and a Venice’s soul and touch at The Venetian Hotel -- these are just some of the places to visit, there’s more to explore.

So if you’re a traveler looking for some pure entertainment at night and a pleasant time under the sun, you can always visit this lively yet charming city. Besides, you can have the best of both worlds now that you know the other version of Macau.
Our Macau Vacation Package



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Friday, May 27, 2011

Current Airfares to Manila (as of May 28, 2011)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Rates are correct at time of release, includes all taxes, and are subject to the following: change without notice, availability, ticketing deadlines, blackout dates and travel dates.


For more information, please call our 24/7 US TOLL-FREE number at 1-866-2-MANILAor visit www.mangotours.com for more of our affordable travel deals!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mango Mix: A metro museum-hopping affair

*Click the image to read full article in the Asian Journal
Mango Mix is a weekly column of Mango Tours in the Asian Journal. The column celebrates Filipino culture— from must-see travel destinations and advice, social events, culinary delights, arts, and everything interestingly mixing under the Philippine sun.




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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Exploring Palawan, the Last Frontier; Mango Tours in Balitang America

Head to the nation’s last frontier and be left in awe with the beauty of diversity. Paddle through a subterranean river lined with interesting rock formations sculpted by time and nature. Walk through verdant rainforests with the sights and sounds of animals unique to the province. For those seeking some rest and relaxation, lounge by the beach with the glimmer of fine sand and be calmed by the gentle waves. Microtel Puerto Princesa, the country’s only beachfront hotel, is also around the corner to perfectly complement the whole adventure. Definitely, a visit to the Philippines’ Last Frontier will only nurture a deeper passion for a return trip.


Call us now and get yourself ready for Palawan.

Our Palawan Vacation Packages

Microtel Palawan Puerto Princesa from $399.00

Tour Inclusions:

  • 3 nights accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Round-trip airfare Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • Round-trip airport transfers in Puerto Princesa
  • Guided Half day City Tour
Inclusive of:
• Crocodile Farm
• Butterfly Farm
• Iwahig Penal Colony
• Mitra's Ranch
• Baker's Hill
• Puerto Princesa Museum & Churches
• City Market
  • Guided Whole day Honda bay Island Tour with lunch
Inclusive of:
• Sta. Lourdes Wharf
• Star Fish Island with lunch
• Snake Island for snorkeling & fish feeding activities
• Luli, Bat and Meara Marina islands
• Pandan Island for swimming & snorkeling activities
  • Guided Whole day Underground River Tour with lunch
Inclusive of:
• Sabang Wharf
• St. Paul Subterranean Park
• Cave tour via paddle boat
• Lunch at Taraw Lodge
• Optional swimming at Sabang Beach

Dos Palmas Resort & Spa from $639.00

  • 2 nights accommodation in air-conditioned cottage with breakfast

  • Round-trip airfare Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila

  • Scheduled lunch at nearby picnic sites

  • Complimentary coffee/hot tea

  • A choice of one Discover Scuba Diving or Filipino Massage per person

  • Use of the sports and water facilities

  • Speedboat transfers to nearby snorkeling and picnic sites

  • Services of a guest officer and marine sports guide

Club Paradise, Busuanga Island from $ 479.00

Tour Inclusions:

  • 2 nights accommodation with full board meals

  • Round-trip airfare Manila-Busuanga-Manila

  • Round-trip land and boat transfers

  • Use of resort facilities

El Nido Miniloc Resort from $929.00

Tour Inclusions:

  • 2 nights accommodation with full board meals
  • Round-trip airfare Manila-El Nido-Manila
  • Round-trip scheduled land and boat transfers
  • Services of an Activity Officer and Marine Sports Guide
  • Use of water sports facilities
  • Service charge and government tax
  • Exciting land and water activities

El Nido Lagen Resort from $1,059.00

Tour Inclusions:

  • 2 nights accommodation with full board meals
  • Round-trip airfare Manila-El Nido-Manila
  • Round-trip scheduled land and boat transfers
  • Services of an Activity Officer and Marine Sports Guide
  • Use of water sports facilities
  • Service change and government tax
  • Exciting land and water activities

Note: Prices depend on travel dates and are subject to change without prior notice. Rates are applicable for twin occupancy per person. Surcharge applies during peak season. Credit card payments are subject to 5% surcharge. Group rates are available upon request. Valid until March 31, 2012 only.

For bookings and inquiries, we would be happy to assist you. Call our 24/7 U.S. toll-free number at 1-866-2-MANILA or (632) 893-0002 if you’re in the Philippines. Please visit www.mangotours.com for more of our amazing travel deals.



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