Thursday, June 30, 2011

$907 SFO/LAX to MANILA Roundtrip Airfare


Here’s another great deal for you from Air China! For as low as $907, you can now fly roundtrip to Manila from SFO/LAX. Book now by calling us at our 24/7 U.S. toll-free number 1-866-2-MANILA.

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 (02) 893-0002 if you’re in the Philippines. Please visit www.mangotours.com for more of our amazing travel deals.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Rates are expressed in US Dollar. The departure dates are from August 16 – December 10, 2011 only. Ticket is valid for a 3-month stay. Rates include all taxes and are subject to the following: change without notice, availability, ticketing deadlines, blackout dates and travel dates.

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Mango Mix: The mountains that move us



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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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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Outstanding Airports in Asia

Passengers are getting amazed by how airports transformed and reinvented itself into a place not just for flights but also a place where mobility, efficiency and comfort meet all at the same time. State-of-the-art technologies are being invested by airports around the world, which for passengers, is very rewarding. But one continent stands out when it comes to this activity -- it is none other than the colorful and bustling continent of Asia.

SkyTrax, the well-known airline and airport review site, has ranked this year’s World’s Best Airport with the help of more than 11.38 million participants who contributed their views to award the world’s top ten best airports. Half of them including the number one choice, Hong Kong International Airport, are in Asia.

So to give you a glimpse, we list down these five outstanding airports in Asia:

Hong Kong International Airport


The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), locally known as the Check Lap Kok Airport, first operated back in the year 1998. It showcases the largest terminal building across the globe with flights operated by approximately 90 airlines to more than 150 cities around the world. In 2010, HKIA was named as the busiest airport by cargo traffic across the world. In 2009, airport ranked as the 2nd best airport in the world, 3rd in 2010 and 1st this year.

Singapore Changi Airport


Operated by the Changi Airport Group, Singapore Changi Airport has flights operated by 100 airlines. It is a hub for more than seven airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Valuair, and Jett8 Airlines Cargo. The airport has 24-hour napping areas, shower and spa facilities, hotel and pool amenities, and tour offers which passengers can avail of while they’re there. The place also houses six open-air gardens available for passengers.

Incheon International Airport




Ranked as the world’s second busiest airport by cargo next to Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), Incheon International Airport has flights operated by no less than 70 airlines. The airport has relaxing and entertaining features for their passengers such as golf course, spa, ice skating rink, private sleeping room, casino and a cultural museum. It received the 5-full star ranking from Skytrax.

Beijing Capital International Airport


Beijing Capital International Airport is currently the busiest airport when it comes to passenger traffic in the world next to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Ranked 5th out of the ten best airports in the world by Skytrax, Beijing Capital International Airport is owned and operated by a state-controlled company called the Beijing Capital International Airport. The airport has flights operated by more than 90 airlines that fly to more of less 120 destinations around the world.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport



One of Southeast Asia’s largest airports, Kuala Lumpur International Airport is operated by Malaysia Airports, an airport company that operates most of the airports in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is located in the southern part of Selangor. It has workforce of 25,000 workers and operates 24 hours a day making it capable of handling 35 million passengers and 1.2 million tons of cargo a year. It ranked as the 9th on the list of World’s Best Airports awarded by Skytrax.

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Come and visit Asia today and experience first-hand these world-class airports through our Asian Getaway Tour Packages!


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Taking a Bite of History and Food at Microtel Cabanatuan; Mango Tours in Balitang America



Cabanatuan has its share of historic events that go along with its culinary offerings that are bound to excite taste buds. The city was a witness to the Great Raid wherein American soldiers, together with Filipino guerillas, staged one of the most successful rescue operations in military history. A Prisoner of War Memorial Shrine, made in honor of the valiant soldiers of WWII, now stands as a popular tourist site. Within reach of all this history is Microtel Cabanatuan. Staying true to its promise of “the same great hotel everywhere you go”, Microtel Cabanatuan has some extra perks beyond their quality service and chiropractor-approved beds like a swimming pool and some delightful cuisine from Nueva Ecija. To complete the journey, a visit to the local food plant is also advised for those who want to take home sumptuous Cabanatuan longganisa and other treats. 

Your travel experience just got sweeter with Mango Suites at Microtel! Have a relaxing stay at any of the nine Microtel Hotels and Resorts located in prime destinations in the Philippines.Valued customers who will book their hotel accommodations through Mango Tours are entitled to stay at Mango Suites courtesy of Microtel. Premium rooms of Microtel are given the Mango Tours’ touch and furnished into Mango Suites.


INCLUSIONS
CUSTOMER'S INCENTIVES
·  Breakfast for two (2) persons
·  Automatic upgrade from Premium Room to Mango Suite
·  Service Charge
·  50% discount on early check-in arrangement at Microtel Mall of Asia
·  Government Tax
·  Express check-in at Mango Tours designated counter











For bookings and inquiries, we would be happy to assist you. Call our 24/7 U.S. toll-free number at1-866-2-MANILA or (632) 893-0002 if you’re in the Philippines. Please visithttp://www.mangotours.com/ for more of our amazing travel deals.



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Monday, June 27, 2011

Current Airfares to Manila (As of June 27, 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-MANILA or visit www.mangotours.com for more of our affordable travel deals.
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Mango Tours' 2nd Daly City Branch Now Open!


More Northern Californians can now avail of excellent travel deals with the opening of Mango Tours’ 2nd Daly City Branch


Located at 6730 Mission St., Unit A, inside PNB-RCI; the branch offers the same reliable services of Mango Tours like international and domestic tickets, Philippine hotels/resorts and customized tours, Asian hotel accommodations and tours, international packages and cruises, private airport pick-up, and car/van rentals.

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Mango Tours also has branches in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Vallejo, Newark, Anaheim, Los Angeles,Panorama City, West Covina, Las Vegas, and Philippines.

So make the Philippines and beyond closer with Mango Tours. For inquiries and bookings, call out US toll-free number at 1-866-2-MANILA or visit www.mangotours.com for more amazing travel deals.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wildlife in the Philippines

The Philippines has one of the highest bio-diversities on the planet. The country is surrounded by waters and dotted with lush, tropical forests. It’s an abundant home to thousands of species. New discoveries are made continuously in the country resulting into a much bigger number of species and expected to increase in years to come. 

Although the threat of extinction continues to rise especially to the endemic ones, the country is in full force to preserve them and fight for their protection.  The Republic Act No. 9147, known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, is the Government’s policy to conserve the country's wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainability. Moreover, the Philippine Government supports and initiates scientific studies and invests on resources that help strengthen their commitment to protect wildlife species and their habitats. The support coming from numerous environmental foundations and organizations in the Philippines such as HARIBON, PETAWWF PhilippinesGENESYS, and PEMSEA and other organizations also plays a big role in performing this commitment.

So to give tribute to the wildlife of the Philippines, here’s a rundown of some of the country’s endemic creatures found nowhere else in the world:

Philippine Eagle



The Philippine Eagle also known as the Monkey-eating Eagle is one of the rarest and strongest birds in the world.  Stated as the Philippines’ national bird, the Philippine Eagle is found in the islands of eastern Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. Due to deforestation, it has become one of the endangered species of the country – killing it would result to more than 10 years of imprisonment.

Calamian Hog Deer



Found in the Calamian Group of Islands in Palawan, the Calamian Hog Deer is one of the three species of deer native to the Philippines – the two being the Philippine Sambar and the Visayan Spotted Deer. It has a life span of 12-20 years.

Fresh Water Crocodile

Another animal that is endemic to the Philippines, the Philippine Freshwater Crocodile, is found in the islands of Samar, Jolo, Negros Island, Masbate and Busuanga. This reptile is now critically endangered caused by exploitation and illegal fishing methods such as dynamite fishing. However, conservations are being done by Mabuwaya Foundation, the Crocodile Conservation Society and the Zoological Institute of HerpaWorld in Mindoro, to help sustain the life and habitat of this wildlife creature.


Tawilis



Found only in the Taal Lake in Batangas, the Freshwater Sardinella, locally known as Tawilis, is a small-sized freshwater sardine that has a maximum length of 15 cm long and weighing less than 30 grams. Due to overfishing, Tawilis has now become one of the threatened species in the Philippines.


Tarsier
Philippine Tarsiers are among the many highlights and most treasured wonders of the Philippines. Most of these nocturnal creatures are found in Bohol. You can expect to see these adorable creatures hanging on trees in slumber during daylight. Tourists are strongly advised not to touch or take photos of them using flash to avoid trauma on the part of the tarsiers. You can visit them at Bohol’s Tarsier Preservation Center.

Philippine Forest Turtle




An extremely rare and exotic creature found in the Philippines, the Philippine Forest Turtle is found in the islands of Palawan. This omnivorous creature feeds on aquatic plants and small fishes. Due to the abusive acts of the people and probable threats from habitat loss, the Philippine Forest Turtle is now critically endangered.


These are just some of the Philippines’ countless treasures; there are still so many of them waiting to be discovered. Let’s all do our part to protect them from extinction so that they can see the future with us.


For travel arrangements to the Philippines, you can call us anytime at 1-886-2-MANILA or (02) 893-0002 if you’re in the Philippines. Visit www.mangotours.com to know about our amazing travel deals.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Manila Shopping & Spa Treatment Tour Package


More often than not, vacations are meant to take the minds of people off from the usual grind but when you get to the near end of your vacation, you’re most likely been burned out again. Probably stressed on traveling for hours by land or plane and for engaging in strenuous activities all through out your journey. Regain your center and look forward to a fresh new start at work and at home. If you still do not have any plans for your last vacation day or have one more day to spare, this Manila Shopping & Spa Treatment Tour Package will definitely make your travel a complete and relaxing vacation.

Reward yourself with a shopping spree. Get yourself a souvenir or buy presents for your loved ones back home. Get fabulous finds and great deals in two of the best shopping havens in the Philippines. Greenhills Shopping center is one of the premier shopping malls in Metro Manila. This mall offers a wide variety of quality products at the most reasonable prices.



On the other hand, Market! Market! is located within the parameters of the country’s central business district. This shopping destination has the variety and freshness of a Sunday street market. It has themed retail zones, fruits and flowers market, and a regional food and hawker’s area.


After hours of shopping, dine in an authentic Filipino Restaurant. Kamayan Restaurant offers the best Filipino cuisine at its finest. From appealing appetizers to delectable desserts served in a town fiesta environment, your appetite will surely be satisfied.



To completely relax and unwind, treat yourself to a relaxing Spa treatment at Neo Spa in Bonifacio Global City. The long land or air travel will make you feel antsy but a massage is a surefire way to begin your trip back home feeling calm and collected. Neo Spa offers 60 to 120 minute relaxing massages for those who crave for relaxation. All spa treatments promising beneficial and relaxing effects for everyone. 
 


These activities will surely beat off that stress; make you feel relieved and satisfied. Make your vacation complete with this fantastic offer. Book now!


TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Roundtrip Transfers
  • Morning Shopping at Greenhills Shopping Center
  • Lunch at Kamayan Restaurant
  • Afternoon Shopping at Market! Market! Bonifacio Global City
  •  Spa Treatment at Neo Spa (The Fort Branch)  
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    Note: Rate applies for a minimum of four (4) persons and above. Prices may be subject to change without prior notice. Rates are 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 at1-866-2-MANILA or (632) 893-0002 if you’re in the Philippines. Please visit http://www.mangotours.com/ for more of our amazing travel deals.


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    Mango Mix: The Churches of June


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    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, June 21, 2011

    Palawan's Wonderful Wildlife, the Last Frontier Part 4; Mango Tours in Balitang America



    The Last Frontier serves as a refuge for a number of creatures endemic to the region. Around 232 species unique to Palawan can be found hanging around its verdant blankets of trees and crystalline waters. Ensuring the survival of these species is of prime importance to the people of Palawan and other Filipinos as well. Commendable efforts from the community like the construction of a wildlife rescue and conservation center that raises awareness of the animals' condition giving them a better chance of being appreciated by future generations. Visiting Palawan is not just about witnessing the amazing feats of nature, to an extent; it enhances one's appreciation regarding the inter-connectivity of things.


    Call us now and experience the living and breathing wonders of the Last Frontier. 




    STAY A WHILE PACKAGE
    MICROTEL PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN
    (Book  3 Nights, Get 1 Night Free at)

    Based on Twin/DBL  Occupancy               US$ 399.00 per person
    Extra Person                                            US$ 359.00 per person

    Inclusions:
    ·         Round-trip airfare (Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila) via Philippine Airlines
    ·         Round-trip airport transfers in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
    ·         Four (4) nights stay at Microtel Puerto Princesa
    ·         Daily breakfast in the hotel
    ·         Guided Half Day Puerto Princesa City Tour
    ·         Guided Whole Day Honda Bay Island Tour with Picnic Lunch
    ·         Guided Whole Day Underground River Tour with Lunch

    NOTE:  Rates may vary depending on the available Fare & Room Class at the time of booking.


    SUGGESTED ITINERARY:

    DAY 1 
    8:00 AM           Depart Manila for Puerto Princesa City via PAL
    9:30 AM           Meet and greet at Puerto Princesa Airport
                           Transfer to the hotel by Microtel
                           Check-in at the hotel
                           Lunch on personal account
    1:00PM            PUERTO PRINCESA CITY TOUR
                          The tour will cover Puerto Princesa historical landmarks, Crocodile 
                          Farm, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (The Prison Without Bars),
                          Mitra's Farm and Baker's Hill.
             
    6:00 PM           Return to the hotel                                
                          Dinner on personal account
                          Overnight at Microtel Puerto Princesa

    DAY 2
    6:00 AM           Breakfast at the hotel
    7:00 AM           Pick-up at the hotel by Hadefe Tours for a whole day 
                           UNDERGROUND RIVER TOUR
                          A two-hour travel to the countryside is scenic via an air-conditioned 
                          van.
    9:00 AM          Arrive at Sabang Wharf
                          Registration and queuing for the Underground River Tour
    9:30 AM          Boat ride to St. Paul Subterranean Park
    11:00 AM         Return to Sabang Wharf
    12:00 NN         Lunch at Taraw Lodge
    1:00 PM           Optional swimming
    2:00 PM           Depart for the city
    4:30 PM           Arrive at the hotel
                           Dinner on personal account
                           Overnight at Microtel Puerto Princesa


    DAY 3
    6:30 AM        Breakfast at the hotel
    7:30 AM        Pick-up at the hotel by Hadefe Tours for whole day 
                        HONDA BAY TOUR
    8:30 AM        Registration at Sta. Lourdes Wharf
     Boat ride to Pambato Reef for Snorkeling and Fish Feeding activities
     Proceed to Star Fish Island for Picnic Lunch
    1:00 PM        Transfer to Snake Island for Snorkeling, Swimming, and Fish
                        Feeding activities
    3:00 PM        Running tour of Luli, Bat and Meara Marina islands
    3:30 PM        Proceed to Pandan Island for swimming & snorkeling activities
    5:00 PM        Return to Sta. Lourdes Wharf
    5:30 PM        Arrive at the hotel
    Dinner on personal account
    Overnight at Microtel Puerto Princesa

    DAY 4
    7:00 AM     Breakfast at the hotel
                     Free day for other optional activities such as Firefly Watching, 
                     River Cruise, etc.
                     Shop for Palawan souvenir products.
                     Lunch and Dinner on personal account
                     Overnight at Microtel PPS

    DAY 5
    6:00 AM     Breakfast at the hotel
    8:00 AM     Transfer to Puerto Princesa Airport by Microtel
    10:00 AM    Depart Puerto Princesa for Manila via PAL
    11:30 AM    Arrive Manila at NAIA Terminal 2

                            End of Tour


    For bookings and inquiries, we would be happy to assist you. Call our 24/7 U.S. toll-free number at1-866-2-MANILA or (632) 893-0002 if you’re in the Philippines. Please visithttp://www.mangotours.com/ for more of our amazing travel deals.



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