Located in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines has remained relatively undiscovered compared to its more well-known Asian counterparts. In 1983, The Manila Hotel introduced visitors to the capital city with two of Globus-Gateway tours. Guests could choose from the 15-day Highlights of the Orient and the 22-day Exotic Ocean, both of which featured a full-day city tour of the old city, Intramuros and St. Augustine's, as well as a Spanish bastion, once a World War II prison, the 17th-century University of Santo Tomas and the Spanish/Oriental tropical markets. Then, guests could visit the volcano within a volcano at Tagaytay, before returning to the city to see the bamboo-pipe organ at Las Pinas. (Read the full article here.)
In the last year, the Philippines released a projection anticipating continued success of tourism growth into the next five years, this fall a new government was elected, and this spring Air China launched nonstop service between Beijing and Manila. Our favorite development is the opening of the five-star Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa on Boracay Island, featuring the property's beachfront and the property's trademark CHI spa.
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