Playing host to the world is nothing new to Manila. From 1565, Manila was instrumental in the galleon trade between the Philippines and Spain, facilitating trade relations between the Americas, Europe, Arabia, China and India.
Today, Manila is premier business event destination in Asia, thanks to its world-class facilities, a globally oriented business population, and the friendliest, dedicated teams of support professionals.
The Philippines international Convention Center (PICC) is the first of its kind in Asia, and one of the most versatile event arenas in the Asia-Pacific region. It has a multi-level plenary hall, 14 meeting rooms, a fine-dining restaurant and a media center. Within the complex is the 4,000 square meter PICC Forum, a multi-purpose facility ideal for exhibitions and special events. There are at least eight other major convention sites in the metropolis, including the SMX Convention Center, World Trade Center and Megatrade Hall. These are complemented by a variety of luxury hotels situated strategically within the business districts.
Home to nearly 12 million people, Manila has history, style and charm. It boasts a wide range of sightseeing possibilities for groups and offers cosmopolitan cuisine and superb entertainment. In thus city that never sleeps, there’s a good night out for everyone.
A unique blind of natural beauty, historic sites and urban living, Cebu is never short on appeal. It is the country’s oldest city and the seat of Christianity in the Philippines, and it was here that Ferdinand Magellan first set foot in the Philippines, in 1521. Today, it is known as the ‘Queen City of the South’ and is second only to Manila when it comes to urban buzz.
In contrast to its bustling metropolis and glittering nightlife, the rest of Cebu’s 167 islets and islands are lined wit serene white sand beaches where one can stare blithely out to sea for hours. Cebu is famous worldwide for its diving grounds, rich in spectacular coral beds and sea life. But for those seeking high adventure, the Crown Regency Hotels & Towers boasts a coaster ride that takes thrill seekers more than 38 stories sky high for breathtaking view of Cebu City.
The province is also a major business event destination in the Asia-Pacific region thanks to the world-class Cebu international Convention center (CICC). Close to the Mactan International Airport and ideally located within the business district of Mandue, the CICC is sprawled over nearly three hectares of land. It has a plenary hall, eight meeting rooms and five multi-purpose halls.
The ambience is undeniably laid-back, and the island dress code is barefoot and informal. During the day, seaside massage under the shade of a coconut tree are a common sight. Luxurious spa treatments are also available in the high-end resorts. From dusk to dawn, island life turns into one big party with everyone welcome to join in the fun.
But there is plenty to do other than soaking up the sun on the beach or attending sunset parties. Diversions include windsurfing, sail boating and kayaking. There were 20 dive sites at last count. Horseback riding, trekking and mountain biking are great ways to enjoy scenic rocky cliffs, discover hidden beaches and stumble upon quant villages.
Palawan’s bewitching landscapes include storied lagoons and bays hiding ancient shipwrecks, uncharted mountains, mangrove swamps, hidden pockets of lush forest and deserted islets ringed by kaleidoscopic sea gardens as well as white sand beaches. Palawan is a wildlife haven, where giraffes, zebras and gazelles co-exist with exotic fauna such as the mouse deer, civet and scaly anteater.
The enigmatic island is one of Asia’s finest diving destinations, boasting an undersea panorama of coral gardens vivid with tropical marine life. With more than a hundred caves in its mountainous interior. Bohol is ideal for spelunkers and trekkers. For higher pursuits, there’s ziplining and an open-air cable ride at the Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park.
Bohol is also a historical and cultural destination. It’s 16th century watchtowers and ancient coral-stone churches with glided altars and priceless icons are amazing attractions. One hidden gem is the centuries-old Spanish fort at Pamilacan Island, an eco-tourism destination that’s gaining a reputation for it’s dolphin and whale-watching tours and superb diving sites.
Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, is nestled on a plateau 1,400 meters above sea level. It is the gateway to all the prime attractions in the Cordillera mountains; the fruit and flower farms of La Trindad, the Asin Hot springs, the mummies of kabayan and the Malabisin underground river, to name a few.
Further north is Banaue, tucked in rugged terrain brimming with spectacular scenery – breathtaking mountain ranges, ancient pine forest, tumbling waterfalls and ferny glades.
Carved out of the mountainsides by the Ifugao tribe folk more than 2,000 years ago is the World Heritage – listed Banaue Rice Terraces. Banaue is a popular base for adventurous forays into Ifugao country, idyllic Sagada and mountainous Bontoc.
A place where time stands still, Vigan is famous for its historic houses, cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages, and its unique architecture and culture that fuses Philippine. Chinese and European influences.
Also, in Northern Luzon, 488 kilometers from Manila, is the bustling city of Laoag. Strewn with ancient landmark, its old-world charm is renowned. Laoag is also the gateway to the region’s famous sand dunes and beaches.
Just as enchanting is its community, a harmonious tapestry woven from the diverse cultural threads of its people. In Davao, the contemporary fuses with the traditional as migrant settlers from all over the country co-exist peacefully with the traditional as migrant settlers from all over the country co-exist peacefully with numerous ethnic tribes who continue to live as they did centuries ago.