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Friday, February 5, 2016

300 Fil-Canadians on a "Winter Escapade" in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 5 (PIA) – Some 300 Filipino-Canadian tourists visited the province of Albay as part of their Winter Escapade Tour Itinerary this year.

The group stayed in Albay from February 4-6 as they also made sorties in other provinces in the Bicol region such as Sorsogon and Camarines Sur visiting prime tourist destinations and other showcases.

Now on its third year, the Winter Escapade Philippine Tour is organized by the Philippine Embassy and consular posts in Canada to escape the cold winter season in their country.

Vancouver Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer, in a press release, has earlier said that this year’s travel itinerary and tour packages aims to attract more participants targeting not only the balikbayan but the mainstream Canadians as well.

Last year’s travel was led by Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila Garcia to Dumaguete, Siquijor, Bohol, and Cebu.

The group arrived Thursday this week and was warmly welcomed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and provincial government of Albay before they proceed to Mayon Rest House and other destinations in Tabaco City.

For today, they were divided into four groups for a tour in Naga City, Sorsogon, Camalig and Albay.

The Naga City tour group visited the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, Archaelogical and Ecclesiastical museums, Porta Mariae and Camsur Watersports Complex.

Participants in the Sorsogon tour visited Bulusan lake, Balay Buhay sa Uma Farms and Irosin Hot Spring with stop for karagumoy handicrafts and pili products.

The Camalig tour included Busay Falls and ATV adventure with visits in Hoyop-Hoyopan cave, Calabidongan cave, Quitinday Hills dubbed as the chocolate hills of Albay, Kitwinan Hill considered as the highest point in Camalig.

The tour in Albay highlighted handicrafts and culinary fusion which includes demo on how to make pinukpok and geonet. The group is also taken to various souvenir stores for shopping.

On Saturday, the group stayed overnight stay in Misibis Bay Resort while they can venture on their own on Sunday.

The Fil-Canadian tourists left for Metro Manila on February 8 and will proceed to Palawan on the remaining days of their stay in the country until February 12.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571454655010/300-fil-canadians-on-a-winter-escapade-in-albay#sthash.DhZOCIYl.dpuf

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