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22/08/2014: HAWAII AND TAHITI PARTICIPANTS ENJOY ONE-OF-A-KIND PHILIPPINE HOSPITALITY AT THE 9th ACGTDT

Press Release 61-2014

HAWAII AND TAHITI PARTICIPANTS ENJOY ONE-OF-A-KIND PHILIPPINE                                                     HOSPITALITY AT THE 9th ACGTDT

(22 August 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii) Not even the threat of a tropical depression in the Philippines dampened the high spirits of the delegation of Hawaii and Tahiti participants headed by Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin to the 9th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) in the Philippines held from 28 to 31 July 2014, a yearly tourism project organized by Philippine Posts in the United States in cooperation with Department of Tourism, is now on its 9th year.

Above and below photos show Hawaiian and Tahiti participants for the 9th ACGTDT headed by Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin poses for souvenir photos. (Photos by: Jeffrey de Mesa)

The 65 participants from both Hawaii and Tahiti, French Polynesia, were part of the total number of almost 300 participants from all over the United States together with the Philippine Ambassador to Washington DC and Philippine Consuls General in Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Agana, experienced first-hand the warm, hospitality the Filipinos are famous for, upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The Department of Tourism and Rajah Tours officials greeted them with warm smiles, friendly handshakes and sampaguita leis.



The following three day-tour were filled with activities and programs for the participants. On 28 July, the participants had whole day tours of their choice such as the Corregidor tour; Manila and Makati City Tour with church visits and museum tours (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Metropolitan and San Agustin Museum); and studio tours of GMA Network and ABS-CBN TV noontime variety shows. In the evening, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the marketing arm of the Philippine Department of Tourism, hosted a Mindanao-themed welcome dinner with live entertainment at the posh Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-la Hotel.

On July 29, the participants witnessed a wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Park which was led by Vice Mayor Isko Moreno of the City of Manila and Philippine Ambassador to the United States Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr. This was followed by a luncheon at Malacañan Palace and President Benigno S. Aquino III was represented by Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario who welcomed the delegates. A tour of the Palace Museum ensued after the luncheon. In the afternoon, participants had free time to go shopping. The day was capped by an “All White” themed Fellowship Dinner hosted by Western Union at the Grand Ballroom of Dusit Thani Hotel.

On the third and last day of the 9th ACGTDT, the participants were treated to an all-day tour of Pico de Loro in Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu Batangas. Upon arrival, a festive rondalla and band performance from Nasugbu’s locals greeted the participants. The welcoming party was headed by Nasugbu Mayor Charito Apacible. The participants were treated to an eat-all-you-can buffet lunch, cultural performances and a free tour of the resort’s features and amenities.

Rajah Tours, the official tour ground handler, also arranged optional out-of-town tours for participants who wish to have additional tour experience in other renowned Philippine travel destinations.

The Hawaii and Tahiti participants sure did have a great time and have expressed that they are looking forward to attending the 10th ACGTDT in 2015 and the subsequent tours, and even committed to inviting their friends, family and colleagues to consider joining this unique and exceptional tour to the Philippines. (END).

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