Tasty, educational tours from Mangan Kapampangan

Last July, I briefly experienced what it was like to be a tour operator. Some relatives from abroad were in town and they asked yours truly to book a series of trips for them. I had three challenges. First, the ages of the vacationers ranged 1 to 60 years old (meaning: no one wanted to take long road trips or walk too far). Second, they’d gone to most of the Philippines’s popular spots (Boracay, Palawan, Baguio, etc.). And lastly, the trips were taking place in July, during the manic “wet but humid” season.

I’d listed down attractions in and around Metro Manila. Things like museum trips, performances at the CCP (Cultural Center of Philippines), and places to eat filled my notes. I’d almost ironed everything out when I chanced upon mangankapampangan.com, a website run by Bryan Ocampo. Initially, I was a bit skeptical. I’d done some tourism-related work in the past and I’d never heard of him. However, Bryan’s prompt and professional replies to my queries won me over. Continue reading “Tasty, educational tours from Mangan Kapampangan”


Holiday Inn & Suites Makati’s presence buoys business and leisure visits

Holiday Inn & Suites Makati’s presence buoys business and leisure visits

Tourism officials and executives attending “Inn Time for Tourism. More Fun in 2013 with Holiday Inn & Suites Makati,” a roundtable on the 2013 tourism and business growth outlook, affirmed that the added dimensions that Holiday Inn & Suites Makati brings to accommodations are a good support for the “More Fun in the Philippines” campaign.Mr. Christian Pirodon (second from left), Area General Manager of the InterContinental Hotels Group Philippine Cluster and General Manager of Holiday Inn & Suites Makati (HISM), shared that as the newest purposely built Holiday Inn, HISM will be a showcase of the refreshed Holiday Inn brand. With direct access to Glorietta Mall, the 20-storey hotel presents well-defined offerings that meld business and family goals of visitors. In photo with Mr. Pirodon are, from left, Mr. Karim Klaa, HISM Hotel Manager, Mr. Junie Jalandoni, Capital and Hotels Head of Ayala Land Inc., Dir. Cynthia Lazo of the Domestic Tourism Promotions of the Department of Tourism, and Mr. Jun Brion, Second Vice President of the Philippine Tour Operators Association (Philtoa).