Travel shorts: Healing tour, Bicol's latest, Boracay bliss


Posted at May 20 2012 04:13 PM | Updated as of May 21 2012 06:51 PM

The beachfront view from the Discovery Shores in Boracay

MANILA, Philippines – With the summer season now coming to a close, Filipinos have only a few more weeks left to take that much-deserved break before the start of the new school year and the rainy season.

Here are some suggestions for quick getaways for the last weeks of summer. These are not endorsed by

Healing tour

Although a quick trip to the beach is usually enough to rejuvenate stressed-out urbanites, there are those who are seeking something deeper.

Green Faith Travels is organizing a healing pilgrimage to Tarlac on May 26 for those in need of spiritual healing and upliftment. The highlight of the trip is a visit to Monasterio de Tarlac in San Jose to venerate the relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ at the Church of the Risen Christ.

The tour will also bring participants to the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church at barangay Central in Hacienda Luisita, which is said to be patterned after the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France; San Sebastian Cathedral in Tarlac City; the churches of St. Raphael the Archangel and San Lorenzo Ruiz also in Tarlac City; and Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora De La Paz y Buen Viaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage) in La Paz.

The tour cost of P1,850 per person includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, water, and juice packs.

Inquire through [email protected] and [email protected] Deadline for payment is extended to Monday, May 21.

Beach escape

For those who don’t have time this summer, Discovery Shores Boracay is offering a special “Beach Bliss” package of a three-day-two-night stay at a luxurious junior suite for P14,555 nett per person, inclusive of roundtrip boat and land transfers from and to Caticlan, daily buffet breakfast, and a lunch and dinner at Sands Restaurant. An extra night is at P6,100 nett per person.

Guests may choose to upgrade to a one-bedroom suite for an additional P2,000 nett per person per night. All rates are inclusive of 12% VAT and 10% service charge.

Reservation is subject to availability and advanced reservation is required. This limited offer is valid from June 16 to October 15, 2012.

For inquiries and reservations, visit

Bicol break

If you’re looking to visit Bicol, check out The Oriental Legazpi, Albay’s newest luxury hotel.

The hotel has 115 well-appointed guest rooms and suites and first-class amenities, while the Jasmine Restaurant serves dishes ranging from local cuisines as well as international favorites in either a la carte or buffet. With a total seating capacity for 117 guests, it also has private rooms that can seat 80 diners for intimate dining and exclusive private functions.

The Oriental is said to be the only hotel in Albay to offer a full view of the legendary volcano with the perfect cone shape, The Oriental Legazpi also provides views of the rising and setting sun from the same porch. And while it is very much accessible to the big city, it is also distant enough to pamper its guests with the tranquility and relaxation they need.

Summer in the city

If you really can’t escape from the metro, then spend check in and relax at any of the city’s top hotels.

The Lancaster Hotel Manila, on Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City, has a special summer package until May 31 of P3,150 per night, which includes buffet breakfast for two, 10% off on non-alcoholic beverages, 10% off on all services at Lay Bare Waxing Salon, free Internet connection, free shuttle service to Ortigas malls, and free use of swimming pool.

The “Happy Summer Days” package rate is inclusive of service charge and applicable government taxes. Prior reservation is required and booking is subject to space availability.

For more information, visit or e-mail at [email protected]

Meanwhile, Discovery Suites at the Ortigas Center also has a special package that includes an overnight stay with breakfast for two, access to the gym and pool and a 10% discount on food & beverage in the hotel’s restaurants, lounge and room service. The package also offers local residents a choice from any one of the following: a lunch buffet for two at Restaurant 5, a dinner for two at 22 Prime, or a 60-minute couples’ massage at Terra Wellness Spa.

Rates are at P 4,999++ for a one-bedroom suite, P 5,888++ at the newly renovated junior Serendipity Suite and P 6,388++ for a one-bedroom Serendipity suite.

This promo is valid until May 30, 2012. For inquiries and reservations, e-mail [email protected]