Philippines holiday, highlands to islands

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Philippines holiday, highlands to islands

Environment

This itinerary takes in both the cities and remote areas the Philippines has to offer. In the big cities where pollution is a problem we strive to make as minimal an impact to the environment as possible. We spend a day travelling around Manila on unusual bamboo bikes handmade in the Philippines by Gawad Kalinga villagers. We include day trips out to the islands in Busuanga and El Nido with strictly permitted boats to cover the marine parks and have minimal impact on the marine life.

El Nido Resorts:
Committed to preserving the islandís unspoilt eco-sanctuary, the resort operates in harmony with its surroundings, artfully balancing comfort with sustainability. Rainwater is captured, filtered and stored to be used in guestrooms. El Nido Resorts operates a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant (STP) combined with native reed bed filters. This ensures that no raw sewage and grey water are discharged into sea. El Nido Resorts celebrates Eco-Hour every full moon during the summer months of March to May. The energy savings from the 1-hour electricity shutdown is used to purchase seedlings from Island Transvoyager Inc.ís Carbon Offsetting Program, to be planted in the El Nido watershed.

Community

Remote Minority Groups: We are of the staunch opinion that minorities arenít tourist attractions, any more than children are. All our holidays that take place in and around minority communities are set up with the localsí best interests at heart and we work with partners who do everything possible to ensure that the entire community benefits from our visits. This itinerary visits Banaue where many locals live a traditional Ifugao lifestyle (overlooked by conquering Spaniards) that has remained unchanged for generations.

We are passionate about money being spent to benefit local communities. Pampanga is a little-known culinary hotspot and there are two places we recommend for dinner. Koyang Mario is a small, family run restaurant offering Kapampangan dishes which are freshly prepared from traditional family recipes and served on banana leaves. Atching Lillianís Kitchen is the restaurant of renowned local chef, Atching Lilian Borromeo. She serves up authentic Kapampangan style dishes in a homely dining room beside her ancestral home. Besides historical architecture, Vigan is well-known for its production of Ďburnayí Ė earthenware pottery. We will visit a burnay workshop where the traditional pottery methods used date back to the 16th century when Chinese immigrants settled in Vigan.

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