Fam Trips

These FAM trips start after the conclusion of TBEX. There are limited spaces available on these trips, so review the information carefully to make sure it is a good fit for you and your readers. The trips are of varying lengths in duration, but all start on October 17th, the day after TBEX ends.

You must be a registered attendee of TBEX Asia/Pacific to apply for these trips. (If you’re not yet registered, please go here to take care of that.) Full participation in the FAM trip is required. No guests or children under the age of 18 are permitted on these trips. All transportation and accommodations while on the FAM trip will be covered.

It is expected that you will create social and editorial content as a result of your participation in these trips, and that you will provide links to all articles for the TBEX round up of posts.

These trips are by invitation only following an application process.

Ilocos: UNESCO World Heritage Tour
ILOCOS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE TOUR

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 20th

Description: An interesting blend of local culture with the Spanish influence on the North West Coast of Luzon covering the region of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Visits will highlight UNESCO Heritage sites such as the churches of Paoay, Sta. Monica and the town of Vigan. Travel back in time and explore the heritage houses. Every house paints a historical picture of yesteryear, and the future of the city. Feast on the local delicacies of this region such as the: longganisa (local sausage), empanada (savory pastry stuffed with longganisa), bagnet (crispy, fattening pork belly that melts in your mouth) and the chichacorn (Puffed, crunchy, and flavored corn).

Attire: Light casual clothes with  comfortable shoes for walking
Themes: Heritage and Culture
Destination: Ilocos Region – Laoag City and Vigan City

 

Cordillera Heritage and Northern Adventure Tour
CORDILLERA HERITAGE AND NORTHERN ADVENTURE TOUR

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 20th

Description: The Philippines’ biggest island, Luzon, is blessed with massive ranges in its mid-northern portion that drops down to its coast facing the West Philippine Sea and Pacific Ocean to the east. Experience Sagada at its finest, dubbed as the “Shangri-la of the Philippines.” Marvel at the world famous Rice Terraces. Etched along the contours of the hills and mountains around the province, this 2,000-year-old man-made engineering feat looks like a staircase built for the gods. Visit the 200 hanging coffins, an indigenous burial practice that dates back 500 years. Explore Baguio City and live like a local by visiting the Tam-Awan Village and take a peek at how the local indigenous groups live. With its cool climate, strawberries abound in the region. Make sure not to miss trying the strawberry tofu while in Baguio.

Attire: Outdoor clothes and shoes fit for hiking. Light jacket for use in the evening
Themes: Heritage and Nature
Destination: Cordillera Administrative Region – Baguio City, Banaue and Sagada

Southern Luzon’s Heritage, Wellness, Culinary Trail
SOUTHERN LUZON’S HERITAGE, WELLNESS, CULINARY TRAIL

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 20th

Description: It might just be an hour or two away from Metro Manila, but the diverse topography and varied natural attractions make this region interesting.  Step into one of the many spas in the area for a relaxing massage and get pampered. Take a nature-trip and time-travel at the same time by visiting the Taal Heritage Village. Have a taste of the local coffee, “kapeng barako.” Enjoy the next days relaxing under the sun in a sprawling seaside sanctuary. A must see in the area is the Taal Volcano, the smallest active volcano in the world. A spectacular view of the volcano can be seen in various view decks in the Tagaytay area. What is interesting with the Taal Volcano is that it is a volcano within a lake within a volcano.

Attire: Light casual clothes with  comfortable shoes for walking and swimwear
Theme: Heritage, Wellness and Culinary
Destination: Southern Luzon – Batangas and Tagaytay City

Discover Palawan
DISCOVER PALAWAN

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 21st

Description: Recently voted as the “Best Island in the World” in the recent Conde Nast Travelers Readers Choice Award, Palawan is an elongated island that stretches within the waters of Luzon Sea off the islands of Mindoro and North Borneo. Known as the “Philippines’ last frontier”, it is one of the most sought after destinations in the country for its abundant natural resources and scenic beauty. Hop on a park-operated paddleboat, and wind your way down the Puerto Princesa Underground River (UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature). A one-hour journey through the caves is more than worth it for the underground river, the impressive stalactites, and the awesome rock formations

Attire: Light casual clothes with  comfortable sandals for walking and beachwear
Theme: Nature and Ecotourism
Destination: Puerto Princesa City and El Nido, Palawan

 

Northern Palawan’s Eco-Adventure
AP FAM 5

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 20th

Description: Recently voted as the “Best Island in the World” in the recent Conde Nast Travelers Readers Choice Award, Palawan is an elongated island that stretches within the waters of Luzon Sea off the islands of Mindoro and North Borneo. Known as the “Philippines’ last frontier”, it is one of the most sought after destinations in the country for its abundant natural resources and scenic beauty. A beautiful island full of activities to choose from. Cruise along Kayangan Lake, with a bamboo raft. Snorkel and go beach hopping. Experience the Philippines’ last frontier. Enjoy the relaxing and therapeutical waters of Maquinit hot springs, which is unlike other hot springs because of its unique mix of salty and slight sulphuric water content.

Attire: Light casual clothes with  comfortable sandals for walking and beachwear
Theme: Nature and Ecotourism
Destination: Coron, Palawan

Bicol Express
AP FAM 6

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 21st

Description: The region for the adventurers – volcanoes, beaches, caverns, coves, lakes, parks and other natural wonders, you name it, Bicol has it. Ride an ATV while traversing the rural land trail towards the province’s most iconic landmark, the Mayon Volcano. Kayak along Bulusan Lake, known as the “Switzerland of the Orient” with Mt. Bulusan as your background, one of the country’s most active volcanos. Try hobie cat sailing, wind surfing, take a sunset cruise or better yet try everything. See for yourself if Misibis Bay will live up to your expectations and to its tagline as, “Your luxury island playground”.

Attire: Light outdoor/ casual clothes with comfortable sandals for walking and beachwear
Theme: Nature and Adventure
Destination: Bicol Region – Legazpi City and Sorsogon

 

The Visayan Charms
VISAYAN

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 21st

Description: Cruise the river of Loboc, view the mountain trails of kisses of the Philippines known as the Chocolate Hills and do a selfie with a tarsier. Explore Bohol’s eastern side with the island’s long stretches of white sand beaches and pristine waters. Discover Lamanoc Island known for its mysticism. Have a taste of “lechon – the best (roast) pig ever” according to Anthony Bourdain. Walk along the streets of Colon, the oldest street in the Philippines. Explore the city’s rich past with a visit to its historical landmarks such as the Magellan’s Cross, Basilica de Santo Nino, one of the country’s oldest relics. As a major trading port and site for some of the nation’s fastest-growing industries, it reinforces its multiculturalism with progression. This heady mix of urban vibes and casual provincial airs makes it a favorite destination of those seeking a showcase of the harmonious co-existence of history, culture and modernity.

Attire: Light casual clothes with comfortable sandals for walking and beachwear
Theme: Nature and Culture
Destination: Central Visayas Region – Cebu and Bohol

 

Negros Y Cebu
NEGROS Y CEBU

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 20th

Description: Get lost in “The City of Gentle People.”, where white sand beaches are just a short boat ride away. Visit an island that remains veiled in mystique. Famous for its traditions of folk healing, and whispered myths of sorcery and the supernatural, Siquijor’s white sand and turquoise waters are indeed bewitching. Have a bite or more of “chicharon” (crispy pork rind), when you stroll along Carcar an old town in Cebu, the “Queen City of the South”. Explore the islands, bask in the sun, ride a boat, escape the heat, and meet the wonderful people of Central Visayas.

Attire: Light casual clothes with comfortable sandals for walking and beachwear
Theme: Nature and Culture
Destination: Central Visayas – Dumaguete City, Siquijor and Cebu

 

Islands to Highlands
ISLANDS TO HIGHLANDS

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 20th

Description: “From Islands to Highlands”: That is the promise of the Davao Region. This unique mix of diversity, both in landscape and in culture, makes the Davao Region a must-visit. Whether you prefer islets that vanish or mountains that dominate skylines, Davao makes good on its promise and always delivers adventure. Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a premier tourist attraction in the Philippines, located in the peaceful and quiet islands of Malipano and Samal. This renowned world-class beach resort is the perfect getaway for people who are in search of a heavenly and blissful retreat. In addition to its tranquil atmosphere, the Pearl Farm Beach Resort offers an excellent buffet with lots of delectable and scrumptious Filipino and international cuisines of fresh seafood specialties

Attire: Light casual clothes with comfortable sandals for walking and beachwear
Theme: Nature and Leisure
Destination: Davao City

 

Rivers to Islands: The CDO Adventure
RIVERS TO ISLANDS

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 20th

Description: Cagayan de Oro may very well be the happiest place in the country. The “City of Golden Friendship,” as it is sometimes called, is home to especially friendly and warm Filipinos. Their ready smiles are a fitting welcome, with Cagayan de Oro’s accessible location also making it the “Gateway to Northern Mindanao.” Cagayan de Oro’s much talked-about whitewater rafting and river trekking make it the premier whitewater destination in the country. The Cagayan de Oro River is famed for challenging rapids, around 25 of them which can cater to beginners, advanced and even extreme rafters (up to class 5). It’s really an experience like no other and well worth the initial scare. They say the wild river helps you discover your inner strength and endurance. Barely 240 square kilometers in land area, Camiguin is the second smallest island of the Philippines in both area and population. It is just 23 kilometers at its longest and just a bit more than 14 kilometers at its widest. Within this small area lie seven volcanoes. Lovely little Camiguin is the island “born of fire.”

Attire: Light outdoor casual clothes with comfortable sandals good for trekking and whitewater rafting and beachwear
Theme: Nature and Adventure
Destination: Northern Mindanao – Cagayan de Oro City and Camiguin

 

A Tale of Two Spanish Cities and the Mango Island
A TALE OF TWO SPANISH CITIES AND THE MANGO ISLAND

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 21st

Description: In its glory days, Iloilo City was called the Queen City of the South. It was the last Spanish-colonial capital of the Philippines when Manila surrendered to the United States of America. You’ll see remnants of its splendid past standing proudly amidst the bustling and chaotic streets of Iloilo today.

A tour of Bacolod’s attractions starts at the city plaza, where you’ll find San Sebastian Cathedral (built in 1876). Its coral stone is from Guimaras and its hardwood is from Palawan. The historical building of Palacio Episcopal (Bishop’s Palace), built in 1890, served as a refuge for the Spanish colonizers during the revolt of 1898. The Fountain of Justice in front of the old city hall is where the Spanish colonizers surrendered to Filipinos in 1898. When you’re in Bacolod during October, you should not miss one of the famous festivals of the Philippines—the Masskara Festival. Guimaras, where the sweetest mangoes in the world grow, has the prerequisite azure waters and white sand beaches, but what makes it special is the serenity and laidback lifestyle you’ll find in most parts of the island.

Attire: Light casual clothes with comfortable sandals good for walking and beachwear
Theme: Nature and Heritage
Destination: Western Visayas Region – Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Guimaras Island

 

Breathtaking Batanes
BREATHTAKING BATANES

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 21st

Description: The 10-tiny island group collectively called the Batanes islands, is considered as the Philippines’ last frontier of the north. It is located at the northernmost tip, halfway between Cagayan’s Babuyan Island and Taiwan’s Wluanbi. It is surrounded by a vast expanse of water where the Pacific Ocean meets the China Sea. Rolling hills crashing waves; big boulder beach and stine arch carved by wind and tide; Batanes’ dramatic terrain made it the most photogenic province in the Philippines.

Attire: Casual clothes with comfortable sandals good for walking and beachwear
Theme: Nature, Culture and Heritage
Destination: Batanes

The Undiscovered Beauty beyond Nature’s Fury
AP FAM 13

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 20th

Description: Known to many as the place that was most badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to make landfall in recorded history, Leyte actually serves as the jump-off point to some isolated islets that look straight out of the pages of a travel magazine. Kalanggaman Island in Palompon is the quintessential tropical island, where gradient blue waters lap peacefully at fine sugary sand.

Sohoton National Park is situated in Basey, Samar. It is Basey’s pride and heritage because it is one of the most popular destinations in the region. Within this 841-hectare paradise along the Basey River, you can find a network of caves, rock shelters, flowing rivers, plunging waterfalls, and rich flora and fauna. It derived its name from the magnificent stone bridge that connects two mountain ridges where underneath flows the Sohoton River. “Sohoton” means “to pass through”.

As an American general during World War II famously promised, “I shall return”. After one visit, probably, so will you.

Attire: Casual outdoor clothes with comfortable sandals good for walking/ light trekking and beachwear
Theme: Social Awareness, Culture, Nature
Destination: Leyte

 

Boracay, The 24-7 Island
BORACAY

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return: October 20th

Description: Out of all the islands in the world, Boracay ranked No. 1 in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Beaches – Asia, Travelers’ Choice in 2015.

Located in Malay, Aklan, Western Visayas, Boracay is just seven kilometers long and less than a kilometer wide at its narrowest point – a postcard-sized tropical paradise. There’s no shortage of activities for you at this island paradise. There are watersports activities, luxurious massage right on the beach or at one of the spas. And when the sun goes down, you can head to any of Boracay’s bars for a

Attire: Beachwear
Theme: Nature, Leisure
Destination: Boracay

 

Siargao
SIARGAO

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 20th

Description: Head to Cloud 9, walk on the long wooden bridge and watch the adrenaline junkies play with the 9-shaped waves! But Siargao is not all about surfing. It’s also well known for game fishing. In fact, an international game fishing event is held here every summer. The coast abounds with tuna, mackerel, marlin, and even crabs, squids, octopus, and sting rays. It is also home to some of the postcard-perfect islands in the country. The pretty Naked Islandis named such because it is stripped of luxury trappings and even the typical coconut trees.  The nearby Daku Island is the fairest of them all. This unheard of island has powdery white sand hugged by gorgeous aquamarine waters. Unlike Naked Island, Daku is dotted with coconut trees. If you plan to stay overnight, head to Guyam Island, a local favorite.

Attire: Beachwear, rashguard (for those who will try surfing)
Theme: Adventure, Nature, Leisure
Destination: Siargao

Gawad Kalinga Social Community Immersion
GAWAD KALINGA OCIAL COMMUNITY IMMERSION

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 19th

Description: Immerse into the social communities and enterprises at Gawad Kalinga (GK) Enchanted Farm in Bulacan. Make your post trip meaningful by providing an impact and helping the poor communities in the area. Stay in one of the community homes and volunteer your time to contribute to one of the social businesses or spend time teaching or playing with the kids. The GK Enchanted Farm is Gawad Kalinga’s platform to raise social entrepreneurs, help our local farmers and create wealth in the countryside. As we learned that the road out of poverty is a continuing journey and therefore, providing homes is merely the beginning, we also realized that our country is abundant with resources (land included) that we can harness for every Filipino to continuously lead a life with dignity.

Attire: Comfortable Clothes and Outdoor Farm activity gear
Theme: Social Immersion, Farm, Outdoor, Community, Volunteer
Destination: GK Enchanted Farm, Bulacan

Tao Expedition
TAO EXPEDITION

Number of Participants: 10
Departure:
October 17th
Return:
October 21st

Description: Tao Philippines Expedition is a social enterprise founded by Eddie Agamos Brock and Jack Foottit that immerses participants in the authentic Filipino island life while, at the same time, helping the remote island communities of Northern Palawan. Tao means “people” in Filipino and is pronounced as Ta-O (not as the single syllable, tao). The expedition takes place in Coron, Culion, Linipacan, and El Nido–for 5 days and 4 nights. It is recommended to go from Coron (known for its shipwrecks and diving) to El Nido (known for the best islands and beaches). This journey is not for everyone…Before applying to take part in this experience you must understand that what Tao offers is not a tour or a hotel. This is a journey to the most remote islands in Palawan.

Attire: Beach, Diving and Outdoor Activity gear
Theme: Social Immersion, Local Authentic Island Life, Outdoor, Community,
Destination: Coron, Culion, Linipacan and El Nido, Palawan

 

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The deadline to apply for these trips is July 31st, 2016 at midnight, Pacific Time.

PLEASE NOTE: Tours are subject to change.