Want a peek of the Philippines? Go to Chicago!


CHICAGO, IL – Known as a beach haven for celebrities and those in “the know,” the Philippines’ unique 7,107-island geography makes the destination just as perfect for travelers looking for adventure, nature, and culture. Greater Chicago residents can get a sneak peak of the Philippines this weekend as the tropical archipelago is the featured destination at the Adventures in Travel Expo (ATE) – Chicago, on January 10 and 11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (formerly known as the Rosemont Convention Center).

To the traveler, the Philippines offers countless adventures from whitewater rafting to kayaking through limestone caves to rappelling down mountains and waterfalls – and due to a favorable exchange rate, the Philippines is affordable on any budget. The country is also home to the most diverse marine ecosystem known to exist, the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park in Palawan, a scuba diving Mecca featuring two of the world’s oldest and most distinct reef systems.

The Philippine Department of Tourism will be on hand at the convention center to highlight some of its unique island adventures for those looking to learn more about the myriad activities in which visitors can engage.

Expo attendees may visit the Philippine Department of Tourism at Booth 1027 and receive material information on the country, inquire and arrange tour packages, answer surveys, and receive souvenir giveaways. By the booth’s “mini-theater” schedule, expect to view audio visuals on the Philippines, watch cultural performances by youthful dancers, experience massage techniques such as the traditional Filipino “hilot” and enjoy a sampling of delectable Filipino cuisine. The Filipiniana Dancers and the Samahang Kapatid are the cultural performers that will also perform at the Global Beats Stage on both days.

Travel agents will be present for consumers interested in special tour packages. Educational seminars on the must-see adventure destinations in the Philippines will also be conducted by Adventure Travelers Society Co-founder Lisa Greyhill and noted Filipino travel author Carlos “Caloy” Libosada. Saturday schedule is 3:25 – 4:00 pm and Sunday’s schedule will run from 2:30 – 3:15 pm.

“Our cosmopolitan cities, designer shopping malls, upscale spa facilities, and private-island resorts cater to luxury travelers, just as our islands in general are perfect for those looking for unique cultural experiences. Adventure travelers can also possibly discover their own personal Man Vs. Wild or Survivor experience while in our more remote islands,” said Vernie Velarde Morales, director of the Philippine Department of Tourism in Chicago, noting television personality Anthony Bourdain’s recent visit in October.

The Adventures In Travel Expo is being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago on Saturday, January 10 from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday, January 11 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. For more information on the Adventures in Travel Expo in Chicago, visit http://www.adventureexpo.com/chicago .

For more information on the Philippines, visit www.experiencephilippines.ph .