Manila — Young Filipinos with a sense of adventure and a wish to connect with their Filipino roots are invited to participate in the second Diskubre Tour from 3 to 13 January 2020 in the Bicol Region.
Covering Manila and the provinces of Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon, and Camarines Sur, this year’s Tour will include historical and city exposure trips.
Activities will include the opportunity to walk down the historic streets of Intramuros, ride an all-terrain vehicle and admire the beauty of the Mayon Volcano, swim with the butanding (whale sharks) in Donsol, behold the Bicolano’s devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, as well as experience life with the local communities and participate in their activities.
During the tour, the participants are expected to document their trip – through social media, blog, or videos featuring the sights and their experience to help in tourism promotion among their peers and spheres of influence.
Diskubre is an immersion tour for second-generation Filipinos and young foreign-born Filipinos which aims to promote a deeper appreciation of Filipino heritage, and a spirit of giving back to the motherland. It is open to Filipinos and persons with Filipino lineage aged 18-40 years. Younger participants are allowed provided they are accompanied by their parents throughout the tour.
The previous Tour was launched in July 2018 by the Philippine Consulate General in New York, in partnership with The Filipino Channel’s web series “Discovering Routes”. The series has garnered more than 20K views on Youtube on its episodes. Participants, parents, and community organizations considered the program a worthy and valuable experience for the youth.
This year’s Tour, organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) Office of Strategic Communications and Research-Cultural Diplomacy Unit, will be held in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, Bicol Region’s local government units, and Philippine Embassies and Consulates General around the world.
Prices start at US$ 1,090 for triple sharing, US$1,125 for double sharing and US$1,365 for single. The package price covers accommodations, tours, transport and meals, the services of an English-speaking guide, porterage fee for two pieces of luggage, passenger accident insurance, taxes and service charges. Participants are responsible for airfare, insurance, and other incidental expenses outside the tour program.
For more information and to register for the Tour, interested participants can log in the Tour’s website, www.travelwiseonline.com/diskubre. (Photo and press release by Khrystina Corpuz Popov, Director, Cultural Diplomacy Division, Office of Strategic Communications and Research, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines)