We were privileged to be invited by this regional travel magazine based in Taiwan and has circulation in the South East Asian market to join the Pampanga Bloggers Tour.
The FREE distribution magazine published by Global Access Multi-Media aims to promote Philippines and other Asian countries, as well as Europe’s travel and leisure activities from budget to luxury travellers.
All bloggers are Manila-based, so we had to start our tour from the meet up point in Trinoma Mall where a Genesis bus transport tourists from Manila to Clark Airport. We paid P200 for the bus ride which has WiFi on-board and friendly crew as well.
BUS TRIP: MANILA-CLARK, CLARK-MANILA DAILY SCHEDULE FROM TRINOMA
The bus that goes to Clark and back to Manila has scheduled trip. (Manila-Clark) The first trip is at 3AM, the next trip is 6AM, there another one that leaves at 8AM, another at 3PM and last trip at 12:30PM. (Clark-Manila) Bus leaves in Clark at 1:30AM, 5AM, 9AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, and 5:30OM.
We were at SM Clark half an hour ahead of schedule. We met our tourist guide and we walk to our first stop, the Japanese restaurant YU-FU-IN. YU-FU-IN is very near SM Clark you can take a walk. No taxi cabs here, FYI.
We were met by the young and energetic lovely executive of the YU-FU-IN, Mitch Otsuro the Assistant General Manager and the current President of the HARP (Hotel and Restaurant Association of Pampanga).
Bloggers from Manila L-R: John Michael Bueno, Ian Bacungan, Jaja Ramirez, Ron Villagonzalo, Ashley Roberto with our host Mitch Otsuro and our local tour guide Orly Sison of Global Access Travel and Tours.
We had a sumptuous lunch at the Japanese restaurant with Mitch personally assisting us. She also joined us in our lunch.
The magazine features destinations for vacation, business trips, sports, trendy gadgets, fashion, food as well as special events or occasions for enthusiast discoverers.
The blogger tour is Pampanga is sponsored by 3 Tour Operators in Pampanga, (Global Access Travel and Tours, Ties That Travel, Inc and Amega Travel and Tours), Tourism Office of City of San Fernando. The GLF Team (Giant Lantern Festival) aim to promote Giant Lantern Festival not just a festival for the season of Christmas but also to promote running of tours all year round to boost tourism of City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Itinerary includes arrival lunch at YUFUIN Japanese Restaurant; visit to Santiago de Apostol, Betis Church in Guagua, San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor; and historical ride by Calesa tour. A walk tour inside the famous Nayong Pilipino and Clark Airfield is also included in this two-day event.
There is also a quick shop at Nathaniel’s for sweets and delicacies and preview of how the lanterns are made through demonstration for the Giant Lantern Festival is observed.
Overnight stay is provided by Hotel EuroAsia.
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