Philippine Embassy in Canada Launches Winter Escapade 8

Philippine Ambassador to Canada, Maria Andrelita S. Austria (middle), with the guests.

Winter Escapade 8 (WE8) Tourism Package was officially launched by the Embassy of the Philippines in Canada on 17 August 2023 at its Mindanao Hall, to a crowd of almost eighty Filipinos and Canadians from Ottawa, and Gatineau, and nearby towns in Ontario.

The flagship tourism project led by the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in Canada, in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism, and Tourism Promotions Board, is now having a comeback on its eighth season after a three-year hiatus due to pandemic.

Winter Escapade 8 is a meticulously crafted 10-day all inclusive tour, from February 18 to 27, 2023, featuring eco-adventures, cultural excursions, and gastronomic treats in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu and Bohol. From pristine beaches to lush jungles, vibrant cities to serene rural landscapes, WE8 package offers an all-encompassing experience that showcases the unique charm and hospitality of the Filipino people.

In her welcome remarks, Philippine Ambassador to Canada Maria Andrelita Austria invited the guests to join Winter Escapade 8 to have the best experience of the multi-faceted beauty of the Philippines.

Ambassador Austria was joined by Philippine Tourism Attache Francisco Lardizabal, Rajah Tours Philippines President Jojo Clemente, and Philippine Airline (PAL) Country Manager for Canada Allan Coo.

Philippine Airline (PAL) Country Manager for Canada Allan Coo, Philippine Tourism Attache Francisco Lardizabal, and Rajah Tours Philippines President Jojo Clemente (from left to right) during the open forum.

Tourism Attache Lardizabal briefed the audience about the WE8 and also introduced the Bisita Be My Guest tourism project of the Philippine Department of Tourism. Mr. Clemente of Rajah Tours, Inc., the designated ground handler of Winter Escapade 8, presented the WE8 tour package, while Mr. Coo shared the PAL’s promo fares for the tour. The Chairperson of the Philippine Independence Day Committee of the Ottawa Valley (PICOV), Ms. Nora Arriola, shared her personal experience in joining the past WE tours and encouraged the audience to participate in the WE8. The audience was then engaged in an open forum

Upon arrival, the guests were treated by a taste of Filipino street foods, tusok-tusok. The program was followed by the opening of the buffet table where the guests enjoyed a pre-taste of the specialty cuisines representing the destination provinces in the Philippines, such as pancit malabon, pork lechon, sikwate, and chicken inasal.

The Winter Escapade 8 targets to bring 300 participants from Canada to the Philippines. The itinerary and other important details about Winter Escapade 8 can be accessed at

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