WANDERLUST| More than P1 million raised for the Philippine Eagle

IN THEIR continued effort of supporting environmental causes in Mindanao, the Marco Polo Hotels and Wharf Hotels across Asia were able to raise P1,156,000.00 (US$22,709.05) for the Philippine Eagle Foundation in a span of one year.

PEF executive director Dennis Salvador receives the donation from the Marco Polo team

PEF executive director Dennis Salvador receives the donation from the Marco Polo team

In a ceremony held last August 31, Halifax Davao Hotel, Inc. president Francis R. Ledesma and Wharf Hotels vice president for operations Philippe Caretti along with Marco Polo Davao general manager Dottie Wurgler-Cronin turned over the hotels’ donation to PEF executive director Dennis Salvador at the Sarangani Room of Marco Polo Davao.

 “We deeply appreciate Marco Polo Davao and Philippe Caretti for making it possible for the entire Marco Polo Hotels family to support PEF.  Realizing our many needs, they went out of their way to orchestrate a fund-raising project which engaged both its guests, associates and members of the local community,” said Salvador during the program.

He also expressed his gratitude as their unceasing support has heightened public awareness about our national bird in other parts of the world.

The hotels have conveyed their commitment in continuing to embark on such noble cause. The funds that the said hotels raised were from donations from guests and friends gathered from their properties in the Philippines (Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Marco Polo Davao) as well as in China and Hong Kong.

Marco Polo Davao’s eagle mascot Pepe, along with friends from the local media, business, and tourism partners, also joined the turnover ceremony.

In January 14, 2016, Marco Polo Davao also donated P1 million to the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

In September 2015, Marco Polo Davao adopted Philippine Eagle Marikit. The eagle was 15 years old when she was rescued from a Subanon tribesman who sold the bird to a buyer in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte back in 2002. After finding out at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City that Marikit had gun pellets embedded inside her body, she entered rehabilitation and was later paired with another eagle, Phoenix.

The Philippine Eagle Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization engaged in saving the endangered Philippine Eagle, a symbol of national pride, from extinction.

CAMBODIA TO HOST ITS 1ST TRAVEL MART. The Ministry of Tourism Cambodia in-collaboration Slickbooth Holding Events and Public Relations, will hold the first Cambodia Travel Mart on 17-19 November Siem Reap, home of the fanous Angkor Wat in Cambodia’s Angkor Province.

CTM 2017 is going to be tourism business forum between tourism companies, tourism operators, tourism experts, national and international media. More than 200 national and international sellers and more than 200 national and international buyers have committed to join the 3-day event. Around 50 national and international media agencies will also be covering the CTM 2017.

The forum is supported by tourism organizations of ASEAN state member countries to improve local and regional tourism in celebration of Visit ASEAN@50. This special event is a golden opportunity to promote tourism destinations, trade service packages, exchange experience and make business partners. Pre-online business matching, friendly golf tournaments, tourism workshops, display of tourism products and services, tours, and other essential tourism industry activities are just some of the events of the travel mart.

CTM 2017 is supervised by TTG Asia Media & Events, a Singaporean company experiencing organizing many international tourism expos over the past 30 years.

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