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Philippines
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Cebu City
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    The Philippines is the second largest archipelago in the world and has over 7000 tropical islands. It is one of the great treasures of Southeast Asia. In the past many travelers have overlooked the Philippines as it is deemed to be on the ‘wrong’ side of the South China Sea. It is very much ‘off the beaten path’, and is a great place to escape the hordes who descend on other parts of Southeast Asia. The Philippines is a place of such beauty and natural wonders, a string of coral-fringed islands strewn across a vast expanse of the western Pacific.

    It is now,however, waking up to the modern world and becoming Asia's latest tourist hot-spot. Why not catch it before everyone else does.

     

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    Nicknamed the City of Smiles, Bacolod City was, until a few years ago a sleepy, agricultural town dedicated to the production of sugarcane. An ambitious mayor, along with a lot of overseas investment put paid to that image, and the city has exploded since.

    Bacolod will charm you with the genuine warmth and hospitality of her people in harmony with their lilting melodious accent. The city will delight you with food and cuisine that is as vigorous yet as subtle as the legendary Ilonggo gentility and taste for the good life.

    As a result of all this investment, a large number of amenities have sprung up, from high quality hotels, bars, restaurants and nights clubs, to museums,nature reserves, historical sights and spa resorts. Do not be fooled by the modern areas, however. There will be times in Bacolod that will remind you that you are still in a third world country. A large percentage of the population still live in abject poverty, surviving on a dollar a day or less. This brings with it all the medical, social and cultural problems associated with poverty.

    Despite this, you will be hard pushed to find happier, more welcoming people.

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    Med-Co Global Exchange accommodation is of a high standard. You will have a room to yourself – unless of course you are travelling as a couple and want to share – a living and dining area and kitchen facilities. You can always opt for more basic rooms when you branch out on your own for a few days to see the surrounding countryside! We will confirm your accommodation details when you make your reservation.

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    We have teamed up with Bacolod's largest hospital, the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Hospital. This is the main government hospital for the region and covers all the main specialties. They have just completed building a whole new wing, going from 300 beds to nearly 500. This is a busy hospital, but the staff are welcoming and helpful, meaning you end up with the most amazing elective.

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    Places to also visit:

    Borocay - This is the playground of the adventurous Philippino. Water sports are the most popular activity with sailing, snorkelling, scuba and windsurfing all available at low cost. Jet skis are popular and easily available to hire. The hotels are good and the water here is crystal clear. This is a very popular spot!

    Cebu - Beach resort with plenty of scuba and boat rides available. Some great wrecks and reefs to dive.

    Dumaguete – A great dive resort.

    Manila - Shoppers paradise. Get all the latest trends and gadgets here, albeit a year or so after Hong Kong. Hosts the country's biggest mall - SM Mall of Asia.