Winter Escapade: Canadians rediscover their roots in the Philippines


The Philippine Embassy in Canada, represented by HE Ambassador Petronila Garcia, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Tourism, invites Canadians to come and visit the Philippines for an 8 day tour that takes them all across the country. It’s called Winter Escapade.

In case you didn’t hear, Canada is a cold place to be during the winter time. If you think that Baguio is cold right now, it’s really nothing compared to the temperature in Collins Bay, SK, where it’s a balmy -46.4 °C (-51.5 °F).


Which is why you can’t blame Canadians wanting to escape the cold weather for a bit. What better way than to rediscover their roots by visiting the Philippines?

This year 241 Canadians joined Winter Escapade, which will take the group to places like Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego and the San Agustin Church in Intramuros.

Also on the itinerary is a stop at Taal Lake in Tagaytay, and some time at the beach in Batangas and Palawan.

According to the Department of Tourism, more than 100,000 Canadians visit the Philippines every year, spending close to USD$1,400 per person during their visit.

The Department of Tourism looks to boost these statistics through activities like Winter Escapade.

According to Statistics Canada, Filipinos are one of the fastest growing communities in Canada.

Last they checked, there are now 851,410 Filipinos in Canada, making up 2.42% of the Canadian population.

That may not seem like much, but we promise that anywhere you end up in Canada, you’re bound to run into someone who speaks Pilipino.

So, if you happen to run into the group, please do make sure to give them a warm hello!

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