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Filipino Ties Motherland Tour for young adoptees! June 23 – July 6, 2013


Philippines Adoption Travel

Filipino Ties- Our Flagship Program
June 23 – July 6, 2013

Private or Semi-Private Travel

“The end of all our exploring will be to arrive
where we started and know
the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot



Our Flagship Program

  • Offers a comprehensive, meaningful, fun itinerary where all activities are optional so you can do the things important to YOUR family.
  • Is staffed by:
    • A Ties group leader, who creates community, builds bridges and deals with details. This enables you to focus on your family and the profound meaning of the journey.
    • An adoption professional who is available to support your family as you discover the message of the journey, prepare to connect with significant people and places important to your family, and explore how to help your child weave what they experienced into their life story.
    • An English-speaking Filipino guide who will share lifestyle, customs, humor and warmth.
  • Includes our signature “Connect & Chat” for kids and “Talk Times” for parents, both of which are optional. These informal gatherings give you a chance to reflect on the journey as the journey unfolds.
  • Gives you opportunities to visit people and places important to your family, in a supportive environment.
  • Prepares your family logistically and emotionally for the journey.
  • Invites your participation in Project Kindness—The Philippines.



Filipino Ties Itinerary

  • Arrive in Manila, where Ties staff will meet you and provide transportation to the hotel. Filipino Ties families stay in moderate, clean hotels, where after a day out experiencing many new tastes, smells, sights and sounds, help families relax.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the journey ahead.
  • Tour Manila and see Rizal Park, Intramuros and Fort Santiago.
  • Stroll along Manila Bay and yes, eat scrumptious Filipino cuisine.
  • Enjoy an afternoon with children living at The House of Refuge.  Better come prepared with a song to share.
  • Bargain hunt at Greenhills Mall for traditional Filipino goods.
  • Take the bus to Tagatay City. Along the way visit a Jeepney factory and observe how these unique vehicles are constructed. Stop by Las Pinas Church to see one of the world’s finest old organs, completely made from bamboo.
  • Witness the beauty of Lake Taal and Mt. Batulao, one of the world’s smallest active volcanoes.
  • For most families, Manila will be the jumping off point for the “Centerpiece of your Adoption Homeland Journey.”
    • Meet Inter-Country Adoption Board and their staff.
    • Visit your child’s orphanage and meet caregivers. If your adoption connections are elsewhere in The Philippines, The Ties Program will help with those arrangements too.
  • Enjoy two nights at a resort on the sandy shores of Subic Bay.
  • Explore Las Casas de Acuzzar, a living architectural museum celebrating the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Interact with Aeta (an indigenous people) families in Pamaulaklakin village where you’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration and a tribal dance performance.
  • Experience a festive farewell dinner featuring traditional Filipino music and dance.

Relax. Savor. Reflect.

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