- 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.
- Learn about culture and lifestyle from specially chosen guides who will be open to sharing.
- 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, situated in the caldera, or depression, of Taal Volcano, one the world’s smallest active volcanoes
- Free time, Connect & Chat for adoptees, and Talk Time for parents throughout the trip.
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.
As families continue on their journey…
- Filipino Ties Flagship Program families enjoy two nights at a resort on the sandy shores of Subic Bay.
- Explore Las Casas de Acuzar, 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.
Cost is clearly the biggest advantage to a Lite option. Some people also are dealing with other complexities like limited vacation time or other responsibilities at home, and the Lite option makes travel possible.
Having said that, we think it also important to note the downside, so you can make a thoughtful decision. Overtime, we’ve noted that the bonds and connections created tend to be stronger for participants who participate in the full Ties flagship program. That stands to reason since a longer in-country stay provides more experiences and more time together–an important piece to consider.
You will receive information on Filipino Ties and Filipino Ties Lite when you request information.
Sometimes people are not big on the idea of traveling with a group because they are not “group travel people” or it conjures up images of little blue haired ladies. We are not “that” group! Ties groups are vibrant and fun. And because we stay on top of the details, you can be focused on your family and the experiences.
We invite you to read this article from a skeptical Ties mom: Group Travel or Not by Eva Ash, Clinical Psychologist, Adoptive Parent
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Need financial help? Or would you like to help an adoptee make this important journey? OPTIONS & IDEAS!
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