Philippine Hope discovery Tour

Befriend Manila

Immerse in one of 2,500 transformed Gawad Kalinga communities nationwide.

Find Inspiration at the Enchanted Farm

Participate in the daily life of the first Farm-Village-University in the world.

Plant seeds of change in Zambales

Plant seeds of change in Zambales. Join a native tribe in planting a rainforest and lodge at a chill surftown.

your social impact

By choosing to go MAD, the food you eat and the bed you sleep on (if you opt for a homestay experience) generate income for the local community. MAD Travel sees the communities we work with as travel partners, so we also invest in improving infrastructure and training the communities so they can gain employable skills.

itinerary

DAY 01

After picking you up in Manila, we will visit a Gawad Kalinga community where a former slum has been transformed into a colourful and empowered community. Experience Filipino hospitality as the residents bring you to a local market and teach you how to cook a Filipino dish. Hear the stories of resilience, hope, and solidarity which have transformed over 2,500 GK villages nationwide. Travel to the Enchanted Farm in the evening or - for a truly unique experience - an overnight stay in this village can also be arranged.

Travel time: 1 hour | Stages: Manila | Accommodation: GK Silver Heights or GK Enchanted Farm

 

DAY 02
This is your first full day at the GK Enchanted Farm, a 43-hectare Farm-Village-University bringing together people from across the world. In the morning, you will take a tour of the Farm and learn more about the GK approach to ending poverty by changing the way we approach business, education, and tourism. In the afternoon, you will spend time with some of the resident (local and international) entrepreneurs at the Farm, to learn about their novel approach to business.

Travel time: 1 hour | Stages: Angat, Bulacan | Accommodation: GK Enchanted Farm

DAY 03
Today we will wake up early to volunteer in the GK Care Kitchen (Kusina ng Kalinga), located just outside the Enchanted Farm. You’ll help to prepare, pack, and distribute hundreds of meals for children in the local school. In the afternoon, we will continue our discovery of the Enchanted Farm by learning about the great potential of bamboo and trying some traditional Filipino dances.

Stages: Angat, Bulacan | Accommodation: GK Enchanted Farm

Please note: The following itinerary is intended to provide a general indication only. Activities at the farm (days three to seven) may depend on the interests of the participants and other external factors, such as the weather.

DAY 04

The Enchanted Farm has incubated over 40 social enterprises in recent years. Spend your morning assisting the production of Golden Duck, Oh GK or Plush & Play and experience life as a social entrepreneur. In the afternoon, you can enjoy some lazy time at the infinity pool or treat yourself to a massage in Oasis, the Farm’s wellness center.

Stages: Angat, Bulacan | Accommodation: GK Enchanted Farm

Please note: The following itinerary is intended to provide a general indication only. Activities at the farm (days three to seven) may depend on the interests of the participants and other external factors, such as the weather.

 

DAY 05

This morning, we can join the Farm’s resident students or other volunteers in farming activities or feeding the animals. Later in the day, we can visit the Herbs Haven and learn more about the healthy properties of different plants. For dinner, we will be invited to have dinner in the community with one of the 50 families living in the Enchanted Farm.

Stages: Angat, Bulacan | Accommodation: GK Enchanted Farm

Please note: The following itinerary is intended to provide a general indication only. Activities at the farm (days three to seven) may depend on the interests of the participants and other external factors, such as the weather.

 

DAY 06
Choose to spend some time in the morning with the farmers or help out in the Grassroots Kitchen. After lunch, you’ll take a short workshop to learn more about permaculture, a sustainable way of growing fruits and vegetables and raising animals. Then it’s time to go for a relaxing walk and admire the beautiful sunset over the surrounding rice fields.

Stages: Angat, Bulacan | Accommodation: GK Enchanted Farm

Please note: The following itinerary is intended to provide a general indication only. Activities at the farm (days three to seven) may depend on the interests of the participants and other external factors, such as the weather.

DAY 07
Mornings will be spent volunteering (farming and cooking) and helping social entrepreneurs (tasks vary depending on the present need). As you do so, you will be able to share some time and some inspiring stories with people from various backgrounds: students, members of the community, entrepreneurs and volunteers from all over the world. It’s time for goodbyes. We will leave after lunch to go to Zambales for our next adventure.

Travel time: 3-4 hours | Stages: Angat, Bulacan - Liwliwa, Zambales | Accommodation: The Circle Hostel

Please note: The following itinerary is intended to provide a general indication only. Activities at the farm (days three to seven) may depend on the interests of the participants and other external factors, such as the weather.

DAY 08
We’ll wake up early to venture far from the regular tourist trail. We will go on a beautiful 1-hour trek and visit a local Aeta indigenous community located among mountains and rivers. When we arrive, we will learn about an entirely new way of life, without power, access to roads, or modern machinery. Have lunch with the local community and assist the community in planting a new rainforest before heading back to your hostel/hotel in the afternoon.

Stages: Liwliwa, Zambales | Accommodation: The Circle Hostel

DAY 09
It’s time for more adventure! The morning activity will be either island hopping (November-May) or visiting local waterfalls (June-October). The rest of the day can be spent at your leisure. Surfing and other activities can be easily arranged.

Stages: Liwliwa, Zambales | Accommodation: The Circle Hostel

DAY 10
After breakfast, take the return journey to Metro Manila. You will arrive back at the Cubao bus station. Take the lessons from this tour and choose where to go from there.

Stages: Manila

packages

Budget Package10D/9N
PHP 50,958   |   USD 999
  Shared Dormitory Accommodation
  11 meals
  Private Transportation
  Public Transportation for ZAM-MNL
  Social & Eco-tourism Activities
  Genius of the Poor by Tom Graham, MAD co-founder

accommodations

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GK Enchanted Farm Dormitory, Angat, Bulacan

Shared Accommodation
Shared Bathroom

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Circle Hostel Dormitory, Liwliwa, Zambales

Shared Dormitory
Shared Bathroom
Hot / Cold Shower

And invite your travel buddies!
“But it was the people I met in the villages who really inspired me - they were the most heroic, brave and committed people I had ever met in my life.”
Englishman Dylan Wilk, the co-founder of social enterprise Human Heart Nature, quoted in 'The Genius of the Poor’.

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Educational programs and corporate packages are also available.

Invite your travel buddies!
Every citizen has a role to play... By giving the best to the least, the least will become the best.
GK Founder Tony Meloto, quoted in 'The Genius of the Poor'.

frequently asked questions

Is this tour for me?

If you want to rediscover what hope really is and see it in action, this tour is perfect for you. In just 10 days, you’ll see a different side of the Philippines, beyond just its beautiful beaches and scenic mountain ranges. On this tour, you will learn more about the Filipino people’s stories and get inspired to turn passion into service.

What is the culture of the Philippines like?

Historically the Philippines is shaped by Spanish colonial times and occupation by the US and Japan. Time has influenced indigenous traditions with Spanish and American habits. There are a few things which are important to know about the culture in the Philippines.

Due to Spanish colonial rule, the most practiced religion is Roman Catholic with more than 85% of Filipinos baptized in this faith. This explains the common practice of praying before starting a meal or any kind of event.

One really important aspect of Filipino culture is family and family life. It is the base for everything and the most important for Filipinos. Respect regarding elders and authorities are also key for inter-personal relations. Children might greet you with the tradition of “mano po” which means “hand please,” wherein children would take your hand and hold them at their forehead to receive a blessing. It is also common courtesy to use the word “po” when talking to someone older or of authority.

Almost as important as family is food. People would greet each other with the words “kain tayo” which basically means “let’s eat.” Snacks, coffee and meals are often immediately offered when entering a house. Refusing food would be impolite and should be handled carefully. If you really don’t want to eat anything let your host know that you are really thankful for the offer but way too full to have any food.

In general, a meal is never complete without rice. During the afternoon snack “merienda,” people would eat pizza or pasta, instant coffee and any sweet snack such as sticky rice or cookies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are mainly served with rice. Being a vegetarian is challenging but possible. Table knives are not used. Traditionally, just a spoon and fork are used for dining.

What is the language in the Philippines?

Spoken language is Tagalog and English but there are several registered dialects which are essential for communication. English is well known but not everyone is fluent or speaks it.

What are common Filipino words I should know about?

The easiest way to strike up a conversation with anyone is to ask “Kamusta ka?” which translates to “How are you?” You can introduce yourself by saying “Ako si _____” (“I am _____”). “Opo” or “Oo” means “yes” while “Hindi po” means no. The use of “po” is a sign of respect in the Filipino language.

What’s the climate like in the Philippines?

Philippine climate has two (2) seasons only: dry and rainy. Dry season starts from November to May, November to February being the cool dry season while March to May being the hot dry season. Rainy season starts in June and usually stretches out until October.

What should I pack?
    • Passport and printed return ticket out of the Philippines

 

    • Cash in Philippine Peso

 

    • SG to Philippines adaptor

 

    • Light weight clothing including pants, shorts, skirts, T-shirts, etc.

 

    • Shoes and clothes you’re comfortable getting dirty

 

    • Something to cover your shoulders if necessary (i.e. a shawl)

 

    • Cap/Hat

 

    • Bathers and swimming shorts

 

    • Sunblock

 

    • Mosquito Repellent

 

    • Water Tumbler

 

    • Towel & Toiletries

 

    • Padlock (not essential but useful)
  • Sandals and/or comfortable walking shoes
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