Social and Cultural Programme

IFTR 2024 Manila Excursion Packages



July 18, 2024 | 18.00 - 21.00

Enjoy the comfort of Filipino homecooking at Victorino's and savor the best of traditional recipes and heirloom dishes showcasing the flavors of Northern Philippines. This homey and heritage restaurant also doubles as a shop with a wide selection of local delicacies that make the best pasalubong (memento).

This is a ticketed event.

Payment details for the dinner will be posted soon. Know more about the conference dinner and other available social events and performances here




Sidhi’t Silakbo

July 16 & 17 (Tues and Wed)

1900 H UTC+8

Dulaang UP Artistic Director Issa Manalo Lopez and Managing Director Tess Jamias direct this production which weaves together a contemporary reimagining of female characters from the classics such as Medea, Antigone, Ismene, Andromache and Elektra, . Sidhi’t Silakbo (Ferocity and Frenzy)  is a celebration of the authenticity and validity of varying female realities of Filipinos.

Venue: IBG-KAL Theater, Corner Magsaysay avenue and Roces street, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Ticket Price: 30 Euros (1900 Php) /  25 Euros (1500 Php)

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Tragic Strings

July 16, 17, 18 (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

1330 H UTC+8

Curated excerpts from Dulaang Laboratory student productions will be  performed around the Vinzons Hall-Student Union Building areas to activate the space. 

Ako si Mary (I Am Mary) Jul 16, 2024


Ako si Mary (I Am Mary) is a reimagination of Lanie Robertson’s The Insanity of Mary Girard. A tragic tale inspired by the real-life story of a Philadelphia woman who spent the last 25 years of her life in a mental asylum. In this re-telling, more attention was paid to Mary’s inner life outside of her hallucinations and drives on the brutality inflicted upon her by patriarchy and society.

Tuli or Not Tuli  Jul 17, 2024


Tuli or not tuli... is a poem excerpt from LINUS (they/them). Inspired by Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be...” in Hamlet, Tuli or not tuli... is a commentary on the Philippine social norm of circumcision. The question was no longer Tuli or not tuli... (whether to be circumcised or not), rather, a homophone To Lee or not to Lee (whether to be their true self or not).

Snatcher   July 18. 2024


 Nikki's phone had been stolen, and his boyfriend Carlo doesn't want to go to a police station, it will then be revealed Carlo was previously a snatcher, one thing will escalate to another and make it worse.


The Social World of Butoh Dance: Screening an Unseen Performance from the 1970s

July 16 (Tues)

1800 H UTC+8

A talk and a screening of Shiokubi (1975) – a performance created by butoh dancer Bishop Yamada, overseen by Tatsumi Hijikata. This performance marks the  founding of Yamada’s own dance company Hoppo Butoh Ha in Tsuruoka (Yamagata prefecture)  The performance was shot as part of a video project known as the VIC (Video Information Center)*. Those involved in the project were not only interested in documenting the performance of Shiokubi (Head was kept in salt) itself, but the whole world around the performance: from arrival at the venue, to final rehearsal, to afterparty.

Venue: Videotheque - 2/F Ishmael Bernal Gallery, Osmeña Ave. UP Diliman Quezon City  (back entrance of Main Theatre) UP Film Institute

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The Museum of Migration and Memory: Thinking with Ocean

July 19 (Fri)

Right after the closing ceremony

This immersive performative inquiry on mobility, movement, and memories invites IFTR participants to a transient walk that maps affective and biosocial connection with themes on  human migration. Using elements of rituals, this performance highlights the history and affinities of Filipinos with the ocean as their staging site of human -ecological relationality, migration and cosmology.

Venue: UP Diliman Grounds

This is a free performance.



in partnership with Baron Travel Corporation

Please reserve your slots by emailing and/or
Use Subject: IFTR Manila 2024 Tour Reservation.

Old and New Manila Tour

Half-Day Tour, 4 hours

13,14, 20, and 21 July 2024

Revisit Philippine history as you join us on this fully guided tour of Manila’s past and present! This sightseeing tour of Manila starts right in the heart of the country’s financial center, Makati City. Continue to the Old City of Manila as we drive via the scenic Roxas Boulevard, one of the best locations to see the beautiful Manila Bay sunset. This tour passes through Luneta Park (also called Rizal Park. A monument enshrining the remains of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, is the park's symbolic focal point. The next place to visit is Intramuros, known as the “Walled City”. Inside the city fortress are ancient walls, church ruins, and other relics of the Spanish Conquistadors era. Travel through the cobblestone streets to San Agustin Church, a Roman Catholic Church located inside the historic Walled City of Intramuros in Manila. In 1993, San Agustin Church was one of four Philippine churches constructed during the Spanish colonial period to be designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. End at Fort Santiago, one of the oldest Hispanic stone fortresses in the Philippines. This is where Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last days in incarceration and wrote his famous “Mi Último Adiós” (My Last Farewell).

PRICE: 10 - 12 pax, 55 USD per person | 13 - 15 pax, 50 USD per person


Taal Heritage Town Tour

Day Tour (approx. 8 hours)

13 and 20 July 2024

Taal, a town known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, invites you to step back in time. If you like streets with old-house vibes, this is the best place to be. Imagine the famous Calle Crisologo of Vigan City but on a larger and grander scale. The tight labyrinth and town grid are dotted with even more historical Spanish Colonial Architecture. The majority of the accommodations and major establishments have maintained the original external design and structure, which altogether creates this massive and immersive historical walk experience you can ever have in the region, or in the country.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Taal Basilica, the well of Sta. Lucia, heritage and ancestral houses, Casa Villavicencio, Apacible Museum, embroidered fabrics, lunch at Cucina de Jardin, and panoramic view of the Taal Volcano.

PRICE: 10 - 12 pax, 175 USD per person | 13 - 15 pax, 160 USD per person


Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort Tour

Day Tour (approx. 10 hours)
14 and 21 July 2024

Welcome to Villa Escudero. About two hours away from Metro Manila, this convenient, refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life is your chance to recharge your batteries. Guests will tour the plantation on board a carabao drawn cart while being serenaded by a native band. A whole day tour to this popular tourist destination will offer you a glimpse of history, custom, cultural heritage and a taste of delectable Philippine cuisine. The highlight of the day is a sumptuous lunch, kamayan style (eating with your hands), served at the Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant. Bathe your feet in cool rushing water from a nearby lagoon. Immerse yourself in fun filled outdoor recreational activities such as bamboo rafting and of course, a swim in Villa Escudero’s spring-fed pools to complete this memorable visit. In addition, enjoy the entertaining Philippine Experience Show which showcases the country’s rich culture through native dances from all over the Philippines.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the Plantation Museum, Lunch at Labasin Waterfalls, Swim in a Spring-Fed Pool

PRICE: 10 -12 pax, 120 USD per person | 13 - 15 pax, 110 USD per person


Majestic Pagsanjan Falls

Day Tour, 9 – 10 hrs.
13 and 20 July 2024

Embark on a full day excursion to Cavinti, an adjacent town to Pagsanjan in Laguna located two and a half hours south of Manila. Your destination is the majestic Pagsanjan Falls, also known for its indigenous name “Magdapio Falls”, one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines. You’ll take a scenic and exciting boat ride on a native dugout canoe (banca in Filipino) maneuvered through a shallow rock- ridden river by skilled boatmen. On the way to the main falls, bask in the beauty of nature as you see numerous smaller falls, steep gorges, lush tropical vegetation and rock formations. Return downstream by “shooting the rapids” as expert boatmen steer past huge boulders in churning waters at top speeds. With its booming waters cascading down the cliff 900 feet below, this is truly an exhilarating, spine-tingling, adrenaline-pumping ride! Be prepared to get wet for this thrilling tour!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Canoe Ride Upriver and Back, Pagsanjan Falls - Swimming, Boating and Caves, Visit to Paete Church

PRICE: 10 - 12 pax, 150 USD per person | 13 - 15 pax, 140 USD per person


Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Day Tour, 11 – 12 hrs.
14 and 21 July 2024

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan is a beach resort, convention center, and heritage destination rolled into one. With its many facets, it is truly a unique destination with much to offer for every traveler. Home to Jose Acuzar’s collection of heritage houses that have been salvaged from total ruin and neglect, these houses were then renovated and rebuilt by a team of artisans and craftsmen in the town of Bagac, Bataan. Las Casas features the finest of Filipino craftsmanship, artistry, and skill giving the property a look and feel that is distinctive and its own.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Walking Heritage Tour, entrance to Hotel de Oriente, and Balsa River Cruise

PRICE: 10 - 12 pax, 175 USD per person | 13 - 15 pax, 160 USD per person



Banaue Rice Terraces and the Cordilleras

3 days, 2 nights

11–13 July and 20–22 July 2024

Rate per person :
• USD 450.00 (10-12pax)
• USD 380.00 (13-15pax)

• 3days/2nights accommodation at Banaue Hotel or similar accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Roundtrip Private Transfers by Minibus
• Services of an English Speaking /DOT Accredited Tour Guide

Day 1 Manila – Nueva Viscaya - Banaue

(approx. 338 Km | 8-10 Hours by Land)

Depart Manila for Banaue via North Expressway at exactly 8 AM.
The gateway to Banaue is through the land locked evergreen provinces of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya. Countryside settings such as rice fields surrounding the small towns and villages are common sight showing simplicity of living. A short Stop at (1) San Jose City for lunch (2) Sta Fe to appreciate the local handicrafts; (3) Dalton Pass – where many battles were fought during WWII

Arrive in Banaue late in the afternoon.

Check-in at designated hotel.

Overnight Stay

Day 2 Bananue – Bontoc – Sagada - Banaue 

(Approx. 8 Hours tour)

After breakfast, visit the picturesque town of Sagada, stop and see their ancient burial caves with mummified coffins. Visit also the Bontoc Museum, founded by a Belgian Sister, which houses a varied collection of authentic artifacts and photos from the mountain tribes. Lunch enroute, then proceed back to Banaue Hotel.

Dinner inside the hotel
Overnight Stay.

Day 3 Banaue - Hapao Village Rice Terraces

(5 Hours tours)

After breakfast, using local non-airconditioned jeepneys visit the picturesque town of Hapao where you will view the Banaue rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The terraces are just a few of extensive stoned-walled terraces built centuries ago. It is believed that it is in this place where the origin of the terraces culture of the ifugao’s started. It is located 9 kms. from Poblacion, Hungduan and 17 kms. northwest of Banaue.

Spread out over the valley floor, the rice terraces in Hapao is dazzling. Walk in a small pool beside a river in Hapao (population 2000), It has concrete steps behind the viewpoint and turn left to the bottom. Follow the irrigation canal for about 10 minutes and you reach a small group of houses and in about 15 minutes to the river where you can cool off, take a dip and swim in the refreshing Water
Check out and TRANSFER BACK TO MANILA; BANAUE - MANILA (approx. 338 Km or 8-10 Hours by Land)


• Minimum number of participants per tour is 10 pax and maximum is 15 pax.
• Baron Travel Representative will be stationed at the travel desk from 14 to 19 July 2024
• Payment Options: Cash (at the Travel Desk) or Credit Card thru payment link. For Credit Card payments, the following information is needed: (1) Cardholder’s name (2) Email Address; (3) Mobile Number
• Please reserve your slots by emailing and/or Use Subject: IFTR Manila 2024 Tour Reservation.

For rates and other information, please contact Baron Travel Corporation

Please reserve your slots by emailing and/or
Use Subject: IFTR Manila 2024 Tour Reservation.


Ilocos Region Tour (3 days, 2 nights)

(minimum of 2 participants, maximum of 15 participants

Visit the Historic City of Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and two of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines, also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte and: Santa Maria Church in Ilocos Sur.

• Roundtrip Private Transfers by Mini-Bus
• All applicable entrance fees
• Daily breakfast
• Hotel accommodation (4 stars or similar type)
• Bottled water
• Services of an English speaking / DOT-Accredited tour guide.
• Others


Bohol Island (3 days, 2 nights)

(minimum of 2 participants, maximum of 15 participants)

Beaming, beautiful, and beguiling. Bewitching, blissful, and breathtaking. There are as many words to describe the central Philippine provincial island of Bohol as there are sights to explore: from tiny tarsiers and white sand beaches to heritage churches and the landmark Chocolate Hills, Bohol is an enchanting island-paradise.

• Roundtrip Private Transfers by airplane
• All applicable entrance fees
• Daily breakfast
• Hotel accommodation (4 stars or similar type)
• Bottled water
• Services of an English speaking / DOT-Accredited tour guide.
• Others


Puerto Princesa (3 days, 2 nights)

(minimum of 2 participants, maximum of 15 participants)

Get to see the amazing Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

• Roundtrip Private Transfers by airplane
• All applicable entrance fees
• Daily breakfast
• Hotel accommodation (4 stars or similar type)
• Bottled water
• Services of an English speaking / DOT-Accredited tour guide.
• Others


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