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New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal will provide the backdrop to showcase the 7,641 islands that make up the Philippines, which is promoting its vacation destinations.

With a launch by Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo, the Explore Islands Philippines runs from Wednesday, May 9, 2018 through Saturday, May 12, 2018.

On May 9, Explore Islands Philippines kicks off at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony graced by Her Royal Highness Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia and Serbia.

Teo will be joined by Philippine ambassador to the United Nations Teodoro Locsin, Jr.; President of the Philippine Tourism Promotions Board Cesar Montano, as well as other high-ranking officials from New York State and the Philippines at the opening.

The Department of Tourism will speak on May 9-10 about various tourism initiatives, including Beautiful Destinations, Students and Millennial tours, Diving Tourism, Adventure, Cuisine, Retirement, as well as Arts, Culture and History.

The flagship carrier of the Philippines, Philippine Airlines, will give a special presentation.

Explore will celebrate arts and culture on the final two days, Friday and Saturday, May 11-12, showcasing artists and artisans from the U.S. and the Philippines.

Day 3’s program will include presentations from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, a performance by the Parangal Dance Company, cuisine tourism, Philippine martial arts, weavers, artisans and fashion.

Explore Islands Philippines is free to the public and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Vanderbilt Hall can be easily accessed by the Pershing Square, 42nd Street entrance of Grand Central Terminal.

Grand Central can be reached by all major subways (4, 5, 6, 7, as well as the S train).

The Expo is presented by JS Productions, the Department of Tourism of the Philippines and the Philippine Tourism Promotion Board.

For more information, please visit: www.exploreislandsphilippines.com

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