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Dear Maan, Mica and Bebette – just a short note to thank you for the care and planning you took to make my family’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land an unforgettable experience. Our group was one of very different physical abilities and the attentiveness with which you listened to our needs and requests allowed everyone to enjoy this trip of a lifetime. I know I’ve mentioned this to you a few times before but going on Pilgrimage — however you do it — is a special privilege. To be able to create these memories with family and close friends is very, very special indeed. Safe travels to you. Till next time… Marissa Padilla (Goldman Sachs Group)
Greetings from Praha!
Today, we officially end our Eastern European Tour and I must congratulate you for a job very well done. Thank you very much. I am very pleased to inform you that we had a great time. Everything went well. All that you planned worked out well, and every arrangement came out perfect including timing, places to see, schedule of activities, food and hotels. The hotels were excellent, Andels, Austrian Trend and Astoria were just perfect hotels, great rooms, good breakfast, and good service, but most especially, they were excellently located. Most of all, we had excellent help with Ania as our tour guide and Jan as driver. The family got very close to them, and we would recommend that you specifically ask for them for your next tour group. Again, many thanks, all the best, and until the next time. (Francis S)
Hi Mica, Mama asked me to thank you for taking care of her. She was really praising you, Bebette and Maan for staging a very meaningful pilgrimage. She can’t stop talking about it. She vividly remembers the details while I was asking her about the trip. She said she will never forget the experience. For that, we thank you. –Mylene
Thanks, I got the CD 3-4 days ago.
Somehow that Halleluya song stays with me and makes me happy and uplifting, plus your yourtube video, those pictures blend in so well with the music. Thanks again for a great journey.
See you all next time…
Take care, Siony
Since my trip to Greece, I have been very proudly advertising MBM Classic Travel to my friends who would like to travel especially to Europe. Thank you Mica, Bebette and Maan for a job excellently done! Mica… you are the best! You guided us all the way so efficiently from start to finish!
Hats off to you my dearest! You have made this trip awesome and so enjoyable! — Vida A.
This is super duper delayed but thanks so much, Mica and MBM Classic Travel, for making our Amsterdam leg very enjoyable! Loved the hotel that you recommended and booked for me and my sister. The Hotel V staff were all very helpful and wonderful. My sister and I enjoyed the wine and cheese class. Would you believe am still hoarding the cheese that I bought and eating it sparingly? Ha ha ha. Till next time! — Jenny Santiago
Thank you MBM! We really had a good time in Holy Land, thanks to you. Keep safe and more power! — Iryne Calpito
To MBM Classic Travel – Maan, Bebette and Mica, thank you so much for making this trip extra special and beyond what we expected. Thanks also Maan for all the help and the “extended personalized service”. I realize I can get it only from MBM Classic Travel.
Marissa Franco, First VP Banco de Oro
Maan, you are right in saying that “20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did’nt do. So, Explore, Dream and Discover”. Our joining the pilgrimage tour to the Holy Land last April 11 to 25, 2012 was something not in our priority list because we are planning to do it not this year but immediately by the time we retire a number of years from now.
We can’t explain why all of a sudden we were there not dreaming anymore but exploring and discovering the wonders of all wonders. It was so unbelievable to personally experinced the fulfillment of climbing Mount Sinai and the unexplainable shivering feeling we encounter inside the Garden of Gethsemane upon touching the rocks and the olive trees around that was there even before Christ was born. Of course how can we forget the solemnity of renewing our marriage vows at the church of Cana in Galilee. I can’t believe that the sacred places I just used to read in the Bible was for real to my amazement.
The City of Petra carved out of the living rock in Jordan, the mummy of King Ramses in the Museum and of course the Sphinx and the towering Pyramid in Cairo, Egypt are just few of the astonishing product of history. To summarize, our trip not only covered the geographical and historical value but the essence to relate its importance to the spiritual and biblical appreciation to ones life.
So friends, what are you waiting for? Better visit the Holy Land now to further strengthen your faith and belief in our Creator.
– Senny Salenga Santos, VP Banco de Oro
Dear Maan, Bebette & Mica,
Thank you so much for the most unforgetable experience you have shared in my lifetime. My Holy Land trip really made me happy and I enjoyed every moment of it especially our group — mostly our close friends & colleagues at BPI. We are all looking forward to our next tour together with you… Habibi, shala shala!!! WC, Excellent!!!! – Ruby Facistol
We are all arrived home safely …
My Kids and I would like to thank you and MBM Classic Travel for making all the arrangements. Kids love the Itinerary you prepared for London, especially the friendly tour guide – John. They love the Harry Potter tour, visit to Arsenal Stadium, the Globe Theatre, and tour to Warwick Castle + Shakespeare’s hometown. Not to mention the play at West End.
I love Edinburgh! And Paris!
Again, thank you for making all arrangements, it was really a fun and enjoyable trip for all of us (just feels short. My son commented, “I wish to have more days in Amsterdam!”)
By copy to Edwin: Thank you for all your help and most of all, thank you for introducing MBM Classic Travel to me.
Grace Wiranata, Indonesia
MBM Classic Travel to Holy Land was superb! I’ve been to several tour packages but this one is different. From the orientation, travel arrangements, food, transportation, to the hotel accommodations and other needs. Aside from the tour guides in every country we visited, one of the owners, Mary Anne, is always there to provide her personal service and always sees to it that everything went as planned. The coverage of the pilgrimage was so detailed, giving me a deeper understanding of the Bible.
Ninfa Pangan, Universal Robina Corp.
Hi Mary Anne,
Despite your severe asthmatic attack, my senior parents slowing down the group (not to mention my dad in his wheelchair), plus my sister’s vertigo attacks, it’s amazing how you carried out the successful pilgrimage that carried us from the old testament to the birth and resurrection of Jesus. More memorable is how you orchestrated the whole day celebration of my mom’s 85th birthday, the renewal of the couples’ wedding vows at Cana, which coincided with the surprise 20th wedding anniversary you gave us at the Crusader fortress. Galing mo talaga! May you continue to make more people happy and spiritually enlightened with your talent. I will definitely recommend MBM Classic Travel to my friends. Thanks again.
Ping Pajarillo, MD
Thanks to MBM Classic Travel, especially to Maan, for a wonderful Holy Land pilgrimage last Sept 4-18, 2012. Unlike a typical come-and-see tour package, the trip was a spiritually and culturally enriching experience for us. The Giza pyramids and the ancient city of Petra were amazing sights to behold, and the climb to Mt. Sinai, though challenging, was a fulfilling opportunity. Your very knowledgeable and friendly tour guides brought more life and meaning to the Bible. We really appreciate the spiritual insights and reflections given by our Israel spiritual leader. The service crew was helpful and customer-oriented. We thank Maan for her planning, personalized service and attention, especially the marriage vows renewal at Cana, despite her suffering from asthma attacks. We will definitely recommend MBM Classic Travel to our friends. Shalom!
Roland and Emma Llanto
I do not know what words to describe my unforgettable pilgrimage to Holy Land-Egypt, Israel and Jordan made through MBM Classic Travel. I was about not to push through because even during the Orientation Seminar last August 18, I was still very weak from my gallbladder laparoscopy and kidney lithotripsy. I did not regret that I pushed through knowing that Ed, my husband is joining me. Through prayers, I know that God will give me the strength and protection I needed. I was surprised that I did not miss a single day of the pilgrimage and my strength endured all the walks, climbing and hot weather. Not only that, I enjoyed it.
I would like to thank you for giving your ‘all’ despite your asthma attack. You made sure that all our needs are attended to making us all members of the group satisfied.
• Your choice of tour guides-Egyptologist Mido and his assistants, Os-os and Momo for Egypt, Ruthie for Jerusalem, and Edi for Jordan were excellent. They gave us personalized inputs that had historical, political, archaeological and spiritual values to make us understand our doubts and strengthened our Faith. Fr. Ben as spiritual adviser was equally good in his daily mass homilies and his deep and salient explanation to all our ‘whys’ and ‘hows’. He was always a willing helper in all our needs – photography, storytelling, etc.
• The special bond of friendship from old friends, relatives and new friends. We all clicked especially the ladies who are always energized when it is shopping time. Everyone shared good buys, small changes, haggled for the whole group to keep down prices. The husbands enjoy watching our good taste and haggling talents and usual reminder to avoid excess luggage. To all the buffets we ate, it became an SOP to inform the other members if a certain dish is flavourful.
• Everyone was like brothers and sisters as they shared medicines, kits, companions, tips, water which was an expensive commodity, small change for WC. I have never experienced this in all the other packaged tours I joined.
• The accommodations in 4-5 star hotels made us all sleep well and refreshed the next morning, ready for the day’s sightseeing, praying, walking and climbing.
• I was truly touched and carried away with the mass in front of the SEA of GALILEE at Tabgha, when we were seated at the stone chairs under the tent surrounded by lush garden plants in a sunny weather. I felt that Fr Ben was Jesus during His ministry and we were the disciples. The mild breeze was fanning us making us all alert and conscious how beautiful God’s work was.
• The Lost City of Petra was so awesome. You can really feel God is around for such a natural wonder. BBC was really correct when it said that it is one of the 40 places you have to see before you die.
• The long drive to Sinai trodding along the grand vast desert gave me the shivers to experience the Bible’s EXODUS. The Church of Nativity and Church of Dormition strengthened my faith as I experience the real lives of Jesus and Mama Mary. We felt blessed for being able to encounter this wonderful spiritual experience touched by God’s presence in all the places. For that, thank you again.
Mrs. Angie Santiago
Dear Mary Anne,
We have just been ruminating on our recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Overall, it was an eye opener, it made the bible come alive for us, it helped us understand our religion and our Catholic faith. The travel arrangements are excellent and we did not have to deal with the usual hassles of traveling and kept our focus on the pilgrimage. The guides are knowledgeable and gives meaty information on the places we visit, especially Ruthie in Israel. Father Ben is a good spiritual guide and a fun person to be with. I look forward to booking another travel with you in the near future.
Chito and Beth Rivera
Hello there Maryanne,
Better late than never as they say and so we would like to commend MBM Classic Travel, you in particular, for our very successful first trip to the Holy Land. To tell you the truth, everything went way beyond our expectations. All accommodations like hotel, air, land, food, including our visas were near perfect. Even your choices of our tour guides couldn’t have been any better. As our father so aptly put it in his talk as we got to the end of our journey, “hindi pinagtipiran.”
Surely now we can say that we will definitely endorse you to all that we may have the chance to do so. As your close family friends, we must admit that we had some apprehensions in the beginning but you turned the tides in our favor with flying colors. Our travel experience with you will forever be unforgettable and we look forward to joining your other tours when conditions allow us.
Congratulations and thank you once again for an excellent arrangement. More power to you and your team.
Joben and Lala Pajarillo
BF Homes, Paranaque City
Hope I could come back again in Barcelona in the future. I really had very beautiful memories of Barcelona.
Thanks to you and Bebette.