About Us

We are Cultureight Travel—utterly authentic, eco-friendly, cultural adventures in the Philippines. It’s not a tour, it’s an experience.

Why choose us?

  1. We focus on the most authentic experience.

  2. We only do small groups. How can you experience and isolated island with a bus load of people?

  3. We are untouristy. We won’t bring you to the chain restaurant or the flashy hotel.

  4. We have cool guides. We have our crazy Tour Chiefs to lead the group, and we only use local guides who are passionate about their culture.

  5. We believe in Socially Responsible Tourism.

  6. We help the communities we visit, and we encourage our guests to do the same.

  7. We treat the areas and people we visit with great respect, and we teach our guests the same.

  8. We bring you to places that are generally unexplored.

  9. We love what we do!

And since we love you too, we customize tours anywhere in the Philippines - just for you! If ever you do not see your tour date, Please contact us so we may open up for you.

The C’s of Cultureight Travel

What is Cultureight? What’s the concept behind it?

Cultureight was started by Charisse Aquino-Tugade and Carlo Ebeo in late 2008.

We provide utterly authentic, eco-friendly, cultural adventures in the Philippines. This is the newest breed of un-tour that has set foot on the 7,107 islands.

We at Cultureight love to adventure to the unexplored parts of the Philippine islands. We want to preserve our Philippine culture, and the only way we know how is to bring you along with us. More than 110 cultural communities and  their pristine environment are under the threat of extinction. Lack of cultural and environmental appreciation hampered by haphazard development has taken its toll. Cultureight would like to stop it through one responsible tourist at a time. By visiting local communities and learning about their heritage, their handicrafts, their homes and  their community projects, guests gain a better understanding of the world around them while locals are able to earn a living while preserving their culture and environment. By bringing small groups to these areas and only utilizing local transportation and family-run venues, our impact and carbon emissions are kept at a very low level. With small group travel, communities aren’t bombarded and there is an even exchange of cultural ideas. In the end, everyone is empowered.  Sustainability is our priority. Responsibility is our main concern. Finding  yourself is the ultimate destination.  This is our vision.  Come join us for a not-so-conventional adventure.Walks and the Expeditions.

Carlo Ebeo (Vice President and Tour Chief)
Absolutely fabulous and multi-talented, our VP Carlo hails from Koronadal, Mindanao. A performer and a director, you can ask him anything about the culture and the arts in Mindanao.

Charisse Aquino-Tugade (President and Tour Chief)
Adventure traveler, wife and mother, our Tour Chief Charisse has been traveling around the world since the tender age of 9. She has lived in the US since 1990 and has moved back to the Philippines to advocate Sustainable Tourism.


Jeffrey Macabare is a 22 year old lad from the streets of Manila. With his Bachelor’s in Secondary education, he is an active volunteer youth leader and community organizer of SIKAT, a youth environmental group. By the way, he is also our Marketing Specialist. Fond of discovery and wants adventure, he loves culture and the Philippine tradition. He’s crazy about ornamental plants and indigenous handicrafts.

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Media Exposure - Cultureight Travel Making News

  • Bare essentials: What to pack for a weekend trip
  • abs-cbnNEWS.com | 02/19/2010 6:01 PM
    MANILA, Philippines - It’s usually harder to decide what to bring on a weekend getaway (compared to say, month-long trips) since most people tend to pack a lot more than what they really need.

    But Charisse Aquino-Tugade, president of tour operator Cultureight, is here to help us deal with what to put in the bag. In an interview with radio dzMM, she listed six must-have items on any weekend trip (NOTE: standard items such as money, IDs, and travel documents are not included)