Why Travel to Philippines?
Top reasons why should visit Philippines
Comprising 7,107 islands, the Philippines boasts some of the world’s most incredibly diverse landscapes. Aside from these beautiful places are the warm smiling faces of the Filipino people.
Whenever I meet travelers and asks how was their stay in the Philippines, they would say that their experience are far more greater than expected. And I tell you why!
1 | The Locals
The Hospitality of Filipino people is incomparable to any places in the world. Communication is also not a problem to them as over 90% of Filipinos speaks English.
As you get along with them, you would always expect a big smile on their faces wherever you are. They are very friendly people who loves music and dancing.
Here are some testimonies from tourists who have visited Philippines :
“It’s more fun in the Philippines because Filipinos often smile without any reason and it’s contagious. They have the natural sense of happiness which makes tourists love the Philippines and the people as well.” — Blossom-kun Ekhsdi
“It’s more fun in the Philippines. It’s where singing is not a talent, but a hobby. People who have less smile more, and a stranger is always a part of the family.” — Francis Erneth Mojado Lu
“Life …is simply more fun in the Philippines! Smiles in the Philippines are cheaper than any place in the world because we’re a bunch of easy to please and love to please people.” — Dr. Valerie de Leon, Millbrae Smiles California
Testimonies are testimonies until you experience them on your own.
2 | Astonishing Beaches and Islands
This is right country if you love beaches and water activities. With 7,107 islands, I doubt that you won't have your dream beach or pristine island to chill out.
One of the favorite tourist spot in Philippines is Palawan -- it offers a wide range view of islands and crystal clear water. Aside from it, there is also Boracay White Beach that is famous and rated as Top 10 beaches of the world.
Photos below are just few snaps of beach wonders of the Philippines.
3 | Nature and Wildlife
Philippines has many active volcanoes such as the Mayon Volcano, Mount Pinatubo and Taal Volcano. Most of the mountainous islands are covered in tropical rainforest and volcanic in origin.
Rainforests and its extensive coastlines makes the country home of a diverse range of birds, plants, animals, and sea creatures. Around 1,100 land vertebrate species can be found in the Philippines including over 100 mammal species and 170 bird species not thought to exist elsewhere.
Philippines has some incredible surroundings, including but not limited to Chocolate HIlls of Bohol, Rice Terraces in Banaue, Mayon Volcano and many more.
You can also climb one of the 37 volcanoes, for example the Mount Pinatubo, or see the world's smallest volcano of Taal. You can discover caves, lakes and waterfalls. If you love nature, you will love the Philippines.
4 | Climate
The Philippines has a tropical maritime climate that is usually hot and humid. There are three seasons: tag-init or tag-araw, the hot dry season or summer from March to May; tag-ulan, the rainy season from June to November; and tag-lamig, the cool dry season from December to February. The average yearly temperature is around 26.6 °C (79.9 °F). The coolest month is January; the warmest is May.
So luckily, Philippines doesn't experience extreme hotness and coldness unlike any other areas but of course it still depends on your location and take into consideration that weather is likely unpredictable nowadays.
5 | Food
Yes, you've read it right, Food!
Filipino cuisines aren't popular in the world but that doesn't mean it taste bad, it is worth trying. It is mixed with many hispanic, Chinese, American and other Asian influences that have been adapted to local ingredients and the Filipino palate to create distinctively Filipino dishes.
Filipino taste buds tend to favor robust flavors, but the cuisine is not as spicy as those of its neighbors. Filipinos love to eat and they have bountiful of sources from fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and sea foods.
Filipino DishesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Popular dishes include lechón, adobo, sinigang, kare-kare, tapa, crispy pata, pancit, lumpia, and halo-halo.
The traditional way of eating with the hands known as kamayan (using the washed right hand for bringing food to the mouth) was previously more often seen in the less urbanized areas. However, due to the various Filipino restaurants that introduced Filipino food to people of other nationalities as well as to Filipino urbanites, kamayan fast became popular. This recent trend also sometimes incorporates the "Boodle Fight" concept (as popularized and coined by the Philippine Army), wherein banana leaves are used as giant plates on top of which rice portions and Filipino viands are placed all together for a filial, friendly and/or communal kamayan feasting.
Fruits and DessertsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Exotic and Street FoodsClick thumbnail to view full-size
6 | Cheap
If you are on a budget but still want to travel, consider Philippines on your must-go list. It offers a lot a of options for a cheap price yet a great value. You just have to know where and when of the things you want to do.
Book Flights Early - flights between islands can be a very reasonable price as long as you book earlier prior to your arrival date in the Philippines, 2-3 weeks or prior is better. There are also at least three(3) airlines which offers promo seat sale, you just have to follow their pages on facebook so you are updated of promo dates and travelling period. (They offer for as low as $15 USD/750 PHP - roundtrip)
Stay in hostels away from the central area - a lot of the cheapest accommodation options often few blocks away from the central areas, not all of them can be found in the internet so better walk around and check places personally. Tip: Prices can be bargained down.
Buy in the market or food stalls - you can have seriously good food along the streets for cheap price. They also have this called "Karinderya" where you can find different Filipino dishes for small portions depending on what you want. For as low as $2 USD/ 100 PHP and you can be full.
Buy beers and rhum in Supermarket - beers at the Supermarket are around 40PHP (.80c) and a 750mL bottle of Boracay Rum will only set you back 100PHP ($2)
Make friends with the local - Filipinos are known to be some of the most welcoming people in the world, so just go up and start chatting to your receptionist, boat man or waiter. They can tell you what are the best things to do in their place and what is the cheapest yet of a great experience as they love showing tourists around.
7 | Culture
Philippine culture is a combination of Eastern and Western cultures. The Philippines exhibits aspects found in other Asian countries with a Malay heritage, yet its culture also displays a significant number of Spanish and American influences.
Traditional festivities known as barrio fiestas (district festivals) to commemorate the feast days of patron saints are common. These community celebrations are times for feasting, music, and dancing and the Moriones and Sinulog festivals are a couple of the most well-known.
They also have unique modes of transportation, you can ride to their colorful jeepneys and tricycles.
Come.. visit.. have a lot of fun and experiences as It's more fun in the Philippines!
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Thank you for reading.