“It’s more fun in the Philippines” – This is the slogan the tourism department in this archipelagic country has been bannering to promote the exotic beauty of the Philippines. Located at the far eastern side of the world just beneath China and Japan, the Philippines boasts of a beauty that is unique from other destinations in the world. But it is really more fun in the Philippines? Here are seven reasons why.
Rich culture and history. The Philippines was a colony of at least three world superpowers – Spain, United States and Japan — before it finally gained independence. Prior to that, the country was one of the centers of trade in East Asia, thanks to its strategic location. From that, the Philippines gained a rich culture and a rich history. The country boasts of Baroque churches spread across the islands like those in Manila, Sta. Maria, Paoay and Miag-ao. Other cultural destinations include the Spanish colonial town of Vigan and the 2,000-year old Banaue rice terraces in Cordilleras region.
Exotic and beautiful beaches. The country is comprised of more than 7,000 islands. It would not be a wonder if the Philippines is home to some of the most beautiful beaches one could ever see. It is even home to White Beach of Boracay, which has been ranked as one of the top beaches in the world. Palawan’s El Nido, Cebu’s Malapascua and Bantayan islands and Surigao’s Siargao are just some the beautiful beaches in the Philippines.
Great diving sites. The Philippines is not only a place where you can see wonders on the land, but also under the sea. True to its billing as a large group of islands surrounded by seas, the country offers a lot of great diving spots. The islands of Cebu, Bohol and Palawan are places where one can jumpstart their diving plans. The wide array of diving sites – pristine reefs and vast marine wildlife – offers a great deal for those wanting to try their diving prowess or for those just wanting to have some fun.
Natural sceneries. Aside from the beaches and diving sites as well as cultural and historical locations, the Philippines also boasts of natural sceneries from north to south. The Cordilleras, Mt. Pinatubo, Mt. Mayon, the Chocolate Hills, Mt. Apo, and the Puerto Princesa subterranean river park are just some of the most beautiful sceneries in the country.
The people. Sure enough, friendly people can be found around the world. But Filipinos take friendliness to another level. They would stay with their foreign visitors even if it means sacrificing their own time. Likewise, foreign visitors would not have a hard time speaking with Filipinos as they could understand and speak English naturally. Foreign visitors will find it easy and communicate wherever they go in the country, thus moving around would not be a big hassle.
Delicious foods and various boozes. Visitors would find it interesting that every region in the country has its own cuisines. Each of them is delicious and presents a flavour unique to the region’s taste. Visitors should feel free to try the different local drinks produced in the Philippines like lambanog, tuba, bahalina and tapuy. The country is also home to San Miguel Beer, which alcoholic drinks are something that foreigners come back to.
Value spending. Believe it or not, but touring the Philippines is light on the pocket. Even quality products and services are priced at much lower rate than in other parts of the world. Whether its food, drinks, lodging, accessories and souvenirs, the Philippines offer great value for every dollar spent.
About the Author: Manuela Theissen is a Briton that has been to many places in the world like Brazil, South Africa, Australia and Southeast Asia. She uses his travel experience for additional input for her environmental studies: learning resources derived from what she has seen and felt.