The Philippines is best known for its natural beauty, from white sandy beaches and rich coral reefs to green mountains, perfectly-shaped volcanoes and brightly-colored “Ifugao Rice Terraces that attracted over 4.8 million tourists in 2014, based on the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Tourism Highlights 2015.
Indeed, Philippines is one of the best tourist destinations that will surely leave you breathless. If you are tired of colossal temples, this country will give you a distinct feeling of joy and so much discovery that can’t be felt elsewhere in Asia. Its natural resources along with its delectable cuisines will attract you more of its rich culture and heritage.
Here are the reasons why you should get in touch with a tour operator in the Philippines and visit the country.
Philippines is very festive at heart
Celebrations like Panagbenga in Baguio City, Maskara Festival in Bacolod, and Ati-Atihan in Aklan make the Philippines a splash of color and diversity. If you are into riotous costumes, odd folklore and street dancing, these festivities will tour you around the memory lane. They truly showcase the heart and soul of the Filipino natives.
Filipinos also pay tribute to their own patron saints and bountiful harvests by remembering their town festivals. With numerous towns and cities to choose from, you will never run out of itinerary in this country, at any time of the year.
Philippines is an English speaking country
English being the universal language is one important aspect that’s why traveling to other countries become a success. Foreigners love to travel in the Philippines because 90% of its people know how to speak English. Unlike most of its neighboring countries in South East Asia, where you’ll find it easy to communicate.
As far as traveling is concerned, the Philippines is a great country for first time travelers because of their language. As a matter of fact, Koreans visit this country to study basic and advanced English lessons for better opportunities abroad and in their country.
Philippines is full of exotic and pristine beaches
With more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines proved to many that it is the absolute destination for water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving Other than water sports, Philippines is also becoming a favorite spot for other new water sports emerging such as flyboarding and kayaking.
Certainly, there are a lot of reasons to visit this country aside from all of these. If you want a vacation that is truly memorable, try going to this country and experience hospitality at its finest form.
The Philippines can be like Disneyland to any shopaholic as the happiest place on earth. Tourists and locals alike flock to places like Greenhills’ tiangge, which is a year-round market where you can buy clothes or novelty items for as low $1.
You can also visit Manila’s Divisoria (my favorite!) or 168, where you can purchase items like craft and office supplies, clothes, and just about anything at wholesale prices. Other metropolitan areas like Cebu and Davao have also become main retail hubs for the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
When you travel to the Philippines, there may be times where you might find yourself saying “only in the Philippines!” This is because of the country’s public utility vehicles such as a motorcycle with a sidecar called tricycles or a colorful stretched jeep called jeepney.
Also, it is only in the Philippines will you find the world’s largest pair of shoes. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized the 5.29 meter-long footwear in Marikina—the country’s shoe capital, as the biggest. The humongous shoe can fit 30 people and took 77 days to make by 10 people.
Filipinos aren’t only known for the hospitality, but also for our passion for good food. Every celebration, whether big or small, calls for a mountain heap of delicacies. Festivities would not be complete without its guest of honor—the lechon, a succulent roasted pig that enamors your palate with its crispy skin and juicy meat.
Another Filipino favorite is adobo, a staple family dish. Not to mention, something that is uniquely “Pinoy” is the balut, a boiled 17-day-old duck embryo eaten with rock salt or vinegar.
But, it is not just appetizers or main dishes that Filipinos have injected their identity. A popular dessert in the tropical island is halo-halo, a milky sweet treat served with leche flan, gulaman, ube (purple yam), banana, kaong, beans, and garbanzos, and then topped with shaved ice and ice cream.
And, if cool desserts are not enough, local bakes have placed a unique twist on coconuts, turning them into household favorites like buko pie, sherbet, and sugar (Muscovado).
If eating, shopping, or sunbathing aren’t your style, the Philippines is also a getaway to all sorts of water sports and outdoor activities. A lot of places in the Philippines offer exciting activities like parasailing, rappelling, rock scrambling, cliff diving, and the like. My favorite is the adrenaline-filled canyoneering activity in Cebu. If you’re into music, we also have music and art festivals in the mountains!
You can go on an underwater snorkel adventure and admire the country’s biodiversity, swim with stingless jellyfishes, or spot dugongs (manatees).
It doesn’t matter what kind of experience you are seeking for because the Philippines has something for everyone to explore. There are absolutely a ton of things you can do in the Philippines that promises you will never be bored. The country prides itself on its culture, history, heritage, food twists, and all sorts of activities that are uniquely Filipino.
So what are you waiting for? Its time to start thinking where you want to spent your vacation. If you want to enjoy in the paradise beaches , or you are lover of traditional food or you want to explore natural wonders you definitely must go to the Philippines. ♡♡