10 Things That Will Make You Fall In-Love With the Philippines
The Philippines is easy to fall in love with because of its stunning natural beauty and undeniably friendly people. Most visitors mistakenly believe that the Philippines is just about beaches, but it is much more. And, just like you'll fall in love with everything you see here, you'll fall in love with the ideals of everyone you encounter and the delectable cuisines they serve.
It's easy to see why the Philippine tourism slogan is "It's more fun in the Philippines." Here's a list of things to know about the Philippines that will convince you to make it your next travel destination.
1. Breathtaking Views
Unlike other countries, a trip to the Philippines transports you to a wonderland where you feel as if you've stepped into a postcard. The Rice Terraces of Batanes and Banaue are now open for business. Its lush greenery, rolling hills, breathtaking sunset views, and roaring waves from the ocean can take your breath away. Then you'll be in a state of paradise in no time.
At the same time, the Philippines is enigmatic, grand, and welcoming. This country is incredible from the perspective of a first-time visitor. So, if you were to sum up the Philippines in a single word, it would be breathtaking.
2. 7,641 Islands to Choose From
The beaches and islands are undoubtedly one of the most compelling reasons to visit the Philippines. If you want to know what the Philippines is famous for, you might spend an entire day doing so. However, its sandy beaches are one of the key reasons why tourists from all over the world flock to the Philippines, and the top 10 countries that love the Philippines rank the country among the best islands in the world.
Boracay is a sure-fire success for tourists and beachgoers alike. Many people from all over the world wish to visit this island. Boracay is known for its fine white sand and, more recently, for its crystal blue waters, party scene, and incredible water activities.
Then there's Palawan, which will make you exclaim, "I love Philippines," as soon as you step foot on its soil. You can either go to Coron, where there are fantastic diving spots and lagoons, Lakawon Island Resort to experience Tawhai Floating Bar or El Nido, where you can just relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere.
Bantayan Island in Cebu also astonishes visitors in a variety of ways. Fresh air, the soothing sound of the ocean, and crystal-clear waters are all available on the island.
3. Ridiculously Good People
Filipinos are warm-hearted people, whether they are dealing with locals or foreigners. They are compassionate, respectful, hardworking, and optimistic, even in the face of adversity.
Filipinos are instinctively empathic, and an issue affecting a loved one affects all. They hold each other's hands, rarely leave their loved ones alone, and communicate with one another through texts, phone calls, Skype, and other social media platforms.
Filipinos hold their relatives in high regard and treat the elderly with great affection. They take their hand and place it on their brow. This pagmatmano gesture is so deeply rooted in their culture that it has become the family's most powerful sign of affection.
Filipinos don't discriminate, which is why they're in high demand for employment in service, hospitality, and health care. So, if you're wondering how to introduce the Philippines to international visitors, simply say it's home to some of the world's nicest citizens.
4. Dynamic Nightlife
When asked to characterize the Philippines, contrary to popular belief, Filipinos are not bland and boring. They know how to have a good time, too! In reality, the country is home to a slew of fantastic bars that take the party scene to new heights!
Enjoy a bar crawl in Makati's Poblacion or in Bonifacio Global City or Ortigas for the best city views, breezy outdoor escapes, and trendy spots where you'll be sipping and toasting all night. And if you staying in El Nido you must visit Republica Sunset Bar for amazing drinks, music and of course magnificent sunsets.
5. Cheap Alcohol
The prices for booze in Philippines are lower than in most countries I have been. Whenever you order a Rhum with juice, you can be sure to get a good mix as the juice might be more expensive than the Rhum. :)
Definitely a must-try is the Red Horse beer! Stronger than normal beer, but nobody actually knows how much stronger, since it's not written on the bottle. In a supermarket, a 0,5l bottle cost 20 pesos (a half US Dollar).
A bottle of Tanduay Rhum cost 1 US Dollar. My favorite Rhum is the Boracay Coconut Rum, watch out for the white bottle, looks like Malibu. It's very delicious mixed with pineapple juice. Get your 0,7l bottle for only 90 Pesos.
6. Colorful Culture = Colorful Experience
After being colonized by the Spaniards, Americans, and Japanese, the Philippines have a colorful past. Other nations, such as Britain and China, attempted to conquer this country as well. As a result, you're likely to see a variety of cultural imprints all over the world, which adds to the country's appeal.
Different influences can be seen in the design of some houses, as well as in the Filipinos' language and social behavior.
7. Colorful sunsets
In the Philippines, I've seen some of the most beautiful sunsets. Sunsets of all colors - from yellow to orange to red, pink, and purple - are produced by the combination of the sea, the mountains, and the reflections on the water.
The islands are known for their spectacular sunsets. There isn't a day that goes by without another spectacular sunset.
8. Nature and Wildlife
Philippines has one of the most diverse wildlife in the world.
A wide variety of birds, plants, fish, and sea creatures can be found in the Philippines. In the Philippines, there are about 200 mammal species. The Philippine Tarsier is one of the world's tiniest (and cutest!) monkey types.
There are over 600 bird species, over 300 reptile and amphibian species, and at least 400 coral species. Anything you can imagine is found in the Philippines, from the world's largest whale shark to the world's tiniest fish (Pandaca pygmea).
The fantastic Chocolate Hills in Bohol, the Rice Terraces in Banaue, the rivers in Siargao, and the incredible Archipelago of El Nido are only a few examples of the Philippines' breathtaking scenery.
Climb one of the 37 volcanoes, such as Mount Pinatubo, or visit Taal, the world's smallest volcano. Caves, lakes, and waterfalls can all be found. The Philippines is a paradise for nature lovers.
9. No Language Barrier
Over 90% of the population speaks English.
In comparison to other Asian nations, the Philippines has a significant advantage: almost everybody, from a 3-year-old child to a 90-year-old grandmother, speaks English.
English is the official language of the country, as well as the preferred method of written communication in schools and businesses. There are also several English-language newspapers and magazines available.
10. It’s More Fun in the Philippines
After all of this, the country's tourism slogan rings true. It's more interesting in the Philippines because there's never a dull moment. Every person you meet and every location you visit will make you fall in love with the country. You can visit the Philippines only for the beaches, but you'll get so much more.