The Philippines is full of natural beauty, including gorgeous beaches, hills that look like candy drops, amazing waterfalls, old rice terraces and reefs full of marine life. Travelers in the Philippines will be engaged in bayanihan, the Filipinos’ term for their communal spirit. The locals’ jokes, smiles and laughter will be shared with their visitors. Travelers who care more about exploring a culture and making friends more than visiting tourist sites will be pleased with the Philippines.
Filipinos usually serve at least one main course accompanied by rice for lunch and dinner. At times you would have two with a vegetable dish accompanying a meat dish. On special occasions such as fiestas, several main dishes would be served, a Filipino party or a Fiesta wouldn’t be complete without Spaghetti, Pasta, Fruit Salad, Ice Cream, Rice, spring rolls, cake or rice cakes and soda. Soups are also often the main course apart from being a starter. It is not uncommon for Filipinos to douse their rice with the soup and eat the meat that came with the soup alongside.
- Lechon- Philippine culture has a lot of Spanish influence, which is apparent in their food as well. Lechon, Spanish word for a suckling pig, is a popular pork dish in Latin America and also Phillippines. The dish is a whole-roasted pig stuffed with herbs and vegetables. It is mainly served in celebrations and festivals. You can also buy them at markets or restaurants in pieces.
- Kare Kare- Kare Kare is an ox-tail stew with sauce made from rice and peanuts. The stew also includes tripe, eggplant, shrimp paste and vegetables.
- Lumpia- Lumpias are Fillippino-style spring rolls. It is bigger than the usual spring rolls. There are many variations of fillings, but it is agreed that the deep-fried version is the best.
- Halo Halo- It is a popular Fillippino dessert. Halo Halo, literally meaning “mix mix”, is a mixture of shaved ice, condensed milk, red beans, fruits, tapioca and ube ice cream. Fillippinno desserts are also popular for their delicious ube, purple yam, ice cream.
Swim through the blue waters of Boracay and El Nido, sunbathe at the beaches of Puerto Galera and Pagudpud. See the spectacular Banaue Rice terraces in Batad and be fascinated at how it was built, see the only successful laid out plan of a European colonial town in Asia; Vigan. The Baroque churches (the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Nuestra Senora in Ilocos Sur, San Agustin in Ilocos Norte and Santo Tomas in Iloilo) of the Philippines will amaze you about the European Baroque architecture. The bustling urban streets of Metro Manila, have fair options of bargain centers and malls, shop in the second and fourth largest malls of the world; SM City North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia.
- Underground River- Underground in the island of Palawan, Puerto Princesca River is the longest navigable underground river in the world. It is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the NEW 7 Wonders of Nature. The river is an awe-inspiring beauty and visitors are sure to be filled with astonishment during the adventure.
- Fort Santiago- Located in the entrance of the Pasig River, the fort remains one of Philippine’s most significant historical sites. The national hero, José Rizal, was imprisoned in the fort’s ground until he was executed in 1896. The fort houses many Rizal memorabilia to honor him as a national hero. The fort is also filled with beautiful gardens, plazas and fountains. Visitors can witness Philippine’s history within the grounds.
- Makati City- Makati City is a financial and commercial metropolitan center in the Philippines. As the center of Metro Manila, the city is filled with the top shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, entertainment and brands Philippines has to offer.
- Crocodile Island- The island of Borocay is a beautiful destination with beautiful beach views and exciting water activities. Crocodile Island, located on the southern tip of the island, is considered as one of the best diving sites. Marine life is also diverse and rich in the island, so visitors can be sure to discover some unforgettable sights.
After exploring the scenic surroundings and delving deep into the history and culture of Philippines, you need to rest and relax amidst perfect environs in order to revive your mind, body and soul. Go footloose on the dance floor and add to your soaring spirits. Nightlife is an integral part of visitors experience in Philippines. Like most countries, nightlife in Philippines starts and ends late.
One of the best parts about nightlife in Philippines is that many of its locals are young English-speakers. The friendly locals are usually very willing to help tourists.
Both old-style and contemporary bars are found dotting the city. Philippines is home to upscale and the seediest of bars and nightclubs. The nightclubs, bars and pubs are mostly found in Manila in Philippines. Manila and Cebu areas are known to have the trendiest of night spots. You can wear anything classy or whatever you feel comfortable in that befits your character. Smart and casual attires are always in vogue. Ermita and Malate in Manila boasts of an exotic nightlife. Nightlife in Philippines offers a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of street life. Along with the choicest brands of liquors, you can savor haute cuisine with some heavy jamming in the background. Puerto Galera in Philippines offers a mix of nightlife and beach resort activities.
Philippine Peso (PHP) is the official currency of Philippines. ATMs are widely available in most areas and credit cards are accepted in most businesses.
Customs & Languages
The official language of Philippines is Filipino and English. The dialect varies depending on the language. For example, Tagalog, Kapampangan, and Pangasinan have a more moderate dialectal variation. On the other hand, Bicol Region have a greater dialectal variation. Most of their culture stems from previous colonization, mainly from Spain and United States. However, their own culture is very strong and can be seen in their way of life, beliefs, and customs. One thing to note is to look for toilet paper before going into the stalls! The toilet papers are usually outside, but if not, you will usually find a hand-held pale for washing with.
Here are some helpful words/phrases:
- Hello — Kamusta
- Please — Paki
- Thank you — Salamat
- Goodbye — Paalam
- How much? — Magkano?
- Where is the restroom? — Nasaan ang banyo?
Go to Philippines!
Philippines is famous throughout the world as a fascinating tourist destination and for centuries this exquisitely beautiful nation of Southeast Asia allures the visitors from all over the world. Philippines is comprised of 7,107 lovely islands, covering a total area of 300,000 sq km with Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao forming the main island groups in the country.
Philippines offer a wide array of entertainment to cast a spell on its visitors with its beautiful scenic islands, exotic beaches, amazing volcanoes, world-class diving spots and unique wildlife and many other attractions. Every year, nature lovers, romantic couples and adventure seekers from different parts of the world visit their favorite destination in Philippines.