Discover the archipelago of the Philippines in Southeast Asia. It consists of 7,641 islands and 2,000 of which are inhabited. The country was under the Spanish rule since Ferdinand Magellan set his foot to the country. He was amazed by the richness of spices and natural resources of the country. The Philippines has been under for Spanish colonialism for a long time. The result was an influenced through food and practices carried by Filipinos up until today. After the Spanish colonialism, the United States of America and Japan also invaded the country. Many Filipinos have Japanese, Indian, Spanish and American mixtures all spread out in the three main island of the country. In the Philippines, there’s always a reason to celebrate festivals and fiestas. Booking for a visit in the country is easy and exciting. All the cities and municipalities are scheduled to have their own festivity so there’s a big opportunity for everyone to see how lively and vibrant festival celebration in the country.
1. Guaranteed Island Experience with Thousands of IslandsWow! Amazing as it is, Philippines is a large archipelago found in Southeast Asia. The country’s beaches are accessible and the people are so welcoming. You wouldn’t want to miss its warm beaches, tropical surroundings, and clear blue skies. The three main islands are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Each have their own characteristics in culture, language, and surprises. You’ll never ran out of opportunities to discover and explore. It seems like every day is a beach day. The country is rich with natural resources and there are many popular destinations for everyone to visit.
2. Respectful FilipinosYoung Filipinos are expected to learn how to say “opo” to everyone. It is a phrase that signifies respect while conversing especially to the older men or a person in a higher position. Nevertheless, “opo” has always been a part of how they converse. It is a formal word for saying yes. Most likely, Filipinos smiles when you talk to them. They are kind of shy when meeting new acquiantances, but they are very respectful and very hospitable. They would offer you everything just to make you feel comfortable when you visit their place. You would also notice younger people would address “kuya” or “ate” for someone who is older than them. This is a sign for respect and for them.
3. Tasty Balut at Your DoorstepsDuring late afternoon around the residential areas of the Philippines, you would hear a vendor shouting “Balut”. This is a way for the vendor to sell an exotic Filipino streetfood, Balut. It is a fertilized developing egg embyo that is boiled and eaten from the shell. When eating a balut, crack first a part of the egg. Sprinkle some salt in the hole and sipped the egg broth. Peel the egg and eat the yellow part of the yolk. The white part of the egg is kind of hard, but it will give you a break. You may want to dip it in a vinegar with salt and chili. The very last part is eating the embryo. For the locals who eat the embryo, they appear to be brave.
4. Long Conversations with Kinilaw na TunaThere are so many dishes, streetfood, and delicacies in the Philippines that you may want to try. The “Kinilaw na Tuna” is one of the must-try during your stay in the southern part of the country. This is a seafood dish that is slightly cooked with salt, peppercorn, vinegars, calamansi juice, and garlic. Kinilaw na Tuna is an appetizer that Filipinos would likely be excited about. For them, it denotes a time to gather and drink beer while having the best pulutan in the Philippines called the “Kinilaw na Tuna”. This is a time where they get to know each other and be update with friends who they have not seen for years.
5. Refreshing Mountain AdventuresThe Philippines tropical life is just some of the many reasons why it continuous to be an amazing holiday destination. On the northern part of the country, gives you a new a different site to behold. You will be welcomed by lush forests and natural landscapes such as the stunning 2,000-year-old rice terraces carved into the mountains of the Philippines. This is the time to prove your fitness level by trekking the green mountain surroundings and around the impressive rice field terraces. An alternative activity that you can do in the summer days to freshen up and fill your eyes with greeneries.
6. Dancing with the Bamboo PolesYou would often see the folk dance “tinikling” in special events like the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day and some tourist destinations. This is a way to promote the country’s history. The dancer listens closely to the rhythm pattern to avoid being hit by the two bamboo poles that are tapped to the ground. The rhythm goes faster and faster until the end of the dance. The tinikling is included in the Philippines curriculum to further enhance musical skills and physical activity among the Filipino students. Dancing with the bamboo poles is a fun experience for everyone. It is more enjoyable too when you are surrounded with the wonderful applause from the Filipinos. Keep smiling and keep your foot coordination in control while listening to one of the greatest traditional dance.