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Posted by on Sep 8th, 2008
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Photo by Storm Crypt is a non-commercial travel guide to Philippines, providing unbiased updated travel information, advice and tips for anyone who plans to visit Philippines.

The purpose of this site is to help promote Philippines tourism by providing good quality, independent and reliable travel information for visitors – about the good, the bad and the indifferent, the hidden places and the tourist traps, where to find value and how to avoid being ripped off. I hope that you enjoy this travel guide and become inspired to visit this incredibly diverse, beautiful and friendly country.

What makes Tourism Philippines special?

1. Unbiased Travel Guidance, not just information. There’s already way too much travel information, especially on the Internet. On Tourism Philippines, we provide you with travel guidance; which is information and opinions designed for decision assistance, to help you make decisions about where to go, what to do, and how to spend your precious travel budget.

2. Easy navigation, no slick database, no tortured over-design. We’re not designed to impress you, but like a book. This is why Tourism Philippines is so easy to navigate: we think through the links you might need and the pages you’ll want to read next, and set up the navigation accordingly, and trust me, it’s very difficult to do that optimally in a database.

3. Tourism Philippines is innovative: We always try new and different ways of presenting this travel guide, and make finding that information easier and more fun for you.

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Tourism Philippines is always on the lookout for content that’s both informative and entertaining for travelers. We seek writers who truly enjoy travel, have strong writing skills, style, a dose of originality, and maybe a sense of humor. If you have what we are looking for in a writer, we highly recommend reading our Submission Guidelines to get started.

The Authors is contributed by people who are passionate about travelling in The Philippines, it is written for YOU, not advertisers! You and your trip are the only reasons that exists at all. We really love researching trips and presenting travel guide, and we love the responses we get from travelers we’ve helped. Read more [+]

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PkTan is fascinated with this beautiful, complicated country. He loves advising travellers to Philippines and have developed this site to share all his knowledge of Philippines with everyone. Learn more about me [+]

Tourism Philippines thrives on the knowledge of the community. Got a tip, photo or even a guide on a place you been to in Philippines? We will love to hear from you!

32 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Ford says:


    MABUHAY is NOT “Welcome” in Filipino! Mabuhay means LONG LIVE!

    When I say, “mabuhay ang Pilipinas,” it is so awkward to say, “welcome the Philippines”! It is more apt to translate that as, “long live the Philippines!”

    Please be guided accordingly as we are sabotaging western interpretation of the word “mabuhay”!

    I am afraid, there is no equivalent word for “welcome” in Filipino language! The closest is the root word “SALUBONG” but equally awkward to refer to the word “welcome”!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Ford,

      “Mabuhay” does mean “Long Live” or “To Live” (depending on the context) which is its literal meaning but it is also used as “Welcome” at the same time. In some toasts, “buhay” or “mabuhay” is also used. If you haven’t noticed it, “Mabuhay” are usually used in Welcome arches when one enters a province or a town in the Philippines because it is used as the word welcome.

      I think let’s not be too hasty to say that there is not a single word of welcome in the Filipino language (do you mean the Tagalog-based Filipino language? or just the Filipino languages in general?) If it is the latter then I would definitely disagree with that. There are at over 80 languages and dialects that exists in the Philippines – I am pretty sure there is at least one word for “Welcome” – in the strictest and purist and most literal sense of the word.



      • jean olivar says:

        yeah, i agree with you.. . Philippines has unbelievably different languages . In Davao welcome means “MADAYAW!” … in Cebu you can say
        “MAAYONG PAG-ABOT!” in Zamboanga, “BIENVENIDA!”

    • Edz says:

      Welcome can be translated in Filipino as “TULOY PO KAYO”.

  2. Phil.Thomas says:

    Very good work on the site! The write up are extremely informative. Just a suggestion, how about a directory list of all the trusted tour agents, hotels, resorts etc. It’ll be very handy for anyone looking to plan their trip. Keep up the good work Tourism Philippines, I will be sure to check out the site often.

    • pktan says:

      Thanks for your kind comments. We at, is just trying to promote tourism to Philippines – both domestic & international. As for the suggestion regarding the directory – it is one aspect of the site we will be looking into, but our priority right now is to create more destination guides, which will take a while to complete – hah, hopefully more people will volunteer to contribute to the site!

  3. Benjie Cabañas III says:

    Hi there Ryan,

    Just want you to know that I appreciate the site’s usage of my photo for your Sagada article, but I’m sure we amateur (including pro) photographers will appreciate it more if you’d notify us if our images are being used. I have to admit that I felt quite relieved that my name and link to my online portfolio were included, but my satisfaction will be complete if I knew which sites are currently using my pictures because that will definitely make every photographer, not only myself, feel their images are being appreciated. Just a friendly reminder to avoid future complaints/issues. Thank you very much :)

    • pktan says:

      Hi Benjie, (I’ve already send an email to you regarding this matter) I’m the one who used the photo on Ryan’s Sagada article.

      Sorry for not informing you about the photographer we used from your flickr portfolio : ))

      We always do credit individual photographers when we use their photos from Flickr that are available under the creative commons of Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License.

      I’m sorry that I didn’t send out an email / leave a comments on your Flickr prior to using that photo.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Benjie,

      It was indeed my Editor in Chief that used your photos. I can understand how you feel as I do photography/cinematography myself. For this article I used Boyet’s photo for the hanging coffins but the rest (excluding yours) were taken by myself. Like what PK said, we always do credit individual photographers when we use their photos from Flickr that are available under the creative commons of Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. As far as I know for this site, that is the only photo that we used from your collection. :)

      Cheers mate, and yeah, that was a great photo you took. I wasn’t able to get a proper photo of the sunrise as it was too cloudy in Kiltepan, but there was a spectacular sunrise that we saw in Atok, Benguet but we were not able to stop to take photos as we were behind schedule.



    • Grace says:

      Great site! I’ve been away and out of touch with Pinoy stuff. Now that I’m preparing to go back to my roots, I’ve chosen this site as my vademecum. Really brilliant!

  4. Benjie Cabañas III says:

    No problem :) Thanks for understanding my concern. Will be glad to contribute photos anytime. Just notify me (or any other photographer), it will be greatly appreciated. :) Cheers too to people like you humbly doing their part in promoting tourism in the Philippines.

  5. Jimmy Fallon says:

    Hey PK. Love what you’ve done. I’m an expat living in Philippines, and keen to share my experiences on the site. Please get in touch with my on how I can be part of the contributor team.

  6. Yumato says:


  7. Joanna says:

    Love this site’s feel. The design is great & the navaigation is easy, and the comments section is nicely done up. Good job on the site design Tourism

  8. Ana says:

    Hi PK,
    Nice site I would love to link your site to because you show how beautiful our country is. I live in Denmark its a little country but they are proud of their culture and their country. They visit their museums, parks, public or private or appreciate even just going to the forest or lake.
    I hope we Filipinos should do that appreciate what we have not just a showoff to tourists. And by doing this project will the young people will be aware and be proud that we are indeed blessed with beautiful natural resources which other countries don’t posses.
    Good luck and more power

    • pktan says:

      Hi Ana,
      Thanks for your kind words, and the link will definitely help alot! We at do hope that we will not let you down!

  9. felicia says:

    pretty site! i bookmarked the site for future references. great job on this travel guide. will love to see more diving sites covered soon!

    xo, felicia

  10. Mel says:

    Extremely good job on the site. Love the ease of browsing from the front page, and all the important stuffs are well linked too. The internal sections of the articles (why not go, stay away from & the list to dos) are very helpful in pin pointing out the essentials! Love this site, keep it growing strong! Printed out a few guides for my upcoming trip, many thanks tourism philippines.

  11. Jesus says:

    Thanks so much, this is a very interesting useful site, I plan to go to the Philippines at the end of the year, I’m looking forward to it!

  12. grace says:

    Hi!PK, ..good job.. I’m very pround of my country ,there is no place like Philippines, beautiful island. I woud like to link your site to our website if it is alright with you, it is a Filipino association here in England.More power!

    • Ryan says:

      Please link away Grace, let us help Philippine tourism. :) Cheers! If you can please, also put your association website address here as well. Thanks!

  13. L.T says:

    what a great travel website! easily the best one for Philippines right now.

    Love how each article is split into important sections!

    Thank you so much for all the time taken to set up this up,

    I’m so going to Philippines!


    • Ryan says:

      Hi LT,

      Thanks for the kind words, we hope to help out people traveling to the Philippines as well as to appreciate the country more. We are nonprofit and we spend on our own travels. We rarely have ads at all. So you can help us our cause by linking back to us, forwarding our website to your friends and families. You may also join our fanpage on Facebook – look for Tourism Paradise Philippines fanpage and join it and forward our site to your friends…



  14. eunice says:

    wah!! why r u sooo informative? Good job!

    • pktan says:

      Hey Eunice : )) Thanks. Actually most of the travel guides here are written by the travel writers based in Philippines and not me alone.

      Heh, Ryan is the one that’s busy travelling around, and writing those juicy travel guides.

  15. michael says:

    hi guys …
    im searching this site and seems quite interesting….
    im a new visitor to the Philippines…hopefully ! its my first holiday there , visiting around next dec/jan for 1 month……
    i would like some tips on how should i plan my trip…..looks like the main hot spots that are compatible to my likes are Boracay , Cebu , Palawan , Puerto Galera & a bit on Manila….i would like to know how much preferably time would be enough for these places and how i organize my trip …. maybe manila to puerto…..then cebu ..borocay…palawan back to manila ?? any better tips ??

    many thanks …g’day all
    keep the good work here…

  16. Loi says:

    Dave!!! I was looking for guides on what to do in La Union and lo and behold! I read an article and belatedly noticed it was you who wrote it.

    By the way, do you remember me? You scared us — Amber and I — (or at least tried to!) during one of those horror house events during grade school at Pilot (one of the most vivid memories I have of you — weird!).

    Anyway, would you have some tips of where else to go in La Union? I plan to stay at Thunderbird and I’m afraid there’s really nothing else to do aside from swim (I’m not fond of casinos).

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Loi,

      I think I remember you. LOL. Greetings from Sri Lanka. I am here at the moment for a quick holiday for New Years. Though I am about to leave for Bangkok and then to Hanoi where I am currently based.

      Anyway, yeah, have you checked the La Union Guide? You can do side trips like trekking and perhaps cycling. Surfing is also one of the most popular things to do there at San Juan. Cheers, and Happy New Year!

  17. Kiwi Brown says:

    Does not “Mabuhay!” mean “Long live!”? It’s like the Spanish expression “Viva!” Hence, “Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!” means “Long live the Philippines!” It’s like “Viva Espana!”: “Long live Spain!”

  18. Jesús says:

    Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

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