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Why visit Philippines

Posted by on Sep 6th, 2008
Filed Under: General Philippines

If you want to experience a variety in tourism, then the best place that you should visit is Philippines where you can have a taste of the Western as well as Eastern culture since it has been dominated by several nations in the past, such as Spanish, Japanese, and Americans. Because of this, Philippines became rich in several structures such as churches, towers, museums, and more.

Sightseeing is one of the activities that you can do here in Philippines. Each region and each province has something different to offer. Most of the tourist spots here in Philippines are natural scenic scenery and had been nominated to become one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Some of these destinations include the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Mayon Volcano in Albay, Subterranean River in Puerto Princesa, and the Tubbataha Reef in Suly. There are also several ruins that can be found in Cebu (churches as well as watchtowers), Albay (Cagsawa ruins), and even in the capital of the country, Manila (Fort Santigo).

Philippines, Beyond the Usual

Philippines, Ifugao Rice Terraces

Batad is such a heavenly place in the Philippines. Indeed a wonder of the world, for the people have carved their lives teeming with beauty from the landscapes of the earth. The sun smiles gleefully on harvest season.
Ifugao Rice TerracesPhoto by Buccinos

Thrill seekers would definitely love this country because of the different activities that can be done here. Snorkelling and scuba diving are just some of the popular outdoor activities since the country is rich in marine treasures. The Philippines was once again named as one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world, this time by Japan’s leading diving magazines and given at the recent 17th Marine Diving Fair (MDF) held in Tokyo, the largest diving fair in Asia, the MDF Awards are among the highly-acknowledged commendations for must-visit dive destinations in the world.

There are certain places such as the Sorsogon, Mindoro, and Siargao Island where you can get to dive with rare creatures including the White Whale Shark. In Coron, Palawan alone your eyes will be fascinated with all the marine creatures that you can never see anywhere else in the world. In the same province, you can also explore various caves and be astounded with the stalagmites and stalactites formed as angels, religious icons, and more.

Philippines, Ifugao Rice Terraces

Mount Mayon
Photo by Storm Crypt

And although some parts of the country were being modernized, there are still several places where eco-tourism is the most popular activity. Lush mountains await the nature lovers. Hiking and trekking can be done in the mountains in Romblon, the mysterious Mount Makiling, and the perfect cone-shaped Mount Mayon.

Philippines has dozens of festivals and fiestas and most towns have their own in addition to the national ones. Filipino hospitality is legendary and at no time is it more in evidence than at festival time.

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8 Responses to “Why visit Philippines”

  1. Flugo says:

    very good introduction to the country, i am looking forward to going there soon. read the articles on the unesco sites, really amazing! sure is beyond the usual!

    • Ryan says:

      You will love the Philippines Flugo. I think to travel extensively around the country and really experience the culture, sometimes, I think 2 years is not enough. :)

      • ysztal'anne says:

        We really love too philippines. Its really wonderful and awesome. Its a gift from
        heaven’s above.
        You are cordially invited to visit our country. Just feel free to come… SEE YOU SOON OUR DEAR FRIEND….

  2. grace says:

    I really love Philippines! Because this is my country. I hope there are other Filipinoes that can promote more of the Philippines’ finest treasures.

  3. Alan Cortes says:

    Can you provide a map on how to get to Baguio from Manila?

    Thank you.

    • pktan says:

      Alan, do post your query in the Baguio article, or Ask a Question comments section. You will probably get more “directions” there.

    • Scott says:

      Just go into any bookstore in Manila and you should be able to pick up a map. EZ Maps are the best I’ve found. But I believe this site does already provide information on how to get there.

  4. Bryan says:

    The Philippines is a beautiful country, not only because I am a Filipino, but because that is true. The beauty in the Philippines is not always in the physical aspect. If developed countries like the US, Canada, France, Britain, and Japan mainly focused on tourism by capturing our eyes, in the Philippines, we are focusing on the heart. It is true to say that visiting in the Philippines is very easy, but leaving is very hard. It is simply that it is so sad to leave the Philippines after you experience the exotic beauty of nature, the allure of its culture, the simple yet amazing simplicity of people’s livelihood, and of course, the people itself. It is quite surprising why these people are still smiling despite of many problems and hardships. And those smiles extends even to the strangest of all alien people. Yes, the Philippines is plagued by corruption and poverty, but it is not that miserable, since the Philippines and especially the Filipino people received countless admirations and recognitions from our foreign counterparts. So, before you believe on rumors and criticisms, visit first, then you can say something on what you saw personally.

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