Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Its More Fun in the Philippines

Yes, although I live in Sydney, I was born and raised in the Philippines and it will forever be my home.  
I just want to share with you lovelies how beautiful and unique our country is.

Check out this short video I found on you tube created by the government to promote the Philippines. It was so much fun watching the video and seeing the beauty of my country. Most of the things and places shown are uniquely Filipino.

New York Times, Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Traveller all named Philippines as one of the top travel destination for 2013. 

For such a small archipelago with 7,107 islands (yes lovelies, that many islands!) there are so many places to see that even I have not seen at least 98% of what the Philippines has to offer. We have some of the best spots in the world.

1. Boracay Island. One of the best white sand beach in the world.

2. Bohol Island with its Chocolate Hills and Panglao Island.

They say it is called Chocolate Hills because during the dry season, the grass covering the hills dries up and turn chocolate brown.

Panglao Island is also a very nice spot for diving.

3. Palawan. Hands down for me, is the best place to go to in the Philippines.

Photo taken from promotional materials of the province of Palawan

Palawan has so many nice islands..from Coron to El Nido to the very private and very expensive Amanpulo where the likes of Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has been to. Palawan is also the home of the Tubbataha Reef (best spot for diving!) which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the famous Underground River which is part of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

4.  Camiguin Island. Camiguin is famous for its many volcanoes, the sunken cemetery and for the Snake Island (yes, you guessed it right, the island is the shape of a snake).

The cross was built to mark the cemetery where the remains of the islands old dwellers that died during a volcanic eruption in the 1800s were buried. Due to the ever changing tides, it has now been buried under the ocean.

Snake Island, Camiguin

One of the many volcanoes in Camiguin

5. Vigan, Ilocos Sur. You may not know this but we were a colony of Spain for over 300 years. This town is one of the few remaining that was so lucky to have been able to preserve the Spanish colonial influence. Because of this, it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Photos from promotional materials of Vigan

6. Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, Mt. Province.

Photo form promotional materials of the province of Ifugao

These terraces were carved into the mountains thousands of years ago by the ancestors of the indigenous people residing in the area.

7. Siargao Island, known as the "surfing capital of the Philippines"


There are so much more that I can share with you but I think you get the jist.

So next time you plan to visit Asia, make sure to drop by the Philippines. You will find that Filipinos are very friendly and always have a ready smile.  

I guarantee you’ll have the time of your life. 


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