There are 7, 107 islands in the Philippines. You think that’s a lot? Definitely! That’s why a travel venture to the archipelago of South East Asia will provide one the promise of assortment to the eyes, ears, skin and tongue. The Philippines is your one-stop shop to a whole new cultural and travel experience where every sight a head turner, every sound a blast and every step is a step towards a fresh and exciting scene. And that’s whole year round!
There is actually no need to settle for the usual soaking underneath the sun by the beach or picture taking in museums and landmarks because there is absolutely a million and one things to see and do while in the Philippines. Composed of three major island groups (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao), the Philippines boasts of abundant number of destinations, all worth visiting, each offering different encounters with food, tradition and people. And each place can offer the most unique experience in its own unique ways to the fullest.
The world’s Pearl of the Orient Sea is accessible by air or sea and once within the country, travel in the Philippines will be a breeze, though sweat may trickle down anyone’s face courtesy of its tropical feel, it’s all part of the experience! Major cities like the capital Manila, oldest city Cebu and biggest city Davao can be enjoyed by riding the King of the Road, locally known as the jeepney. It is an everywhere-and-anywhere, cheap mode of transportation that can be the launch of one’s Philippine cultural and geographic experience. Have your way around the urban or enjoy the scenery of mountainous countryside by a sideway glance through a jeepney window. But for some other places a plethora of public transportation is readily available for anyone to avail.
And by the time you get the adrenaline of being on the road, relax and engage with the locals to learn some of the place’s distinctive feats. Worried about the language barrier? Fear not! Although Filipino is the official language used and with all the other major local languages, English is also very widely spoken in the Philippines. Filipinos are known in the world to be friendly and hospitable, willing to show anyone around and how things are done. Simply being in contact with people from and in the Philippines is in itself a highlight of the Philippine Culture.
For a more active and exhilarating experience, a little calendar planning and a tiny bit of knowledge of festivals can take anyone to the ride of their lives. Although crowds can be expected, festivals taking place whole year round are worth the view. From Aklan’s Ati-Atihan in January to December’s San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga, you can always have something to look forward to every single month.
And of course, the adventure of every visit to each place in the Philippines will never be complete without the gastronomic experience. Philippine cuisine has a history itself stemming from the many foreign influences that have shaped Philippine society over the centuries. Every place has its own specialty. You can find the yummiest longganisa (Filipino sausage) in Vigan, the tastiest bangus (milkfish) in Dagupan and for dessert, Laguna boasts of its buko pie. All these and a whole lot others will leave you craving for more.
So, what are you still reading this for? Hurry up and experience the best that the Philippines has to offer! Get ready for one amazing trip. Destination: PHILIPPINES.
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