5 Reasons You Should Visit Philippines Once in Your Life

The Philippines is located in the South-East Asia and is called as “Perla del Mar de Oriente” which means ‘Pearl of the Orient Sea.’ The term was from a Spanish Jesuit Missionary Father Juan J. Delgado and was popularized by Jose Rizal – the country’s national hero – with his last poem titled “Mi Ultimo Adios” before he died.

According to the Department of Tourism, the country was visited by over 6 million tourists last 2016. From the past years, the number has been rising with more tourists being attracted to visit the country. Here are some of the reasons why you should visit the Philippines:

  1. The hospitality of the Filipinos

Filipinos are known for their hospitality even with strangers. So even if you visit the Philippines for the first time and you are alone, you won’t even feel like you are a stranger. Everyone will welcome you and treat you like a friend or a family member. The Department of Tourism showed this culture for their 2017 campaign. You can watch the family-themed TVC here.

  1. The 7,641 islands that you can explore

Unlike in other places that are connected with other countries, the Philippines is an archipelago – composed of 7,641 islands. The country has rich natural resources so you can find different bodies of water and types of landform. Thus, you can enjoy various activities like mountain climbing, scuba diving, trekking, surfing, biking, kayaking, and much more.

  1. The diverse culture

Based on the country’s history, the Philippines was colonized by several countries before they became independent. Spain has the largest influence in Philippines culture even up to this day. However, it can be argued that the U.S.A. developed the country into a better one by providing education to everyone, free trade and improvement of the agricultural sector, and democracy in the government. During the World War 2, Japan occupied the Philippines. Nowadays, the country loves adapting and learning culture from their neighboring countries like South Korea.

  1. The delectable foods

Like any other country, Philippines has their own pride in terms of food. Tourists who are familiar with the country know that their main dish is “adobo.” Its origin was from Mexico but they have a unique way of cooking this dish. The meat (usually chicken or pork) is cooked using several spices like garlic, pepper, salt, soy sauce, and vinegar. The best thing is you don’t have to store it in the refrigerator. Other famous Filipino cuisines are Lechon, sisig, crispy pata, chicken inasal, pancit palabok, bulalo, kare-kare, and much more.

  1. No language barrier

Another distinct factor of Philippines from its neighboring Asian countries is their knowledge in speaking English. Their main language is Tagalog and they have thousands of different dialects all over the country. However, their secondary language is English. Thus, you don’t really have to study basic Tagalog language (or you can since its’ fun). You won’t have to worry about getting lost or be afraid of exploring the country alone.

These are just five out of the million reasons why you should visit the Philippines. To give you an idea how it will feel or look like, here are some of the videos from travelers that visited the country including Lost LeBlanc, Janick Møllerud, JacksGap, and Waldemar Spetany. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and discover the beauty of the Philippines!

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