I love the Philippines. No matter where I go, I proudly tell people where I am from. If I get blank stares, I bust out my phone and proceed to show them truly how beautiful the Philippines is. However, the more I have traveled to other countries and the more I have seen, I realized that there is so much more to love about the Philippines than just its beautiful beaches. The friendly smiles, the natural instinct to help anyone in need, or just the sheer happiness seen in regular everyday situations are just a few of the things which I think sets the Philippines apart. Given this, I decided to ask a few travel bloggers from all over the world what they love the most about the Philippines. Read on to find out what they have to say!
Sally from Sally Around the World
The Philippines is such an amazing country. It is hard to pin point what I love about it. If I had to name a few things it would be the charismatic people and the epic scenery. I love the Philippines because of the amazingly happy and friendly people. Everywhere I went in the Philippines I was made feel so welcome by the locals. It was like being part of one big family. We ate dinner together, told stories and jokes. Everybody went out of their way to help me and make sure I enjoyed the beautiful islands. Everybody had so many questions about my home and travels. They also loved to talk about the Philippines and tell stories about their country. The Filipinos are very proud of their country and I do not blame them, it is so beautiful and welcoming. I have never taken so many pictures as I did in the Philippines. It is definitely the most beautiful country I have been too. It is a friendly and uplifting place to be.
I spent a month in The Philippines and it was like living in paradise. The sand was so white and the ocean so clear, it is like stepping into a luxury holiday advertisement. I love how the Filipinos and the Philippines is still true and authentic. Yes some places have become touristy but walk just around the corner and you can find the true beauty of this amazing country. This country is a travellers dream.
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Rob and Nat from Love & Road
We spent only 20 days in The Philippines and it was enough to fall in love. It might sound a bit cheeky but it`s true. First, in Boracay we were absolutely amazed by the White Beach, Puka Shell & Bulabog beach, not to mention the spectacular sunsets. Every day, we would stop whatever we were doing to go to the beach to watch the sunset. Then we took part of the celebration of Señor El Nino in Kalibo, what a powerful experience! After that we headed to Bohol to see amazing landscapes, beaches, rivers, waterfalls and tasted one of the most delicious food we have ever tried: jack fruit, coconut, ginger and Malungay soup. But all of that is nothing compared to the love we received from the Pinoys, in every village we went people came to talk to us, to know where we were from, to introduce us to their families, to invite us for a meal, to get to know us. Every single Filipino we met was absolutely kind, polite and very proud of being a Filipino. Maybe we were lucky, or maybe they liked us, the only sure thing is that we are going to return to The Philippines soon and spend more time with the Filipinos.
Related: Things to do in Boracay
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Tom from Adventure In You
The beauty of the Philippines would have to be the diversity of experiences that this country has to offer, along with the people, of course. Up North you have mind blowing rice fields and mountains, while down south you have world class surf. Not to mention paradise on earth that is Palawan where I stayed in the houses of local fishermen. I have experienced some of the best diving in Cebu and Palawan, swimming through World War II shipwrecks and alongside with thousands of sardines and whale sharks. Apart from that, I got the privilege to work in here in the Philippines and have never found it hard to fit in. I have found the people here very warm and welcoming, always treating me with respect. Although they laugh at my accent and confused face when I see some funny looking food, they always laugh as a friend. The people just make the most of whatever situation life has put them in. Whatever the situation is, most of the time you will find them singing, smiling and making the most out of what life has given them. For me it’s all these points that will always make the Philippines a special place for me.
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Nick and Dariece from Goats on the Road
The Philippines is one of those countries that you could spend a lifetime traveling to and not see everything. There are many reasons why we love this archipelago (the warm people, the beautiful landscapes, the cost of travel, etc.)…but the top reason would have to be: The Adventure. There aren’t many places in the world where you can live out your Robinson Crusoe fantasies while being left on a deserted island for a couple of days…which is exactly what we did. We slept under mosquito nets, built a fire, tried our luck at spear fishing, went snorkeling in crystal-clear waters and explored the jungle atoll. Just us and two friends, no guide, no boat, nothing. If that’s not adventurous enough for you, you can always try scuba-diving, hiking, kayaking or riding in a Jeepney! The adventurous aspect of the Philippines is what we love and remember the most.
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Ivana and Gianni from Nomad is Beautiful
“It’s pretty impossible to pick only one thing we loved about the Philippines, but to mention something that surprised us a lot in a very positive way was how the Filipino people care about preserving their nature and hidden islands in particular.
We experienced that in some areas representatives of local tourism boards followed ‘carrying capacity’ rules. They created strict laws of how many people are allowed to enter certain area (e.g. a park, a waterfall area, a trekking path), which helps to minimize a negative human impact in the nature profoundly. Way to go, Philippines!”
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Will from The Broke Backpacker
Beaming smiles, gliding boats, booming karaoke bars and more deserted islands than you can shake a stick at; it’s hard to choose my favourite thing about The Philippines. I love the Indiana Jones-esque exploring that can be had by making friends with a local fisherman and simply heading out into the unknown. A crackling fire, fresh-caught fish and an island to myself; what more do you need? If I really have to think hard and put my finger on it I think I would say the people; I’ve traveled to over fifty countries, been on the road for years and made friends in every continent. Wherever I go, I meet nice people but The Philippines is literally FULL of nice people. Forever friendly, unbelievably polite and wonderfully accommodating; some of the people I met in The Philippines have left a lasting impression on me and I am still in touch today; I cannot wait to return.
Jack and Jenn from Who Needs Maps
We know most people will say the best part of the Philippines is all the amazing, pristine beaches, and they are, but as foodies, our favorite thing about the Philippines was lechon. Those of you who have been to the Philippines and has never tried lechon are truly missing out. Lechon is a Filipino pork dish, that’s best in Cebu. Even Anthony Bourdain names Cebu lechon the best! It is a suckling pig , roasted over charcoal. The meat is so unbelievably juicy and the crackling (the skin) is so wonderfully crispy, it’s awesome! A local took us to his favorite lechon spot and it was a real treat. We would go back to the Philippines just for the lechon… MMM
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Crystal from Castaway with Crystal
I absolutely, without a doubt love the PEOPLE! From the moment I announced that I was coming to the Philippines I had loads of locals offer to show me around and wanting to have a drink with me. I had the best night in Manila when I met up with 20 or so friendly locals to eat weird food and sing all night long at karaoke. Everywhere you go people are smiling and wanting to help you!
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