The Philippines, a tropical country bounded by bodies of water is known to be one of the beautiful countries not only in Asia but in the world. Having lots of islands, 7,107 to be exact, many tourists are really visiting the country from time to time.
According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), international tourist arrivals increased by 7.7% in 2018 compared to its level on 2017. Tourists are mostly Koreans, Chinese, Americans, Japanese, and Australians.
In this article, I’ll be sharing a lot of reasons why our country, the Philippines, is worth visiting for.
- Amazing beaches in several provinces.
The country is blessed to have lots of beaches which mostly attract people from foreign countries. We got Palawan, Boracay, Batangas, Panglao, Camarines Norte, and many more. In these places, you can enjoy not only the beach and its scenic view but also the activities being offered by the natives – scuba diving, parasailing, island hopping, cliff diving and zipline, just to name a few. If you’ll be visiting the country, you could ask the staffs from the hotel you are staying and surely, they’ve got some ideas about the rate of each activity. You can also ask them for some other famous places they truly recommend.
- Amazing mountains wherein you can go hiking.
One of the most popular adventures being done by most Filipinos and foreigners is mountain hiking. Since the Philippines has been given lots of amazing mountains wherein you can hike and see the best view of nature, this activity has been considered as one good suggestion when you visit the country. The best time to go on hike is during the end of the year because the weather seems to be a bit colder during this period. Some of the famous ones are Pico de Loro, Mt. Makiling, Mt. Daraitan, Mt. Gulugud Baboy, and Mt. Pinatubo. When you got to the peak of these mountains, you’ll felt the fulfillment after long trail of walk. The photos taken at the top of the mountains are indeed amazing because of the breathtaking views.
- Amusement parks, Museums and breathtaking places.
Aside from having beautiful beaches and mountains, the Philippines as well has lots of tourist spots which you can visit. Chocolate hills at Bohol is indeed fascinating as you’ll be seeing amazing hills which are naturally made. You can also go and see Baguio and Tagaytay. Because of the tropical weather of the Philippines, most Filipinos are visiting places with colder temperature. These two come on top of the list. We also got Batanes, Ilocos, and Davao, wherein one can see the awesome history of the country.
We also got amusement parks and museums. One of the famous ones is Enchanted Kingdom. This place offers thrilling rides at affordable price (whole day won’t be enough).
You’ll be seeing lots of museums as well wherein masterpieces of several artists are posted (national museums and art galleries – these are fitted for people who love arts and history). There are also museums good for kids and adults wherein you can enjoy a lot — popular ones are dessert museum, upside down museum, and Yexel’s toy museum.
- Filipino Foods
A lot of people are deeply in love with Filipino foods. The Filipinos are fond of cooking and eating delicious meals. Some famous Filipino cuisines are Adobo, Afritada, Menudo, Sinigang, and Dinuguan. We also got street foods like “balot at penoy”, “isaw”, fishballs and kikiam, and “kwek-kwek” which are really worth trying.
The Philippines also has several Festivals which are being celebrated every year. People used to dance at streets and design the town to give thanks to the blessings being received all year round. We are really exerting efforts and time to entertain all people. Costumes are being made as well for every event. Well known festivals are Ati-Atihan, Sinulog, Dinagyang, Panagbenga, and Pahiyas.
- Cheap commodities
Philippines’ currency is Peso and comparing to other countries’ currency, this has a bit lesser value. We got cheap commodities and different shopping malls wherein you can visit. A day is not enough to see all markets, coffee shops, outlets, and boutiques.
- The natives and our culture
This is the best reason why you should visit the Philippines. Filipinos are really hospitable and very accommodating by nature. We welcome everyone with open arms. Filipinos are as well kind, have genuine hearts, helpful, and we love smiling. Language is not a problem as well. Most Filipinos are good in speaking English. We can communicate well with every tourist.
And of course, you’ll also be seeing amazing beauty of the people all over the country. (Yeah, we got lots of beauty queens as well — Ms. Universe 2015 Pia and Ms. Universe 2018 Catriona are just some :))
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