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The Philippines in a Minute: 7 Essential Reasons Why You Should Add Philippines to Your Bucket List

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The Philippines is located in Southeast Asia and have hot and humid weather year-round as other neighboring countries. As many travelers know, the Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands, which make this country a natural paradise worth island hopping and culture exploring.

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Recently, a fast-growing number of travelers have started their adventure to the Philippines, and regard this country as a tempting wonderland with various appearance. This time, MyProguide will briefly introduce some necessary information about the Philippines and list out some reasons why the Philippines is a magnet for travelers worldwide. Please check it out. 

First Things First: Quick Overview of the Philippines

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1. Capital

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Manila is the capital lying in the Philippines’ biggest island, Luzon. Combined with Quezon City and Makati Business Central District, Manila Metropolis is undoubtedly the most populous and influential region among the Philippines. Business, entertainment, politics, and tourism industry all gather here; as a result, Manila is seemingly a must-visit for foreigners. In many cases, travelers going to the Philippines will generally want to visit Manila plus some other islands. So, don’t worry too much about it. Manila is mostly a transit hub, providing passengers with many options to get to well-recommended cities. 

2. Languages

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Although the Philippines is rich in dialects, most Pinoys can understand either Tagalog or English. So if English is your native or you’re fluent at it, you can skip this part, because your journey won’t have any communication obstacles. 

3. Weather

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As the Philippines is situated close to the Equator, the temperature and humidity are high during the whole year. Additionally, from May to October, summer monsoons bring plenty of rainfall to the Philippines. Therefore, more travelers flock to the Philippines to enjoy rather pleasant weather during the dry season, from November to April.

4. Money

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The Philippines peso, PHP in short, is the official currency in the Philippines. Travelers can easily change money at airports, shopping malls, or banks on the streets. However, as generally known, exchanging money at airports is not a good bargain. Before you embark on your journey, it is better to understand if you will be charged any fees withdrawing money via a foreign ATM. Travelers are recommended to compare the pros and cons and make a decision.

5. Electricity

Electricity in the Philippines is 220V, with a standard frequency of 60hz. As for plug outlet shapes, the Philippines uses type A, B, and C. Most electrical outlets in the Philippines are non-grounded two-pronged outlets of either Type A (North-American standard) or Type C (European style). Power outlets rarely accept both types of plugs. If you have a US three-pin plug (Type B), you will need an adapter to plug into non-polarized, two-pin outlets.

6. Food Culture

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‘Fusion’ is the keyword that best describes the characteristic of Filipino cuisine. Deeply influenced by Spanish, American, and Chinese culture, Filipino food culture is a proud mixture of different ingredients and cooking styles, showing its variety and creativity. Take the household dish, Adobo, as an example. Foodies can savor seafood, pork, and vegetables cooked with many seasonings, such as garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, etc.. It’s so unique and popular that CNN select Adobo as an indispensable dish that completes Filipino food. 

What’s more, rice, seafood, pork are all essential in Filipino food culture. So, if you are fond of the three, then you will have a great appetite in the Philippines.

7. Transportation 

Philippines travel is pretty popular, so travelers have no difficulty reaching Manila or Cebu flying from neighboring airports. On top of that, it is simple to book a cheap ticket of LCC(Low-Cost Carrier); both Cebu Pacific and AirAsia are available to save money in Philippines travel. 

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When traveling within the island, you can book Grab, the leading ride-hailing application in Southeast Asia, or a private taxi. If you are on a tight budget, perhaps choosing public transportation, like buses and trains, will take you to your desired destinations as well. Also, don’t forget ubiquitous jeepneys, iconic, and classic vehicles by which Pinoy locals commute to work and home. As convenient and cheap as taking jeepneys is, this kind of transportation is more suitable for travelers that are familiar with the tourist destination locations that you want to visit.

Why Travel to the Philippines?

The Philippines is incredible, as many media and travelers conclude, but why has this country captured everyone’s heart? We have collected some advantages that make the Philippines an extraordinary and charming tourist destination to visit.

1. Exhilarating Island Hopping

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As mentioned above, the Philippines is an archipelago, with a multitude of islands and islet scattered over the Western Pacific Ocean. Even though the islands are all parts of the Philippines, the distance between them has differentiated them in ecology and culture. So, it seems like a treasure hunting game whenever travelers visit an island out of another; astonishment of discovery never ends in the Philippines.

2. Fun Water Activities

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Philippines islands, such as Palawan, Boracay, and Dumaguete Island, are well-known for scuba diving, snorkeling, cruising on a boat, etc. Now that the Philippines is lining up in your bucket list for its biodiversity. The beaches, jungles, and other landscapes should be well-scheduled in your travel plan as well. Water activities always chill travelers in the boiling summer.  

3. Cultural Diversity

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The Philippines features a mingling of culture that is influenced by many civilizations because of colonial history and immigration. From the languages, costume, food, religion, and lifestyle, a new traveler is quickly engulfed in such a pluralistic society that embraces many possibilities. Interestingly, while appreciating Baroque church buildings, hearing Filipinos uttering a Spanish-like word, you can also take part in a thrilling Dragon Boat Festival at Boracay. Wow! So many stories to note during a journey.

4. Budget Destination to Travel

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For budget-conscious travelers, the Philippines is rather affordable compared with many Western countries, from the accommodation, transportation, to restaurants. Travelers can spend less money to complete a remarkable journey. Also, in recent years, Manila and Cebu drive increasing LCC(Low-Cost Carrier) to base in, meaning that these places have become more and more popular. Therefore, it’s actually not complex to reach the Philippines from other countries nearby.

5. Less Language Barrier

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In term of population, the Philippines is the 3rd largest English-speaking country in the world. That is to say, you can enjoy decent conversation with Pinoy shopkeepers or service staff in most of the places if you speak English. Needless to say, using the same language minimizes the burden of communication, and creates more chances for travelers to experience the local culture.

6. A Foreigner-friendly Nation

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Filipinos are not shy away from foreigners. In contrast, they are open-minded, easy-going, and willing to help new visitors. Next time if you get lost in the Philippines, don’t be afraid of asking sure Filipino locals. 

7. Many Popular Festivals

Filipinos celebrate quite a few festivals, which mostly have something to do with tribe, religion, and harvest. For example, the Ati-Atihan Festival, the most traditional festival, honors the Infant Jesus, Santo Niño. Every 3rd Sunday of January, Ati-Atihan Festival attracts tons of foreign travelers to get wowed by parade participants dressed with indigenous costume and wild music and dance at the spot. Another festival, Flores De Mayo, literally “Flowers of May,” is considered as a national celebration dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Travelers should really take a glance of the Santacruzan, religious-historical beauty pageant held in honor to Queen Helena in many Philippines cities. During that period, an array of engaging activities can truly guide travelers to understand more rooted Pinoy culture and civilian life.

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The Philippines is apparently unbelievable, right? After absorbing sufficient travel-related information, travelers are believed to explore a more new world for sure. Therefore, now wake up and book your ticket to the Philippines at once. 

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Hello, Yu is my middle name. Currently an full-time media editor, also lifelong traveler. Easily attracted by exotic culture. Once exploring a new place, I feel like travel spirit get refreshed thousand times. So far, have lived in Vietnam, Korea and Spain for quite a while, and been to Portugal, Japan, etc.. Journey never ends...Feel free to share with me your travel stories:shonelouis@gmail.com