Whether you are travelling for business or pure pleasure (OR BOTH!), the Philippines should be one of the destinations you should go to. The “Pearl of the orient” has so much to offer. And you’ll probably fall in love at first sight.
Yes, it has its flaws (I’m looking at you Manila traffic), but the benefits far outweigh the cons. Here are 8 convincing reasons why you should visit the Philippines soon.
The Filipinos are known to be warm-hearted individuals who welcome you with open arms! And sometimes with a flower garland, live band, and festivities you wouldn’t miss.
Filipinos are very friendly, cheerful, and fun-loving. You should see a 7-hour karaoke session on a “normal” day. And if you’re here for business, you can definitely work with people easily.
Top-notch English Speakers
Communication is crucial not only in business but also in travelling. Have you been to a country where you’re looking for your hotel, and no one can understand you? I have! And it’s quite frustrating to feel helpless.
There is a lesser chance that you will experience this in the Philippines. English is the second language of the Filipinos. In fact, 70% can speak fluent English. And in the 2019 English Proficiency Index, the Philippines is ranked second in Asia, just next to Singapore.
So if you’re strolling around tourist places or looking for business partners in the Philippines, you are sure to communicate well with them.
Tropical Climate the Whole Year!
I don’t know about you. But aren’t you tired of the frigid winter or humid summer in your country? The weather is ever-changing. 4 seasons to be exact. Can you just wish something more constant?
Well, the Philippines only has 2 seasons — the dry and wet season. The tropical climate averages around 21°C (70°F) to 32°C (90°F) where the colder temperatures happen between September to January.
More than the people, the Philippines is home to unique natural wonders. For one, the landscape is beautiful with luscious greens and captivating sceneries. Try trekking to mountains like Mt. Pulag. Sightsee the chocolate hills of Bohol. Or visit the many nature reserves around the country like Calauit Safari Park, Enchanted River, Hundred Islands, and many (MANY!) more!
To boot, there are numerous endemic species you can find like the Tarsiers of Bohol, Thresher Sharks of Malapascua, and the Philippine Eagle in Luzon and Mindanao.
If you like the sea, you will not get disappointed with the beaches of the Philippines. It’s literally a paradise like no other. In the Condé Nast Traveler 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, three Philippine beaches are part of the top 5 in Asia namely Palawan (top 4), Cebu and Visayas Islands (top 2), and Boracay (top 1).
If you want to relax under the sun with a paradisiacal and IG-worthy backdrop, the beaches in the Philippines will surely awe your senses.
Food is very personal. You can understand the culture of a country through one dining experience. And Filipino food is one emerging cuisine you shouldn’t miss.
For one, the famous adobo is cooked differently per region and, sometimes, recipes go down per family generations. The Cebu Lechon is heralded as the “Best Pig Ever” by the late Anthony Bourdain.
You also have Sinigang, Kare-Kare, Crispy Pata, Bulalo, and so much more. Try out the Philippine cuisine and experience the playful flavours in every bite.
What’s a vacation without a party! And alcohol is one staple for every celebration.
But most travellers burn their budget on alcohol. Not in the Philippines! Beer and similar beverages just roughly $1!
Yes! It’s so cheap; you can drink all you can. Just remember, drink moderately.
So are you convinced? Visiting the Philippines is an adventure of a lifetime. So book your tickets now, and see you in the paradisiacal wonders of the Philippines!