The Philippines... an archipelago in South-East Asia of more than seven thousand islands, located between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea at the very eastern edge of Asia.

The Philippines has many wonderful beaches, beautiful nature and the locals are very friendly. In fact, the country has been voted Asia’s friendliest country and ranked 8th best in the world in the list of the “Worlds Friendliest Countries”!

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Travel to Philippines: Capital

Manila by ManilaBuzz

Manila by ManilaBuzz

Manila, known as the Pearl of the Orient, is the largest of the more than 7,000 islands that make up the nation of the Philippines, and is a city of extremes in terms of both historic and modern, rich and poor.

The city is a bustling megapolis that formed under the influence of it’s native Filipino history. Manila was the central location of the nations battles for independence, first from Spain and later from the United States. Due to its colonisation by the Spanish and later governed by the Americans, Manila shows many signs of foreign influence in the widespread Roman Catholicism and the modelling of its school using the American educational system. Despite these influences – Manila still demonstrates a character that is uniquely its own, just with a splash of Spanish, American and Chinese cultures.

Any which way you wish to experience Manila you will have a Thrilla! It will win over your heart with it’s architecture, monuments and vibrant sights.

Travel to Philippines: One Monument

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Intendecia Ruins, Intramuros, Manila by Allan Jay Quesada

One of the largest, most visited National Historical Monuments in the Philippines is Intramuros.

The colonial Spanish walled in area of Intramuros is an interesting place to walk around and explore. Intramuros “The Walled City” is the oldest district and historic core of Manila, it was founded by the Spanish in 1571 and has withstood wars, natural disasters, and successive waves of colonial invaders. It is often said the stone citadel stands as a metaphor for Manila itself.

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Arch of Fort Santiago by Igel Manalo

Churches and schools built with complete Spanish influence make it hard to believe you are still on an Asian island. There are horse drawn carriages with guides available to take you around and show you the main and important sites in the area. Visiting this area is one of the top things to do in Manila.

If looking at old historic monuments is not really your thing, see this alternative guidebook by Mavic Conde that takes you on a surfing adventure which includes island hopping around the Philippines!

Travel to Philippines: Weather

The average yearly temperature: around 26.6°C.

Island hopping in Siargao by Mavic Conde

Island hopping in Siargao by Mavic Conde

The climate in the Philippines is tropical and the weather does not reach a point of extreme hot or extreme cold temperatures, the best recommended time to go (weather wise) is between November and May.

Between June and October there is a monsoon season, which means lots of rain and occasional strong typhoons. However bad this may sound, it does not stop all visitors from coming during that time – many find it magical swimming in the sea on a rainy day!

Travel to Philippines: Most Popular Dish

Filipino cuisine is not that famous around the globe, but it still looks and tastes delicious! Filipino food is a mix of Malay, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and American cuisine.

Chicken Adobo by dbgg1979

Chicken Adobo by dbgg1979

One of their most popular dishes is: Chicken or pork Adobo. 

Adobo means “marinade” in Spanish and this dish consists of chicken (or pork) marinated in a mixture of soya sauce and vinegar.

Balut by maxmajestic

Balut by maxmajestic

If you’re feeling brave then you cannot miss this bizarre food opportunity! There is one very popular street food dish in the Philippines, it is called Balut. 

Balut is a developing duck embryo boiled and eaten as a snack in the shell, you can add a splash of vinegar depending on your taste! Yummy!

Does this make you want to travel to the Philippines? Check out some of our online guidebooks for more inspiration!

 

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