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    Philippines

    The Philippines has been a great place to see, with tourism among its highest revenue generating industries. Manila, being the central melting pot where most of the yuppies and expats converge, has its landmarks that make it the hubbub of the country. Outside the city though are lots of other places to see and visit.

    Being an archipelago, there are loads of beaches that you can see and explore...Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, Zambales and Batangas are among the most popular beaches to see and visit if relax and recreation is the goal.

    I thought I'd put this out there so that anyone can post their trips and adventures - for those of you have been in the country.....

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    When you say Philippine beaches, Boracay Island always tops the list. But there are more beaches far better than Boracay. Do not get me wrong, I love Boracay to bits, but I just notice recently that it is very much different now as to when I first saw it. During th 1980's, when Boracay was just newly discovered and not yet morphed into a commercial-looking beach that it is today, the place was definitely one of the most serene beaches I have seen in my life. I was really just so young then but I have never appreciated beaches the way I saw Boracay. My parents adored it so much that we had to be there on a regular basis. I have seen how it grew to be a very popular destination, but unfortunately, entrepreneurs took advantage of the circumstances. Now, everywhere you look, there were stalls, shops, restaurants, bars, and lots of activities. I know part of vacation is having a good time, but Boracay Island turned into a place-to-be-seen, and not place for quiet, peaceful, and relaxation moments.

    There are new beaches being discovered in the Philippines that can definitely replace the serenity Boracay used to have. If you have heard of Glan in General Santos in Mindanao, that can be one of the best. IT is not yet developed so the peacefulness is still there, yet the beauty is very much seen already.

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    Oh man, I think that would be one interesting trip to take. Grew up around water so I absolutely love it. I have seen pictures of the beaches that they have there and the water is SO clear. I would just be so excited to swim in something that seemed so 'pure' looking. I can't wait until in the future when I could afford something like this. I believe it would be an experience I would never forget, yet would totally regret not ever taking.

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    When you go, go to the beaches that are not too popular. Aside from they cost a bit expensive, the crowd can really be so thick especially during peak season. Aside from Glan, in which I mentioned already, there is also some beaches in Pangasinan that have clear waters, gray but fine sands, and very, very, serene. No shops nearby, no noise, no vendors and all. The place is very rustic, very provincial, very laid back. Apart from the fishes in the sea that you will see because of clear waters, your companions would be the local fishermen who make catching fishes their major source of living. You can get to experience how they trade their catch for money. It is one of the experiences that I will not forget there.

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    I've heard so much about the Philippines....a dear friend grew up there and has so many stories to tell. From what I understand, the beaches were never the highlight for him, though I would of course have to check them out!

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    I think that for me, the highlight would be the food, culture and incredibly rich history. The various regions are totally different and person going from Manila to the beautiful island of Palawan would feel like he or she was going to a different country.

    The languages are beautiful as well, often mixing lots of Spanish and English. You can hear people on the streets say things like "Para!" or "Derecho" or " A las tres y medio". It is quite fun learning a little bit of Tagalog if you can speak Spanish.

    The food is amazing, with fantastic pork dishes. If you have the guts, you could try balut - a duck egg left to develop until there is a little foetus inside then cooked and eaten as a street snack. Lots of street food at every corner even in small towns.

    The people are very friendly and while it can be dangerous to travel in certain areas of Manila, in the smaller towns and villages, people are very warm and welcoming.

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    Philippines Tourist Attractions

    Filipinos are a very hospitable bunch. The beaches are to die for but equally so are the food. Since the country was colonized by Spain for 450 years, there is a lot of Spanish influence in its dishes. In spite of this being the case though, the American culture seems to be the most prevalent nowadays, unless of course you go to the more rural areas of the country which are still heavily feudal in organization.

    Although there are risks to foreign travelers, it is strongly advised that groups come to the islands with the locals. The news are highly exaggerated - there is nothing like experiencing the local culture as opposed to actually going around in tours as you do not experience what it's like in reality. Chicken adobo is undoubtedly the nation's most cooked dish and its flavor is something that lingers after days of eating it.

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    One of my favorite dishes is sisig, a dish made from finely chopped pigs' ears, nose, liver, cheeks and seasoned with lime and vinegar. It's a speciality from Pampanga near Manila and I actually found it quite appetizing! Sorry, but as you can see Filipino food had a big impact on me!

    Another dish is a stuffed fish called rellenong bangus. It's milkfish gutted and deboned and then the meat is removed, leaving the skin and head. The meat is boiled, mixed with vegetables and spices and then everything is stuffed into the fish skin. The fish is wrapped in banana leaves and fried!
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    Food Suggestion For Tourist In Philippines

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWolfe View Post
    One of my favorite dishes is sisig, a dish made from finely chopped pigs' ears, nose, liver, cheeks and seasoned with lime and vinegar. It's a speciality from Pampanga near Manila and I actually found it quite appetizing! Sorry, but as you can see Filipino food had a big impact on me!

    Another dish is a stuffed fish called rellenong bangus. It's milkfish gutted and deboned and then the meat is removed, leaving the skin and head. The meat is boiled, mixed with vegetables and spices and then everything is stuffed into the fish skin. The fish is wrapped in banana leaves and fried!

    I totally agree about rellenong bangus! It goes very well with rice and soy sauce...yum, just thinking about it now is making my mouth water. On the other hand, have you tried chicken/beef embutido and beef morcon? I don't exactly know how to make it but everytime it is served in a party, I am all over it. Funnily enough, all these things that we are talking about in terms of food are actually excellent dishes to have whilst having a beach party/picnic. Pampanga is by far one of the most well-known places where women (mothers especially) are able to cook the very best meals ever.

    I wish there were more places here where I live that sell/prepare decent Pinoy food...I try to make some on my own but obviously, there's nothing like the ones that are done by the experts.

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    I totally agree with fiasco823. Kapampangan food is amazing! I've tried chicken and pork embutido but not the beef morcon yet. Pinoy dishes make great picnic treats!

    Yes, I live in Europe but my dad's family is Malaysian. I really miss good Malaysian food but it is so hard to find some where I live. I've learning to cook and prepare some common dishes but am still far from being an expert.

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    I am planning a trip to Philippines in the winter and I have already been to Boaracay many years ago and absolutely loved it. However, I will definitely make a stop at Glan too. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    Re: Philippines

    Boracay is a great place to go but I guess it is just too much of a party town for me! I prefer more quiet places and the less crowds there are, the better! I heard that Palawan is a pretty quiet and relaxing place to be. Has anyone been to Palawan?

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    Re: Philippines

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWolfe View Post
    Boracay is a great place to go but I guess it is just too much of a party town for me! I prefer more quiet places and the less crowds there are, the better! I heard that Palawan is a pretty quiet and relaxing place to be. Has anyone been to Palawan?
    I've been to Palawan once with my friends when we went to the Philippines!
    We visited underground rivers, went zip-lining, and went on tour to discover the lakes and lagoons. The tour guides were just so knowledgeable very helpful in making the tour very interesting by giving trivia and facts about the different places they toured us in.

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    Re: Philippines

    I'm in Manila right now and am loving it. However, I do think that, if you're going to visit the Philippines, the beaches are definitely the place to be. I've been to Cebu, Bohol, and Boracay, and they were all beautiful. White sand beaches, blue skies, and cool seas - so pretty it looks like it's Photoshopped! There are also a lot of fun things to do at the beach. Fly-fishing is a little hardcore for me, but I loved jet skiing and banana boating. Parasailing was fun too, but my brother got sick, so if you're easily made nauseous then I don't recommend it.

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    Re: Philippines

    In the Philippines, you're out for the food and the beaches. Everyone has mentioned Boracay, Palawan and Bohol. They are all great places. Boracay can be too crowded though. And it is a bit for the young because of the night life. If you want a big vacation and get away from the world, then Palawan is great. It may cost you a bit more, but they have quality beaches there. In Bohol, it's more of an all rounder. You can enjoy the sights of the Chocolate hills and visit the Tarsier sanctuary, have lunch on the Loboc River, spend an afternoon at Panglao beach.

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    Re: Philippines

    If you have the budget, you can always check out Amanpulo. This is a private island that has its own airstrip. Do realize that staying in this amazing resort is very, very expensive. But you get the island to yourself...

    Lots of islands to visit that won't break your bank.

    So many beaches and shorelines that have yet to be explored and they are good for thrill seekers wanting to explore. If you are a partyperson, then there are party beaches which you can visit too, much like the ones mentioned above (Boracay, Puerto Galera, etc).

    Go and book a flight already!

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    Re: Philippines

    I have been to Lagen and Miniloc Islands. Both islands are under the El Nido Resorts. They are the best resorts I've been to so far. Lagen is more European-styled and is for laidback people. It has great and world-class amenities and facilities.

    Miniloc, on the other hand, is for the adventurer in you. It has lots of activies like kayaking, swimming in lagoons, feeding big Jack fishes. We did enjoy our stay more at Miniloc. They allow you to have a lunch for two at a secluded island. Nothing beats that

    The food in both islands are great as well. Both can take a chunk out of your wallet though

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    Re: Philippines

    Balesin Island is a beautiful place to visit. If you are one that is able to afford the likes of the "Aman" resorts worldwide, and El Nido, then Balesin is a one resort not to miss. It is only a 25-minute plane ride away from Manila. Isn't that great? It's a Membership Resort Club, but with some inquiries and research you can be a member's guest.

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    Re: Philippines

    Thanks, fiasco, I might be going to the Philipines on a holiday in the future. I heard that place is willing to offer really good deals to European tourists looking for a really nice experience characterized by a lot luxury and cheap prices. I saw a really nice advert the other day about picking the Philipines to spend our next vacation, I must admit it looked really tempted!

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    Re: Philippines

    Philippines best asset is the hospitality of the Filipinos and they are English speaking people that is why there is no problem with communicating with them because it is their second language. Aside from that there are many tourist attractions you can see and you can adapt easily to the taste of some of their foods.

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    Re: Philippines

    If you're looking for breathtaking nature then Palawan is definitely the way to go. It's a bit expensive though. I mean compared to other places in the Philippines. Definitely worth it though.

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    Re: Philippines

    Philippines is a beautiful and gorgeous country of Asia. It is a home of mesmerizing attractions. It's natural places appeals me a lot. I have been there about few months ago with my few family members. We stay there for two days and We explored its numeorus places. A lot of visitors go there each years and had great time there.

 

 

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