Philippines is a land apart from mainland…

A Land Apart

The Philippines is a land apart from mainland Southeast Asia — not only geographically but emotionally and culturally. The country’s overpowering Catholicism, the result of 350 decades of Spanish rule, is its most obvious enigma. Vestiges of the Spanish era include lush city fiestas (festivals) and subtropical rock churches. Yet, despite these external influences, the country remains its own unique entity. The people are, only, Filipinos — and proud of it. Welcoming, warm and relentlessly upbeat, it is those who captivate and finally ensnare visitors.

With Thousands of tropical islands to choose from, the Philippines is a beach bum’s joy. There’s an island to suit every taste, from marooned slicks of sand in the middle of the sea, to volcanic fantasy-scapes concealing hidden lagoons, to sprawling mega-islands like Luzon and Mindanao. Sun worshippers and sailors should head straight to the Visayas, where island-hopping opportunities abound and the perfect beach takes many forms. More adventurous travelers could pitch a tent on a deserted stretch of shoreline in Palawan and play with solo Survivor for a couple of days.

Life in the Tropics

We’ve All had it happen: the trip to heaven is destroyed by torrential monsoon rain. As opposed to let the weather overcome them, in the Philippines travellers can embrace meteorological uncertainty and use it as an excuse to go with the stream. This is somewhere to distribute with advance bookings and, even if the going gets tough (or wet), migrate into fairer climes. Domestic travel is cheap and fun, and can be best done . Do your homework too — Palawan and the western seaboard are pretty darned wet from July to September, go east during this time (unless there is a typhoon brewing).

The Philippines is justifiably renowned for its beaches, but sporty forms need not feel left out. While surfers are only catching on to the tasty (if fickle) waves that form on both coasts, divers have long been enamoured of the nation’s underwater charms. Northern Palawan is ideal for sea kayakers, and Boracay and Pagudpud (North Luzon) are world-class kiteboarding destinations. Back on terra firma, trekking can be performed just about everywhere, whilst mountain-bike and canyoneering excursions are gaining popularity. And the Philippines is also, unofficially, the zipline capital of the world.

Why I Love the Phillipines

With 7000 tropical islands on my doorstep, I locate the Philippines simple to love. But As much as I enjoy perfect beaches, it’s subtler things that keep me planted here. It’s those long rooftop jeepney rides throughout the hills of North Luzon, Followed by a round of gin shots with native elders at the da-pay (meeting area). It is that Fresh-fish lunch on an interminable bangka travel through Palawan. It is a Frosty San Miguel in sundown. It has buddies with titles such as Bing and Bong, and Phrases such as’comfort room’. It’s — dare I say it — karaoke. Now that’s love.

Originally posted 2021-05-05 19:23:57.