Monday, August 2, 2010


I will start it off by giving an overview of the Philippines, my home country.

Philippines, PILIPINAS in Filipino is a country in the South East Asia region. It is an archipelago that consists of more than 7,000 islands (7,107 to be exact - well, depending whether it is high tide or low tide). It is the 5th longest coastline in the world. It comprises of 3 big islands - Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Official Language is Filipino, Currency is Philippine Peso and capital is Manila.

A pre-dominantly Catholic Christian country, a big part of the populace is also Muslim (majority in Mindanao region). The culture in the Philippines is a mixture or hybrid of a whole bunch of cultures. Well, blame that to those people who have conquered our lands. You can see traces of Spanish, Malay, Japanese and American culture and way of living within the Filipino people. There are several delicacies you should try that is uniquely Filipino. Dishes ranging from Adobo, Sinigang and Pinakbet are indeed a must to try. Other unique food choices are also present. There is the balut, isaw, crickets, frog (tastes like chicken) and a whole bunch of interesting things worthy of a bite. Travel wise, Philippines is an archipelago, therefore known for its nice beaches. Popular locations in the Philippines are Boracay, Puerto Galera, Calatagan, Batangas, Bohol, Clark and Cebu for some of the nice beaches. For nice sight-seeing and sceneries, one can always choose from a wide range of places. Bohol is famous for its Chocolate Hills, Baguio for its cold climate and a sneak peak of our Rice Terraces, Albay for our Mayon Volcano, Taal for the nice views of Taal Lake and Volcano, Ilocos for its nice Hispanic structures and churches, Davao for clean city down south, CamSur for its nice wakeboarding sites, Bacolod for its famous Ruins, Cebu for some of the landmarks for Philippine History and Religion and Palawan for its breath-taking scenes that would all leave you in awe. These are only few of the places one can enjoy in the Philipiines. I would be focusing on each one of them as I get to travel some of them already and will share personal experiences and pictures as well. Phillipines is a wonderful country full of things to explore and discover. People should try visiting this country more as for sure they will have a lot of things learned after their trip. I am proud to be PINOY.

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